Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

A very different mobile phone

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

And actually just a concept so it may never see the light of day, but head over to Engadget to read more about one of the most unusual mobile phones going.

Click HERE for the details.

Who makes your smartphone?

Friday, February 27th, 2009

If you have a Windows Mobile Smartphone, the odds are that it was manufactured by HTC.

Never heard of them?  That’s not surprising since they only started selling under their own name in the last year (or two?).

So what are the odds?  How about 8 out of 10…. click HERE for the article on Mobile Jaw.

‘Free’ Smartphone?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

In the United States, and perhaps elsewhere, when you sign up for cell phone service you can get free cell phones or can purchase a higher end model such as a smartphone.   However, there is no such thing as free lunch and the price you pay is less than what you would pay if you bought it outright.  That’s because the phones are subsidized when you commit to a 1 or 2 year term with that cellular carrier.  (And smartphones usually mean a data plan as well as part of the commitment)

But even the subsidized smartphone can still run multi-hundreds although that may change soon.   Acer has announced, at least in the U.S., that they will be offering ’Free’ smartphones with the contract.

The Boy Genius Report has the information HERE.

A Big Win for Windows Mobile

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

At The Mobile World Congress, Microsoft and LG Electronics announced that LG will make Windows Mobile its primary smartphone operating system.

The plan is for LG to announce 50 new smartphones running Windows Mobile through 2012.

And yes, that’s 50 new MODELS of Smartphones, not 50 phones!  :-)

Engadget 
“LG picks Windows Mobile as its primary smartphone OS, plans to release 50 new phones”

Gizmodo
“LG Signed Up to Make 50 — That’s Fifty — Windows Mobile Phones”

Mobile Jaw
“LG Makes a Serious Commitment to Windows Mobile”

MobileTechReview
“LG Commits to Windows Mobile Platform for Smartphones and Unveils GM730 Phone”

Pocket PC Thoughts
“LG Now Primarily On Windows Mobile”

Electronic Breadcrumbs?

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Pocket PC Thoughts has some information on a simple GPS unit that can be used as a means to mark a location, then find your way back to that location later.  

Leave the breadcrumbs at home and bring the Bushnell BackTrack instead!

Click HERE to read more.

Airport Friendly Computer Bags

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

If you flown with a laptop before you know how much of a hassle check-in can be.   The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has recently changed some of their regulations to make it easier and quicker to process laptops during check-in, and MobileTechReview has an article about a couple of computer bags that take advantage of these changes.

Click HERE for the review.

E-mailer-in-Chief?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Barrack Obama is reported to be a big Blackberry user (Email) who may be subjected to withdrawal if the secret service take it away because of security concerns.   There are  also laws about retention of Presidential documents and emails would fall into that category.

If you are interested in reading more about this and possible Windows Mobile phones that could be a solution to his e-mailing habit, click HERE to read an article from C/Net.

More Memory

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Now that you have more power to drive your mobile device, how about more memory?

If gigabyte sized memory cards aren’t enough for you, how about a terabyte or two?

Here’s the math:

1000 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte
1000 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte
1000 Megabytes =  1 Gigabyte
1000 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte

So 1 Terabyte = 1,000,000,000,000 Bytes, no matter what you want to store, that’s a LOT of data.

Boy Genius Report has information on where SD storage space is going over the next year or two.   Click HERE for more information.

More Power

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

It’s been awhile since I posted and I have a few items to report on over the next few days.    This posting will deal with power while on the go, either via means to recharge your batteries, or information on future battery technology that may improve on your mobile experience.

Gizmodo has an article about silver-zinc batteries which are supposed to get 40% better run-time than lithium-ion batteries.   The article can be found HERE.

Gear Diary has an article about a “smarter” battery charger which can be found HERE.

MobileTechReview has an article about a solar powered battery charger HERE.

And Engadget has an article about a solar/wind powered battery charger HERE.

More power to you!

Geotag your photos Redux

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

On September 29th I had an article about tagging your digital photos with GPS information, now Nikon has officially come out with a Nikon unit that works more seamlessly with Nikon digital SLR cameras.    The cost (about $240) keeps it out of reach from casual photographers, but if you do have one of the more expensive Nikon DSLR’s and want to tag your images with GPS information, more info can be found HERE courtesy of Digital Media Thoughts.