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Pocketables found some news today that makes the HTC Athena more attractive, regardless if you call it the Ameo or Dopod U1000. According to the Register (credit: pic), the T-Mobile Ameo will set German consumers back around 500 Euros (with a two-year contract), which Jenn figures […] Read more »

That Medion UMPC I got my hands on at CES is available for pre-order; not sure if this is old news or not, but I noticed the heads up over in the Origami Project forum. As you can see from the product page, the unit is […] Read more »

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Sammy has arrived safe and sound in Irving, Texas as you can see by the UPS tracking. UPS did their part, now the question is: how long will it take Samsung to do their part. Since the internal power converter appears hosed in Sammy, I expect […] Read more »

Gotta Be Mobile caught the review over at CNET, which pegs the hp tc4400 at an average 6.6 out of 10. On the bad side, CNET cited the lack of a built-in optical drive; something I personally would rather not see in a Tablet PC. My […] Read more »

CLICK HERE to download the file and listen directly.MoTR 87 is 31:40 minutes long and is a 29 MB file in MP3 format.INTRO: Based on “Time v2.1″ by Meta Sektion, additional mixing by James Kendrick.HOSTS: James Kendrick (Houston), Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia) […] Read more »

At 1.2 kilograms with a 10.6-inch screen, I think it’s acceptable to call the Fujitsu P7230 an ‘ultraportable'; just don’t call it yours if you live outside of Taiwan, since that’s where it was released today. At a U.S. price of just over $2,000, it’s not […] Read more »

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Call me crazy, but I just haven’t gotten excited about the HTC Athena. I think there’s a market for a larger sized Windows Mobile device with a 5-inch VGA screen, but is it trying to be too much for too broad an audience? Yes, some folks […] Read more »

We’ll have to see how this new chipset performs in the real world, but the newly announced Via VN896 should add greater capabilities to notebooks and UMPCs; updates include: "The VIA VN896 chipset features the VIA Chrome9™ HC integrated graphics processor (IGP) featuring a DirectX® 9.0 […] Read more »

Just a quick note that I received an e-mail from Samsung Customer Service as promised in my conversation with them on Monday. The note included a link to an on-line, printable UPS return label, which I now have a hard copy of. I’m heading off to […] Read more »

Here in the U.S., as well as in a few other countries I believe, we’re extending Daylight Savings Time this year by roughly four weeks over the current standard. Microsoft has some documentation on the impact to your Windows Mobile handheld and one kind soul created […] Read more »

I know what you’re thinking: "Of course they put the ‘n’ in Centrino; otherwise it would be called ‘Cetrio’ and what kind of name is that?!?" Ah, but I meant 802.11n! Now that the draft spec is near ratification, Intel has adopted it in their Centrino […] Read more »

Daniel (aka: ThoughtFix) has a nice review of the Sprint Novatel U720 USB modem; this is the device that supports Sprint’s EV-DO Rev. A network. A USB modem is a great option for a UMPC or other mobile device that doesn’t have a PC-Card slot, so […] Read more »

Maybe I love this concept Swatch watch just because I’m a big cycling fan, but it’s sleek and simple. No fancy bells and whistles, no Bluetooth module, no MP3 player built in, none of that. It’s just a watch that I like. Of course, it looks […] Read more »

That 3G is really gettin’ around! Samsung just plopped HSDPA support inside their VLUU i70 camera so you can shoot your pics twice: once through the lens and once over The Internets! The i70 offers a 3x optical zoom and a more-than-adequate 7.3 megapixel sensor. Adding […] Read more »

MobileWhack has this interesting pic that appears to be a secondary display for your computer, but details are between slim and none. It looks like it could be a Windows SideShow display for RSS feeds, PIM info and whathaveyou, but all we have is a small […] Read more »

Sharing the battery tests on the Q1P earlier today led to quite the revelation: Samantha appears to have an LED backlight. Weren’t we just discussing that technology yesterday? It’s already made an impact on my mobile device because the Q1P looks to get at least an […] Read more »

What can I say, I’m on a battery kick today. Right after posting the Q1B battery results, I read this article over at Technology Review. Most of the focus on power for hybrid or electric vehicles, but these quotes left me wanting more in terms of […] Read more »

Yesterday, I got a request from Jose over at palmInsider; Jose asked if I could run a battery test on Samantha so he could compare the results on his Celeron-based Samsung Q1. I did one better because I ran BatteryEater on Sammy way back in August […] Read more »

I’m pretty hooked on that Google TXT search for finding business addresses and phone numbers; in fact, I just demonstrated it at a family birthday over the weekend. Who knew we’d get together to celebrate a birthday and need to find the nearest fish market? TechCrunch […] Read more »

Every opportunity there is to squeeze some power savings out of components is one that should be taken. Over the past two years or so, the focus was on processors that use less juice; that’s sure to continue with the upcoming chipsets, but another area is […] Read more »

I’ve used QtParted and other freebie partition tools in the past, especially in my Linux adventures, but GParted is also worth a timely mention. It found its way onto Lifehacker just today and given the fact that some folks may be slowly meandering over to Vista […] Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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