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These two pics wandered their way into my Inbox late last night and although we’ve seen the VIA NanoBook before, this shot to the right highlights the innovative USB module next to the screen. This particular module is a wireless VoIP phone that connects to the […] Read more »

No, it’s not the latest iPhone upgrade which apparently only had some Safari holes plugged; it’s firmware upgrade number two for the Sony Reader! Bob Russell at MobileRead points out that the new firmware version just released yesterday fixes a battery meter issue and a problem […] Read more »

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They say simplicity is the key to a product’s design and it just doesn’t get simpler than this. Ambient, the company that creates informational gadgets that provide basic information using simple methods had done it again with their Ambient Umbrella. Who needs a weather widget when […] Read more »

As a six-year, self-admitted but not recovering HDTV addict, I just can’t take my four eyes off of this new Panasonic camcorder that Gizmodo found. For $999 you’ll get the world’s smallest 3CCD sensor high-def camcorder when it hits shelves in September. At only three-quarters of […] Read more »

The original Toshiba R500 announcement hinted at an SSD option in the future, and it looks like the future is now. The lightweight 12.1-inch notebook with LED backlit screen is now available with a flash-based drive and not just a skimpy 32 GB unit: Toshiba went […] Read more »

It was a few short months ago that HP awarded over $7.5 million in grants, Tablet PCs and other computing equipment to 172 schools. Proving that they’re not a "one hit wonder", the company just doled out another $2.5 million to another 25 educational institutions today. […] Read more »

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You won’t see this at Lowe’s or Home Depot, but this USB hub from Elecom looks like the perfect accessory for the mobile do-it-yourselfer. You’ll get around 1.5 meters of retractable USB cord to carry around on your tool belt for plugging in up to four […] Read more »

Craving a call log for that Palm Treo 680? That’s one thing I’ve always liked about my Windows Mobile devices, there’s a generally usable call log for the phone calls made, received and missed. Apparently the Palm Treo 680 is lacking in this department, but based […] Read more »

I caught wind of iTweet during one of Marc Orchant’s Twitter updates last week. (BTW: Happy five-o to Marc today!) I was using the standard Twitter home page on my iPhone up this point, but having used the free iTweet service, I doubt I’ll ever go […] Read more »

In my defense, it looked like a Motorola RAZR phone upon first glance. No, it’s a unique hard drive that has a miniUSB port but also unfolds with a PCMCIA interface. ASKA-CORP’s HD32F hard drive is available in a 20- to 40 GB range, so it […] Read more »

A personal congrats out to Michael and Laurent of Bookeen: they’ve revamped their Cybook standalone reader that becomes available in as little as five weeks. September will bring the newest version of their eBook reading device and it’s much more exciting than the very first Cybook […] Read more »

I’ve known for some time that I have terrible posture when working at the computer. If I ever forget that, my neck and shoulders usually remind me through the night. I’ve tried better desk and chair settings, but how the heck do you know when you’re […] Read more » Although I’m showing Earthcomber on the iPhone, it works on multiple devices: Palm, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, even a standard cell phone that’s web-capable. Earthcomber is touted as "personal radar for your phone" and that’s a pretty accurate description. Although there are other location-based applications to […] Read more »

Just last night while recording the MobileTechRoundup podcast, James and I were discussing Facebook with Matt. We all agreed that we can’t jump into every social network that comes across the wire these days: we’d never get anything done! One of the reasons we’ve embraced Facebook […] Read more »

Oki Electric has developed a middleware iris scanning and recognition solution that can be used on various smartphones and PDAs. No extra fancy equipment is needed as Oki’s solution can use fairly standard components: a 1-megapixel camera and a mobile CPU with a 220 MHz clock […] Read more »

I just got back from running the kids around and see a direct Twitter tweet to me from Kathy Jacobs. Great news out of TechSmith today with the introduction of a SnagIt to OneNote accessory! This plug-in allows you to take any of your SnagIt screen […] Read more »

For some reason, I never got into, the social bookmarking website. Maybe because it was one of the early entries in this space or perhaps because I’m inundated with more "social-ness" than I can handle these days. Seems like every day we’ve got a new […] Read more »

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