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O2 Joggler Goes on Sale

image O2 today announced that the ground-breaking O2 Joggler is now available to buy from O2 stores. Designed to help family life run more smoothly, the O2 Joggler is the digital evolution of the traditional family wall calendar. It is priced at £149.99 or free if taken instead of a handset at upgrade*.

O2 also announced today that its “Your Family Bolt-on” will cost £7.50 per month and be available to all O2 customers from May 12th. The O2 Your Family Bolt-on will not only save families money, but also ensure that they are always connected to each other. One family member pays £7.50 per month and nominates four other O2 people to join their calling circle. All calls, text and picture messages within this calling circle are at no extra cost in the UK. Parents with children on Pay & Go O2 mobiles can have reassurance that their children can always reach them, regardless of how much credit is left; while children can save their credit for speaking to their friends.

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Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast No 34

image Our latest podcast is now available to download, in episode 34 we have a special interview with Loke Uei from the Windows Mobile development team and we talk about Windows Mobile 6.5, the Marketplace and the future of Windows Mobile. We also discuss some of the latest iPhone and Palm Pre news.You can subscribe via iTunes, RSS or download the mp3 file here. Full show notes after the break.

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SanDisk Extreme Firewire Reader

A few weeks ago I wrote a quick review of the SanDisk Extreme IV compact flash card. At the time I mentioned that the although the card seemed to pretty fast I thought it was being held back by the speed of the USB card reader.

So I asked SanDisk if I could have a look at their Extreme Firewire Reader to see if this could make the most of the fast UDMA technology of the Extreme IV compact flash card. So this is my quick review of the Firewire Reader.

The SanDisk Extreme Firewire Reader

The SanDisk Extreme Firewire Reader


What’s in the box?

Not a great deal in the box as you might expect.

  • Card reader
  • 2 Firewire cables
  • Driver Software
  • Data recovery software
  • Manual and Warranty Card



The SanDisk Extreme Firewire Reader is a simple and attractive looking unit. It’s silver and black and doesn’t look vastly different to any other memory card reader.

Where the Extreme Firewire Reader is different though is that it has ONLY a Compact Flash memory card slot and is not a multi-card reader.


The other difference is on the rear of the unit. Here you’ll find a Firewire socket rather than the ‘usual’ mini-USB style connector.



An attractive looking silver unit the SanDisk Extreme Firewire Reader is small enough to fix in even the smallest of kit-bags. It also comes with a decent length Firewire cable, about 1 metre or so.

But I’m guessing that, if you are anything like me, you wont be terribly interested in what the thing looks like, you just want to know how fast it is!

So to test the speed this is what I did.

I used a SanDisk Extreme IV compact flash card in a USB 2.0 card reader. I then ran a drive benchmarking tool several times in a row and took the average results from the tests. Then, using the same memory card I put that in to the SanDisk Firewire reader and re run the tests again taking the average of the test results.

Here’s the results of the tests:



USB2.0 card reader

SanDisk Firewire Reader

Uncached Write (4k blocks)

15.65 MB/sec 25.29 MB/sec

Uncached Write (256k blocks)

15.51 MB/sec 24.32 MB/sec

Uncached Read (4k blocks)

3.9 MB/sec 7.65 MB/sec

Uncached Read (256k blocks)

17.17 MB/sec 36.9 MB/sec



As you can see from the results above, clearly the Firewire reader is faster than the USB2.0 model more than twice as fast at reading in fact and getting close to hitting the claimed 40 MB/sec that SanDisk say that they Extreme Reader is capable of.

So what does this mean in real terms? Well using the Firewire Reader to copy 890MB of photos from the Compact Flash card to the desktop took just 28 seconds compared to 53 seconds for the USB2.0 reader which is, again, close to twice as fast. So with the amount of photos that I take during the week transferring the images to the desktop will be significantly faster.



The results above speak for themselves, the SanDisk Extreme IV Compact Flash Card and SanDisk Extreme Firewire Reader make a fast combination, almost twice the speed of the USB2.0 reader.

Whether or not it’s worth splashing out on the £80 SanDisk Extreme Firewire reader depends upon how often you use your camera/memory card and how many photos you take.

If you are a pro or just plain impatient then I’m sure you’ll want to consider this card reader for everyone else you’ll just have to sit and watch the progress bar for a few extra minutes!


Posted by: Matt

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Spb TV Adds Over 40 New Channels

image Spb Software today announces the amendment of Spb TV channels catalogue with over 40 new mobile TV channels. The majority of the newly added channels were suggested by Spb TV users. Today, approximately one hundred of international mobile TV channels are available via Spb TV.

Spb TV is a subscription-free mobile IPTV viewer, designed for tuning in to publicly available digital TV channels from all over the world. A downloadable software client, Spb TV makes a wide range of international live TV channels available for viewing directly on Windows Mobile phones.

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