Indian Muslim clerics have recently decided that recited verses of the Quran are inappropriate as ringtones. This practice has gained popularity among those who reside in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state.
Reciting the holy book is “not meant for entertainment,” according to Mohammed Asumin Qazmi of the Dar-ul Uloom seminary. “Anyone who persists in using these should be ostracized from society.”
We are hoping this practice doesn’t spread to the states since hearing non-melodic ringtones can be quite jarring. It has given us an idea, though. If our cell phones came equipped with “Om,” it might help to appease the recent surge of road rage.
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Isn’t chatting on a cell phone distracting enough when you drive? In cooperation with NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic unveils its P702iD FOMA cell phone with 10 variations of brightness and colors with a 128 gradation LED light. This “Feel Talk” function works by analyzing your voice tone during conversation. The phone supports Chaku-Uta Full service and features a 1.3 M camera, SD-Audio, and an optional 2 GB mini-SD card slot. Available in two forms and four colors, contact Panasonic for price if you just have to have one to go with your mood ring.
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Samsung has finally released its ultra-thin BlackJack smartphone. Available sometime this month, the 4.1 oz. 3 GB device features a QWERTY keyboard, a 320 x 240 QVGA high-resolution screen, Windows Mobile 5.0, Bluetooth capabilities, an MP3 player with access to Cingular Music, and a 1.3 megapixel digital cam with video capture. Samsung claims it delivers 5.5 hours of talk time and battery storage of up to 11 days in standby.
You can pre-order BlackJack at Cingular for $199.95 and expect arrival sometime this month. In honor of the occasion, last night Larry Kimmell passed out mystery boxes to his audience and gave a few away. Those that did not get the smartphone, including guest Jerry Springer, received lettuce. Pass the Good Seasons.
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This is an entry from our Holiday Gift Guide. We will be updating it daily through the holidays, so be sure to check it often for some great gadget gift tips!
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If you are looking for a full-fledged smartphone that lacks bulk, look the way of the Motorola Q. The Q packs in Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapoxel camera, and a QWERTY keyboard into a freaking thin 4.3 x 2.5 x 0.5-inch handset. The Motorola Q weighs just 4.1 ounces, so carrying this phone around is very comfy. The Q also sports a scroll wheel on the side, reminding us of the BlackBerry mainstay, and it works nicely on the Windows Mobile 5 OS. The screen is a 2.4-inch 320x240 display, but we wish the font size could be bumped down a few notches to fit more text without having to scroll. The Q can also do multimedia, which can be access on Verizon’s EV-DO network, or locally by packing your content onto a miniSD card.
You can watch our full Motorola Q video review for more information.
Price: $300 with two-year contract
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Yesterday we reported SK Telecom was developing retail shopping by phone. They are doing this in cooperation with Google, the company that is well on its way to owning planet Earth. In an interview with CNN.com Saturday, Eric Schmidt, Google Inc.‘s chief executive, said that consumers spend up to 10 hours a day on cell phones that are becoming more like handheld computers.
The company will be earning most of its $10 billion revenue this year by selling text ads to computer users who search with Google and expects that mobile phone revenue will match that amount in time. Schmidt also commented that he believes phones will eventually be free if consumers accept the advertising. We think we will continue to use the phones we have and not have to sit through the commercials.
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At the RFID/USN Korea 2006, SK Telecom unveiled a new system of ordering fast-food. You simply scan an RFID tag attached to the menu and pay for it via your cell phone. We think this will start a whole rash of being able to pay for services and/or products with your phone, thereby making the need for cash more obsolete every day. By the way, a MacDonald’s Big Mac value meal (which typically sells for $4.65 in the U.S.) will set you back KRW 4,900 ~($5) in Korea. We don’t even want to fathom a guess on what kind of meat they are using to make them.
BoxWave has released the Cellphone Data Cable for the LG VX8500 Chocolate. BoxWave’s Cellphone Data Cable is 4 feet in length and combines data transfer and charge capabilities into a single durable, low-cost cable for your LG VX8500 Chocolate. The cable also enables you to transfer, edit, and backup your phone numbers, ring tones, schedules, images, and other data to and from your computer, and includes software utilities that provide you with a wide range of management tools. You can pick one up for $19.95 USD.
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BlackBerry has gone mainstream with the BlackBerry Pearl 8100. Much more than a business-level messaging device, the Pearl 8100 packs in a 1.3-megapixel camera, vibrant 320x240 display, and MP3 support. The abridged QWERTY keypad allows you to type messages quicker than you would using standard T9, and also keeps the phone as thin as any other cell phone out there, with dimensions of 4.2 x 2 x 0.6-inches. The BlackBerry Pearl 8100 throws away the scroll wheel, and instead uses the Pearl-esque scroll ball in the center of the device. Throw in EDGE support, and you have a winner.
Price: $199 with two-year contract
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Hand-crafted from fine, premium grade leather, BoxWave’s Designio Leather Case is a hard leather case that is custom-fitted for the Nokia E61. This durable leather case neatly stores your device and protects it from everyday wear and tear, while giving it a slim and professional look. The Designio Leather Case is a form-fitting leather case that protects your device, and has accessible cutouts. You can pick one up for $34.95 USD at BoxWave’s online store.
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