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From an engineering standpoint, the Samsung Ultra Edition 5.9 phone is no doubt a marvel. The Unwired View points out that this successor to the X820 loses 15% of its "bulk" by slimming down to just 5.9mm thin thick. There’s no compromise on features in this […] Read more »

One week left before the Vista launch and Download Squad provides a Vista tip worth sharing: Outlook Sidebar Gadgets. If you hit the Windows Live Gallery and search for Outlook Gadgets, you’ll see three: Outlook Info, Outlook Upcoming Appointments and Outlook Tasks. There’s some overlap here, […] Read more »

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This might be the most detailed smartphone platform summary I’ve seen in some time. InformationWeek has a lengthy overview on all of the main smartphone systems out there and provides a great comparison between Symbian, Linux, Palm, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and of course, the Mac OS […] Read more »

Here’s one for the "uh-oh" department: MobileWhack has this link to a Palm 680 patch to address a battery issue. Apparently, the 680’s camera is draining that precious battery life, even while in a sleeply stand-by state. Option 1 would be just to use the heck […] Read more »

Although you could always use the Zune for basic podcasting functionality, Zune Thoughts found some recent developments that could increase podcast support for Microsoft’s digital audio/video player. Some of the evidence out there: 1. A page on Zune.net showing featured partners that offer podcasts.2. A quick […] Read more »

OK, how long before Alltel gets a ‘cease & desist’ for the Apple-like widgets in their Celltop phone interface? We got a press release (PDF) yesterday on this one and clearly, they’re NOT widgets, they’re cells, ‘k? Actually, these individual cells look like a nice UI […] Read more »

Access might sound familiar; they’re the folks that bought the Palm OS. However, they also developed a solid web browsing client for Windows Mobile devices some years back. The NetFront browser didn’t get updated often, but many folks sung its praises. Looks like the venerable app […] Read more »

First off, I have to say , I’m a huge fan of Cisco Cheng and PC Mag. I should also disclose that PC Mag ran an article I collaborated on for the 12/5/06 issue. Having said that, I’m disappointed in the article “Another Let Down: Hands […] Read more »

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I caught this story and the above screencap over at Download Squad earlier today and wondered how I missed John Tokash’s efforts on Reader Mini! John took it upon himself to better the standard mobile Google Reader client using the API and the end result looks […] Read more »

I’ve been beta testing v1.5 of OneCare for several months on various Vista configurations as v1 is not supported on Vista. I also purchased a OneCare subscription last April for my XP machines. Based on the Windows Live OneCare blog, version 1.5 availability is expected in […] Read more »

The Toshiba R400 we saw at CES last week isn’t even out yet, but it got a little battered and bruised in this high-level sharing of thoughts at Core Duo News. Some of the high low-lights: "The first thought that comes to mind is “slow,slow, slow”, […] Read more »

A long time ago….in a galaxy far, far away…..A-Data trumped all of the Imperials in the SSD flash market and provided a new hope to mobile computing with their 128 GB, 2.5-inch flash drive. Acutally, it was only last week and took place in Vegas: the […] Read more »

The OneNote Extensibility & More folks just made some Microsoft PowerPoint slideshows available; these two presentations provide a fantastic high-level overview on the functions and features included in Microsoft OneNote. I know that we’ve highlighted many use cases and OneNote tidbits before, so if we haven’t […] Read more »

Darned if this doesn’t look like a Smartphone Edition device to me, but nope, it’s a super-thin Pocket PC Phone Edition device, complete with the required touchscreen. The i-mate JAQ3 is finding its way into some enthusiast hands and Matt Miller provides a solid overview after […] Read more »

For years, adding a graphics tablet to a notebook or desktop was an option to enable some type of near-Tablet PC experience. Unfortunately, that type of hardware solution is only as good as the specific software that supports it. Craig Pringle illustrates how easy it was […] Read more »

I wish I had seen this at CES last week. Eleksen, the folks that make the fabric keyboard / case for UMPCs, have a gadget bag with Windows SideShow support according to Laptoping. Since your device is in the bag, shouldn’t that be ‘Shouldertoping’? Ah….I digress…. […] Read more »

Geez, these dongles just keep getting smaller and smaller! On one hand, we want smaller devices so they’re easier to carry, but on the other hand, the smaller they are, the easier they are to lose. The MoGo Dapter Bluetooth dongle supports Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR […] Read more »

I remember not too long ago when people realized that Apple was putting 802.11n functionality into the latest MacBook and MacBook Pro lines. Back then I thought it was a decent idea; at this point, the 802.11n draft spec should be relatively stable, so it’s a […] Read more »

That whole Sprint-Nextel merger is finally coming full circle as Sprint just announced two new handsets that use dual-mode network technology. The Sprint ic502 (aka: Motorola Buzz, shown; credit: motoRAZR) and the Sprint ic402 (known as the Motorola Blend) offer the walkie-talkie power from Nextel and […] Read more »

Jenn over at Pocketables got the news via the Micro PC Talk forums: Sony has three more UX handheld models on the way: the UX91S, UX91NS and UX71, ranging in prices from $1,557 to $2,283. Each of these handhelds will come with some flavah of Vista […] Read more »

Big news from Netflix today: the company that pioneered the DVD movie mail subscription service is taking it to the Net. An announcement hit this morning indicating that you’ll be able to download and view movies on your PC through your Internet connection with movies beginning […] Read more »

Too bad I filled up my Highlander Hybrid before I read this article. At CES, Dresser Wayne demonstrated a gas pump dispenser that runs Windows CE and allows consumers to transfer MP3 audio files to their vehicle without wires thanks to Bluetooth technology. The Ovation2 iX […] Read more »

SpeedScript is another text input system that’s worth a look; the application was originally designed for Windows Mobile devices, but the company shot us a note to tell us about the beta version for Windows XP Tablet Edition. Since Origami devices run that OS, this beta […] Read more »

Regular readers know how much I adore my Samsung Q1, aka: Sammy. 12 hours prior to my CES trip, Sammy took a jolt from an external battery and has been in a coma ever since. I’ve done a bedside watch for some time and I’m not […] Read more »

I’m reading Adrian Kingsley-Hughes’ latest series of ZDNet posts with great interest: Adrian has a high-end MacBook Pro on loan from Apple and he’s documenting his daily experiences with the notebook. I’ve basically been a Windows guy for years, although I have dabbled with Ubuntu. Now […] Read more »

I recently mentioned True LaunchBar as a solid UMPC launcher and one of our readers, Jesse, left a comment indicating that the software is free today only. I double-checked and sure enough Jesse gave us a gem of a tip! Apparently, there’s a website called "Giveaway […] Read more »

I waited for the dust to settled on Apple’s phone announcement and gave some thought to the device. There’s no denying that it’s a design and engineering marvel; that goes without saying. I think there are a few gaps in the device however and some media […] Read more »

Let the SSD flash hard drive wars begin! Engadget picked up on a PQI press release that announced a 64 GB Solid State Disk (SSD) flash-based hard drive. The 2.5-inch drive has a fast SATA interface for up to 100 MBps (that’s megabytes, not megabits, people) […] Read more »

There’s no specific details on Zune streaming, but I noticed this tidbit in a Microsoft press release: "…because Windows Home Server is an always-on device, customers will also be able to store all the music from their Zune media player, stream that music and other digital […] Read more »

Actually, there’s no eBay auction for better security. The company will be offering a digital key fob that receives a new six-digit code every 30 seconds. You use the PayPal Security Key (similar to the one shown) to enter the code along with a PayPal transaction; […] Read more »

We met over lunch with the Tablet Kiosk folks yesterday and they’ve got some exciting news. Availability of their new Sahara line of slate PCs is just weeks away and all of the product specs and details are on their site. Gail Levy from Tablet Kiosk […] Read more »

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