Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman and co-founder of the MIT Media Lab announced to the World Economic Forum the most recent plans of the lab: a research initiative to develop a $100 laptop computer, with a 12” one megapixel screen, 1GB hard drive, and 500Mhz processor. Other features include some sort of innovative power (possibly wind-up), a plethora of USB ports, and a ruggedized exterior to stand up to the elements in harsher climates. The machines will be WiFi enabled, and have GSM cell phone connectivity as well.
So the Motorola “RAZRberry” rumors have turned out to be true. Details have come forth of Motorola’s Magneto powered smart-phone with a QWERTY keyboard and 1.3 MP camera. The device is codenamed ‘Franklin’. The phone will feature an EDGE connection (what, no UMTS?!) and 128 MB of ram for all your data intensive needs.
If you think your cell phone’s version of Tetris is tiring you out, ID software has recruited Bare Naked productions to release their famous FPS Quake on the “next gen” mobile phone. Using new 3D technology, these phones will continue to impress us and impede everything we should be doing.
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Although there has been a lot of debate about whether or not the Motorola iTunes phone would ever see the light of day, it now seems that we are closer to an actual ship date. Mark Sue, an analyst with RBC Markets, claims that “Motorola’s iTunes phones are now ready to ship according to our sources, with Apple working out the final details with Cingular for revenue sharing.” This could just be more speculation about the first iTunes phone, but Sue believes that Motorola ended last quarter on a high note (due in part to the fact that 3.5 million RAZR phones have been sold) and that releasing the new phone could only continue to raise Motorola’s sales as the next quarter passes.
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So it looks like Motorola has come out an upped the ante for sleek sexy bluetooth headsets. They have announced a RAZR styled H3 headset that will come out in a sleek black package. They are also announcing the H700 and the H300, two other small headsets with either a boom mike style or an over the ear clip and radically different styling. It’s interesting how bluetooth headsets are fast becoming fashion statement of tomorrow like cellphones are now. I’ve reviewed Motorola headsets before and found their sound quality to be quite good so I’m eagerly looking forward to having a chance to check this one out in all its infinite smallness.
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Despite being pilloried in both the press and gaming communities, the Nokia N-Gage QD is a great (and most importantly, cheap) smartphone. At E3, Nokia unveiled some accessories that look to improve the platform, including the problem of having a smartphone platform where the expandable storage and game cards use the same slot. These new add-ons are all due in the second half of the year.
Unfortunately, each accessory has some strange drawback or flaw, and perhaps shows that the N-Gage just isn’t fully up to the task of being what Nokia envisions the platform as. Let’s take a look at what they’ve come up with.
PT from MAKEzine and FlashEnabled has put together a mini-review of Spark Fun’s new rotary mobile phone. I’ve seen some hack projects similar to this, but this is the first commercially available one we’ve come across. I really do miss the old fashioned phones, and once a handset like this comes out that’s a bit cheaper I’ll go buy one for my desk at work. Ideally someone will make a commercially available Bluetooth version of this so it can just act as a headset for the mobile phone left in my bag.
British telecom giant BT is getting together with Virgin Mobile to roll out BT Livetime today. This service will allow users to listen to 50 different stations via their mobile phone, and even download songs for a small fee. BT hopes that these services will take a chunk out of the multi-billion pound music download industry dominated by Apple. Other services available through Livetime include music videos, and live news and sports coverage.
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Pretty much everyone has a cell phone these days, right? Some have cameras, some have Internet and email access, some play mp3’s, and some can even be used to watch TV segments. Heck, some even have the capability to do all of the above. Phones these days can do nearly anything, so why not store your credit or debit card information on the phone, so you don’t even need to take your wallet when you leave the house? The process is quite simple, and it’s already in use in Japan.
At the simplest level, all that’s needed is to embed phones with a short-range radio chip to beam credit card information to a terminal at a store register. It’s not unlike the wireless system used to pay tolls on many highways or the SpeedPass key chain wand used to buy gas at Exxon Mobile Corp. pumps.
Mastercard International has already been testing out this technology, which they call PayPass, since 2003, and they may even conduct a market trial sometime next year.
Read More | USA Today
Most of us have played the piddly games available on our mobile phones, but this one is really awesome. Instead of your typical game, this one allows you to shoot targets through your phone’s camera. What’s even more is that when you move your phone away more targets appear, and then when you turn back the previous targets remain in the same spot. This game really takes a step forward in blurring the lines between virtual and actual reality.
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