Monday, July 31, 2006
The Nokia N73, complete with 3.2-megapixel camera, is available now in Europe for around $700. The N73, which was announced in April, features a number of options that make it an attractive option for photography buffs (well, insofar as photography buffs don't mind using a cellphone for taking photos), such as integrated flickr support and a 2.4-inch QVGA display. There's also the assorted bonuses now commonly found on mid to high-end cellphones, such as MP3 (and WMA) support, a miniSD expansion slot and synchronization with Bluetooth or USB. It's a GSM cellphone, but also supports the new kid on the block, EDGE.
Nokia claims that the N73 will provide sufficient battery life for up to four hours of talk time and up to 14.5 days while on standby. While now available in Europe, it's unclear when it'll reach these shores.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Motorola have introduced the new MOTOKRZR and MOTORIZR handsets, along with their complementary Bluetooth headsets, the H601 and H800. Embodying Motorola’s design philosophy, the products are impressively narrow, contain a sliding form factor and integrate new advances in color, material and finish.
The MOTOKRZR meets and surpasses the MOTORAZR standard for slimness, with more than a centimeter shaved off its width. Showcasing a multi-dimensional, metallic gloss finish for visual depth, the MOTOKRZR exhibits subtle elegance through magnesium, polished chrome and hardened glass. The solid piece of glass on the front of the phone – a technological first for a large volume mobile – results in a high-gloss lustre balancing the velvet-like soft touch finish on the back.
Matching the sleek silhouette of MOTOKRZR, Motorola’s first GSM slider, the MOTORIZR handset diversifies the company’s product line-up – giving consumers the ability to slide rather than flip. Although the product showcases a new form, it remains true to Motorola’s design ethos with tactile, metallic and soft-touch finishes, a chemically-etched spun metal keypad and optional tattoo graphics.
Ron Garriques, President Mobile Devices at Motorola, says, “As we set one industry milestone, we’re instantly focused on delivering the next. With MOTOKRZR and MOTORIZR we’ve achieved a new combination of thin and rich – honoring our commitment to design while adding new form factors and additional features.”
Available in both GSM and CDMA, the MOTOKRZR will be available globally during the second half of 2006, regardless of their network preference. The GSM MOTOKRZR features a high resolution 2.0 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth audio, an updated phone directory and new messaging applications. While both versions offer integrated music players and expandable memory up to 1GB, the CDMA MOTOKRZR beats to a slightly different drum boasting touch-sensitive music controls, advanced EVDO data services* and location-based services capabilities.
Merging an innovative slider design with an impressive feature set which is accessible either opened or closed, the MOTORIZR offers intuitive functionality. This slider optimizes on-the-go imaging with its expansive landscape display, 2.0 megapixel camera and programmed point-and-shoot keys. The built-in music player supports a variety of formats and its video capabilities complete this dynamic package.
Motorola H601 and H800
Reflecting the new handsets look and feel, the Motorola H601 and H800 Bluetooth headsets bring advancements in talk time, sound clarity, upgraded finishes and laser-etched graphics. Influenced by MOTOKRZR, the Motorola H601 is sleek and functional, offering optimal comfort. The Motorola H800 debuts with a unique sliding mechanism replicating the MOTORIZR. Both offerings exemplify how Motorola extends its design philosophy across its entire portfolio.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
he mobile phone is changing how we interact with each other, according to a study - with some women using theirs to keep predatory men at bay.
More than 16,500 people were surveyed for the Mobile Life Report which reveals insights into how we live. In the past, women may have used a newspaper as a barrier to deter people from approaching them but that has changed; KAZINFORM is citing The Independent.
The study, which was published by The Carphone Warehouse and the London School of Economics, showed that 54 per cent of women under 25 admitted using their mobile in public situations to deter people from approaching them.
The report revealed that, on average, people sent 3.6 text messages a day compared with 2.8 voice calls a day, and that around one in 10 people have had a mobile stolen. Women aged between 18 and 24 were most at risk.
The research also showed that a quarter of people paused to turn off their phones or switched them to silent mode before sex.
The sleek HP iPAQ hw6900 series gives customers the freedom to choose how they connect by featuring a variety of wireless technologies including wireless voice, high-speed GPRS/EDGE data networking, Wi-Fi, GPS technology and Bluetooth. With both integrated Wi-Fi and GPRS/EDGE technology, the HP iPAQ hw6900 provides users with affordable connectivity, whether in a Wi-Fi hot zone or over a cellular network.
“Busy professionals no longer need to sacrifice connectivity when away from their desk. They can now expand their workspace while on the move with the powerful HP iPAQ Mobile Messenger,” said Nadia Hufkie, iPAQ product manager, HP Personal Systems Group. “With real time, wireless email, voice and fast data access, our customers can get more done and be more mobile with fewer devices to carry.”
Always in the know when on the go
Using new Direct Push Technology in Windows Mobile 5.0, HP iPAQ hw6900 series devices are automatically sent new email, calendar items, tasks or contacts wirelessly.
The Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system creates an improved Outlook Mobile experience, enhanced device and data protection – including the ability to remotely wipe all device data – all without the need for businesses to deploy costly middleware servers and software.
Enhanced device and data protection ensure end-to-end secure, cost-effective mobile messaging solution deployment. With the new Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0, customers do not need third-party middleware additions and can use their existing Exchange servers for an easily manageable and scalable mobile email solution.
Ideal travel companion with built in navigation
Built-in GPS Navigation provides customers directions at their fingertips – whether they are in the car or on foot. Integrated turn-by-turn navigation to nearby restaurants, hotels, airports, cinemas, petrol stations, museums and many other points of interest make the iPAQ hw6900 the ideal travel companion.
Versatility for both work and play
The HP iPAQ hw6900 delivers a unique combination of wireless technologies and rich productivity and multimedia tools. For customers desiring one single and secure device for all of their business and personal communication needs, the HP iPAQ hw6900 offers the freedom to become more mobile. Key features include:
· Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution) technology allows for voice and data communication around the world
· Wi-Fi (802.11b) enabling high-speed data rates
· True push email capability: Windows Mobile 5.0 with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack enables HP iPAQ to integrate directly with Microsoft Exchange Server and Small Business Server for a cost-effective messaging solution for businesses both large and small
· Built-in GPS receiver and optional navigation applications and maps for precise driving directions
· Bluetooth technology – communicate with Bluetooth-enabled devices such as headsets and printers and synchronize wirelessly with a PC
· Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system: persistent storage feature to prevent the loss of data even if the battery is removed or drained; easy multimedia synchronisation such as music, video and photos from a PC to iPAQ handheld; and enhanced Microsoft Outlook Mobile software for calendar, contacts, tasks and email features that improve the mobile experience
· Stronger device and data protection: Microsoft Messaging and Security Feature Pack provides remote management and enforcement of IT policies over-the-air; increased access security to Microsoft Exchange using certificate-based authentication to the server that eliminates the need to store corporate login credentials on device; email content protected with support for signing and encrypting with digital certificates
· Integrated keyboard for fast and easy email/message composition
· Built-in1.3 mega-pixel HP Photosmart camera provides high-quality 4”x6” photos and allows for easy sharing
Friday, July 21, 2006
A study by social networking site MSN Spaces found that nearly 60% of people in the UK use blogs as an online diary.
"Citizen journalists" are increasingly dominating the headlines for reporting events using online tools like blogs.
A second survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 65% of people in the US who write a blog also do not consider their work journalism.
The Pew project interviewed 233 active bloggers. Most cited "my life and experiences" as a primary topic of their blog.
This was followed by politics and government issues and entertainment-related topics.
"Blogs are as individual as the people who keep them, but this survey shows that most bloggers are primarily interested in creative, personal expression," said Amanda Lenhart, a senior research specialist at the project.
The survey of 750 internet users by MSN Space showed UK bloggers had similar interests.
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion
The research found that 28% of UK bloggers write about a hobby compared to 12% who write about world events.
A quarter of internet users in the UK now write a blog, according to MSN Space.
A fifth said they wrote entries to make their voice heard.
The MSN study also asked why people read blogs.
More than a third of respondents said that they read them for the latest technology news. A further 30% said they read them to find out about new music, and 28% about general news.
However, readers did not trust the information. Only 4% saw blog entries as a "totally impartial form, of information" and nearly two-thirds said they took what they read "with a pinch of salt".
Of the people surveyed, 78% said they trusted more traditional forms of media to provide them with accurate information.
Over half of the respondents in the Pew survey said that they tried to verify facts in their posts "sometimes" or "often".
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I am seeing a very worrying trend in South Africa. I am not sure when it started but I think that it needs to end soon or we will be a very sad little country on the southern tip of Africa.
If someone wants to say something that he feels is the truth, then who are we to stop that person from doing it? As long as that view does not incite violence or hatred towards other people, then he HAS to be able to say it.
There has been a website launched lately that brought awareness to the internet world about all of the crime in South Africa. Today, that site no longer exists. Was it pulled by the owner? Was it forced off by the ISP? Were the death threats that the author received the reason?
The author isn't answering his phone, so it seems as if we won't know the answer too soon, which is also a worry.
Let's step back a bit though. Here is someone saying and publishing things that he feels are important. You might not agree. In fact, I hope that you don't agree with him. If we all agreed with each other, why carry on living at all? Argue, debate and talk. Learn. People have threatened the author of the site with violence if he carried on with the site. Who is more in the wrong here? The author or the death threat?
If someone speaks out against anything in South Africa these days, you are branded unpatriotic or racist. Tony Leon of the DA get's it, Patricia de Lille gets it and other people who stand up to raise issues get it. We MUST stand up and stop this. If I wish to make my voice heard I can and MUST do it. It should be expected in a free country. If it doesn't happen, then we aren't truely free.
What do we do about it? We must kep our blogs interesting and exciting so that people on the Information Super Highway know that there are still free thinking liberals in South Africa. Not all of us are pro-death penalty. Not all of us are for a one party state. Not all of us want to leave at the drop of a hat just because things are going badly for a while.
We must be careful not to believe everything we see on the news and on the radio. Remember that these media want us to be one way. Fight against the machine, stand up and be counted.
Please let me know what you think.
Now available worldwide in external USB 2.0 and internal ATAPI models, the new Iomega REV 70 GB Backup Drive utilises tough, removable 2.5 inch 70 GB REV disks that double the capacity of first-generation REV 35 GB pr oducts, delivering the same pr oven reliability and unbeatable pr ice-performance for small and medium-sized businesses. In support of its existing REV customers, Iomega REV 70 GB Backup Drives offer backward read and write compatibility with first-generation REV 35 GB disks.
"Compared to a DAT 72 format tape drive, we offer almost twice the native capacity (36GB vs. 70GB for REV), instantaneous random access to your files, faster backups and restores, ruggedised cartridges, and our drive costs significantly less," says Kennedy. "In true Iomega tradition, we have delivered a safer, smarter and better removable backup solution and the de facto alternative to tape backup pr oducts for small businesses."
With the introduction of the REV 70 Backup Drive, Iomega's REV platform now features two capacity points: REV 35 GB drive and disks, ideal for desktop backup and archive needs; and REV 70 GB drive and disks, delivering increased capacity for server backup applications. The REV pr oduct family also includes automation solutions like the REV Loader 280, which manages eight REV 35 GB disks in an innovative desktop enclosure.
Iomega's REV 70 GB disks can store as much as 140 GB of data with compr ession using standard backup software. EMC award-winning Retrospect Expr ess software ships with all desktop REV drives for automatic backup and disaster recovery; REV server solutions come with CA's BrightStor ArcServe Backup software.
Iomega's new REV 70 GB Backup Drives feature impr oved transfer rates of 30 MB/sec. (max), versus 25 MB/sec for first-generation REV 35 GB pr oducts. Both generations of REV pr oducts boast extensive third-party software support, estimated 30 year archival life, and an estimated one million rewrite durability – the kind of performance tape pr oducts such as DAT 72 can never match. And while tape pr oducts require frequent head cleaning and an expensive tape replacement regime, REV drives and disks are designed for continuous reliable use with zero maintenance.
These advantages translate into the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) of all major backup solutions. Savings include reduced labour, hardware costs, and system downtime. Higher capacity REV 70 GB disks also reduce time spent changing media and pr ovide greater consolidation of data.
The Iomega® REV® 70 GB USB 2.0 Backup Drive retails for R4999 (ex VAT), including one REV 70 GB disk. The Iomega® REV® 70 GB ATAPI Backup Drive retails for R4999 (ex VAT), including one REV 70 GB disk. Iomega REV 70 GB disks are available for R649 each (ex VAT) or in five-packs for R2899
i-mate® has added chic, sleek and sexy to the already astounding range of features in its Smartphone range with the new i-mate® Smartflip. The Smartflip is the perfect balance between business functionality and lifestyle applications - a feature-rich Smartphone with a unique combination of striking good looks and remarkable functionality.
The Smartflip is a super-slim marvel of mobile engineering. At just 16mm thick it slips into a pocket or purse, but its svelte design by no means compromises the phone’s functionality. Full colour dual screens and etched metallic look flat keypad with luminescent back light allows for fast and simple navigation. Business users get Microsoft® Pocket Outlook for Contacts, Calendar, Messaging, Tasks & Voice Notes, with the superb seamless synchronisation of ActiveSync, and the ClearVue viewers for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents. GPRS and EDGE support make for speedy data connections, and the phone can act as a GSM data modem, with both Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
Dual screens provide the usual i-mate brilliant display at 240x320 pixels inside and a 128x128 outside screen for caller information, clock, status, and self-portrait viewfinder. The 1.3 Megapixel camera does stills and video, and audio functions includes support for all major formats with great stereo sound and a hands-free phone function.
For music lovers, audio playback can be controlled using external buttons without opening the phone, and a MicroSD card slot provides additional storage for music and images.
The flat keyboard is comfortably sized for ease of use, with a five-way navigation button and two soft keys. Side buttons control volume, camera, voice memo and voice dialling.
The Smartflip is powered by Windows Mobile 5, and comes pre-loaded with three games.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I’m guessing that the guy in the RL-looking inset top right is the
Naughty America member (”member” — heh, heh, get it?) piloting the
avatar pictured at top left and in-scene shirtless in gray trousers.
And I’m also guessing that the avatar pictured top left is pictured
there so that the Naughty America member can keep an eye on the face
he’s presenting to the redhaired avatar batting those heart-shaped
balloons of love toward him. Aw.
This, of course, is from Naughty America: The Game,
whose producers are threatening to launch this summer. “Get ready for
the first multiplayer experience,” they say, “to boldly go where no
game has gone before — to bed!”
Second Life, but with active genitals. To quote Paris Hilton (with some irony, of course), “That’s hot.”
Oh, and if you click on that link to the NA site? You might want to turn your sound off.
I thought that Roy can't take all of the glory for showing you some really cool iPod additions. With all of the other MP3 players out there, I feel that with all of the additions to the iPod has made that the player of choice. Why buy the N91 from Nokia if you don't get all of the cool things like speakers, FM transmitters etc?
Here is one of them....
Elegantly integrating an iPod into the car is fairly hard to do. There's a whole host of methods to accomplish the task, from line-in inputs in after-market radios, tape adapters and FM transmitters, provided you don't live in an FM radio-saturated market. Speck Products has an FM transmitter that promises to both work well and actually look attractive in the process. The MobileTune plugs into your car's 12V power socket and the iPod's dock connector; the cord functions as an antenna, so you're less likely to hear static on the road. The knob is actually the interface for changing the tuned-in station. I bet not even the Batmobile had one of these.
Speck Products touts a number of features that set this FM transmitter against the others, such as the fact that it supposedly charges the iPod faster than other transmitters and sounds better thanks to the cord/antenna. This perhaps comes at a price, since the MobileTune is only compatible with iPods newer than 3G models. Death to dinosaurs, apparently.It's $59.95 and is available now
Monday, July 17, 2006
Initially a reseller of Vodacom’s 3G/3G HSDPA offering, MWEB Business plans to expand its range of broadband offerings by the end of 2006.
“Our research has revealed that there is still a great degree of uncertainty about broadband – among both small businesses and consumers. We will take into account a business’s particular broadband needs and propose the most suited solution. No jargon, small print, hassle, complication or hidden costs,” says Gary Hart, General Manager: Marketing and Products, MWEB Business.
Local research house BMI-TechKnowledge recently revealed findings related to the local broadband market, and projected that the current base of broadband subscribers will grow to 870,000 by 2009. Of this figure, 56% of subscribers will use wireless broadband services.
“MWEB Business’s strategy is to demystify and simplify the process of upgrading to either fixed or wireless broadband. Broadband is far more affordable than businesses tend to think, and we believe that it is the simplicity of having a single service provider that will appeal to users,” adds Hart.
3G/3G HSDPA from MWEB Business is provided with the following bundled value-added services:
- 1GB mweb.co.za mailbox
- 24 hour technical support
- 300 free Wi-Fi minutes per month (provided that the user is in an MWEB joint-venture hotspot)
- Monitoring and alerts (related to data caps and limits)
- Single point of contact for all technical, hardware, Internet and billing queries
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Hokay. Don't miss this one. Click now and be prepared to spend a fair amount of time rivetted to your screen. Cos this is THE new graphic novel.
Several great things about it.
(1) It's set in 2011, in a 'future' VERY similar to the one George W. Bush seems intent on creating for us right now.
(2) There's a hardbitten realism to this that suggests that the writer and artist have done a ton of research into what's ACTUALLY going on in the Middle East today.
(3) The world they posit is technologically probable. The hero of the piece is a video blogger who happens to be in the right place at the right time. He becomes a media hit when he accidentally videos a bombing on his cellphone. This is really where we're headed.
(4) The artwork is nothing short of stupendous. They're marrying hyper-saturated photography with dirty, super-duper illustration. You're IN this world with these characters.
(5) Throw in the fact that it's being released chapter by chapter every week, with a possible love-story in-the-making, and that the whole thing is free... what more could ya ask for?
Stop reading my review. And go and treat yourself to a thought-provoking look at the politics of violence in Shooting War, written by Anthony Lappé and illustrated by Dan Goldman.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Electronic Arts announced today the development of The Lord of the Rings, The White Council, an all-new role playing game (RPG) for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, and PC. The game, inspired by the New Line Cinema feature film trilogy that grossed more than $3 billion, will feature an original storyline derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novels under an agreement with EA. The game is scheduled to ship in late 2007.
“Our extremely talented and dedicated team is committed to creating an incredible new experience for fans of The Lord of the Rings and role playing gamers,” said Steve Gray, executive producer, The Lord of the Rings, The White Council. “With its next generation gameplay and epic new storyline, we think The Lord of the Rings, The White Council will be a huge success.”
Players have the freedom to explore the open world of Tolkien’s Middle-earth™ in The Lord of the Rings, The White Council. Players can choose their role as a man, an elf, a dwarf, or a hobbit. Each role’s destiny is to become a hero allied with the White Council, whose members include the famed characters Gandalf, Saruman, Galadriel, and Elrond.
A combination of stunning graphics and expansive environments, along with the freedom of movement demonstrates the innovation and quality of the next-generation RPG, where players can create their own adventures.
For more information about the game, please visit: www.whitecouncil.ea.com.
THE first mobile phone aimed at drinkers is about to go on sale in Britain, complete with a breathalyser that tests users’ fitness to drive and a “sobriety lock-out” to stop drunken late-night phone calls.
The Samsung LP4100 is targeted at hard-living, hard-drinking young people, promising to help them avoid drink-driving and drunk dialling.
If the user has exceeded the drink-drive limit when blowing into the phone, it gives a warning and displays an animation of a car swerving on a road and crashing into traffic cones, a hint that they should take a taxi.
The phone can also be programmed to block selected numbers in the address book such as former girlfriends or boyfriends, bosses, parents and kebab houses.
Samsung believes that the phone, which has a shape similar to a sports car, will find a market among young clubbers, stopping their slurred speech before they leave a regrettable voicemail message, let alone try to climb behind the wheel.
Read more about this FANTASTIC idea from The UK Times Online.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
This is the official press release from Multichoice that I got today. Please read my review of the phone and the technology here....
Mobile television has come a long way in the past two decades since Sony first introduced the “Watchman”. The rather cumbersome portable television device never took off the way their “Walkman” did. Now, some 20 years later, MultiChoice and M-Net are offering South Africa trialists DStv on mobile phones.
While 3G mobile television has been available in this country for several months, DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast – Handheld) mobile TV is new – so new that only one country,