Archive for January, 2007

By January 31, 2007 Read More →

VITO Technology Launches VoiceReminder

VITO Technology releases new product for Pocket PC & Smartphones – VITO VoiceReminder. VITO VoiceReminder is a talking alarm-clock and a voice reminder in one that keeps you on track telling you the exact time and playing your voice reminders exactly at scheduled time.

VITO VoiceReminder

VITO VoiceReminder uses voice messages recorded by you to remind you about all the important events in your life: from business meetings to kids’ school festivities. Creating new reminders takes a couple of seconds and you may be sure that VITO VoiceReminder will notify you when the time comes.

In VITO VoiceReminder you can schedule as many voice reminders as you need to notify you: daily, weekly, monthly or just once. There are different convenient views for all your reminders by day, week and month. This way you can overlook, say, all reminders for the following week. Reminders are easily managed: you can edit, copy and delete them.

VITO VoiceReminder can also be used as a full screen talking clock. It can announce current time precisely or roughly, in round numbers. Keep your device in the pocket and listen to the time! You can choose how you want VITO VoiceReminder to notify you: by playing specific music files (wav, mp3, ogg), announcing current time or both. After this you will hear your voice memo. One more important thing is that reminders volume does not depend on system volume – you will never miss a single reminder.

VITO VoiceReminder is available at vitotechnology.com for $19.95. Try it for free for 2 weeks.

Matt

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By January 31, 2007 Read More →

i-Mate JAQ3 Reviewed

Jack Cook of MobilitySite has just posted a decent review of the i-mate JAQ3.

iMate JAQ3

“My first impression is that the JAQ3 is a device made for the mobile road warrior that wants the ability to perform all of those daily tasks quickly and easily like you can on a Smartphone but yet have that extra ability to perform more in depth functions provided by the typical device that has the Pocket PC OS incorporated in it. The JAQ3 uniquely incorporates a QWERTY keyboard, a landscape touch-screen and 4-way navigation/action button as well as a JOG Dial and an OK key on the left side to make one handed access easy.”

Read the full review on MobilitySite.

Remember, you can still order the I-Mate JAQ3 from Clove Technology and save £20 off the normal price with the voucher code located HERE.

Matt

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By January 31, 2007 Read More →

Trend Micro Finds More Windows Mobile Flaws

Trend Micro reports vulnerabilities in Windows Mobile OS. According to the company’s blog site:

Trend Micro has again discovered flaws related to Windows Mobile. Both of the newly found vulnerabilities are flaws in applications that ship by default with Microsoft’s mobile device OS.

One of the said applications is Pictures and Videos, which causes a mobile device to hang for 10-15 minutes when it tries to process a malformed JPEG file. The other flaw is found in Windows Mobile’s Internet Explorer(IE), which when exploited terminates IE and causes the affected mobile device to be unstable.

Both vulnerabilities affect devices running Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 2003/2003SE for Smartphones and PocketPC. As of this writing, Microsoft has already been informed of these flaws but no patches are available as of yet.

Matt

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Posted in: Phones
By January 30, 2007 Read More →

i-Mate K-Jar appears on FCC site

The i-mate K-Jar has just shown up on the FCC site showing internal and external pictures as well as a copy of the user manual.

iMate K-Jar

The ropey looking prototype looks like a cross between the HTC Universal, with its swivel screen, and the HTC Hermes in terms of size and keyboard layout. However, unlike the Universal the K-Jar sports the one thing that all Universal owners wish for; an external screen!

iMate K-Jar Front

As you can see from the image above the LCD screen (on the right) is pretty small and seems to be in an odd position. However, this is enough to display the name or number of the incoming call.

Specification of the i-Mate K-Jar is pretty uninspiring:

  • Windows Mobile 5
  • Triband GSM/GPRS (no 3G)
  • 128 MB ROM
  • 64 MB RAM
  • miniSD card slot
  • a rather puny TI OMAP 730 CPU at just 200 MHz
  • Bluetooth 1.2
  • WiFi: 802.11b
  • touchscreen is only QVGA (320 x 240)
  • camera is 2 megapixels.
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    By January 30, 2007 Read More →

    UMPC Group Test (Part 1)

    I’m sure that I have mentioned this before on the blog but I commute to and from London every day and try to get some work done on the train. As I’m doing more on the blog these days I need to use a laptop more and I need my internet access.

    At the moment I have a small Dell Latitude D420 which I carry everywhere with me. It’s light and fairly powerful and there isn’t much wrong with it. I even have a built in 3G card. The problem I have isn’t with the laptop as such but anyone that uses trains regularly and takes their laptop will know (probably) that the space between seats coupled with the tiny seat back tables makes using a laptop pretty awkward, even with a fairly small laptop. There are also few tables on most trains.

    Pocket PC mobile devices aren’t quite powerful enough for the job and they also do not run the software that I need to use. But now that UMPC devices are becoming more common I thought that one of these might solve my problem as most of these are designed for hand held operation.

    Luckily my friends from eXpansys were kind enough to lend me a few devices (the UBiQUiO and the OQO) to test for this purpose.

    So over the next few weeks I’m going to be ‘real world’ testing and reviewing three UMPC devices. I’ll be letting you know which one I think’s best.

    The devices I shall be reviewing are:

    The UBiQUiO 702
    Ubiquio 702

    The OQO Model 01
    OQO Model 01

    The Samsung Q1
    Samsung Q1

    Specification of each device:

    Samsung Q1
    UBiQUiO 702
    OQO Model 01
    Processor
    Intel Celeron M ULV 
    VIA C7®-M UL
    Transmeta Crusoe
    CPU Speed
    900MHz
    1.0 GHz
    1.0 GHz
    Memory
    1 SODIMM Socket, DDRII 400, 512MB
    1 x SODIMM slot 512MB Standard
    512MB DDR RAM (fixed)
    Screen Size
    7” Touchscreen
    7” Touchscreen
    5" transflective display 
    Screen Res
    800 x 480 Native
    800 x 480 Native
    800 x 480 Native
    Graphics
    915 GMS Internal GFX
    VIA UniChrome™ Pro graphics
    8Mb 3D Accelerated
    Hard Drive
    8mm, 1.8” SFF HDD 40GB
    2.5" 9.5mm, 40GB UDMA 
    8mm, 1.8” SFF HDD 30GB
    Ethernet
    Yes, On-board
    No
    Via Docking Cable
    WiFi
    802.11b/g, a/b/g
    QCOM 802.11b/g
    802.11b
    Bluetooth
    Bluetooth 1.1
    Bluetooth 2.0+EDR 
    Bluetooth 1.1
    USB
    2 x USB 1.1
    2 x USB 2.0
    1 x USB 2.0
    Firewire
    No
    No
    Yes
    OS
    Windows XP Tablet Edition
    Windows XP Tablet Edition
    Windows XP Tablet Edition
    Audio
    2 x 2W Stereo Speakers 
    Built-In 1W Speaker
    Built-In Mono
    Battery Type
    Re-chargeable 28w Lithium ION Battery
    Re-chargeable 26w Lithium ION Battery
    Re-chargeable 14.8w Lithium Polymer Battery
    Battery (Claimed)
    Standard Battery : over 3.5 Hrs 
    Standard Battery : 3 Hrs 
    Standard Battery : 3 Hrs 
    Dimensions
    227.5mm x 139.5mm x 24.5mm
    230mm x 150mm x 25mm
    134mm x 86mm x 23mm
    Weight
    770g
    1042g (with extended battery)
    421g
    Other
    Button : 8 Way Stick, 4 User Key, 3 button (Auto Scale/Select/Menu), Hold , Volume Up/Down, Power/MIO, CAD
    Power on/off switch, 1 x Wireless on/off switch, 1 x D-pad with enter, Left Mouse Button, Right Mouse Button,  4x Function Keys, PageUp, PageDown, Key Lock, Volume Up, Volume Down, Synaptics Transtouch Stick Cursor 
    Included accessories: universal power supply (air/auto adapters included), docking cable, desktop stand, digital pen, carrying sleeve 

    Matt

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    i-Mate JAQ3 now in stock – still save £20

    Following my i-Mate JAQ3 post last week, Clove are pleased to announce that they now have the JAQ3 in stock. The save £20 offer has now been extended beyond the preorder period and is now valid until the end of February!

    iMate JAQ3

    The iMate JAQ3 looks like a fabulous device with a form factor similar to the Blackjack or HTC S620 and packing a full Windows Mobile 5 OS with touchscreen support.

    The i-Mate JAQ3 is available and in stock now on the Clove website for just £295 +VAT. Clove are one of the first to offer the JAQ3 in the UK and what’s more, we are offering you a £20 saving over the regular price with the following voucher code: TMJAQJAN07. Simply enter the code into the voucher box on the order form once you have selected to buy the i-Mate JAQ3 and £20 will be deducted at the checkout stage. We think this makes Clove one of the cheapest suppliers in the UK.

    To take advantage of the i-Mate JAQ3 preorder offer please follow THIS LINK for the product page on the Clove Technology website and don’t forget to use the voucher code!

    Look out for our i-Mate JAQ3 review coming soon!

    Matt

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    By January 30, 2007 Read More →

    Vista goes on sale

    Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows Vista, goes on sale from today.

    Windows Vista

    Prices for the OS in the UK range from about £100 for an upgrade version of the Basic package to £249 for a copy of the upgrade to the Ultimate version of Vista. Compare that to the prices in the US – prices start from $100 (£52) for an upgrade of Vista Home basic to $249 (£127) for the equivelant Ultimate version. US customers pay half as much as in the UK? I’m sure that is going to upset a lot of people!

    You can see if your PC is ready for Vista by downloading the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor which will help you to determine if your Windows XP-based PC can run Windows Vista.

    Matt

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    By January 29, 2007 Read More →

    Even More O2 XDA Flame photos

    The O2 XDA Flame seems to be a very eagerly awaited device at the moment. We get dozens of emails about it every week. So adicts will be pleased to know that PDAMobiz have some new shots of the XDA Flame to give you all a fix!

    XDA Flame

    Still no news on the release date but let’s hope we don’t have to wait too much longer!

    Matt

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    Club Astraware Points Party

    Club Astraware bursts into life this month with a Point-popping Party! Everyone can join in and get points for all kinds of things, from purchase to high scores to surveys and more! And what do points make? Free games and discounts from the Astraware store, that’s what!

    Astraware
    Points Party

    The Points Party runs until the very last day of February 2007, and we’ve added lots of new ways to earn points!

    The newest and most exciting announcement is that for this one-time special, we’re providing points for any past purchases made outside Club Astraware!* That’s right – whether you picked up a copy of Sudoku just a week before we it started, or you’ve been a loyal buyer of Astraware games right from when we started, you’ll get points for all of the games you’ve bought from us. And, while you only get points from purchases while you’re logged in to your Club Astraware account at Astraware store, for this time only, we’re letting you claim points no matter which store you previously purchased at!

    To claim your points, all you’ll need is the email address that you registered the software with. Simply ask us to add this email addresses to your Club Astraware account. Once they are added, check your products list in Club Astraware, and if all your purchases are listed, claim your points! Remember, this is a one-time special event which offers long-term Astraware customers a chance to get all the points they would have earned in previous years.

    Club Astraware is free to join and only takes a couple of minutes. There are also extra ways to earn points on your account including:

  • 2500 points just for joining
  • Points earned from purchasing games from the Astraware website (1 point for every cent spent)
  • 1000 points for submitting you highest game scores
  • 2500 points for recommending a friend join Club Astraware
  • AND we’ve now added two NEW ways of earning extra points:

  • Submit a post you’ve written on your personal blog about Astraware and you could get 2000 extra points – everyone likes being talked about!
  • Complete our Points Party survey and we’ll give you 1500 points. Your opinions matter to us!
  • Our Points Party survey is available on the Astraware website from 26th January to 28th February 2007 and EVERYONE who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a special edition Palm Z22 PDA with Astraware Sudoku pack – Club Astraware members also get the special bonus of the extra points in their account. Visit http://www.astraware.com/promo/pointsparty for more information!

    We’ll be adding more new ways of getting points in the future, so make sure to check your Club Astraware account regularly!

    *Purchases made up to 26th January 2007 can be included in the catch-up claim.

    Matt

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    By January 29, 2007 Read More →

    SanDisk Sansa e270 MP3 player review followup

    I just wanted to offer a quick follow up to the SanDisk Sansa review that i posted last year.

    Sansa Front

    I’ve been using my Sansa e270 every day for the past three months and one thing that has amzed me above all else is the battery life. I use the player for 2 hours each day in the three months that I’ve had the device I have have only charged it about a half dozen times. It is averaging 20 hours of playback per charge!

    I don’t think there are many other MP3 players out there that can boast the same sort of battery life.

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