Archive for the ‘Pocket PC’ Category
Straight from Engadget: “Toshiba’s new duo may not steal the show together, but the G900 is officially ready to help redefine high-end smartphone devices. The behemoth features, as we mentioned an utterly unreal 3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, rear biometric scanner, 2 megapixel rear camera, front-facing video conferencing camera, 64MB of internal memory, miniSD expansion, tri-band HSDPA (yes!), 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, USB, video calling, and USB On-The-Go. The E01 is far more lower end, but still manages HSDPA, a 65k color display, A2DP Bluetooth, and that same 2 megapixel camera. We’re still missing out on pricing and launch details, but for now you can still check out the gallery below for more pics, including a couple side-by-sides.”
Straight from Pocket PC Thoughts: “It’s thin, light, flexible – and plastic. Brown University engineers Hyun-Kon Song and Tayhas Palmore have created a prototype polymer-based battery that packs more power than a standard alkaline battery and more storage capacity than a double-layered capacitor. Their work, published in Advanced Materials, will be of interest to the energy, defense and aerospace industries, which are looking at more efficient ways to deliver electricity.”
Now this is what really sounded cool about this new technology: “You start thinking about this polymer and you start thinking that you can create batteries everywhere out of it,” Palmore said. “You could wrap cell phones in it or electronic devices. Conceivably, you could even make fabric out of this composite.”
Straight from Ars Technica: “Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro is frustrated with the music industry. While the consumer electronics industry works to find a middle ground between the interests of electronics manufacturers and rights holders, the RIAA has failed to participate. To make matters worse, despite their lack of participation, the RIAA is currently lobbying members of Congress to push through the controversial audio broadcast flag; its passage would trump the efforts of the Copy Protection Technical Working Group.The RIAA is a late-comer to the “flag”-method of content control, which can be generically described as follows: mandate all broadcasters to use technology to embed mandated “flags” that are then “respected” by hardware designed under mandate to obey the mandatory behavior. That’s a lot of mandates, but that’s what the broadcast flag is all about: using the law to first re-define and then enforce a new copyright regime under the guise of digital rights management.”
Straight from Gizmodo: “Now here’s a smartphone that’s getting even smarter, in fact, the Orange SPV M3100 does so much stuff the company’s calling it a connected PDA. Running Windows Mobile 5.0, Orange says the phone is the first to support HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access), an offshoot of the 3G wireless protocol that’s the latest attempt to bring you wireless broadband-like downlink speeds. It’s still able to communicate with conventional networks, too, such as 3G, WiFi, GPRS, and EDGE.”
Google, eBay And Amazon To AT&T: We'll Build Our Own Network
"AT&T and the telcos are threatening to charge Google and other Web sites extortion-type fees unless Google and others pay for adequate bandwidth. But Google and others may soon have this answer for them: No, thanks. We'll build our own fat pipe into customers' homes."
Straight from Pocket PC Thoughts: "Janak first posted about this software in 2004. It is still very much a work in progress. Right now, it support WM2003. WM2002, 2000 and WM5 support are in the works, but if you are impatient, you can download the source file and get it working on your particular platform."
Straight from Pocket PC Thoughts: "Our readers' eyes bulged when we stated that UMPCs would range from $600 to $1,000. They may be even more surprised to learn that the cPC will ring in at well above the $1,500 mark for enterprise users direct from the manufacturer. In fact, to get a cPC from Westwood, you will have to pay $1,500 plus an additional $500 bucks (although Westwood does throw a three year warranty in with the deal). $2,000 seems like a hefty price to pay for a "do everything" device. If both operating systems are so important to people, a separate Pocket PC used in conjunction with a Tablet PC or UMPC seems like a much cheaper and effective alternative. But then again, it seems as though convergence is the name of the game these days."
Straight from Pocket PC Thoughts: "Straight out of the box, your Axim is equipped to be your personal information manager, your portable office, as well as your entertainment center. With additional third party software and hardware, these functions can easily be expanded, and new functions added. This article provides a brief look at the potential uses of the Axim. Although I have written it specifically with Axims in mind since I know them best, much of the information is applicable to any Pocket PC running the Windows Mobile Operating System. This tutorial is really a work in progress as with each day comes the introduction of new applications and hardware. However, I hope that by reading this article you will be informed and inspired to do more with your Axim (or other Pocket PC)….And if you should happen to have any corrections or additions, please contact me so that I can make the necessary changes. Thanks and enjoy!"
"Since the early days of Windows Mobile, many developers have tried to recreate the good ol' days of coin-operated games on our devices, but few gave that true sense of nostalgia, or even improved on the original. Yes, there were a few underground attempts in making good emulators of games from extracted ROMs, but development became spotty, even for programs like MorphGear. Some big name companies even jumped in to cash in on the idea, such as Atari Retro and the Namco Pocket Editions, though they were sometimes more costly than titles that were generations ahead of their time."
Straight from Pocket PC Thoughts: “Here’s an interesting prototype from Malaysia. They call the M.A.G.I.C. a “true convergent device” (TCD); we call it a heavy-duty Pocket PC Phone Edition. The specs? An Intel PXA270 624MHz CPU, an Intel 2700G3 GPU with VGA-out support, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, an 8GB integrated micro-drive, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, 802.11b Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, IrDA, USB On-The-Go (OTG), dual displays (2.8″ QVGA TFT and 3.5″ QVGA TFT), dual cameras (both 2.0-megapixel), biometric support, a QWERTY keyboard, a microSD slot, and Windows Mobile 5.0. A Windows XP-based version is also in the works. It measures in at 125mm x 70mm x 32mm, and weighs 300g – making it a tad thicker and heavier than the HTC Universal. So, any takers?”
Windows Mobile 5.0 based cell phone with 8gb built-in drive that will allow for MP3, WMA and AAC music playback. USB 2.0 for quick file transfers. Also includes bluetooth.
Straight from Smartphone Thoughts: “”We have no immediate plans to run that service, What runs on our network are our services.”
The above statement was issued by Jeffrey Nelson of Verizon Wireless and “that service” is the Sling Media’s Windows based service that lets the users of Slingbox view their recorded TV shows on their mobile devices. Why doesn’t Verizon want their customers to watch their favorite recorded shows, because Verizon offers it own video service. The one thing I could not understand from this Forbes article is, why Sling Media is seeking consent from the carriers? Am I missing something, shouldn’t a customer who is paying $$$ for the high speed data networks be allowed to pick and choose their own services? Which means Sling Media should be free to offer whatever services it feels is right for its customers. Maybe I have not read the fine print on the terms and conditions for data network access. That said, the carriers are known for their walled gardens and Verizon probably leads the pack, when it comes to nixing technology and services that benefit its customers without benefiting its own pockets. When will this end? I would like to take a moment to talk to the carriers – please, the high speed data networks have plenty of bandwidth for your own services and your customers’, by blocking your customer’s wishes you are turning them away from your own services.”