Author: Dave Conabree

Wireless: Canadians pay more

Ever get the feeling we canucks just don’t seem to get a fair shake in the wireless department when compared to our southern cousins? I do. I am sick of being laughed at by the Americans when I explain the pricing of mobile products out here. Take the Treo 270 that I reviewed a few […]

NEC N910 Compact Camera Phone for 2004

NEC has unveiled two revolutionary new handsets for 2004. The N910 is the worlds first compact camera phone, similar in size to a womans compact (powder). It measures only 8.6mm thin. reports — “The most special feature of a powder compact phone is the reflective material on the LCD. The LCD becomes a mirror […]

Apple goes Wireless with QuickTime 6.5

Apple today announced QuickTime 6.5, the industry’s first mainstream media architecture for the creation and playback of rich multimedia content for both CDMA 2000 and GSM wireless networks. Expanding its support for mobile multimedia standards to include both 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2), QuickTime 6.5 enables users to […]

Sharp Announces Six Megapixel 1/1.8 type Sensor

According to Digital Photography Review — “Sharp today announced the six megapixel, 1/1.8″ type RJ21T3AAPT/ST CCD. This new sensor is exactly the same size (type) as used in many current four and five megapixel digital cameras and so will be an attractive option for digital camera manufacturer as an easy way to launch ‘new’ models […]

Cypress USB Host Connectivity for Pocket PC

ORANGE COUNTY, California -– Twin Paradox Corp., an innovative designer of USB connectivity solutions for mobile computer users, and Cypress Semiconductor Corp., a leading provider of USB technology, today announced a unique new CompactFlash USB host adapter card that enables mobile professionals to connect multiple USB devices such as USB mini Flash hard drives, full-size […]

Review: Panasonic SV-AS10 D-Snap Digital 4-in-1

The folks at Panasonic have been really working hard at taking mobile technology from a portable aspect to a wearable device. Having reviewed the earlier generation, the SV-AV10 back in June of 2002, I wanted to see how far the SV-AS10 had come along. My answer? They can do some pretty incredible stuff; but they […]

Review: Handspring Treo 270

Continuing in my series of the latest Rogers offerings we run into the Treo 270. So, why do a review on a device that came out mid last year?? Well, because it only became available on Rogers Canada. So here we have the great joy and pain of technology, it still does all it promises […]

Roamware’s SIMM allows multiple local mobile numbers using one SIM card

CUPERTINO, California. — Roamware Inc., has recently announced that it is providing its new SIMM service to Hong Kong CSL, enabling its subscribers across the Greater China region to use multiple local mobile numbers in multiple destinations using one SIM card. Roamware’s SIMM (Single IMSI Multiple MSISDN – single SIM card with multiple numbers), solution […]

Timex and Garmin Unveil GPS Watch that Measures Speed and Distance

Garmin International and Timex have developed a new wrist watch that can accurately answer the all-important questions; how far and how fast? The Timex Ironman Speed & Distance System consists of two pieces: a GPS receiver and a watch/monitor that are wirelessly connected by a radio signal. The receiver scans the skies for satellite signals […]

Samsung Unveils High-tech Robot Vacuum Cleaner

The home will never be the same again. Renowned for its innovation, Samsung Electronics has unveiled a trailblazing product that may transform the domestic environment forever – the Samsung VC-RP30W vacuum cleaner. The ultra high-tech robot vacuum cleaner VC-RP30W has been revealed at the DigitAll Inspiration 2003 product showcase. The Samsung cleaner draws a 3-D […]

Mobile Phone for Blind

According to Geoff Adams-Spink BBC News Online disability affairs reporter — “The first mobile phone designed specifically for blind and partially sighted people has gone on show in the UK. The phone is made by a Spanish company, Owasys – pronounced oasis – who hope to have their 22C handset on the UK market in […]

Mitac launches GPS Pocket PC

According to — “Mitac International today announced the launch of the Mio 168 and claimed that it is the world’s first Pocket PC with a built-in GPS module. The Mio 168 features Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PC OS, an 300MHz Intel PXA255 processor, 32MB ROM, 64MB SDRAM and a 3.5-inch, 65,000-color transflective TFT […]

Sharp Announces Zaurus 6000 Linux-Based PDA

Sharp USA has announced the availability of the SL-6000 Sharp Zaurus PDA. With built-in Wi-Fi, the Linux powered VGA device offers unlimited expandability with both Compactf Flash and SD expansion. A higher-resolution four-inch CG Silicon VGA screen has been used on the 400 MHz Intel XScale processor powered device. See press release below. MAHWAH, N.J. […]

Charge your brain via PDA

By Michael Kanellos Staff Writer, CNET — “Peeg, short for “personal electroencephalogram,” is designed to stimulate different types of brain waves by sending positive waves to the wearer, said Joonon Moon, a director in the planning department at Seoul-based DreamFree. Company literature says Peeg is the “world’s best mobile digital brain charger.” The Peeg […]

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Review: Panasonic GD88 Tri-Band Camera Phone

Being a Canadian gear freak at Christmas time can get frustrating. Seeing all the latest portable gear from around the world, and much of it, if not all is either not available to us yet, or may never be. I plan to take a look at the latest cutting edge phones that Rogers has to […]

CE .NET to Power New Gametrac Mobile Gaming Devices

WindowsForDevices reports — “Tiger Telematics’s Gametrac Europe subsidiary is getting set to introduce a new Windows CE powered mobile gaming device called the Gametrac. The interactive, pager-sized gadget will provide 3D Mophun gaming, SMS text messaging (with predictive text), MP3 music (with remote download), video playback (MPEG4), a built-in digital camera, and GPS tracking. It’s […]

Amazon offers Motorola MPx200 Smartphone for $79.99 has a special offer on the Motorola MPx200 Smartphone droping it’s price to only $79.99. A $50 rebate is offered by AT&T, and an additional $120 rebate from can be combined until January 24th 2004. This makes it a very affordable smartphone. The MPx200 runs on Microsoft Windows Smartphone and allows customers to […]

Alera Technologies Announces Digital Photo Copy Cruiser

Alera today unveiled its new Digital Photo Copy Cruiser, allowing you to copy digital photos directly from any digital camera memory card. You can copy up to twenty-one 32MB flash memory cards to a 700MB CD. The device supports CF Type I and II, SD, MMC, SM, MS, MS Pro, and Micro Drive. See press […]

Fujitsu Shows Compact PDA Prototype with 4-inch SVGA Display

According to NE Asia, “Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd announced that it has built a prototype wireless LAN-capable compact PDA featuring a 4-inch SVGA LCD display with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels. It has 802.11b wireless LAN, Bluetooth and infrared communication capabilities so that it can access directly to a LAN or virtual private network […]

Smartdisk Announces Flashtrax 40GB and 80GB models

SmartDisk Corporation today introduced 40GB and 80GB models of its award-winning FlashTrax handheld portable multimedia device for offloading and storing digital images and music. FlashTrax safely stores high-resolution images transferred from any flash memory card onto the built-in USB2.0 hard drive and displays them on a 3.5″ LCD that outperforms tiny on-camera screens. By using […]

Sharp Unveils Prototype 300 PPI VGA Display

According to EE Times, Sharp Electronics Japan has plans to meet consumers demands for next-generation mobile phones. Sharp has demonstrated a prototype of a 2.6-inch CG silicon panel with VGA resolution, or 300 pixels per inch resolution. Read more from the source.

Logitech Launches Affordable Digital Camcorders

According to The Register, Logitech has released two new digital camcorders featuring 640 x 480 CCDs, but are only capable of taking 320 x 240 images at up to 20fps. MPEG 4 encoding is used making this an obvious target to email users. “The Pocket Video 550 and 750 aren’t likely to challenge either big-brand […]

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T1 Ultra-Slim 5MP Camera

SAN DIEGO — Adding one more case to the “How’d They Do That?” file, the miniaturization wizards at Sony (known formally as product designers and engineers) took features found on more full-figured digital cameras and squeezed them into a slim, pocket-friendly design no larger than a deck of cards. Slide the front lens cover down […]

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Shinsho, Majima Exhibit Recyclable Rewritable Paper Claimed as World’s First

Nikkei Electronics reports — “Shinsho Corp and Majima Laboratory Inc exhibited a prototype of their recyclable, rewritable paper at CEATEC Japan 2003, held October 7-11 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba Prefecture. The new product, called “Thermo-Mag,” should be available commercially in spring 2004, the companies said. Rewritable paper is paper that can be reused indefinitely, using […]

Minolta DiMAGE G400 with Dual Memory-Card Slot

Mahwah, NJ -– Minolta has announced the new high-performance compact DiMAGE G400 4.0 megapixel digital camera. The ergonomically designed Konica Minolta DiMAGE G400 creates beautiful images at the touch of a button. Featuring a built-in 3x optical zoom lens, sleek metal exterior with an impressive 0.7-second startup time, autofocusing, autoexposure, auto white-balance, and other creative […]

Intel StrataFlash pumps up handset memory

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Intel Corporation has unveiled Intel StrataFlash Wireless Memory System, a complete, cost-effective memory solution specifically designed for next-generation handsets that require memory storage for large embedded data applications such as camera images, audio and video files. Based on Intel’s Multi-Level Cell (MLC) technology, which doubles the amount of information stored in each […]

Dell cuts the wires on new Axim X3 PDA

ROUND ROCK, Texas — Dell today expanded its handheld product offerings by introducing the three-member Axim X3 family, slim and compact PDAs that include the Axim X3i, a $379 model with integrated wireless capability. At 5 ounces, the Axim X3 is 28 percent lighter than its predecessor, and at .55 inches, 17 percent thinner. The […]

Sanyo Unveils Long-Lasting QVGA Organic EL Panel for Cell Phones

Nikkei Electronics reports — “Sanyo Electric Co, Ltd unveiled an organic electroluminescent (EL) panel with QVGA resolution (320 x 240 pixels) at CEATEC Japan 2003, held October 7-11 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture. The 2.5-inch prototype panel is the most precise of all the organic EL panels that Sanyo has developed so far […]

Review: Danger Hiptop “Sidekick” Colour GPRS E-Mail Device

Back in February, we received the B&W Hiptop from Danger with very limited availability in Canada. Recently they have released a new colour version, and have made a deal with Microcell/Fido to bring the device to Canadians. The device currently available in the US from T-Mobile re-branded as the “Sidekick Phone”. Running on GSM 900/1900Mhz […]

Casio Japan releases the A5403CA 2.0 MegaPixel Camera Phone

Casio Computer Japan has released the A5403CA, a mobile camera phone that can capture 2 megapixel high quality photographs. The only camera close to this technology on the market is the NTT Docomo 505i with 1.3 megapixels. The A5403CA will be first avabile in AU. It can capture images in UXGA, and display them on […]

IBM Unveils Active Protection System – Laptop ‘Air Bag’

IBM unveiled a completely updated line of ThinkPad notebook computers today, including new ThinkPad R50 and T41 models that include the world’s first automatic hard drive protection technology. Because smaller, lighter, and more mobile systems are at a continual risk of being dropped and damaged, IBM developed a patent-pending hard drive protection technology to help […]

Review: SideWinder Emergency Cell Phone Charger

Thanks to home and car chargers, running out of battery power on your cell phone is minimal, but what if you are no where near a standard power source when you run low? The last time I went camping, I had to take my phone back to the car to charge every few days. This […]

Philips boosts DVD capacity reports – “Dutch company Philips Electronics says it has developed a new technology with Japan’s Mitsubishi Kagaku Media that nearly doubles the storage capacity of data on recordable DVD discs. Philips, Europe’s largest maker of consumer electronics and lighting, said Friday that its new dual-layer technology raised the capacity of recordable DVDs (DVD+R) to […]

Sony PSX to be announced this week

TOKYO (Reuters) – Sony Corp, the world’s biggest consumer electronics maker, said this past Friday it would unveil its all-in-one PSX game device to the public this week. The PSX, which packs a TV tuner, DVD recorder, hard-disk drive, and the PlayStation 2 game player into a single white box, will be unveiled at the […]

NTT DoCoMo enters mobile gaming market Reports — “The concept of developing a next version of our 3G mobile phone ‘FOMA’ is to allow customers to enjoy a powerful game,” said Takeshi Natsuno, managing director of the i-mode planning department at NTT DoCoMo Inc. NTT DoCoMo is now developing a new FOMA phone that can play popular games such as […]

Amazon competes with local book retailers

NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has introduced its patented PaperClick technology which links book shoppers to price and availability information at through wireless phones or personal computers. Charles T. Jensen, president and acting CEO of NeoMedia, said PaperClick for Camera Cell Phones can read ISBN (for International Standard Book Numbers) codes, which […]

iRiver Debuts Ogg Jukebox, iHP-120 with built-in 20GB Hard disc

iRiver has recently unveiled the new iHP-120. The 20GB Hard disc jukebox is capable of playing a new compressed audio format, Ogg Vorbis (Ogg), up to 500Kbps. It’s predecessor, the iHP-100 will also support Ogg audio format through a newly released firmware upgrade within October. The iHP-120 provides a 3D sound technology from SRS Labs, […]

TRAXER Personal Wireless Security Device

TRAXER, a pocket size device for personal security based on Fastrax GPS technology combined with a dual-band GSM/GPRS modem, launched during CeBIT Asia signed in with iMode Japan to be launched initially in Taiwan. Concept developed and introduced by Mobintelecom Oy, a provider of Wireless Telematics Security Solutions, TRAXER devices are technically developed and manufactured […]

PlayScreen Tablet Style Portable DVD Player

The PlayScreen by JoyTech claims to be the worlds first ‘Tablet Style’ Portable DVD Player with Integrated 16:9 Widescreen 7inch TFT Monitor. At only £299.99 from the truly portable device comes complete with a Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery, and In-Car Adapter for true ‘Play Anywhere’ entertainment. It also uses Integrated Stereo Speakers, combined with full […]

Dell Announces new X3 Handheld and Digital Music MP3 Jukebox

Dell confirmed its entry into the consumer electronics category today, announcing the planned introduction of a series of Dell digital entertainment products including digital music players, an online music service and a sneak peek of the company’s next handheld, the Axim X3. “We are revolutionizing technology for our customers – again,” said Michael Dell, chairman […]

Game Boy Advance goes wireless

Motorola is supplying high-speed, low-power chipsets to enable an advanced wireless adapter accessory for use with Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Advance SP. This fusion of Nintendo’s leadership in the portable gaming market and Motorola’s own wireless communication technology together create wireless gaming history; enabling a revolutionary portable gaming experience for users. The […]

Sony plans to bring Digital TV to Cell Phones

Consumer electronics maker Sony Corp said on Wednesday it planned to ship in December samples of a mini digital broadcast tuner module that would enable mobile phones to act as televisions. The tuner module, which is smaller than a postage stamp, can be used in mobile applications such as cell phones or personal digital assistants […]

Electronic paper prepares for video

By Ivan Noble, BBC News Online science staff — “Flexible paper-like colour computer displays that can show moving video are under development by the Dutch electronics giant Philips. Two scientists at the company’s research facility in Eindhoven describe the latest step forward in e-paper technology in the journal Nature. Philips – and other firms like […]

Ricoh Develops Rewritable Sheet with Embedded RFID Tag

Nikkei Electronics reports — “The new sheet, which features an embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, is an addition to Ricoh’s series of “RECO-View Sheet” products — film sheets that can be repeatedly written on and erased by means of thermal printing. The film can be used to display the digital data stored in its […]

Next Generation Vaio Multimedia Device Unveiled

As technology advances you see these types of devices more and more; handheld multi-functioning with a built in digital video player. Sony has revealed the prototype Vaio-speler that has a 3.5-inch display with an unbelievably high resolution. The device will last for 10 hours continuous MPEG-2 video playback. It can also show photographs which have […]

USB 802.11b pen drive unveiled

By Chinmei Sung, — “Fi Win, a subsidiary of First International Computer (FIC), recently launched a USB-interface pen drive with 128MB of memory. The device, featuring Intersil’s Prism 3.0 chipset solution, supports USB universal plug & play and interoperability with co-existence and auto-switching between WLAN and flash memory (patent held by Fi-Win), the company […]

NEC improves notebook fuel cell technology

Martyn Williams, IDG News Service — NEC has reduced the volume of a prototype fuel-cell for notebook computers – unveiled just over two months ago – by 20 per cent while maintaining the same power output. The company’s latest fuel cell was unveiled earlier at the World PC Expo show in Chiba, Japan, a spokeswoman […]

Samsung Announces World’s First GSM TV Phone

Samsung recently announced two new high-end phones for the U.S., including the world’s first GSM phone with a built-in TV tuner. Both models are clamshell GSM 900/1900 phones with WAP 2.0, MIDP 2.0 Java, MMS, infrared and 40-chord polyphonic ringtones. SGH-E715 is a compact and lightweight dual-frequency GSM/GPRS phone with an embedded VGA camera. This […]