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Sanyo KatanaSprint and Sanyo have teamed for the new Katana cell phone, described by them as being “crafted as artistically as its namesake”. The new phone, which comes in four colors, is available now for $279.99 or $79.99 after rebates with a two-year subscriber agreement.

The Katana, crafted by Sanyo, has an ultra-thin design with internal antenna and a large, high resolution main display. Besides these features, the Katana also has wireless Bluetooth technology, a built-in VGA camera with digital zoom, a built-in speakerphone and supports several of Sprint’s PCS services such as PCS Vision and PCS Picture Mail.

Read More | Sprint/Sanyo Katana Press Release

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Retro Phone Handset connected to cell phoneGone are the days of real telephones, with real handsets.  It used to be that a telephone handset had real heft, and could double as a hammer in a pinch.  Forget about trying to do that with cell phones, with their flimsy flip covers and see-through plastic cases.  You might as well be holding a tissue to your ear.

That’s all about to change.  Now, for those times when you need an authoritative phone presence, the Retro Phone Handset is available.  It plugs into a wide range of cell phones via a standard 2.5 mm plug and comes complete with curly umbilical to tie the handset to your mobile phone.  (A hands-free adapter kit is also available, though I’m not sure I see the point of that.)

With this entry into the retro phone market, I forsee a wave of future retro products.  How about a Bluetooth rotary dialer for your cell phone?

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Samsung AceSports fanatics waiting for a reason to sign up for the Mobile ESPN cellular service just got handed a new one today as a new Samsung mobile phone was announced which is specifically designed to provide “access to personalized sports news and information, fantasy sports team management and high-quality audio and video content” from the mobile content provider. The new Samsung Ace should be available now.

The Samsung Ace has a slim design, according to Mobile ESPN and Samsung, measuring just over a half-inch thick and weighing around 3.5 ounces. The flip style phone is made of lightweight magnesium, sports a red and black keypad and has the ESPN logo and numerical font style.

Features of the Samsung Ace include a 2.2-inch TFT color screen; stereo speakers; one button access to Mobile ESPN content; a 1.3-megapixel digital camera with built-in flash, digital zoom and video capture; speakerphone; Bluetooth; MP3/AAC music player; EVDO support; and voice recognition.

Read More | Samsung Ace Product Page

So, we know everyone has been all over the Motorola Q - after all, it was hyped as the RAZRberry over a year ago and, more recently, as a Blackberry killer. We got our hands on one, and after using it for a few days, Sparky reports back with his full review in this episode.

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DescriptionThis looks to be an interesting new service for those on the go who can’t live without coupons. Mashable, a blog covering Web 2.0 startups, brings us details about Cellfire, a site offering a downloadable application for cell phones which “provides discount coupons for T.G.I. Friday’s, Hollywood Video and other major brands.”

After you select the location you are visiting, you fire up the application and select the coupon you want. You then show the coupon to the cashier, who enters the on-screen code to give you the discount. The service is reportedly free to use, minus standard carrier data transfer fees. The service is currently only available with select Cingular phones.

Read More | Cellfire via Mashable


In this episode, we show off Motorola’s new ultraslim phone, a great travel bag by Pacific Designs, and more:

WEB GEMS
Windows Media Player 11

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Motorola SLVR Review

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Rolling Lite Review


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SeidioRemember last winter, when you dropped your Treo 650 on the ground and the SD card popped out and got lost in the snow?  Oh, wait ... that wasn’t you, that was me. Sorry.  Well, neither of us have to worry about that any more.  Seidio was kind enough to develop a Treo 650/700 holster called the Shield 2, which allows easy insertion and removal of the Treo while protecting the inward-facing screen with foam.  Most importantly, the clip slips right over the top of the memory card to keep that little bugger in there when you—er, I—drop it while getting out of the car.

At $29.95, the Seidio Shield 2 holster is a little more expensive than its predecessor, but the revised design features make it worth the few extra dollars.  Aside from the SD slot, all other buttons and connectors are available while the device is in the holster.  One minor complaint is that the spring clip covers the top-mounted ringer switch and IR port.  The IR port is not a concern; the device would be out of the holster when using that anyway.  But some people might find the inaccessible switch to be a problem.  Or, like me, they might be willing to overlook that in favor of extra security for the SD card.

Read More | Seidio Shield 2 via Treonauts


We recently put the Motorola SLVR and Motorola L6 phones to the test, and are ready to report back with our findings. If you are looking for an iTunes-compatible phone that also looks good (unlike the ROKR,) the SLVR just might be what you need if you are on Cingular’s network. If iTunes isn’t your thing - or if you have an iPod and don’t need a 100 song limit - then the blueish L6 might be more to your liking if ultra-slim phones are your thing. Download the video for our full review.


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What happens when you create a giant slingshot, and use it to propel a piece of old-school technology into a solid cement wall at over 100 MPH? Find out in this episode of Breakin’ Stuff.


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SiriuCE

While XM Satellite Radio currently has two handheld devices for live portable listening, the Inno and Helix, Sirius has . . . wait for it . . . none.  Alright, Sirius has the S50, but it can’t receive live broadcasts and that’s the whole point.  However, if you have a Pocket PC device with any kind of broadband connection, you can take advantage of SiriuCe to get your music fix.  Granted, SiriuCE doesn’t magically turn your handheld into a satellite receiver, but it does allow you to easily tap into Sirius’ Internet radio stream for playback on the go.  An ideal companion for the software is a Pocket PC Phone with a high-speed data connection.

The software provides the interface for accessing the audio streams, and then relies on your choice of Windows Media Player 10 or TCPMP to provide playback duties.  While SiriuCE has been available for some time, it was recently updated to solve some compatibility issues with Sirius, and to implement support for the aforementioned TCPMP.  Since this isn’t true satellite radio, the restrictions Sirius has on their Internet streams still apply.  Therefore no talk radio for you Howard Stern fans, no news and no sports programming.

While the main focus of this article has been software for Sirius, there are similar options for XM as well.  A freeware application is XstreamXM, with the flipside being Pocket XM which is available for purchase.  It should go without saying that you must be a subscriber to the respective satellite service for any of these options to work.


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