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Sharp has announced a $500 handheld translator that will translate spoken text from Japanese to English and vice versa.  The device is based on IBM’s excellent Via Voice speech recognition software and is expected to appear by the end of the year. (via I4U) Read more »

The DEMO conference was held last week while I was working hard in Boston and one of the coolest things I’ve seen come out of the conference is the HearHere podcast searching tool.  HearHere lets you type in a search term for something you want to […] Read more »

GottaBeMobile received some secret anonymous details on the upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad x60s Tablet PC and if they prove to be accurate this will be the convertible to beat.  New features not found in the older x41t model: Hi-res screen option– 1400 x 1050 Core Duo option […] Read more »

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OK, you might not be in the OneNote 2007 beta program, but this is a one of those "save for later" tidbits that can come in handy. OneNote 2007 has a fairly extensive guide to get you started once you install and open the product. While […] Read more »

Earlier this week, we saw that Novatel has a new USB form factor EV-DO modem with Rev. A support. Looks like there’s more to the story as the company is also introducing the Expedite E720 PCI Express Mini Card Module. The E720 can be installed on-board […] Read more »

These aren’t Bluetooth, but a two-pack for $18 is worth a mention. If you hurry up and hit Woot!, today’s deal is good for two wireless mice from Kensington. The mice have three-buttons and a scroll wheel; resolution is 800 dpi. The mice are what I’d […] Read more »

Toshiba is showing off a new HD-DVD drive capable of reading and writing on the new media. HD-DVDs are garnering attention for their high-definition video playback, but like Blu-Ray, the optical disk format is also perfect for storing large amounts of data; HD-DVD typically can store […] Read more »

Hot on the heels of a huge Sony battery recall, HP and Sony issued a joint statement indicating there’s no issue with Sony batteries in HP laptops. Here’s an excerpt: "HP and Sony have studied and agreed that there are currently no safety issues with regard […] Read more »

Paul Thurrott has the inside track (as usual!) and spreads the word that Microsoft will release Vista RC2 to beta testers this week. Build 5743 expands upon the prior interim build of 5728, which is bar-none the best build yet. Paul notes an interesting stat that’s […] Read more »

Hey, all the cool kids are doing it. I’m talking about beta testing and getting a first look at something exciting. If you want to in the "cool kid crowd" and lend a hand at the same time, why not help Dennis, Rob, Warner and Matt […] Read more »

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That’s the question that Mike shot me via e-mail earlier today. A jkOTR reader and Samsung Q1 owner, Mike asks a valid question since he sees just a few manufacturers offering Slate Tablet PCs; he names Fujitsu, Motion and Electrovaya, now that HP no longer manufactures […] Read more »

When you have Tablet PC questions or need some advice, there’s no better place to look than within the Tablet PC community. Microsoft recognizes this, which is why they award MVP status to those with the knowledge and the desire to help the community. None other […] Read more »

Boy, when it Slings, it pours! Not only did Sling Media announce three new products plus upcoming support for Symbian, but it seems like they’re saving a little money on their product packaging too based on this pic from Dave Zatz. After all, if you’re going […] Read more »

This new 2-Megapixel webcam from HP (affectionately and generically dubbed "the 2-Megapixel webcam") could be a nice addition to any notebook, convertible Tablet or even a UMPC with a stand. The .33 pound picture taker can shoot still up to 1600 x 1200 resolution, while full […] Read more »

Who says you need an iPod to listen to podcasts? Heck, you don’t even need a Smartphone for that matter if you’re a Cingular customer. The wireless carrier just partnered with Melodeo for podcast streaming at a cost of $4.99 a month. At first, my reaction […] Read more »

Still no Asus R2H sightings here in the U.S., but our Origami brothers and sisters overseas are providing some good info. Just today, Stefan posted a nice tidbit over on the Origami Project forums that clarifies the memory situation. Remember the confusion about how much RAM […] Read more »

I have been a big fan of The Gadgeteer for as long as I can remember.  The site offers great hands-on reviews and insights into different gadgets and one of the reasons I think it’s been so popular is the combination of Julie and Judie and […] Read more »

The xTablet from MobileDemand just may be the ultimate rugged Tablet PC that offers complete mobility with its 8.4” screen and its expandability with optional modules such as bar code scanners and credit card swipers.  Linda Epstein of Tablet PC2 has published a thorough review of […] Read more »

One of the great benefits of being involved with the mobile tech community is the opportunity to meet with those individuals whom you might not meet otherwise.  I have been corresponding with Mickey Segal for a long time and since he is based in Boston I […] Read more »

I swear I don’t sit up at night and think of these uses for OneNote Mobile and a UMPC. They really just happen! Previously I used this hardware and software solution for a pool project at Home Depot as well as my fantasy football draft. I’m […] Read more »

What can I say, it’s a mouse kinda day. If the micro-sized mouse from Sigma isn’t your thing, the new Bluetooth MoGo mouse from Newton Peripherals just might be more your style. Gearlog has a brief "hand on" review (how do you use a mouse with […] Read more »

Remember UltraSync, that UMPC synching utility from imagine LAN we mentioned back in August? ctitanic just got word direct that the software is now available! Better yet, you can download a 14-day trial version directly from the company at this link. According to imagine LAN: "UltraSync […] Read more »

If these digital rodents get any smaller, I think I’ll just embed an RFID tag in my palm and rig that for mousing around somehow. The Sigma Rotino is a wee little laser mouse that measures a miniscule 30 x 70 x 20 millimeters in size. […] Read more »

While James and I are both using Samsung Q1 UMPCs as our primary mobile computing devices, that doesn’t mean it’s "the bestest" model out there. Well…don’t tell "Sammy" or "Flash" we said that; it’s just between us friends, ‘k? Seriously, we’re firm believers in the "what […] Read more »

Feed reading is becoming all the rage these days and it’s no surprise: consumer information consumption is clearly changing. I remember when Google Reader came out last year and I thought it was solid for basic aggregation and reading of RSS content. For most folks it’s […] Read more »

CLICK HERE to download the file and listen directly.MoTR 70 is 33:47 minutes long and is a 30.9 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 »

Plantronics is currently holding a promotion that gives 10% off any headset purchase through October 31st. Gaming headsets are the only exclusion, which is just fine: no need for the funky Halo 2 headset since my 360 is in the shop! If you’re looking for a […] Read more »

Outlook Web Access, or OWA, can really come in handy while you’re on the road. If you aren’t able to run a full Outlook client or perhaps you’re at an Internet kiosk and need access to your Exchange-based mail, OWA is a decent solution, not perfect, […] Read more »

I’m all for good uses of wireless technology, but Sony Ericsson’s Bluetooth watch isn’t doing it for me at $399. The MBW-100 can control the music functionality of your paired BT cell-phone and sports a Caller ID display for those incoming calls. I suppose if I’m […] Read more »

Not much new here, but if you want the official Zune details direct form Microsoft, they made the announcement this morning. Highlights and details include: MSRP of $249.99 30 GB for storage and pre-loaded content 3-inch LCD screen with rotation support Zune Pass subscription is $14.99 […] Read more »

Allegiance Technology Partners is sponsoring a "Tablet PC Q&A" webinar on Wednesday, October 11th at 2 p.m. EST. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Tablet PC computing platform whether you have experience with tablets or you’ve never used one and have some […] Read more »

As a follow up to information shared yesterday at Mobius, Sling Media formally introduced the new Slingbox family this morning. All of the official deets are in the press release after the jump so check it out. If you’re like me and want the ability to […] Read more »

Kevin Tofel was kind enough to post the breaking information about the next generation Slingboxes that I shot to him during the Mobius Conference yesterday so we could get the information to you right away.  Unfortunately I didn’t have time to get him photos of the […] Read more »

If you were wondering just how big a geek MobileTechRoundup co-host Matt Miller really is I can offer you conclusive proof quantifying that fact.  Yesterday during the Mobius presentations all attendees were given Vista RC1 on DVD and Matt, who brought his MacBook Pro, didn’t waste […] Read more »

Windows Mobile enthusiasts are all too aware how long it has been since Microsoft has released any free PowerToys for the platform and I’m happy to report from Mobius that they will be bringing out a few new ones in the future.  The first PowerToy we […] Read more »

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