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Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

Yamaha Bluetooth stereo for your phone


Glossy white speaker sets to go with your glossy white iPods are nothing new, but the trend in Japan is now shifting toward mobile phones. Cell phones there, with huge internal memory and expansion slots, are becoming major competition for standard DAPs, and as such, some speaker sets are starting to hit the market catering to this particular niche. Yamaha ...

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Relax and learn with Neomind Brainwave Visor


At first glance, this visor sold by Coregem of Korea looks like it might be a head-mounted unit to watch videos off your favourite multimedia player. Apparently, not so, because i4u.com is reporting that this contraption is a “brainwave consumer product.” Although you cannot gain supernatural powers like Scott “Cyclops” Summers of the X-Men, you sure can try to look ...

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Faster and faster memory cards by Lexar, now at 133X


As digital cameras get more and more advanced, with higher and higher megapixel ratings, the read and write speeds of memory cards need to keep pace, working to minimize the wait time between shots. In line with this, Lexar Media just unveiled its next set of Compact Flash and Secure Digital Memory Cards, clocking in at 133X. What this means ...

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Stephen King makes for a thrilling Cell


It’s a natural tie-in for Stephen King’s latest book. Titled Cell, the Scribner published novel will be marketed via your cell phone, taking advantage of the possibility for the thriller-writer himself to interact with his audience. Before the book even hits shelves on January 24, look for Flytxt—a mobile marketing provider that teamed up with Scribner—to develop exclusive tie-in mobile ...

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“Ultimate mobile jukebox” by Pantech Group


Korea’s second largest handset maker is set to release its newest mobile phone, the IM-U110, which they call the “ultimate mobile jukebox”. With 1GB of built-in flash memory, users have enough storage space for over 200 MP3 songs. Music is probably the biggest selling point of this boxy-shaped handset, but that didn’t stop Pantech from integrating a 2-megapixel digital camera ...

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What’s mobile TV without mobile ads?


Watching your favourite sitcoms wouldn’t truly be complete without a commercial for the newest Nike sneaker or the latest in feminine hygiene. So, with mobile TV set to be the next big thing, it should really come as no surprise that advertisers are jumping all over this growing market with a whole slew of video ads for your cell phone. ...

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Moody phone wins Motorola’s MOTOFWRD competition


Motorola’s first-ever MOTOFWRD competition saw a lot of interesting ideas, all geared to move the mobile phone industry to the next level of “seamless mobility.” After careful consideration, John Finan, a graduate student of Duke University, was awarded the grand prize for his concept of a phone that could interpret the mood of the caller based on the natural fluctuations ...

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Core Duo hurts your battery?


So, you thought you could take advantage of the ultra powerful graphics offered by Core Duo without having to sacrifice anything? *Buzz* Wrong. It really should come as no surprise, though. According to tests conducted by Tom’s Hardware, the beefy graphics engine that accompanies Core Duo laptops is to blame. The tests revealed that the average battery life per charge ...

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Rumours of XLink Kai commercial PSP gaming network


For some time now, XLink Kai has been satisfying need of Halo players for online multiplayer goodness. The popular tunneling service is now rumoured to be expanding its horizons, and is on the cusp of offering a commercial gaming network for PSP users. The current rumoured launch date is some time in the second quarter of this year. What this ...

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BenQ-Siemens launches with three high-end handsets


BenQ and Siemens announced their partnership some time back, but now the merger is official with the first dual-branded set of mobile phones, all of which are targeting the premium side of the market. The three new BenQ-Siemens handsets are the EF81, S68, and S88. Considered by some to be a potential RAZR killer, the super slim EF81 clamshell sports ...

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iClear iCase for the iPod nano


So, you want to protect your tiny little digital audio player, but don’t like the look of having a green, black, or blue rubbery cover on your iPod? Look no further than Griffin and their newest addition to their iPod iAccessory line: the iClear. Protect your nano from bumps, drops and spills with what they claim to be nearly invisible ...

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More battery life on the way for cell phones


With increased speakerphone use as a result of PTT, as well as the higher power draw from multimedia playback and downloads, extending the battery life of mobile phones is a very timely issue. STMicroelectronics has developed a compact Class D power amplifier chip designed for high audio power output, and at the same time, optimizing battery life. The TS4962 will ...

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Motorola’s strategy for Q1 2006


As one of the world’s forefront mobile phone manufacturers, Motorola is known for releasing models with wide-reaching appeal. The company is focusing its efforts in Q1 in promoting what it considers to be the four most promising handsets during this period: SLVR, PEBL, CDMA RAZR, and V325. UBS Securities recently reported that the underwhelming shipment of the SLVR and PEBL ...

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China invites Korean TD-SCDMA video telephony


Many economists have recognized that China will become one of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets in the coming years, and as such, everyone wants to cash in on their piece of the pie. Samsung Electronics, the worldwide leader in CDMA handset sales, announced yesterday that it has demonstrated TD-SDMA video telephony in the land of the dragon. Using ...

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High fidelity audio mic for iPod Video


Yet another accessory has been announced for the iPod. This time around the 5G Video version gets a new voice recorder set from XtremeMac. The MicroMemo latches on with a Dock connector at the bottom of the iPod, and reaches out with an included flexible-neck microphone to capture some high fidelity audio goodness. If you prefer, you can also plug ...

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