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Use the 3G iPhone as a 3G modem

July 23, 2008 While tethering (using a 3G phone as a modem for a laptop) is a feature included in almost every 3G phone on the market, AT&T have come out and said they will not support tethering on the 3G iPhone. That oversight has spurred hackers into action and resulted in the circulation of a tutorial for doing what AT&T won’t. Remember that this might be against your use license agreement with AT&T and result in much unpleasantness – or they may do nothing at all.  Read More

AIM for the iPhone

July 23, 2008 Looking for a way to offset the ridiculously expensive data plan that your new 3G iPhone is tied to? AOL's free AIM client has a feature you might be interested in - the ability to send free SMS messages.  Read More

DICE Electronics Universal Car kit for iPod

July 22, 2008 DICE Electronics have joined the glut of FM iPod transmitters already on the market with their Universal Car kit for iPod. The offering from DICE however differs from its competitors by using FM RDS technology - the communications protocol standard that sends small amounts of digital information such as time, track/artist info and station ID alongside conventional FM radio broadcasts. Using RDS allows song and artist name info from the iPod to show up on the screen of a compatible car radio.  Read More

Honlai Technology's MP101

July 22, 2008 For those that find the touch screen on their iPod Touch or new 3G iPhone too small, Honlai Technology have introduced their QingBar MP101 iPhone projector. The portable unit that measures 102mm wide x 76mm long x 54mm high can throw images from 15 to 27-inches onto a wall or screen in a 4:3 aspect ratio at 640 x 480 (VGA) pixel resolution.  Read More

Activate and Jailbreak your 3G iPhone with Pwnage Tool 2.0.1

The iPhone Dev Team have released version 2.0.1 of their infamous Pwnage Tool, which can now activate and jailbreak a 3G iPhone. Unfortunately, unlocking the phone for use with another SIM card is still a work-in-progress.  Read More

The Knight Rider GPS by Mio.

Always wanted to live out a “Hoff” fantasy - no, not drunkenly try to eat a hamburger, but rather driving around with the dulcet tones of K.I.T.T. riding shotgun? Well now thanks to the portable GPS navigation device maker Mio you can become a lone crusader and take a shadowy flight into the world of a man who does not exist. The Knight Rider GPS by Mio includes exclusive voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions featuring the original voice of K.I.T.T., William Daniels as well as a Knight Industries-approved LED display.  Read More

Mobile Internet use generated over $5 billion in 2007, and accounted for $1.7 billion in Q...

A combination of device availability, network speeds, content availability and consumer interest has lead to mobile Internet use reaching critical mass, states a report by Nielsen Mobile. The paper predicts that we can expect to see a rapid growth in consumer adoption and mobile marketing in the following years. Mobile Internet use generated over $5 billion in 2007, and accounted for $1.7 billion in Q1 of this year.  Read More

The Juicebar disposable mobile phone charger

July 8, 2008 The mobile telephone gold rush has made a fair percentage of the world's nouveau very rich, and spawned a lot of accessories of dubious value - this doesn't appear to be one of them. Once you've realised how essential a phone is, having a dead battery is just not an option. Being stranded without communication is not only an exasperating problem, but it can also put you in a dangerous predicament when you need to make an emergency call. Enter the Juicebar  Read More

The KickStart clamshell mobile phone.
 Pic courtesy Boy Genius Report.

July 7, 2008 Rumors of a low cost BlackBerry clamshell phone have been doing the rounds for a while now and appear to have reached critical mass. According to reports the new BlackBerry KickStart, will sell on US wireless provider T-Mobile for US$49.99 after subsidy with September the expected release date. RIM’s entry into the lower end of the market could well be in anticipation of the effect the imminent release of the iPhone will have on their traditionally higher-end market.  Read More

The Openmoko Neo FreeRunner

While Android, the open mobile platform developed by an alliance of some of the mobile phone and computing world’s biggest names, has attracted a lot of interest and support since it was announced late last year, it wasn’t actually the first open mobile computing platform. That title goes to Openmoko – a project founded by Taiwanese computer and components manufacturer First International Computer, Inc. (FIC), with the combined aims of developing an open source Linux based operating system designed for mobile phones and hardware devices on which the operating system, called Openmoko Linux, runs. The first smartphone released that supported the Openmoko Linux platform was the Neo 1973, which was released in July, 2007 but suffered from supplier shortages. Now Openmoko has announced their follow up – the Openmoko Neo FreeRunner – a mobile device that the company says will help to enable ubiquitous computing in the 21st century.  Read More

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