2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Mobile Technology

HTC Touch Pro2

HTC has announced their next generation Windows Mobile smartphones. The two devices announced, the HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2, are both Windows Mobile 6.1 devices, but meet the new minimum hardware specs for compatibility with the upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 release. These devices are hot! Both include a 800x480 WVGA display, with the Pro2 including a full qwerty keyboard and tilt up screen.  Read More

Palm Pre

Announced at CES 2009, Palm's Pre is a 3G smartphone set to take on the iPhone and the G1. Read on to find out why we think it's got a fighting chance of becoming the next "must have" handset.  Read More

HeadsetPresenter – the EUR10 remote controller for your PC

If you have a Bluetooth headset for your mobile phone, HeadPresenter software can now turn that headset into a remote presentation tool for Microsoft Powerpoint, Google Presentations or Open Office Impress. Indeed, the just released V 3.0 of the EUR 10 (USD 12.85) HeadsetPresenter software can turn hardware you probably already own into a miniature remote controller for any Windows software, which can be very handy with f'rinstance, Media Player or iTunes. But wait, there's more! The new version incorporates voice recognition meaning you can combine speech and button control, and there's a Mac version imminent.  Read More


 Source: GSMA & Decisive Media. Photographer: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert.

The world passed its four billionth mobile connection this week, passing another milestone along the road to the ubiquitous wireless connectivity of every human being. It took 23 years for one billion mobiles to be connected, three years for the next billion, two years for the next billion and less then two years to reach four billion. Further growth in emerging markets plus the integration of previously unconnected devices are expected to push the number of global connections to six billion in 2013. There are only 6.7 billion human beings.  Read More

xGPS brings turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone

While TomTom has had a functional turn-by-turn GPS application working in the lab since June last year, the "complicated issues" preventing a launch that Apple mentioned a couple of weeks later obviously haven't been sorted out - but that hasn't stopped the xGPS team from bringing turn-by-turn to the iPhone and iPod touch in the form of a jailbreak app.  Read More

The SmartShopper Deluxe Grocery List Assistant

One of the many difficulties in gaining acceptance for new inventions is conveying the benefits of those technologies and such is the case with the new and improved USD $100 SmartShopper Deluxe Grocery List Assistant. It's smaller than the original SmartShopper, has better voice recognition, greater memory, longer battery life, can keep two lists at once, and it even organizes AND prints your shopping list by store category. But even in an environment chock full of rampant technophiles, it had more than a few people trying to find new ways of politely asking if it was a solution looking for a problem.  Read More

The Kindle 2

Not surprisingly, the leaked photos we showed you over the weekend weren't part of an elaborate Photoshop hoax. Amazon has announced the Kindle 2, which is thinner than an iPhone, weighs in at 10.2 ounces (0.29kg) and one-ups the original Kindle in a number of key areas.  Read More

Amazon Kindle 2

Alexander Turcic at the MobileRead forums has leaked what appear to be 10 press images of the Kindle 2, and claims the device will be on sale February 24 at a cost of USD$359. We can't tell you whether the images are legit or not, but we're largely convinced, and Amazon has a press event scheduled for next Monday, February the 9th - so it's not long until we'll know for sure.  Read More

Samsung Memoir 8-megapixel camera phone

Samsung and T-Mobile are set to introduce a touch-screen phone equipped with an 8-megapixel camera into the US market. Called the Memoir, the phone is apparently a US version of the Pixon handset announced for Europe and Asia last year and will sport a Xenon flash, 16x digital zoom, in-built GPS and a virtual full-QWERTY keypad.  Read More

Toshiba's TG01

Toshiba plans to take on the smartphone market with their TG01, based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform running Windows Mobile 6.1. The 9.9mm thick device sports a 4.1-inch widescreen VGA (800x480) touchscreen, a GUI designed specifically for easy one-handed navigation, and the standard HSDPA 3G, WiFi, and GPS/aGPS connectivity options.  Read More

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