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HTC announce Hosted Exchange Email Service

HTCmail – fully hosted email solution gives mobile professionals the fastest and simplest way to access critical business information on the move.

Hot on the heels of the HTC TyTN II announcement, HTC also today announced the launch of HTCmail, a fully hosted, secure, and managed email service based on Microsoft Hosted Exchange. HTCmail will bring the benefits of always-connected business to mobile professionals. The HTC offering provides seamless and real-time access to up to five different email accounts, either personal or work mailboxes, aggregated and instantly delivered to a mobile device through Outlook 2007. Features include email, contacts and calendar, enabling users to easily access information and communications while on the go. HTCmail is compatible with all HTC devices, and will be rolling out across selected European markets from September 2007.

“Today’s launches – both HTC TyTN II and HTCmail – are all about fast, easy access on the move to the kind of features and connectivity previously reserved for the PC world,”said Florian Seiche, Vice President of HTC Europe. “This proposition is a perfect match for both mobile professionals and advanced mobile consumers on the go who can now benefit from the powerful feature set that the HTC TyTN II offers and the true high-speed mobile access that many of our leading operator partners are offering.”

“Combining a broad range of Windows Mobile-powered devices from HTC with a rich messaging experience delivered through Microsoft Hosted Exchange is ideal for mobile professionals who demand enterprise-class communication services with cutting-edge design,” said Michael O’Hara, general manager, Communications Sector at Microsoft. “With HTCmail, small to medium enterprises can benefit from anywhere access to information without the expense or ongoing commitment of on-premise software and IT skills.”

More about HTCmail

  • Business-critical information is always backed-up, up to date and protected
  • Users can sign up and manage their account online and have the added support of a 24-hour customer service centre
  • 2GB Mail Storage
  • 20MB mail send size limit
  • Anti-virus and anti-spam capabilities
  • Variety of subscriptions packages, 3, 6 or 12 months
  • Compatible with all Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6 devices
  • 2 month no obligation trial
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    By August 31, 2007 Read More →

    Sandisk first to release 8GB M2 cards

    SanDisk Corporation today announced that it is shipping 8-gigabyte Memory Stick Micro (M2) flash memory cards to phone manufacturers and mobile network operators for testing and evaluation purposes. Primarily used in Sony Ericsson mobile phones, the 8GB SanDisk M2 cards are ideal for the growing number of consumers who make their mobile phone—with its built-in music player, digital camera and video player/recorder—the centerpiece of their digital lifestyle.

    Sandisk 8GB M2 card
    Sandisk 8GB M2 card

    At 8GB, SanDisk offers the largest capacity M2 card in the world. The new card will allow consumers to listen to more than 2,000 digital songs, or store more than 5,000 high-resolution pictures, or up to 5 hours of high-quality MPEG 4 videos. The announcement was made at IFA, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, where SanDisk is exhibiting at Booth 130, in Hall 15.1 of Messe Berlin, through Sept.

    “With the addition of an 8GB SanDisk M2 card, consumers will instantly have the same amount of storage as the largest capacity iPhone,” said Jeff Kost, senior vice president and general manager of the Mobile Consumer Solutions division at SanDisk. “Furthermore, removable cards make it easy to share content you create with friends, ‘sideload’ content and files from a computer and have virtually unlimited storage by simply purchasing more cards. SanDisk is enabling people to get more out of their phones than ever before.”

    Retail release of the cards and availability to phone manufacturers and network operators is planned for Q4 2007. Pricing has not yet been determined.

    In addition to its Memory Stick Micro M2 cards, SanDisk also offers a broad range of both embedded and removable storage solutions for mobile handset manufacturers and mobile network operators. These include iNAND and mDOC embedded flash drives and microSD, microSDHC, miniSD and MegaSIM cards.

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    By August 31, 2007 Read More →

    Sandisk announces 8GB Cruzer® Micro USB flash drive

    SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today announced an 8 gigabyte model of its popular Cruzer® Micro USB flash drive, double the largest capacity previously available in the Cruzer Micro line.

    SanDisk Cruzer Micro 8GB
    SanDisk Cruzer Micro 8GB

    Only two inches long, a half-inch thick and weighing less than half an ounce, the 8GB Cruzer Micro nonetheless can hold a massive personal library – 1,600 ultra-high-resolution digital pictures, 2,000 digital songs or five hours of high-quality home video.

    “Just a few years ago, USB flash drives had such limited capacities that they were only useful for moving a few files from one computer to another,” said Ittai Golde, senior director of product marketing for the USB Division of SanDisk. “Now, you don’t have to decide what files to put on a Cruzer Micro. You can load the drive with virtually everything you might need when you’re away from your primary computer.”

    Cruzer Micro packs an impressive list of features into a small package:

  • A sliding USB connector means there’s no cap to lose, and the connector is protected from damage when the drive is not in use.
  • The slider switch is illuminated by an amber LED light when the drive is active, making it easy to see – when the light goes out – that it’s safe to unplug the drive.
  • U3™ Smart Technology for running applications directly from the drive, without those applications having to be installed on the computer. U3-compatible software provided free with Cruzer Micro includes the PC phone service Skype™, SanDisk’s own CruzerSync™ for synchronizing files between a PC and the drive, the password manager program SignupShield™ Passwords from Protecteer, and a trial version of McAfee anti-virus software.
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    Sandisk annouces 8GB Memory Stick PRO Duo

    SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today introduced two new capacities in its high-performance SanDisk Ultra® II line: a 4-gigabyte (GB)1 SDHC™ Plus card and an 8GB Memory Stick PRO Duo™ card. The announcement was made at IFA, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, where SanDisk is exhibiting at Booth 130, in Hall 15.1 of Messe Berlin, through Sept. 5.

    Both cards offer fast read and write speeds of 10 megabytes per second2 (10MB/sec), reducing the waiting time between camera shots and the download time when transferring photos and video to a computer.

    “With video recording becoming a standard feature on digital still cameras, memory cards need more capacity and speed to capture not only high-quality photos, but also video” said Susan Park, senior product marketing manger for SanDisk Ultra II cards. “Our SanDisk Ultra II line of high-capacity memory cards provides increased storage and speed to meet the growing demands of digital photography, so consumers can capture, preserve, and relive their most precious moments.”

    “High-resolution digital still cameras and high-definition video camcorders using flash memory are changing the way people capture their memories,” said Ron Glaz, program director for digital capture devices and photofinishing research at IDC. “But the extra clarity and detail of these images require significant increases in the speed and storage of flash memory, creating demand for capacities such as 4GB and 8GB that would have seemed outlandish a few years ago.”

    Beyond speed and capacity, the 4GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC Plus card offers both SD™ and USB functionality in one card. Designed with SanDisk’s unique, patented Hinge Lock technology, the card may be inserted into a USB port on any computer. This two-in-one SD-plus-USB feature eliminates the need to carry cables or card readers to transfer photos and videos from cameras or camcorders. Despite its small size, the hinge is sturdy – having survived more than 10,000 open-close cycles in SanDisk’s durability testing.

    The 8GB SanDisk Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo is designed for recording high-definition videos and high-resolution still images on Sony digital cameras and camcorders.

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    Sandisk launches Multi Card ExpressCard Adapter

    SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today launched the SanDisk Multi Card ExpressCard™ Adapter, offering fast transfer speeds from memory cards to notebook computers without the need to carry cables or external card readers. The announcement was made at IFA, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, where SanDisk is exhibiting at Booth 130, in Hall 15.1 of Messe Berlin, through Sept. 5.

    Sandisk Multi Card ExpressCard™ Adapter
    Sandisk Multi Card ExpressCard™ Adapter

    The new adapter fits into the ExpressCard slot now found in most new notebook computers, and accepts six card formats: SD™, SDHC™, MultiMediaCard™, MMCplus™, Memory Stick Duo™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™. Many competing ExpressCard adapters only accept the full size Memory Stick format, running counter to the swing in market momentum toward the smaller Duo form factor.

    “With the SanDisk Multi Card ExpressCard Adapter, we’re supporting the rise of the ExpressCard slot in notebook computers,” said Matthijs Hutten, Senior Product Marketing Manager at SanDisk. “We expect ExpressCard to completely replace the PC Card standard in the near future, so offering an ExpressCard adapter which integrates many popular card formats is a natural move for SanDisk.”

    For notebook computers without embedded memory card slots, the SanDisk Multi Card ExpressCard Adapter is an easy system upgrade. Users only need to pop the card into the ExpressCard slot – there is no software to install, with no external cables or hardware required. To transfer data, users simply take a memory card out of a device such as a digital still or video camera, an MP3 player, a portable game player or a mobile phone and insert the card into the adapter.

    Even for notebook computers with embedded memory card slots, the SanDisk Multi Card ExpressCard Adapter can be useful. Embedded slots today don’t always support the new SD High Capacity (SDHC) format or the Memory Stick PRO Duo form factor, requiring users to carry an external reader. SanDisk’s new adapter offers native SDHC and Memory Stick PRO Duo support.

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    By August 31, 2007 Read More →

    NTT DoCoMo to Unveil Windows Mobile 6.0 Smartphones

    Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries announced today the development of two smartphones equipped with the Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 6.0 Japanese-edition operating system.

    The FOMA™ F1100 and FOMA HT1100 allow users to interface with PCs through proven applications such as Outlook® Mobile and Internet Explorer® Mobile, while the scalable plug-in environment means access to a growing number of applications. The HSDPA-capable handsets employ McAfee® security scan to ensure high-speed, protected browsing of PC websites and email management. The security scan function identifies and isolates malicious data before it is downloaded.

    FOMA F1100
    FOMA F1100
    FOMA HT1100
    FOMA HT1100

    Data entry on the F1100 and HT1100 is accomplished with a standard ten-key input layout — as such, these handsets combine smartphone capability with mobile phone convenience.

    DoCoMo plans to begin marketing the handsets during the first quarter of calendar year 2008.

    The FOMA F1100, developed with business users in mind, can access both FOMA and wireless LAN networks for IP telephony. DoCoMo envisions the F1100 doubling as a VoIP mobile phone using in-house WLANs equipped for DoCoMo’s PASSAGE DUPLE™ service or the business mopera IP Centrex service, which enables outbound or internal communication via IP Centrex devices on DoCoMo networks (rather than via in-house PBX). The handset will come with a fingerprint authentication feature to ensure tight security control.

    The FOMA HT1100 (aka HTC Touch II), targeted at active business consumers who also want a handset for personal use, will feature HTC’s stylish and versatile TouchFLO™ Touch Cube 3-dimentional interface that allows users to access and operate a variety of functions with the slide of a thumb. Audio visual files, such as YouTube™ Mobile content, can be enjoyed using Streaming Media software and HTC’s Audio Manager music player. The handset supports DoCoMo’s WORLD WING™ international roaming service.

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    By August 30, 2007 Read More →

    TomTom Introduces New High-End Model: TomTom GO 920 T

    The worst kept secret in the satnav world is out…

    TomTom, the world’s largest portable navigation solutions provider, today revealed its new flagship model, the TomTom GO 920 T. It comes preinstalled with complete maps of Europe* and USA & Canada on the 4 GB internal memory. The GO 920 T includes the new Enhanced Positioning Technology which results in a more continuous navigation experience. An RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver to receive up-to-date traffic information is included in the box. The TomTom GO 920 T features a slim high quality design with soft-touch finish, and a new metallic colour scheme.

    “The new flagship TomTom GO 920 T offers the best in satellite navigation,” says Harold Goddijn, chief executive officer at TomTom. “Pre-installed maps of multiple continents combined with innovative technologies such as the new Enhanced Positioning Technology, TomTom Map Share™ and plug & play traffic information offer outstanding quality and performance. The TomTom GO 920 T is the most advanced navigation solution on the market today.”

    Most complete set of maps

    The new TomTom GO 920 T offers a seamless map of 41 countries in both Western and Central Europe and the most-up-to-date maps of USA and Canada preinstalled on the 4 GB internal memory of the device. This makes the TomTom GO 920 T the personal navigation device with the most complete set of pre-installed maps available in TomTom’s entire navigation solution portfolio.

    Best navigation with Enhanced Positioning Technology

    TomTom’s new Enhanced Positioning Technology uses movement and gravity sensors to calculate drivers’ positions when GPS signals are unavailable. TomTom GO 920 T users will have a much more continuous navigation experience as the Enhanced Positioning Technology ensures the device continues to navigate to its destination, even in circumstances where there may not be a direct line-of-sight connection to a satellite. For example, when driving in a city with tall buildings, underpasses or bridges. In addition, the TomTom GO 920 T comes with the latest version of TomTom’s award winning software and all the features of the current TomTom GO 720 and TomTom GO 520. This includes TomTom Map Share™ Technology to make easy changes to the map and to share map corrections with other TomTom customers so that users always have the most up-to-date maps available.

    Traffic

    An RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver to receive up-to-date traffic information is also included in the box.

    Remote control

    The TomTom GO 920 T comes with an improved Bluetooth™ remote control that is the same colour as the device. This way drivers can operate their device safely from anywhere in the car without having to reach to touch the screen.

    Extensive set of features

    TomTom GO 920 T replaces the current TomTom GO 910 and offers the best in navigation and performance. On top of all new and exclusive features that the TomTom GO 920 T includes, the model comes preinstalled with the latest navigation software and features, such as: –

    Large 4.3 inch touch screen with high quality graphics, an intuitive user interface and building footprints for a better overview of drivers’ surroundings.

    TomTom Map Share™ Technology: allowing users to instantly correct maps, share changes with other users, and benefit from improvements made by other users.

    TomTom RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver to give users the most-up-to-date traffic information (RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver comes in the box)

    Speech recognition: voice address input to easily direct drivers to millions of cities and street names; Enhanced hands-free kit with high quality sound system to allow drivers to keep their eyes firmly on the road whilst making phone calls in the car

    Extensive safety features including ‘Help Me’ menu to give drivers direct access to emergency services and roadside assistance

    Built-in FM Transmitter to play music and navigation instructions over the car stereo

    Clear voice instructions and text-to-speech, to enable street names, places, traffic alerts and SMS messages to be read aloud as part of the spoken instructions

    New smart & fun extras to personalize users’ devices, including recording your own driving instructions, view documents, exchange positions via SMS and Bluetooth™ wireless technology and select a favourite car icon on the screen

    TomTom desk dock to easily charge the TomTom GO 920 T and connect to a computer and TomTom HOME, TomTom’s free software application, to access ready to use online services such as Safety Cameras, Traffic and Weather

    Availability

    The new TomTom GO 920 T will be available in the last quarter of 2007.

    Product technical specifications

  • 4.3” widescreen 16:9 format LCD (WQVGA: 480*272 pixels)
  • CPU 400 MHz, 64MB RAM
  • 4GB internal flash memory
  • SD card socket
  • High sensitivity GPS receiver
  • Compatible with RDS-TMC traffic information receiver and TomTom’s subscription based traffic service
  • Integrated FM transmitter
  • Bluetooth™
  • Lithium-polymer battery (up to 5 hours operation)
  • Optimised integrated microphone and speaker for high quality hands-free functionality
  • Dimensions: 118 mm x 83 mm x 24 mm
  • Weight: 220 grams END
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    We’ll hopefully have a review device here soon, and you can always take a look at our TomTom Go 720 review as well.

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    By August 30, 2007 Read More →

    More Parrot launches: speaker and digital photo frame

    More news from Parrot, who today launched the Parrot DS1120. The Parrot DS1120 is an amazing all-new high-fidelity set of two wireless stereo Hi-Fi speakers that work seamlessly with your mobile phone or MP3-player, delivering unrivalled sound quality in the house.

    Parrot DS1120
    Parrot DS1120

    Packed in a pure and compact design, it plays your favourite tracks from any Bluetooth® Stereo (A2DP) music source with great Hi-Fi quality.

    “The Parrot DS1120 has been designed to deliver optimal audio performance, and provides a very easy connection to a wide range of audio sources,” says Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “Its wireless design provides more flexibility than any traditional stereo, which makes it ideal for the home environment.”

    The Parrot DS1120 has a Class-D digital amplifier in each speaker with a total power output of 30W RMS, delivering a crystal-clear sound with the necessary punch. The bass system is cleverly hidden in the speaker stands and the three-button user interface located at the top speaker face is touch-sensitive.

    If the audio source device does not have Bluetooth technology nor support the A2DP profile, you can still play your music wirelessly by using a Bluetooth 2.0. USB Parrot dongle included with the Parrot DS1120 or in the traditional way by simply connecting your music source via an RCA auxiliary line which is also included.

    The Parrot DS1120 will be available worldwide in stores and on www.parrotshopping.com from October 2007 onwards and will be available for the MSRP of £139.99.

    Further to this, and the earlier news, Parrot have also unveiled its new multi-connectivity digital photo frame, the DF7220.

    Parrot DF7220
    Parrot DF7220

    The Parrot DF7220 lets you recall and share more than 300 pictures with an unrivalled ease of use in a cool and fresh design. This brand new photo frame with built-in memory has a bright 7-inch diagonal display.

    The Parrot DF7220 provides multiple digital solutions such as Bluetooth® wireless technology, a memory card slot and USB connectivity. With the Parrot DF7220 you can share the pictures of your loved ones anytime anywhere, from your mobile phone, your computer or your digital camera. Like all other Parrot products, the Parrot DF7220 photo frame is also equipped with advanced wireless networking functions, making it easy to transfer digital photos.

    “Each picture tells a different story. We want to enjoy our pictures anytime and very easily” says Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “The multi-connectivity of the Parrot DF7220 is a great complement to our range of wireless Photoviewers including the Parrot PHOTO VIEWER 7” and 3.5”. It offers fun and simplicity in a fresh design at a very affordable price”.

    It smart design allows you to enjoy your favourite photos, in the order you want, with customizable slide shows and an ultra-simple three button user interface. Its built-in sensors keep the image upright whether the frame is positioned vertically or horizontally.

    The Parrot DF7220 also allows for brightness adjustment and shuts off automatically when it’s dark. To fit with your interior and your style, the frame of the Parrot DF7220 is interchangeable.

    To upload pictures, simply select the Parrot DF7220 in the list of Bluetooth devices on your phone, digital camera or computer. Then select the picture you want to display and send it to the frame via Bluetooth. The picture is instantly converted to the size of the screen.

    The Parrot DF7220 will be available worldwide in stores and on www.parrotshopping.com from October 2007 onwards and will be available for the MSRP of £99.99.

    For more information, please visit our website www.parrot.com

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    By August 29, 2007 Read More →

    Parrot DS3120 Universal Stereo Speaker Dock with Bluetooth

    Parrot, one of the leaders in wireless peripherals around the mobile phone, today launched the Parrot DS3120, an innovative home stereo that combines Parrot’s award-winning wireless music and handsfree calling technology in one unit. It lets consumers enjoy their music without being tethered to headphones, allowing them to listen to music, out loud virtually anywhere, anytime.

    Parrot DS3120
    Parrot DS3120

    The Parrot DS3120 allows users to play music from mobile phones, MP3 players such as an iPod®, PCs and laptops wirelessly via Bluetooth® – with a 10m range – or through a USB connection. It also has an SD card slot, a line-in for an iPod® and a built-in FM radio.

    “Music is part of our every day life. The Parrot DS3120 is a clock-radio with unique high-quality sound, amazing new features like the built-in screen display, all packed in an exceptional wireless design” says Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “The Parrot DS3120 has been designed to offer unmatched audio performance, and provides a smooth connection to a wide range of audio sources”.

    Once paired with a mobile phone, the unit also allows users to search through their contacts and channel voice calls through its high-quality 20W speakers.

    The 1.8” colour TFT screen displays track and album details when playing music and phonebook information when making or taking a call. When in music mode, the track details are grouped by source, artist, album and title. Users can select their source, see the track information and enjoy their music.

    The Parrot DS3120 has its own battery power source when required, allowing for up to 10 hours playback, and weighs only 1.5kg, making it highly portable.

    Voice calls are very high-quality thanks to Parrot’s heritage in making high-end in car communications technology. A microphone built into the unit picks up the user’s voice from wherever they are in the room and effectively cancels out all background noise.

    Music is automatically muted with incoming calls, and with caller ID, any phonebook images stored on the user’s mobile is displayed on the bright screen.

    The Parrot DS3120 will be available worldwide in stores and on www.parrotshopping.com from October 2007 onwards and will be available for the MSRP of £119.99.

    More information on www.parrot.com.

    Spec::

    Plays music from:

  • Mobile phones
  • MP3 players
  • iPod® through provided USB cable
  • SD memory cards
  • USB connection (cable or memory stick)
  • Line-in socket (3.5mm)
  • Additional functions:

  • 1.8” TFT colour screen
  • Handsfree calling
  • Automatic phonebook synchronization, depending on the mobile phone (full compatibility list available from www.parrot.com)
  • Mains or battery powered
  • Up to 10 hour battery life with 6xC batteries (not included)
  • Class D Audio amplifier
  • 20W RMS power output
  • 9-button interface
  • Alarm
  • Clock
  • Bluetooth profiles supported:

  • A2DP
  • AVRCP
  • HSP
  • 1.5kg in weight
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    By August 29, 2007 Read More →

    HTC TyTN II discount voucher!

    Just last week HTC finally made an official announcement regarding the HTC Kaiser, which is now to be called the HTC TyTN II. Sources tell us that the TyTN II will start shipping some time next week and a 3rd September launch date has been mentioned.

    HTC TyTN II
    HTC TyTN II

    Our friends over at Clove contact us yesterday to say that you can still pre-order the TyTN II with them and that they have just dropped the price to an amazing £400 (£470 inc VAT) and that if the price drop wasn’t enough they are offering our readers a further £10 off the purchase price with this voucher code: TM4550SEP07

    The offer is valid until the end of September, simply enter the voucher code when you check out to receive the discount.

    Head on over to the TyTN II page on the Clove site.

    EDIT: You can see our TyTN II review HERE.

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