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Mobile Technology

The Solar Ketai waterproof, solar-powered mobile phone

Mobile phones and the beach are generally not a great mix, but for anyone looking to stay in touch while soaking up the rays there are a few more details filtering through regarding Sharp’s waterproof, solar-powered phone. Due for a June release in Japan through Japan’s KDDI wireless provider the new phone has finally gained a title, the Solar Ketai (Solar Mobile) and will be released as part of KDDI’s “au” line.  Read More

The concept Q-SOUND solar-powered Bluetooth headphones

When it comes to wearable devices that harness the power of the sun, it would seem to make sense that the obvious place for solar panels would be the place that generally gets the most sunlight – namely the top of the head. That might not be desirable for items such as backpacks, jackets or sunglasses, but it’s such a perfect fit for headphones that you wonder why no one has thought of it before. Engineering student Shepeleff Stephen has hit on the obvious with his concept for Bluetooth-enabled headphones that incorporate solar panels into the headband.  Read More

Visual Voicemail allows you to sort through phone messages quickly and easily

One of the more tedious jobs at the end of a working day is listening to all the voicemails that have piled up while you’ve been busy in meetings. If wouldn’t be so bad if callers left a brief message, but listening to messages that aren't urgent drone on for minutes can be a little frustrating. Help may be at hand. As the name suggests, Visual Voicemail allows you to see all your voicemail messages at a glance.  Read More

The pico projector is compatible with the iida G9 cell phone

If you’re looking to share some of the video or photos stored on your mobile phone with an audience, then the KDDI pico projector could be just the thing for you. Designed to work with the new KDDI iida G9 mobile phone and the upcoming iidda range, the Toshiba manufactured handset uses DLP display technology. It can project a 480x320 image of between six and 63 inches onto a flat surface or wall up to 8.2 feet (2.5m) away.  Read More

Palm Pre

After months of speculation from the blogosphere, Sprint has confirmed the June 6 release of the Palm Pre handset we got all hot and bothered about back in February.  Read More

Genius' Look 313 Media multi-functional webcam

Genius' Look 313 Media is a multifunctional take on the webcam that integrates a USB 2.0 hub and two rotational speakers to provide a new mini-digital entertainment option for travelers looking for that extra space in their suitcase.  Read More

Samsung Movies is compatible with the Samsung Tocco Ultra Edition

Online movie stores aren’t exactly a dying breed, but now European owners of Samsung phones, laptops and PCs have a movie store to call their own with the launch of Samsung Movies. Powered by European digital movie retailer Acetrax, the new store will allow users to download the latest Hollywood releases and TV shows for viewing on compatible Samsung devices.  Read More

Philips GoGear Spark media player

Philips has launched a portable media player (PMP) that glows while your songs are playing. Powered by Philips' patented FullSound technology, the GoGear Spark also features voice recording and PC download capability via USB 2.0.  Read More

The MiFi 2200

Version Wireless will introduce the much anticipated MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot on May 17. The credit-card sized MiFi 2200 will allow customers to create a wireless access point with up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices such as notebooks, netbooks, cameras, gaming devices or portable media/MP3 players.  Read More

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