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Great piece at Computerworld this morning on how mobile technology is helping the blind. Mobile Sorcery AB in Sweden developed custom software for Nokia 6300 phones that integrates with GPS via Bluetooth to keep wires to a minimum. The navigation software was developed by Astando AB, […] Read more »

Mediocre monochrome? Not for LG Philips: yesterday, the company announced a flexible E-Ink display that’s capable of displaying up to 4,096 colors on a 14.1-inch sized component. The viewing angle is a full-180-degrees and according to the press release, "images always appear crisp, even when the […] Read more »

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Skype dips another toe in the mainstream consumer electronics pool today: Om Malik breaks the news that WalMart will carry nine Skype hardware devices. Unlike a limited run or pilot program, the Skype units will become available in all WalMart locations; my assumption being: all U.S. […] Read more »

I spent the day with my Mom as it is Mother’s Day here in the US and it was a good time for all.  Happy Mother’s Day to you all, either for you or your Moms.  If you can’t visit your Mom as I did at […] Read more »

This is a text version of the original post that was made in ink. I am always encouraged to blog more in ink but then get complaints about my poor handwriting.  Thus this text version. Stealth blogging is blogging from any location where you typically are […] Read more »

Web sites have been buzzing about two problems that users report while running Windows Vista on mobile computers. A lot of users report much shorter battery life with Vista and recently some of them report the main culprits to be Aero Glass and the Windows Sidebar. […] Read more »

Although I haven’t tried it yet, I’ve been following an Origami Project forum thread started by Andy that contains a few tweaks to increase UMPC performance. After some testing was done to verify results, Frank (Ctitanic) outlined it on his site as well. If you feint […] Read more »

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I think that OEMs are having problems with battery life under Vista, a meme that keeps raising its ugly head over and over.  The lastest OEM falling victim to this (that’s just speculation on my part) is Motion Computing, who recently announced that their newest slate […] Read more »

I’m in the midst of re-imaging some machines so I’ll have to keep this brief. Looks like Windows Mail might be a dead letter in Vista very soon. PC World Canada indicates that both Windows Mail in Vista and Outlook Express in XP are getting the […] Read more »

Yogi Berra-like quote: "Until you ‘get’ OneNote, you just don’t ‘get’ OneNote". People hear us referring to Microsoft OneNote all the time, but I often think they either figure it’s just a basic notebook app or they get overwhelmed by the many features and functions. So, […] Read more »

Maybe it’s just me, but I tend to move in and out of my folder directories quite a bit during the day. In Vista, that’s much less a chore than in XP thanks to some of the navigational features in the new OS. For XP, it […] Read more »

The deadline came and went for folks to win the Verizon Wireless LG Chocolate phone and we’ve got a winner. Devon had the correct three Wikipedia references to jkOnTheRun and was randomly selected for the mobile tech prize! Devon, just click on James’ cartoon head to […] Read more »

Hot on the heels of my battery benchmarking between Via- and Intel-based UMPCs, Steve provides a different view of the comparison. Like a mobile maestro, he uses two styli in synchronization with a Q1P and Q1B to demonstrate potential trade offs between power, performance and price. […] Read more »

Speaking of geek chic, I just received an email telling me about the latest in geek wear for the terminally trendy.  The CPC Strap-on line of goods is designed to let you wear your cell phone just about anywhere on your body you want.  Look at […] Read more »

The Home Theater Watch for $120 plays video as well as I’ve ever seen on a wrist-watch device based the  YouTube vid I saw over at Geek 24. You store digital content on the 2 GB of internal storage and can view your photos and movies […] Read more »

D-Link indicates they’re first to market with 802.11n upgrades that support the 2.0 draft version of the wireless specification. The company is offering both firmware and drivers for spec compliance and the ‘Connect with Intel Centrino’ product certification. D-Link products that comply with the 2.0 802.11n […] Read more »

Some may find the HP Pavilion HDX notebook computer stretches the concept of a mobile computer to the limits but check out the specs on this uber-desktop replacement notebook: Centrino (Core 2) Duo T7700 2.4GHz CPU 20.1-inch 1680 x 1050 "Ultra Brightview" display ATI Mobility Radeon […] Read more »

Exciting news from the good folks at Motion Computing who report adding a 32 GB SSD to the ultra-portable LS800 Tablet PC.  The LS800 is Motion’s smallest slate Tablet PC and the replacement of the hard drive with an SSD will show a big boost to […] Read more »

We mentioned on a recent podcast that phone widgets are in the works for the S60 devices, but if you’re the adventurous beta type, you can try some now. Even better: there’s a wide array of supported phone devices at the WidSets website, plus you can […] Read more »

The LED backlight revolution continues and this time it’s Apple that goes greener. DailyTech mentions that his Jobs-ness has plans to eliminate all fluorescent-based LCDs on Macs by the end of 2007, in favor of more energy efficient LED backlight display technologies. We’ve already seen the […] Read more »

October will bring not only the next Ubuntu desktop release, but a mobile version for handhelds as well. The new platform is a direct result of the recently announced Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded project and will dovetail with Intel’s mobile processor plans: "Ubuntu programmers will develop […] Read more »

UMPC Portal has the Amtek T770 with the 1.2 GHz Via C7 CPU and Steve is excited to show it off running Vista. He notes the battery life leaves him wanting more, topping out around 2 hours and 15 minutes. One item that appears improved over […] Read more »

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