Stories for Mar. 20, 2005

Looks like ZyXel is all set to launch a couple of new VoIP related gizmos. First up is their new gateway ZyXel P-2302R which has two built-in standard phone jacks, which means you can have two different phone numbers on different ports. One for New York, […] Read more »

Are telecom start-ups back in favor with venture capitalists? Or not? I am a tad confused – for on the same day I have read two conflicting reports about VC and how they view telecom start-up investments. Network World took a day trip to Sand Hill […] Read more »

Despite all the hoopla around WiMAX and it leading to formation of new carriers, it is becoming increasingly clear that it is the incumebents who will end up becoming major players in the fixed wireless business. Last week we heard about AT&T mucking around with pre-WiMAX […] Read more »

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Looks like things are going great for Ditech Communications, a Mountain View, California company that has echo cancellation technology that is in high demand from companies looking to hawk VoIP technology. B. Riley & Co., a Los Angeles-based securities boutique believes that things might be looking […] Read more »

Ed Whitacre Jr., the chief executive of SBC told the Senate Judiciary Committee why his company, which has been losing about 60,000 access lines each week really decided to buy AT&T. First for the AT&T network, and then for the business services. But another reason he […] Read more »

Stories for Mar. 19, 2005

At least one person disagrees with the CTIA refrain “content is king”…”successful content for mobile phones isn’t going to come from hirin… Read more »

So you want to ask Kevin and I questions about mobile tech?  Or you want to comment on something we talked about on one of the techADDICTION shows?  Or maybe suggest a topic for a future show so when it appeared on the podcast you could […] Read more »

Here’s a good overview of the mobile games segment of the Games Developer Conference. Definitely worth the read if you’re interested in mobi… Read more »

AP has sent out a story about mobile phone users in Japan being able to download and read entire novels on their handsets. It’s a bit over-s… Read more »

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Bernie Ebbers decision has many in the financial community rattled. They should be – WorldCom case shows that juries are in no mood to be kind to Broadbandits and those who bankrolled them. Last week, close on the heels of the big JP Morgan settlement, there […] Read more »

In the fast changing world of telecommunications, the new battlelines have been drawn – between fixed line and wireless service providers. Many wireless carriers believe that they can siphon off a lion share of the fixed line voice revenues, thanks to their ability to cram more […] Read more »

Consumer Electronics are the new “IT” girl of Silicon Valley. Everyone wants to make mp3 players, phones and god knows what. Given that commoditization of components is running rampant, the barriers to entry are not as high they used to be say ten years ago. Getting […] Read more »

For less than $150,000 and three days of work, Qwest got the permission to sell à la carte broadband, which we blog types like to call naked DSL. In other words, it is selling high-speed broadband connections, without customers having to sign-up for its PSTN voice […] Read more »

Gizmondo, a new portable handheld game device which also plays music and videos is has made its sales debut in UK. The gizmo is taking on well established giants like Sony and Nintendo, which have many billions to burn in advertising and promotions. What are chances […] Read more »

Remote control software that lets you access your computer from anywhere in the world and run programs and access files is nothing new and in that genre GoToMyPC is certainly one of the best.  I even had a CS rep access my computer remotely and fix […] Read more »

LG was showing a new Portable Media Center (PMC) at CeBIT that has several innovations not seen in current devices on the market.  The PM70 has a 4.3" screen displaying a widescreen (16:9) format that according to infoSync World is very bright and vivid.  The new […] Read more »

When Apple introduced the program to certify iPod accessories made by third party manufacturers through the Made for iPod program this was nothing new.  It’s not even unusual for a company in Apple’s position to try and make a little money out of the certification program.  […] Read more »

I am always looking for good toys to add to my collection of great stuff including vintage Thunderbirds toys and Geekman. X-treme Geek has done it again- take a look at The Cubes- little cubicles with workers that you assemble and show off to all your […] Read more »

You hear about identity theft all the time on the news and all over the web but it really sinks in how prevalent identity theft is when a major insurance company offers coverage for those affected.  Allstate recently offered identity theft coverage for their home insurance […] Read more »

Initially this was to be a review of Moneydance and nothing more. But since I didn’t have experience with anything to compare it to, I checked out a few other personal finance apps for OS X as well, so I could give you the full scoop. In all, I tried Moneydance, iBank, Money, and iFinance. I left Quicken out because it seems to be the typical choice, and I wanted to see what the smaller developers had to offer.

To start off, I’ve never consistently tracked my finances (like I – and you – should) with software or a bank book. Yeah, I know: Bad Nick. Well, this has been a great chance for me to get into it, and surprisingly, I’ve taken to it like a homerun hitter to steroids… I should actually mention, that I keep track of my finances through online banking with my bank’s website. So on a daily basis I can see what’s happening with my accounts. This is great, so why use an app in addition to the online access? The first and most useful reason is the graphic depictions of what your money is actually going toward. Having a pretty, color-coded chart to show you where all your hard-earned cash went is nice for tayloring a personal budget, to say the least.

The online banking type of person will love Moneydance. It was the first one I reviewed, and it’s the one I’ll be sticking with. (If you do your banking by monthly, mailed statements, then you may find one of the other apps more to your liking. More on them shortly.) Read more »

Stories for Mar. 18, 2005

Nokia has agreed to put Opera’s mobile browser on several more handsets, bringing the total to 11. Opera expects the number to increase as m… Read more »

Following on from the scathing dismissal of mobile content at the beginning of the month, has published parts two an… Read more »

Australia’s incumbent telco Telstra will trial DVB-H mobile TV technology later this year, according to a story I wrote for the Icon section… Read more »

This week I did something I’ve been threatening to do for a long time and got a buzz haircut.  I mean, all of it cut off.  It seemed like a good thing to do with spring coming along so I did it.  The funny thing is, […] Read more »

The world it seems accessed the web via their mobile phone. According to Ispos, wireless Internet access climbed nearly 30% in 2004. More than two out of five users globally have accessed the Internet via a wireless connection Ipsos-Insight reveals. Well, if that’s the case, then […] Read more »

Compro has a secret- their VideoMate TV DVB-T, which is barely bigger than a USB flash drive, is a bus-powered HDTV tuner.  Of course you need a computer with at least 2.4 GHz for viewing in HD but there’s another version for plain old TV viewing […] Read more »

Fujitsu Siemens has been busy rolling out new tech recently and they unveiled their new ultra-high definition equipped laptop at CeBIT 2005.  The Amilio M4438 is a behemoth sporting a 17" widescreen (16:10) display with 256 MB of video RAM that displays a pixel resolution beyond […] Read more »

Here’s a few snippets of mobile content news that came out this week that may have passed you by…

Bango Provides On-Bill Payment In USA:… Read more »

Movieseer has licensed video content from iFilms for distribution in 13 countries and territories in Asia. The content includes “more than 2… Read more »

Ever since the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series of games, extreme sports games have done pretty well, and are usually pretty enjoyable games. The game MTX Mototrax was created by the guys at Neversoft, the same company that created the Tony Hawk games. It originally was […] Read more »

You can get as much information about the Chinese telecom boom as you want, but world’s second hottest market is going unnoticed and as a result, I am introducing a new once-a-week column by Dr. Abhishek Puri, who will send us the buzz about broadband from […] Read more »

Engadget got a good look at the diminutive pocket printer from Pentax, the PocketJet 3.  The little printer uses thermal printing instead of ink so it is easily the smallest portable printer you can carry.  It’s not too fast but would fit the bill nicely when […] Read more »

A proliferation of digital devices at home means that the unsightly collection of remotes in the living room is getting out of control. Personally I have about eight remotes at home – one each for TV, Stereo, DVD player, VCR (yeah I still have one,) Sonus […] Read more »

It was only a matter of time before someone produced a cordless Skype phone and Square7 has one available for about GBP100.  The Cordless DUALphone connects to a normal telephone line and a USB port on a PC and provides complete Skype functionality from the cordless […] Read more »

TrustedReviews has published a thorough review of the Fujitsu T4010 Tablet PC that has been in the news a lot recently.  They cover the Fujitsu with lots of photos and benchmarks and is a good place to look if you are interested in this capable Tablet […] Read more »

Skype is still taking the VoIP world by storm and hardware that makes using the free service is appearing regularly it seems.  Actiontec has introduced the Internet Phone Wizard with Skype (IPWS) that makes it possible to use your standard land line phone with Skype.  The […] Read more »

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