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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.

Function meets fashion with LaCie Skwarim external HDD

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Whereas everyone else is putting out portable storage devices in bland silver, it’s-been-done glossy white, or plain-Jane black, LaCie has opted for a different path. The company’s new Skwarim external drive, quietly unveiled at CES, comes in either blue or pink. But that’s not all, it’s textured. Literally, feel the love. The square 3.3-inch wide portable hard drives are USB ...

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LG’s plans for 2006

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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, as well as more mega-pixel phones and EV-DO technology. Moreover, ...

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New Sony Vaios, including all-in-one designs

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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 graphics card, and a dual layer DVD burner. Unlike nearly ...

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Sierra Wireless provides EV-DO modules for Lenovo notebooks

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Lenovo has given new life to the ThinkPad line, and now with the addition of EV-DO technological advances from Sierra Wireless, the company certainly feels it is in a good position. Lenovo has opted for the EV-DO PCI Express Mini Card embedded module (MC5720) from Sierra for its new T60 and X60 business laptops. The AirCard Enabled notebooks provide wireless ...

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SanDisk caters micro and mini-SD for Verizon

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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 need high capacity, high-reliability storage for their mobile phones, and ...

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Amp’d goes nationwide

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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. Plans start at $29.99 a month, including 250 minutes, free ...

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LGE unveils all things Flash

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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, respectively), and even comes in a trendy-looking jewelry case. One ...

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Macworld Expo next week

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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 all products whose names start with the little lower-case “i”, ...

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Music downloads from Verizon

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“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 song download, Verizon is doing just a bit of undercutting, ...

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HP adds EV-DO to arsenal

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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 connection to the internet without being restricted to WiFi hotspots. ...

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Bluetooth video glasses by Orange France

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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 have a tiny screen less than an inch from your ...

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Qualcomm demonstrates FLO on LG handsets

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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 WCDMA. Qualcomm will be flexing its FLO muscle with live, ...

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Samsung reveals six new slim phones

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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 1.3 MP digital cameras/camcorders on all of these new phones ...

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Slide out the keyboard on LG F9200

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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 ten different email accounts. Want to just kill some time ...

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LG CU320 with high speed UMTS 3G technology

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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 network will empower clients with “one of the fastest data ...

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