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USB-to-USB Transfer Device for iPod, Digital Cameras, and Other USB Devices

December 7, 2006 The US$100 Hitch is a unique USB sharing accessory that gives iPod users the ability to share their files on the go without a PC, Hitch can connect USB devices such as digital cameras, digital audio/video players, USB flash drives and is compatible with many brands of USB devices, such as Apple, Creative, iRiver, Samsung, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Casio, Olympus, Panasonic, etc. It’s well worth a look if you’re a professional who needs to carry lots of files around with them, a photographer, or have need to regularly transfer music, video, photos, documents, and more. Hitch will even charge all of these devices during use!  Read More

US$500 wrist watch telephone and MP3/MP4 player

December 5, 2006 The wrist watch telephone has been one of the most anticipated gadgets in history, having been introduced to the public psyche by Chester Gould’s globally-syndicated newspaper comic strips featuring Detective Dick Tracy who began using a wristwatch phone in 1946 (supersleuth Tracy was quite the technophile, with his wrist phone becoming a two-way video watch in 1964, and a wireless wrist-worn computer in 1987). Now the dreams of a billion people are about to be answered with the coming launch of a miniscule (43 x 56 x 16.8 mm) US$500 wristwatch weighing just 45 grams (1.6 ounces) with a 96 x 74 Pixel touch screen and as well as making and receiving phone calls (GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz Tri mode (HW and SW) it’ll play MP3s and MP4 videos. Initially expected to be available in mid-2007 in Pastel Blue & Pink, Baby Blue & Pink, Navy Blue, Electric Blue, Red, Yellow, Black and Grey, there’s also a range of upmarket versions in the design phase (see design sketches in the image gallery) made in 18 carat gold, black titanium and other exotic substances.  Read More

Goldvish launches into Dutch market at Millionaire Fair in Amsterdam

December 4, 2006 Geneva-based luxury personal communication company, GoldVish combines exclusive jewellery, haute couture and the ever-developing world of technology to develop very glitzy and very expensive mobile phones. The company is developing its European market by introducing its cell phone collection at each successive Millionaire Fair Exhibition and will this week be one of the stars of Millionaire Fair in Amsterdam. Following on from successful launches in both Cannes and Moscow, GoldVish co-founder Gregor Snip, who developed the concept in Holland has a prize draw at each of the events and gives away one of his US$30,000 phones, the last one going off in Moscow. The winner of the incredible prize was Ms Galieva, from St. Petersburg, who won her golden diamond-encrusted cell phone “by coincidence.” “I took a plane from St Petersburg to visit the fair in Moscow. I collected my ticket just five minutes before the drawing -- a lucky coincidence, I must say.’  Read More

Samsung develops World’s Slimmest Mobile LCD Screen

November 29, 2006 Samsung Electronics is the world’s largest provider of numerous technologies and consumer electronics products, among them thin-film transistor, liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels. The company has now announced that it has developed the thinnest reported LCD panel - one no-thicker than a credit card at 0.82mm, which is 0.07mm thinner than the panel previously reported to be the world’s slimmest. The company also announced that it has developed a new mobile technology, which it is calling, “i-Lens”, for integrating the entire panel assembly, including a protective layer, into a single, thinner module that is more shock-resistant and easier to read than conventional panels. In effect, it means our mobile phones will soon become slimmer yet again.  Read More

Breakthrough Linux-based MOTOFONE with electronic paper display

November 29, 2006 Motorola has finally rolled out the highly anticipated MOTOFONE at an event held in New Delhi, India. The MOTOFONE looks set to strengthen Motorola's drive to connect the next billion mobile phone users, with the Indian launch to be followed by a rapid international rollout. Is the first model of the company’s SCPL design platform Linux-based phones designed to replace the Razr and is aimed at low-end users with its very easy-to-read electronic paper display and outstanding battery life. It is the first of a new breed of handsets designed to disrupt today's communications landscape by cutting across price tiers, product segments and international markets. We’ve written lots previously ( Sony Reader, READIUS Rollable Display, Iliad electronic reader, Plastic flexible e-paper Display, clocks, watches) about E Ink’s electronic paper displays, which are the basis of the MOTOFONE's ClearVision display. The changeable electronic ink display is easy to read in bright sunlight or dimly lit environments from virtually any angle -- just like paper. Additionally, the display is plastic, lightweight and ultra-low power, making it ideal for mobile and power sensitive applications by eliminating the weight and breakability of glass used in LCD displays.  Read More

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November 28, 2006 Last October, we wrote about the coming of rCard technology, a US$25 multimedia card with hi-res screen about the size of a credit card and not much thicker, recognising it as an important step in the evolution of disposable, giveaway and promotional items. CEO IQ yesterday showed the card being used in five different applications as a sales tool, a customer interaction tool, a talent recruiting tool, a life-saving tool and a “sneak peek” at a retail version of the rCard. Unlike thumb-drive USBs and business card CD-ROMs, the rCard is a complete interactive information vehicle that does not require a computer or technological skill to use. The rCard has a two inch color screen and can be loaded with up to 1 gigabyte of information at the factory. It has a long-lasting battery and shows photos, data, graphics, slide shows and video and is now being touted as a US$32 item – still worthwhile as a give-away to encourage high value clients. A video of the rCard can be seen here, and opportunities now exist globally for distributors and clients alike.  Read More

Another elite mobile phone contender – the Gresso

November 28, 2006 As we head towards the tipping point – the point where half of all the people in the world has a mobile phone – it’s becoming quite an entertainment to watch the development of the world’s expensive mobile apparatus for the very elite. We’ve previously written about the Vertu Collection, and JSC Ancort’s solid platinum Brilliant Crypto smart phone, and now there’s another contender at the very expensive end of proceedings. It is the Gresso phone. The case of the phone is made from Gold and 200-year-old African Blackwood, with every Gresso phone handcrafted and unique. Whatsmore, the phone is just 10mm thick. Sapphire anti-glare crystal glass frames the surface of the screen. We’re assured that the phone is well equipped technically, but we don’t have the specs other than it allows travel worldwide. Designed by an un-named Italian designer, the phones will be on sale only in Russia. The company has not yet unveiled its web site.  Read More

Mobile Gaming Habits changing rapidly and globally

November 28, 2006 Mobile multimedia is the next frontier of digital commerce and a new Nielsen study for Nokia has some interesting insights into the rapidly changing landscape which addresses individuals with entertainment in ways previously unavailable. Gathered by conducting one hour interviews with 1800 participants across China, Germany, India, Spain, Thailand and the United States, the results found mobile phone gamers average 28 minutes per session (highest India with average 39 minutes), that one third of them play daily, that phone games are played on the move (61%) almost as much as they are played at home (62%). Also, mobile phone gamers are making the most of their idle time with 56% preferring to play while waiting for something to happen.  Read More

CSU adopts Podcast On-The-Move Study

November 21, 2006 Several California State University campuses have adopted iTunes U, an innovative software that enables students to download podcasts of such items as lectures, campus news, and class notes into their portable iPod systems. The iTunes U service, developed and hosted by the Apple Computer, Inc., enables students to download audio, graphic and video images onto their Macintosh or PC computers, then copy them to their iPods to listen or view anywhere. Students may also upload content to share with professors, or the class. Professors and students using this free service are also linked to university news and information related to academic and student events. Of CSU's 23 campuses, Fresno State, Cal State East Bay, San Jose State, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Sacramento State have already adopted iTunes U.  Read More

Sony Ericsson ranks highest in mobile phone customer satisfaction

November 20, 2006 Sony Ericsson ranks highest in satisfying customers who have owned their current mobile phone for less than two years, according to a J.D. Power and Associates 2006 U.S. Wireless Mobile Phone Evaluation Study released this week. The study measures customers' satisfaction with their wireless handsets based on five key performance factors. In order of importance, these are: physical design (24%); operation (22%); features (20%); handset durability (19%); and battery function (15%). Sony Ericsson received the highest ratings from customers in handset durability, and also performs particularly well in features and battery functionality. LG and Sanyo took out second and third place in the overall rankings, with global market leader Nokia, Samsung and Kyocera performing below the industry average.  Read More

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