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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