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The KickStart clamshell mobile phone.
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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

Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer

The new Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer allows users to print photos from their mobile phone or digital camera as soon as they take them. The pocket-sized inkless printer is portable, stylish and easy to use.  Read More

The Motorola Blaze with its protective flip-cover.

June 6, 2008 Motorola’s yet-to-be-released iPhone competitor is the Motorola Blaze, which boasts a haptic-feedback touchscreen with a protective flip top transparent plastic cover which also allows for the unit to be used with the cover closed. The phone also sports a 2 megapixel camera, EV-DO, GPS, Bluetooth and MobileTV.  Read More

The Quick Draw Clip System for personal organisation

For most people, the mobile telephone is their principal business tool. It needs to be conveniently accessible wherever they are for optimum productivity. If you move beyond your desk regularly, that means carrying it with you without losing that accessibility. The Quick Draw Clip System offers an instant, accessible and secure way to carry cell phones, iPods, GPS, gloves, cameras, tools, keys, two-way radios or anything else you can come up with!  Read More

Optoma Pico Handheld Projector

June 21, 2008 The promise of micro projector systems integrated into our phones, PDAs and video iPods has been one we have awaited expectantly for so long that it has almost achieved vapourware status. Now Optoma has announced the first Pico projector based on the DLP Pico chipset will available be THIS year. Smaller than most smart phones, this new micro-portable projector fits in your palm and is the ideal companion to ultra-portable media devices such as iPods, PDA's, smart phones and digital cameras. That’s an iPod driving the device in the image – can’t wait for this one!  Read More

The BlueAnt Supertooth 3 portable speakerphone

Anticipating the changing of handsfree driving laws in the US, BlueAnt Wireless’ has released a new portable speakerphone device called the Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Handsfree, which incorporates advanced ‘Text-to-Speech’ technology with voice prompts providing guidance to help users pair the device and upload their mobile phone’s address book. The unit supports a selection of six different languages including American English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and British English, so that when a call is received, the Supertooth 3 announces the incoming caller’s name or Caller ID and the user can then verbally accept or reject the call.  Read More

Nuance demonstrates open voice search prototype

June 12, 2008 Nuance Communications has shown a prototype "open voice search" application on the Apple iPhone that promises simple “say anything” mobile web search capabilities.  Read More

Apple's 3G iPhone

June 10, 2008 After months of speculation the odds were pretty safe - Apple has announced the roll-out of the new iPhone™ 3G.  Read More

It may have taken a while to get traction, but GPS appears to be the next technology destined for ubiquity. A new research report from Parks Associates indicates that by 2012, more than one in ten humans will buy a GPS-enabled mobile device each year.  Read More

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