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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.

Law proposed on banning open WiFi hotspots


Everyone knows that wireless networks inherently have security issues, and as a result, most people take some security precautions to ensure their computer doesn’t get hacked into and their personal information is made available for malicious purposes. Andy Spano and some other Executives over in Westchester County, New York, are proposing a law that basically outlaws open, unsecured wireless networks ...

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Sony slashes prices on best-selling PSP games


The Sony Playstation Portable (PSP), has been on the Japanese market for nearly one year, and the executives over at Sony have decided to lower prices on a number of their best-selling games, but only over in the land of the rising sun. Thirteen Sony PSP titles in total will lower their MSRPs to about 2800 Yen (including tax), or ...

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Super slim LG KV5900 slider phone with MP3 capability


Images of the new LG KV5900 cellular phone have leaked out on the internet. The sleekly-styled slider phone is incredibly slim at only 14mm thick. Not very much information is available about the unit at this time, but it is rumoured to have 512 MB of built-in memory and a wired remote. It should also have USB connectivity, as well ...

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Belkin announces TuneBase FM and Tune FM for iPod and iPod nanos


Belkin Corporation has announced its plans to unveil their new TuneBase FM and Tune FM units at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. The new FM-transmitter docking stations for Apple’s fifth-generation iPods and iPod nanos are expected to be available from retailers as well in January. The Tune FM and TuneBase FM are essentially the same, except the TuneBase ...

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Personalized moment-to-moment care with HeartPOD


The HeartPOD is an experimental device designed for the personal monitoring of heart conditions. It consists of two parts; a permanently implanted intracardiac sensor that continually measures left atrial pressure, intracardiac electrogram, and core body temperature, and a rebranded Handspring Visor called the Patient Advisory Module (PAM). Patients can use the information to adjust, in real-time, their medication dosage and ...

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Nokia gets S60 open-source web browser


Many mobile phone surfers are limited to certain web sites that are specifically designed as “cell phone-friendly”. With the latest Nokia and Siemens smart phone, you can utilize a Safari-based web browser that takes advantage of advances in higher speed data networks. No longer are you restricted to websites optimized for mobile phones, designed for the handsets’ small screens. The ...

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Swissbit combines an MP3 player and Swiss Army knife


Technology is all about making things smaller and having more functions. Swissbit has embraced this philosophy with their line of Swiss Army knives that double as a USB key, and now, the company has taken the next logical step and mated a Swiss Army knife with an MP3 player. The s.beat comes in 1, 2, and 4GB capacities, and the ...

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Smart colour changing coffee lid prevents scorching


Every coffee drinkers dilemma; finding that perfect balance between a cup of java that is neither lukewarm and bland, nor tongue-scorching hot. Well, after running his own coffee shops for the last 15 years, inventor Nick Bayss has come up with a “smart” coffee lid that changes colour with temperature. The disposable lid is a bright red when the contents ...

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Nokia delivers DSLAM broadband technology to Telus


A partnership has been forged between two of the world’s telecommunications giants. Nokia, a company at the forefront of mobile technology, has teamed up with Telus, a major Canadian provider of broadband internet, cellular phone, and wireless data services. Telus has announced that it will utilize Nokia’s D500 IP DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer) multiservice platform in their next-generation ...

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Sony fights piracy with rootkit techniques


The music industry is continually searching for new copy-protection strategies. It has been revealed that Sony Corp. of America/Bertelsmann AG artists is now employing rootkit-style techniques as part of their digital rights management (DRM) technology. Indeed, The Sony DRM software is incredibly stealthy, virtually undetectable on Windows-based systems, and does not appear in Windows Explorer or the Windows registry. Dubbed ...

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Zoo Keeper DX finds its way onto your cell phone


It all started with Snake on the old Nokias. Nowadays, most of us can’t live without our cell phone games. The trend continues with the porting of the puzzle game Zoo Keeper DX. Instead of paying $40 for the Nintendo DS version, gamers can now download the exact same game for a mere $5 and play it on any number ...

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The Revolution to Begin June 2006?


Ever since the Tokyo Game Show in September, where Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed the Revolution’s cutting-edge controller with gyroscopic technology, industry experts and avid gamers alike have been itching to know when the next-generation game console will hit the market. Well, it’s been announced that the company is planning a simultaneous worldwide launch date. The Revolution will find itself ...

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