Archive for September, 2006

Perian – A swiss-army knife for QuickTime

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BlackDog

BlackDog: portable Linux computer you can plug to your own computer.

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Look Out, Here Comes the Human Skateboard

Look Out, Here Comes the Human Skateboard:

human_skateboard.jpgWe’re not getting a whole lot of info on the human skateboard dude here, but just look at the pic. The guy can even flip over on his back and keep rolling. He should market this thing.

Human Skate Board [Gizoo]

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Media Phones

Media Phones:

Nokia today announced five new multimedia GSM phones for the United States, but did not announce any accompanying carrier deals.

Three of the devices—the N70, N73 and N91 are optimized for music. The N70 is expected to cost about $445 (retail), the N73 $570, and the N91 about $700.

The devices include enhanced memory with 1 GB, 2 GB and 8 GB of storage, respectively. The company suggested the N91’s 8 GB memory will hold about 6,000 songs in a compressed format, or about 2,000 songs in a less-compressed format.

The fourth device, the N75, is a thin phones and will launch in the United States in the fourth quarter. The N75 is about three-quarters of an inch thick, which compares favorably with phones from rivals Motorola and Samsung that measure about one-half inch thick.

The fifth device announced today, the N95, is “what computers have become,” says the Finnish handset maker in a press release. It’s a 2-way slider with a phone keypad on the bottom with media keys on the top.

The N95 includes 802.11g WiFi, a 5-megapixel camera, video, push e-mail, GPS capabilities, maps (from Tele Atlas), various music functions and is designed to run on HSDPA networks, though it is compatible with EDGE and W-CDMA networks. Currently, only Cingular Wireless is building out an HSDPA network, which provides faster download speeds than W-CDMA networks.N95 runs on Nokia’s S60 platform, which is based on the Symbian operating system. The company said the phone will ship early next year for about $700.

In other news, Nokia and Loudeye have received approval for their proposed merger from the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, the companies said in a filing today. Loudeye is a digital music distributor, out of Seattle. They aggregate rights and content from all the major labels and hundreds of independents.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi (UMA) phone service will likely require an additional service plan, as well as a special router and phone. The Seattle test is apparently using the Samsung SGH-T709 along with a provided D-Link TM-G5240 router.

The WSJ speculates that T-Mobile could offer a VoIP service much like Vonage, which would also entice subscribers away from landline phones. The paper said T-Mobile holds a special advantage since doing so would not cannibalize other parts of its business. UMA Today covers the beat.

Meanwhile, Cambridge-based iSkoot enables cell phone users to connect and make calls through the free Skype Voice over IP (VoIP) service, notes WiFiPlanet. The iSkootMobile application is now available for the Palm Treo 650 and 700p. Users can simply download the client to their smartphone, log onto their Skype accounts, and start calling and receiving calls from their online buddies.

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Mobile TV Metrics

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Freedom Mini Bluetooth Keyboard for Cellphones Finally Available

Freedom Mini Bluetooth Keyboard for Cellphones Finally Available:
freedomminkeyboard.jpgWe remember wanting a piece of this Freedom Mini action way back when it was announced last year, but not being able to find it anywhere. But good news shoppers, it’s finally available from X-TremeGeek for $84.97.

To recap, the Freedom Mini is a Bluetooth mini-keyboard for cellphones and PDAs that don’t have a built-in keyboard. It’s about the length and width of a credit card, but the thickness of five credit cards. Check their site for a complete list of compatible devices.

Product Page [X-TremeGeek via Chip Chick]

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Indoor Model Airplane Contest

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Social Net Wallop

Social Net Wallop:

Wallop, a Microsoft spin-off, launched its social networking service today at DEMOfall, reports Techcrunch, BetaNews, C/Net and Paid Content.

Unlike other social networking services like Facebook and MySpace, Wallop is invite-only and won’t include advertising. Instead, Wallop makes money through the purchase of self-expression items that can be placed on the user’s site. The Flash-based system allows people to buy games, animated backgrounds, slide shows and videos and then add them to their customized Web pages. Those materials — known as “mods” — will be sold for 99 cents to $4.

Initial $10 million funding for the project came from Norwest Venture Partners. An additional $3 million in funding was previously raised from Bay Partners and Consor Capital.

It integrates photo sharing, music sharing, and blogging into one platform. One-click customization may replace the HTML coding process that is necessary with sites like MySpace. In addition, users control who can see what on their profile, keeping personal information hidden from those they may not know as well.

Initially, the site will be open to a limited number of beta testers, who would each be given five invites. Future invites would be based on who uses the site most, the company said. The site is expected to go public in early 2007.

Users will be able to share music, pictures, and commentary across the site. Wallop says all the digital rights management functionality would be controlled by the site. This would include the mods to site pages, where the company asks for a 30 percent cut.

Business 2.0 offers a peek where wireless technology is headed.

Helio, a joint venture between SK Telecom and EarthLink, is launching a full fledged marketing effort for its service in the US. Helio is a virtual mobile operator. It works with MySpace. MySpace has some 80 million registered users.

MySpace mobilizes Helio phones (left). MySpace On Helio will essentially give the millions of MySpace users an opportunity to disconnect from their PCs and access their email, bulletins, profiles, blogs, and photos from their mobile phones.

MySpace.com is the second-most-viewed-website in the U.S.—just behind Yahoo and ahead of Google — and accounts for 12 percent of online advertising.

Google, Yahoo!, and Facebook, the college and high school community site, are going mobile, too.

South Korea has become the world’s best laboratory for broadband services. Cyworld, a social network owned by a subsidiary of SK Telecom, is a mixture of MySpace, Flickr, Blogger, AIM and Second Life.

Wired reports that a quarter of the South Korea’s 48.2 million people have signed up to CyWorld, including 90 percent of the 24- to 29-year-old age group.

Sites like Cyworld have shown that people are willing to spend money for online expression. Cyworld brings in some $300,000 per day in microtransactions, according to TechCrunch.


Other social networking competitors include Bebo,

Facebook, Friendster, Flickr,

Piczo,

Tagged,

TagWorld and

Tribe.

And don’t forget those video host sites like YouTube. Microsoft has launched a beta video upload service. Microsoft’s new Soapbox is taking on YouTube, Google Video, Yahoo Video and Revver.

Soapbox will eventually be integrated with Windows Live Messenger to allow people to embed links to videos in instant messages and with Windows Live Spaces so people can include videos on their blogs. YouTube, the free online video leader, has signed a deal with Warner Music to distribute the music company’s videos

on its web site.

Related DailyWireless articles include; CyWorld, MySpace is Mobilizing with Helio phones and

City Clouds: Becoming The World Cup.

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Scheme and Functional Programming Workshop 2006 – Report

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MoPods

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