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Latest Skype release supports video calls for iPhone and iPad

It has been a pretty hectic holiday season for the folks at Skype with a new iteration of their iPhone app launching this week, finally providing support for two-way video calls over 3G and Wi-Fi connections. After the Skype outage the previous week plus a recent crackdown on VOIP apps in China, some good news for the company ends the year on a much-needed high note.Read More

Archos releases 250GB version of 7-inch Archos 70 internet tablet

When Archos released its 7-inch Archos 70 internet tablet last month it sported a fairly paltry 8GB of flash storage and ran Android 2.2. Since then the device has received a firmware update that brought improved performance, better battery life estimation and support for external GPS adapters thanks to Android 2.21. Now the company has announced a hefty boost in storage space with a 250GB HDD version of the device.Read More

iPad 2 rumor roundup

With Apple likely to maintain its usual one-year gap between updates to its popular product series we can expect to see iPad mark II sometime around April – if not before. As the original iPad was announced at a press event in January 2010, it’s also likely we’ll get some kind of official announcement early in 2011. With that date rapidly approaching we thought it would be a good time to do a round up of the more credible rumors surrounding the next generation iPad that for the time being, thanks to Apple’s renowned secrecy, has simply been dubbed the iPad 2. Read More

Back to basics mobile phones from Lekki

Remember a simpler time when people used mobile phones to make calls? When just about everyone owned a Nokia, and most of those were a model with cutting-edge features like an internal antenna, vibrate call alert and the facility to create your own ringtones? If you're too young to remember the iconic Nokia 3210 or were too set in your ways to own a mobile back in the dark ages of the late 1990s, then a French company called Lëkki is now offering you a second chance. Refurbished and revamped, there are currently two legendary phones on offer as part of the company's Back to Basics ethic.Read More

Aerowatch: Horological Machine No. 4 Thunderbolt

If you enjoy building model airplanes as a boy, and become a designer of high-end watches as an adult, what do you end up doing? If you're Maximilian Büsser, you create a watch that resembles an airplane – and that costs as much as one, too. That’s the story behind the new watch from Switzerland’s MB&F (Maximilian Büsser & Friends), the Horological Machine No. 4 Thunderbolt. The 50-jewel titanium and sapphire timepiece looks like it might wrench itself free of your wrist and start performing inside loops in the sky ... given that it sells for a mind-blowing 150,000 euro (US$196,812), however, you’d probably want to keep it close at hand.Read More

LG's Optimus 2X puts Android 2.2 on a dual-core Tegra 2 processor

Korean electronics giant LG is getting ready to release the world's first smartphone with a dual core processor. Promising better handling of multimedia, full 1080p high definition video and benefiting from both front and rear facing cameras, the Optimus 2X will initially be released with Android 2.2 but with an upgrade to Gingerbread coming shortly after.Read More

dzdock One: iPhone and iPad stand designed by an 11-year-old and made in the USA

Created by an 11 year old boy from Pennsylvania, USA, Dzdock One is a one-size-fits-all dock for iPhone, iPad, Kindle and other styles of tablets or smart phones. The design started off as a father son challenge, where young Dino Zaharakis’ was promised that if he could design an iPad dock and web-site to market it, he could get a phone. A big challenge for anyone, the youngster took it all the way and has successfully designed, manufactured and marketed the Dzdock One. Read More

W3C releases Mobile Web Application Best Practices guidelines

Whether it's due to improvements in our smartphones or the rise of tablet computers, one thing's for sure - mobile Internet usage is on the rise. That's welcome news for the vast number of web developers looking to break into the applications market. Of course, making sure that a new application works correctly across the various mobile platforms can be a bit of a coding nightmare. Happily, help is at hand in the form of a new mobile web standard developed by the international community working to make the web accessible for all.Read More

Holy hybrid! E Mobile's pocket WiFi is also an Android smartphone

Japan has long had a reputation for being on the cutting edge of technology and innovation, so one might expect that the country would be blanketed with open wireless for everyone. Therefore, many travelers are surprised to find that public WiFi is scarce, and that those who want mobile internet usually have to dish out for a for a monthly plan. E Mobile has been providing popular pocket WiFi solutions for some time, but the company's latest is an intriguing piece of hardware. Read More

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On the Go: Top gear for business travelers

Business travel in the 21st Century is a whole new ball-game. With the advent of laptops, netbooks and even smaller form factor connected devices like tablets and smartphones, the task of taking your office on the road with you is getting easier, but there's still a compromise between the gear you need to maintain full productivity and the reality of wrestling your way through airport check-in queues. So what are the options? In the first of a three part series that will look at the best of what's new for the mobile technophile, here's our pick of essential accessories tailored to the needs of the mobile business traveler.Read More

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