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Palm’s New Mobile OS Nova= Something Huge?

My experience of the the Palm OS is that it was satble but lacked any wow factor and now Palm claims they may have a game changer with their new Palm’s OS set to be unveiled on January’s CES called Nova led by Ex-Apple  S enior Vice President for Hardware Engineering and “150 engineers since Rubinstein’s arrival. Among them are Jeff Devine, a top operations executive with Nokia (NOK), and Way Ting, an operating system guru from Silicon Graphics (SGIC). “We haven’t had any trouble selling our story,” says consultant Dan Walker, who was Apple’s chief talent officer from 2000 to 2004 and now leads recruiting for Palm”.

” Palm insiders are optimistic. “I’m fundamentally convinced we’re onto something huge,” says Mike Bell, a 16-year Apple engineering star who joined Palm last year. “Some of the stuff we’re working on here is mind-blowing—better than anything I’ve seen before”…. <More>

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Pandora UMPC & The evolution of the Smartphone Platform

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“It is designed as an ultra portable open source computer with gaming
controls, it is very small, around about the same size as a DS. It can
easily fit in your pocket. It is by far the most powerful handheld in
the world both in terms of raw CPU power and 3D graphics capability, it
will be able to handle things such as Firefox3 or Quake3 with ease.
Around 10+ Hours battery life. [http://openpandora.org/]” Via <UMPCPortal.com>

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Realistic, Fast 3D Graphics For You Anywhere from The Cloud

“Imagine you could play video games – and immerse yourself in virtual worlds – with 3D graphics comparable to those found in blockbuster films like Transformers or WALL•E. And then imagine you could experience and control those graphics in real-time from any internet-enabled device, whether it be a desktop computer, set-top box or even iPhone.

Sound far-fetched? It doesn’t to Jules Urbach, founder and CEO of a Los Angeles-based company called OTOY, who has been working with microprocessor manufacturer AMD since 2006 to make the idea of server-side graphics processing a reality. If all goes as planned, 3D rendering will become just another computer task that jumps from the client to the cloud. Call it gaming as a service (GaaS) if you will. No more Xboxes, no more PlayStations, and no more souped-up PC towers. Just a monitor, some controls, and a way to receive and display frames generated by a powerful server farm”….<More>

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eMotion Solar PMP: Solar Powered MP3/Video Portable Media Player

check out the specs from their Web Site:

$$159.00
Availability: 2 – 3 weeks

eMotion Solar PMP: Solar Powered MP3/Video Portable Media Player – Solar Battery Charger; charges your mobile devices on the go (1 Gigabyte) with SD card slot. In stock, will ship in 2-7 business days.

eMotion 1GB Solar Portable Media Player & Battery Charger

• Transfer music, photos, videos, games on and off player
• 5.5″ x 3″ x 1″
• SD card slot expansion (2GB SD card maximum capacity)
• Included charger powers most portable devices such as mobile phones, MP3/MP4 players, laptops, digital cameras and other portable Lithium battery devices
• Supports music formats: MP1, MP2, MP3, WMA, WAV, ADPCM, AMR
• Play video: support AVI format film play achieves QVGA@25f/s fluent MPEG4 video (320 x 240) and provides video bookmark function
• View photos: JPEG, BMP, GIF
• Game simulator: supports FC/GB/GBC/MD 8/16 bit simulator expansion developed by third parties; compatible with NES/GB/GBC/SEGA game ROM
• Read books: supports TXT format
• Read books while listening to MP3 music
• E-book with reading capacity: will read out loud any TXT file in Chinese or English
• User-friendly menu with relevant animated instructions
• USB 2.0 port

You can also check out this review in Gizmodo

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Ubiquitous connectivity – WiFi ? WiMax ? or Cellular?

Question: “Ubiquitous connectivity – WiFi ? WiMax ? or Cellular?

What do you see as the next coming up technology for ubiquitous connectivity? WiFi or WiMax or 3G or EVDO ? Any other ? Will the emergence of this technology be region specific ? If so, which one is likely to be the one in Asia, US and Europe ?

Part of Answer # 1

“What do you see as the next coming up technology for ubiquitous connectivity? WiFi or WiMax or 3G or EVDO ? Any other ? Will the emergence of this technology be region specific ? If so, which one is likely to be the one in Asia, US and Europe ?

“The big question is – can WiMAX catch up w or replace Cellular adoption and maturity? Intel and Samsung would like to make it the big connect-anywhere feature for new UMPC’s, but I note that for instance Sprint just delayed its planned US rollout – so we have to wait and see.

Korean WiBro is a Govt supported service up and running, and I have heard that Indian operators will now look to WiMAX for gaining cheap RoW into cities and across slums areas instead of trenching-in fiber”….   Via Linked In Answers

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Video: Top Ten Most Innovative Games

A great count down of the most innovative games ever made (so far)…

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I Could Have Been A Contender- The Mobile Phone Operating System Wars

“Though the PC OS wars were brutal and delivered many clashes over the years, the smartphone OS war may make those battles seem tame. This time, the stakes are even higher, as the market for digital devices is four to five times larger in terms of units. So, which operating-system makers will be the major vendors vying for supremacy in the smartphone market over the next five to eight years? —next: The Contenders > >>> <More>

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UWB: An old technology makes new sparks fly

Via The Economist: “With its immunity from interference from buildings, easy co-existence with other forms of radio transmission and an ability to transmit live video streams at gigabit per second speeds over short distances, UWB has had more than its share of hype. But the technology—at least in its guise as a wireless version of the ubiquitous USB cable used to connect computers and cameras to printers and other peripherals—has been catching on fast, as a rival (and perhaps complement) to Bluetooth.So much so, laptop makers like Lenovo and Dell have been hard pressed to meet demand for their latest models that come with UWB connections built in”….. Full Article

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NTT DoCoMo Mobile Future: Super 3 G-Vision 2010

NTT DoCoMo, Japan‘s innovative telecom company makes a series of videos of it its vision for our mobile future. Pretty cool.

Parts 2 & 3

 

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Slideshow: Top 10 Best Video Games Of All Time


“If one thing is true, it’s that video games have come of age in the past 10 years. Sure, many of us remember playing Ms. Pac-Man in the early ’80s, but the fact remains that many of the games that were released over the past 10 years have changed not only technology and gaming, but in many ways entertainment in general. Here are our picks for the top 10 games of the past 10 years”…. <More>

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Slideshow: The Top 10 Hottest Cell Phones In Spring 2007 Are…

  1. Motorola RAZR (all colors)
  2. BlackBerry Pearl (all colors)
  3. LG Chocolate (all colors)
  4. Samsung A900M
  5. Motorola i850
  6. Motorola Buzz ic502
  7. Sanyo Katana (all colors)
  8. Sony Ericsson w810i
  9. Nokia 5300 XpressMusic
  10. Motorola v325i

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In 2008 Computer Cables Will Become Obsolete

“Chip designer Alereon Inc. said Monday it is releasing the first chip that uses a frequency band that is legal all over the world for wireless USB, a technology with the potential to cut the tangle of cables surrounding computers.The new chip could prove an important step in persuading computer makers to incorporate the technology. A few wireless USB products are already on the US market, but they send and receive signals over a frequency that is not legal in most of the world because of potential interference with radar.The underlying radio technology is called ultra-wideband, or UWB, and uses frequencies far above those usually employed for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular phones and other wireless technologies. The speeds it can reach are similar to the current capabilities of USB 2.0″…. <More>

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Pimp Your Game Room With Deluxe Gear

Global Arcade Classics $ 2975

 $1799

HotSeat Flight Sim

$999

Today, even overachieving families are ready to loosen up and have fun. “We essentially did not have a home market before 9/11,” says David Young, founder of BMIGaming.com, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based national distributor that supplies gaming products for the home such as “Ms. Pac Man/Galaga” ($3,675). “We used to sell mainly to bars. Now, parents want a place that’s safe enough — but cool enough — for kids to gather and play. Some of these games are positive outlets for physical activity. So you have parents ordering “Dance Dance Revolution,” and moms heading to the game room as well to get a dance session in.”

For The full article with links <Go Here>

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Wave of New Notebooks Follows Intel Centrino, NVidia 8M & Blue Ray R/W

“Sony “Sony has followed suit by turning up the volume on its Vaio series. The Vaio FZ follows Centrino Duo, and then adds a plethora of the company’s exalted multimedia features. For instance, LocationFree software will enable the system to wirelessly connect with a media center base station, typically in the house, for transmission of DV-R and other recorded content, as well as the ability to “phase-shift” (pause and rewind) live TV. The $1,400 model supports DVD, while the $2,000 edition – as you might expect – both records and plays Blu-ray Discs in what Sony is touting as “full 1080 HD resolution.” It will be interesting to see how Sony pulls this off on a 15.4″ screen. Availability is expected in just a few weeks”….. <More>

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Video: Boohoo Fo You…20 Japanese Smartphone Features!

  1. mobile wallet
  2. MANGA on mobile
  3. mobile check-in at airports
  4. mobile keys for door
  5. mobile employee badges
  6. mobile cinema tickets
  7. mobile transport passes
  8. fingerprint authentication
  9. face recognition/authentication
  10. mobile discount/promotion coupons
  11. scented phones
  12. mobile fashion consultant
  13. mobile live TV
  14. wii-like mobile phones (motion-sensor)
  15. physical bookmarks for mobiles (shops)
  16. privacy screens
  17. 1D and 2D codes for marketing and even on fruit and veg labels
  18. mobile GPS navigation for pedestrians
  19. electric wave posters (uses RFiD)
  20. waterproof phones “….. Fanpotai and Boohooforyou.com/

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Mind games: Brain-Controlled Games Should Soon Be On Sale

 “Because parts of a person’s grey matter exhibit increased electric activity when they respond to stimuli or prepare for movements, there has always been the lingering hope that EEG might also manifest someone’s thoughts in a machine-readable form that could be used for everyday purposes.To realise that hope means solving two problems—one of hardware and one of software. The hardware problem is that existing EEG requires a helmet with as many as 120 electrodes in it, and that these electrodes have to be affixed to the scalp with a gel. The software problem is that many different types of brain waves have to be interpreted simultaneously and instantly. That is no mean computing task.

The power of thought:Both Emotiv, which is based in San Francisco, and NeuroSky, of San Jose, think they have cracked these problems”….. <More>

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The Samsung Version of the iPhone: Samsung SGH-X830 Review

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“The Samsung X830 is half Mp3 player and half phone. The X830 looks exactly like an iPod when closed. In my opinion the X830 is the Samsung version of the “iPhone”. When closed the phone looks like a normal MP3 player but when open looks like a cell phone. The dial jog on the phone resembles that of the iPod but works a little different”….  <More>

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ASUS W5Fe – World’s First Vista SideShow Notebook

news-0106-a1.jpg“The W5Fe’s auxiliary display is a short cut to viewing a wide range of information, including meeting schedules, phone numbers, addresses, and recent e-mail messages. This comes as a very handy tool when, for instance, one needs to take a quick look at the meeting agenda in a crowded elevator. On the entertainment front, the outer display can be used to view photos, play music and games such as Solitaire. In addition, SideShow can even act as the mobile navigation device and guide the way with map display”….  <More>

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Nikko’s R2-D2 DVD Projector

asset_upload_file432_5556.jpg“R2D2 home entertainment projection system (shipping in March at a $2,500 suggested
retail), will incorporate a DVD player with multiformat compatibility and a
unique remote control that is shaped like the Star Wars Millennium Falcon
spaceship

In addition, the R2D2 system will play back all 12 of R2D2’s noises from
the movie, to add to the illusion of a fully functioning robot. Using the
remote, users can drive the motorized projector from room to room.
The R2D2 system features a dock for a video-capable iPod so that stored
MPEG-4 video files, music files or digital photos can be played back on a big
screen. It also includes built-in slots for SD and Memory Stick flash cards and
has a USB input.
“….. <More>

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The ASUS R2H – Ultra Mobile Portable Computer with GPS

asus-umpc-r2h-computer.jpg“ASUS will launch their latest Ultra Mobile Portable Computer called R2H in Korea during the upcoming weeks, Technical features of the R2H include a 7-inch touchscreen display using WVGA technology; 60GB on the hard-drive; a processor of Intel Celeron M with 900Mhz and a 1.3 mega pixel camera. On the connectivity section there is space for many interfaces: 802.11b/g WLAN, bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, mini USB and SD card”…. <More>

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