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OKWAP SmartphoneThe OKWAP S868 Smartphone from Taiwan features a virtual scroll wheel on its keypad. Running off Windows Mobile 5.0, it has a 2.4-inch touchscreen, a 2mp CMOS cam with auto-focus, a stylus, and an alpha-numeric keypad. The phone has 64 MB RAM, runs on Intel PXA270 416Mhz CPU, and includes Bluetooth, GPRS, and Infrared capabilities. Its memory can be expanded with its SD or MCC card slots. OKWAP plans on making the S868 available in late February for ~$470.00.

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TellmeWe have been trying out Tellme for a few weeks now, and thought it would be appropriate at this point to let you guys know about the service and what we think of it. If you haven’t heard of Tellme, it’s an application that you install on your mobile phone that aims to allow natural voice-riven mobile search. How does it work? Hit the jump for our full review.


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In the latest episode of The ScobleShow, we got our first look at DAVE from Seagate. DAVE stands for “digital audio-video experience” and is a tiny 10 or 20 GB hard drive. Tiny as in 3.5 x 4.7 x .47-inches. The best part, though, is that this thing gives you the ability to share content by way of the built-in Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. So you can browse the devices with a cell phone, transfer content to other Bluetooth devices or DAVEs, and it has 10 hours of battery life. Expect it to retail for about $200 USD in May or June. For the full scoop, check the video above.

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Gallery: Seagate DAVE: Digital Audio-Video Experience Wireless Hard Drive

text message

Finnish author Hannu Luntiala has created an entire novel with and about text messaging. Entitled “The Last Message,” the plot consists of an IT exec who resigns, travels throughout Europe and India, and communicates only through text messaging. The 332 page “phone book” consists of approximately 1,000 messages which of course are written in SMS.

“I believe that, at the end of the day, a text message may reveal much more about a person than you would initially think,” says Luntiala, who also heads a company that keeps databases on Finns.

Publishing firm Tammi is considering make the novel available in other languages. We’re not exactly sure of the point here, but this may start a whole wave of Orwellian Newspeak.

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Gallery: Finnish Novel Written Entirely in SMS

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Wave Bubble

We know that jamming is illegal, still we have to give kudos to hacker/researcher “Lady Ada” at MIT’s Media Lab for allowing us to defend our personal spaces with what appears to be a pack of cigarettes. The Wave Bubble features a rechargeable internal lithium-battery for up to 2 hours of jamming two bands in a cell phone or 4 hours in a single band such as a GPS, cordless phone, or WiFi. Three AAA batteries can also be utilized. The Bubble’s range is about a 20 ft. radius, if you have a decent antenna, and its output is .1W to .3W.

Lady Ada claims that neither the RF jammer nor its specs will ever be available due to FCC regs, and doesn’t recommend that build your own if you are an amateur technology geek. Thanks for the info, Lady Ada. We can take it from here.


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Spinvox logoLondon based Spinvox is about to take the giant leap to the States. The service converts voicemail to text and sends them via e-mail and/or SMS to read on your cell phone. The Quick-Link takes you to a specific message so that you don’t have to hassle with your voicemail menu and will display the caller’s number. If you are out and about and have an urge to share, Spinvox also features Speak-a-Blog. The company will assign you a personal number, convert it, and post it on your blog.

Although they are still in the negotiation phase with U.S. carriers, you can test its service by calling the site’s phone number, leaving a message, and it will post it on their blog in a couple of moments. Spinvox charges by number of calls, ranging from £3.00 (~$4.00) for 10 conversions to £27.99 (~$36.00) for 200 and is currently offering a 1 week (50 message) free trial.

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Bravia W44S

Sony Ericsson has come up with a new concept in phones, the Bravia W44S, which opens both vertically and horizontally. It can handle digital audio on its dual 16mm stereo speakers, video reception on a 240 x 432mm screen, CDMA EVDO, a 3.2 MP camera with auto-focus, a 128 voice polyphonic ringtone, and a MS pro duo slot built-in for 115 Mb flash.

We admit that the W44S looks pretty nifty with its moon phases calendar/clock, but since it’s only available in Japan for now, we’ll just consider it another teaser from Sony Ericsson and hang on to our merely vertical cell phones.

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Gallery: Bravia Cell Phone Flip Flops