The rumored HTC Wizard has just emerged with a grainy image from a French website. The Windows Mobile 5.0 powered device would have a QVGA screen, 1.3MP camera, and feature GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and Wifi. I was a little surprised to not see Bluetooth on the list, but it is early yet and the specs might change. It looks like this PDA phone will be sized much more like a wide candy bar style phone rather than a large bulky PDA with a supposed size of 4.2 x 2.2 x 0.9-inches. Without Bluetooth or UMTS I’m not sure if this will be a winner or not - but its certainly worth keeping an eye on for a fully featured QWERTY phone.
Read More | HTC Wizard
This obviously isn’t the first time we’ve heard the iTunes phone was supposed to be announced, and I don’t think anyone is holding their breath this time around, but MobileTracker is reporting that the elusive handset will be announced Monday night at an event called MOTONOW. Rumor even has it that Steve Jobs himself will make an appearance at the event. MOTONOW will be lead by Motorola CEO Ed Zander. If they don’t plan to announce the phone at this event, I’d hate to be Zander, being bombarded with questions as I’m sure everyone there will want to know why the phone hasn’t been announced yet.
Read More | MobileTracker
In a move reminiscent of overly-strict high school teachers, the organizers of the Edinburgh Film Festival have announced that they will confiscate every cell phone that is brought to any of the festivals film screening. The decision is intended by the organizers to eliminate the possibility of any festival attendee using their phone to aid the cause of film piracy. On the other hand, the companies presenting films may simply want to avoid subjecting their movies to being captured and shown in the terrible image quality utilized by most phones. I guarantee almost no one would want to see a pirated movie filmed with my Treo 650. Regardless, with the advent and advancement of higher-quality video recording capabilities in mobile devices, we will most likely only be hearing more and more about these types of restrictions.
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Slashphone has a pic of an interesting concept phone. The thing has an enormous screen for web browsing, and the keyboard folds out to reveal what appears to be a full QWERTY keyboard, trackpad, and a number pad. I’m not sure how practical this would be as a phone, but for a PDA/web browsing terminal on the go I might be interested in one. Not too confident on how I would fit it in a pocket though.
Read More | Superphone concept
Adisasta has jumped on the bittorrent bandwagon by developing a Windows Mobile/Pocket PC bittorrent client. While I do think this is a nifty innovation and surely serves a purpose for someone, I am at a loss as to what most people would use it for. Bittorrent is highly bandwidth intensive and most people are using a PocketPC over a weak WiFi antenna or chained to a mobile phone over Bluetooth. Do they honestly expect people to need to access large bittorent files while on the go? Since bittorrent is usually used for very large files I’m also wondering if they plan to have the users carry around an array of SD cards to store their content on. I read a while back that bittorrent made up 30% or more of internet traffic - will the same be true of tomorrow’s 3G cellular networks now? The one faint glimmer of hope for this technology is for Podcasting - it does seem conceivable to me that II might want to grab the latest podcast on the go and that is a small enough file to perhaps make this practical. Well if you do have the need to bittorrent from your PDA then head on over to Adisasta and give them $20 and they will hook you right up!
Pantech has launched their PH-S8000T smartphone, the first Microsoft smartphone available in Korea. It ships with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition and an Intel Mobile processor. It has a nice 2.2” QVGA (240 x 320) LCD screen, and will be aimed at mobile professionals and multimedia enthusiasts.
Read More | Telecoms Korea
If your cell phone is constantly ringing and you find yourself ending an important conversation abruptly, only to switch to a less important one, the Cellular Squirrel may be for you. The cute little animatronic squirrel was developed by MIT’s own Stefan Marti as a dissertation project and when it picks up an incoming call, it begins a conversation with the caller and compares the caller’s voice, your contact list, and keywords from it’s conversation with the incoming call with your current conversation and decides if the new call is important enough to pull you away from you current conversation.
This embodiment is able to use the same subtle but still public non-verbal cues to get our attention and interrupt us like humans would do (like eye gaze and small gestures), instead of ringing or vibration. The user can whisper and listen to her squirrel, receiving and replying to voice instant messages. If the user wishes, she can also bypass the Intermediary altogether and get into a synchronous voice communication with the caller by simply talking to the embodiment.
The outcome of the current FCC proceedings about using cell phones on airplanes won’t have any effect on whether or not you actually can. According to the FAA, the U.S. ban on phones on commercial aircraft will stay in place regardless of the FCC or public interest. Even if the FAA ban was removed there is always the possibility of a different kind of government regulation, and if Uncle Sam were to decide to allow it, it still remains to be seen if the technology will be in place. For example, Airbus has said that it’s in-air product will not provide support for CDMA phones, so most U.S. flyers wouldn’t be able to use phones anyways.
Read More | Tech Dirt
If you are jonesin’ for the days of those old dumbell handsets from rotary, and later touch-tone phones, Phobile is here to take you back in style. All this thing does is connect to your cell phone, allowing you to chat it up by holding up one of those old-school dumbells to your head. Honestly now, is there anyone who doesn’t want this thing?
Read More | Phobile Product Page
Verizon doesn’t want you to use your EV-DO phones as BlueTooth modems, but really - who cares what they want? While it was previously thought impossible, DavesiPaq has put up information on how to hack into your Samsung i730 to use it as an EV-DO modem over BlueTooth or USB. Like many other phones, it involves using the username “firstname.lastname@example.org” with the password “vzw”. Unfortunately, there is a lot more to this. Check them out for the full details.
Read More | Samsung i730 EV-DO Modem Instruction
Edit: The issue between DavesiPaq and engadget has been cleared up. Aside from that, the comment above did not come across correctly, and shouldn’t have been made in the first place.
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