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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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INQ’s Web 2.0 Phone

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“The software – or more exactly the UI – is the key point now in selling any handset and thankfully INQ has listened. So, for what’s its worth the INQ1 has a 2.2in QVGA screen, HSDPA connectivity, a 3.2MP camera, microSD expansion slot to augment just 50MB of internal memory and pocket friendly dimensions of 97 x 47.6 x 14.4mm while it weighs a mere 110g. Now, the good stuff – and there’s a lot.

Running off a Qualcomm chipset with custom Brew operating system, the INQ1 has the best integration of social networking and communication tools this side of a BlackBerry or iPhone – scratch that, in many respects it is better than either.

For a start, Facebook, Skype, Twitter, YouTube, Bebo, eBay, Last FM, Microsoft Instant Messenger, Gmail, Google Maps are not only available on the handset but they run full time in the background, pre-fetching data and keeping users continuously connected. All run thin clients which can be accessed with or without signal (such as when on the Tube) and any notices written offline automatically sent when reception returns.

Taking this to the next level is a game changing contacts database where the INQ1’s contacts are seamlessly combined with those detected from these services. This means FaceBook, Twitter, Skype, Gmail, Yahoo, WLM contacts and more are merged grouping contacts with the same name or those with similar (ie, ‘Gordon Kelly’ and Gordon K’ would cause a prompt asking whether they should be merged or not). Consequently select any contact and you’ll have the option (where applicable) to either call, text, email, Facebook, IM, Twitter or Skype call (but not eBay) them, even their avatars and statuses are transposed. Brilliant”…. <More>

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Meet The Laptops You’ll Use in 2015

“In a more speculative vein, in seven years, we just might have 3-D displays that show the world as it really is. This will not only be great for gamers, but it can aid in representing complex data and displaying computer-aided designs.

Such displays could also revamp the way we interact with our desktops. Imagine an on-screen desktop that, rather than a flat expanse, has depth and perspective so that you can hide your list of passwords behind the icon for opening your Web browser”…. <More>

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TOP 10 Wireless Innovations 2008

#8 Talkster  
Talk can’t get any cheaper than with Talkster, the only service providing free long distance, international and group conference calls from any phone on any network

 #5 Ribbit
Not another phone company, but a new kind of  phone company—one  that boasts an open platform that enables developers to easily integrate voice into almost any kind of Web application and powerhouse partnerships with salesforce.com and Adobe”…. <WIRELESS INNOVATIONS 2008>2008

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Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Eats MacBook Air for Lunch

“The X300 is a full-feature laptop, shrunken down to (just about) the Air’s diminutive size and a tad heavier at 3.4 pounds.The screen is the same 13.3 inches wide, though less bright than we’d like. Under the hood, a 1.2-GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of RAM, and a 64-GB solid-state hard drive power it to respectable benchmarks (faster than a standard MacBook but slower than Dell’s XPS M1330). But the X300 really shines by offering every connectivity option you could need, including three USB ports, VGA output, ethernet and a DVD burner. And if that doesn’t cut it, every conceivable wireless radio is also inside the box, from Bluetooth and 802.11n to Verizon 3-G WWAN (plus GPS) and even WiMax”… <Via Wired>

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Matchbox-Sized Device Turns Any WiFi-Enabled Phone/PDA/UMPC or Device Into A Mobile TV

A short demonstration of PacketVideo’s mobile broadcast receiver. This matchbox-sized device turns any WiFi-enabled device into a mobile TV.

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Video: Nokia Concept Morphing Phone

Here’s Some info about the Morph:

Nanotechnology on the palm of your hands – The mobile handset is said to have 10,000 transistors in a single fly hair made possible with Nanotechnology
Self-cleaning – made with dirt and water-proof material that just lets foreign substances to just slip away
Stratchable – the whole gadget can be shaped according to the user’s preference made possible with it’s nanoscale structure that lets it’s components to be stretched
Wearable – can be turned into a bracelet that can change it’s design according to the user’s preference “…. <More>

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Move over iPhone: 5 User Interface Advances to Watch in 2008

# 2 Skyfire is a free, downloadable Windows Mobile smartphone browser touted as a “better than iPhone” experience. In addition to enabling full audio and video, Flash content, QuickTime, advanced Ajax and Java, Skyfire displays web pages in miniaturized form, a la iPhone, with a SmartFit feature that resizes each article’s text to fit within each individual handset’s display.
# 4 Zeemote’s patented Zeemote JS1 is a handheld, Bluetooth-based controller promising near-console gameplay for mobile devices”…. <More>

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Noahpad: The Ultra Mobile PC

“If you think the market for small, white, Linux-based UMPCs is overcrowded, you’re wrong. Dead wrong. Enter the Taiwanese-made E-Lead Electronic “Noahpad” PC, a tiny little laptop which the company affectionately refers to as a “classmate, roommate, and travelmate.” The system is based on a 1GHz Via Eden CPU, has 512MB of RAM, a 30GB hard drive, a touch-based (rather than tactile) keyboard, and a 7-inch LED-backlit display”…. Via <Engadget> to Go To Noahweb Vendor SIte Click <Here>

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Ultimate UMPC??

“Ok, it’s technically not a UMPC, but it can outperform any UMPC.  I would have trouble naming one UMPC that packs so many features into one unit and performs so many functions well.  It fits in a pocket (barely), has HSDPA, Bluetooth, WiFi B & G, GPS, onboard USB 1.1 hosting, 3MP camera, 5″ VGA touchscreen running at 640 x 480, ATI graphics, an 8 GB microdrive and much more.  The OS?  Windows Mobile 6.  (I am not actually going to review the unit.  There are many excellent reviews already.  My intention is merely to show how the Advantage bests the UMPCs in their own arena)”…. <More>

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Inventec’s Curvy 7A UMPC

“Pictured above is an image of Inventec’s forthcoming UMPC, the UMPC 7-A, No info on specification or pricing just yet, but Inventec are part of Intel’s Mobile Internet Device Innovation Alliance so don’t be surprised to see these running on the Intel Menlow platform. As the shots above clearly show Windows Vista, it wouldn’t be a wild guess to suggest that these machines will have a half decent specification too”…. <More>

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VIDEO: Instructional The gOS Linux operating System

“The gOS Linux operating system comes preinstalled on the US$199 Everex gPC, and the Everex Cloudbook which is due to be available for US$399, both from Walmart. For most people who buy either product, gOS will be the first time they have used an open source operating system instead of a Microsoft operating system. This video gives an overview of what you can expect from gOS”…. <MORE> 

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The Stone UMPC

“The killer feature on the Stone UMPC though is a module docking bay located on the righthand side of the screen. Modules inlude webcams, GPRS and, fitted to this unit, a tiny detachable bluetooth VoIP phone”…. <MORE>

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ASUS PDA P750 HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB GPS Phone

“With complete 3.5G high speed network coverage (HSDPA 3.6Mbps), Tri band GSM (GSM 900/1800/1900), WiFi (IEEE 802.11 b+g), Bluetooth V2.0+ EDR, USB 1.1 and a built-in GPS antenna, the P750 truly allows the user to be connected to the world. What’s more, it comes with a complete range of exclusive business features to aid the business-oriented consumer in their daily work”….  <More>

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The Ultimate Solar Powered Mini Computer-The Aleutia E1

Cool concpet, too bad it uses linux and is not a notbook format on the other hand it “Ultra Low-Power: With display uses just 18 watts power, a quarter of a typical laptop! “

Included waterproof, roll-up keyboard

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Smaller Motherboard, Less Toxins: Like most electronics our product contains elements which can be environmentally damaging, but since it’s 16% the size of a standard motherboard, there’s a lot less of them.

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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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    Verizone’s iPhone-The LG Voyager-A Better Clone?

    The inevitable has come to pass. In the US, AT&T’s big rival, Verizon Wireless, has introduced what is for all intents and purposes is a copy of the iPhone.

    Via Telecm TV “Called “Voyager”, the 8GB LG phone sports a great big touch screen and is generally almost as svelte and sexy as an iPhone, although some say it lacks the sublime quality of industrial design that is the hallmark of Apple’s entire product line. Form and function do meet about halfway in Voyager, but it definitely has a case of pragmatic PC-itis.That being said, the new handset does have some features that may give potential iPhone buyers at least some pause for thought on their way the the AT&T and Apple stores. In addition to thet ouch screen, Voyager offers a fold-open QWERTY keypad and screen that many users complain is so conspicuously missing from the Apple phone.

    Voyager is also way ahead of the mobile broadband game compared to the iPhone and its wimpy EDGE connectivity that limits its full “i” use to the occasional no-pay WiFi access point”… Slide Show and More Photos @ I4U News.

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    Later with The HTC UMPC-Shift

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    I Have linked to news of this upcoming release of the HTC  Shift UMPC  <Here> , well now a review is out via Pocket Lint< The move to Vista means that you’ll be able to do anything you could do on a laptop (it will be interesting seeing what it’s like playing games on it) albeit with a smaller screen and HTC promise the usual 3 to 4 hours when in Vista mode.

    When it comes to connectivity, HTC has included tri-band HSDPA as well as Wi-Fi, to get you working on the move, and very much like HP with its QuickPlay offering that allows you to play DVD‘s without booting up the operating system, there is SnapVUE to access the phone’s functionality>… <Full Review Here>

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    Do Smartphone PDAs Replace Laptotops?

    Excellent Video Podcast Via Smartphone Show And Steve Litchfieldreviw…

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