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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.

LG’s plans for 2006


As the number two mobile phone manufacturer in Korea, LG Electronics has its eyes set on the top spot currently held by Samsung. Today, the company unveiled its mobile strategy for 2006, including a goal of shipping 70 million units worldwide. WCDMA handsets will become a major focus this year, ...

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New Sony Vaios, including all-in-one designs


Sony has announced a number of new desktop Vaios, including two pretty nifty looking all-in-one designs. The likely Japan-only Vaio Type M looks almost like a notebook computer with its flip-up keyboard. Its main features include a 15.4-inch display, 300GB hard drive, 2.8 Ghz Celeron processor (why no Pentium?), SiS661FX ...

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SanDisk caters micro and mini-SD for Verizon


SanDisk, the world’s largest supplier of flash data storage card products, has teamed with up Verizon Wireless, the nation’s second largest mobile provider, to address the predicted high demand for mobile storage with the coming of Verizon’s V CAST Music service. Many will be looking to download content and will ...

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Amp’d goes nationwide


After a successful “soft launch” in December, Amp’d Mobile is ready to go nationwide with its 3G mobile service targeted at youth and the young at heart. To try to leverage new subscribers, the service provider is putting out new rate plans, exclusive and original downloadable content, and broadband connectivity. ...

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LGE unveils all things Flash


CES 2006 provided a forum in which LG Electronics unveiled its full line of Flash RAM products, including memory cards and “fashionable” USB thumb drives. The 12-gram Platinum USB drive ranges in capacity from 64MB to 1GB, has one of the fastest read/write speeds on the market (8MB/s and 7MB/s, ...

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Macworld Expo next week


Though CES has barely begun, some eyes have already turned toward San Francisco and the Macworld Conference & Expo that opens its doors next week. Sure, it is a little more of niche market than the wide-reaching wings of the Consumer Electronics Show, but with the incredibly heavy interest in ...

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Music downloads from Verizon


“Me too! Me too!” scream the people over at Verizon. With Sprint’s launch late last year of a music download service, Verizon Wireless wants a piece of the pie as well before their subscribers consider jumping ship. Whereas Sprint Nextel, the nation’s number 1 service provider, is charging $2.50 per ...

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HP adds EV-DO to arsenal


They might be a little late to the party, but it’s better late than never for HP to jump on the EV-DO bandwagon with their first laptop implementing 3G cellular technology. The nc6140 will be taking advantage of Verizon Wireless’ Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) network, allowing for a wireless broadband ...

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Bluetooth video glasses by Orange France


X-Men fans may immediately be reminded of “Cyclops” Scott Summers, and Star Trek: The Next Generation enthusiasts may think of Geordi LaForge, but these new video goggles from Orange France will appeal to the geek and techie in all of us. Who needs a 70” plasma television when you can ...

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Qualcomm demonstrates FLO on LG handsets


Qualcomm has always been quite a beast in the world of CDMA, and at CES 2006, they will be demonstrating FLO technology on LG mobile handsets. FLO reduces the number of transmitters needed to broadcast multimedia content, complementing a number of existing and cutting-edge CDMA standards, including 1X, 1xEV-DO and ...

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Samsung reveals six new slim phones


Korea’s largest mobile phone manufacturer is at it again. Six new slim-design phones were showcased by Samsung at CES, averaging less than a half-inch in thickness. Clearly, thin is in, but that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice multimedia functionality. Look for mobile TV, wireless web, Bluetooth connectivity, and ...

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Slide out the keyboard on LG F9200


The LG F9200 has hit Cingular Wireless with a particular focus on personal messaging. The slide-out, backlit QWERTY keyboard makes typing easy for when you want to send that vital email using Cingular’s Mobile Email (compatible with Yahoo!, Hotmail, and AOL). The phone will be able to maintain up to ...

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LG CU320 with high speed UMTS 3G technology


Cingular Wireless is going to be carrying one of LG’s latest phones, the CU320, designed specifically for ultra fast downloads and multimedia functionality. Featuring high speed UMTS 3G technology, you’ll have no problem streaming all those videos on the 2-inch 176 x 220 pixel TFT LCD. Cingular’s new UMTS/HSDPA 3G ...

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Logitech’s sleek white cordless desktop for Macs


Apple is known for its elegant simplicity, from iBooks to iPods, and Logitech recognizes the appeal of such a look for so many consumers. That is why the peripheral maker is launching the Cordless Desktop S530 Laser for Mac — the keyboard and mouse combination sports the same look we’ve ...

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