I have been messing around with Dodgeball.com for a couple of weeks in the Seattle area, and I think the service is pretty cool. I haven’t done much more than test it, but I like the idea behind it. Apparently Google liked it to - so much so that they have acquired the company, making Dodgeball.com the thirteenth company that Google has picked up. If you are unfamiliar with Dodgeball’s service, it is simple. Sign up is free, and you are then able to send a text message to email@example.com whenever you are somewhere that you want to meet people. For example, if I am at Pike’s Place Market hanging out, I can text firstname.lastname@example.org with the message @pikes place. Now anyone on my contact list that happens to be in a 10 block radius will get an email and/or text message which says “Andru is at Pikes Place”. Very cool. Dodgeball is available in most major cities. Congrats to Google for picking this one up.
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Microsoft has finally announced Windows Mobile 5.0, a.k.a. Magneto, at the 2005 Microsoft Mobile & Embedded DevCon. The software looks fantastic - I am most stoked about the upgraded network support with 3G optimization. Other features include a new mobile office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), a one-handed navigation scheme, improved WiFi, improved BlueTooth, persistent memory to ensure your data will remain safe in the even of battery failure, video calling, push-to-talk calling, external drive support, and USB 2.0. This will all go into the next generation of Windows Mobile Smartphones and handheld devices.
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German electronics giant Siemens is planning to doing away with their mobile division. It seems that the approximate loss of almost $2 million a day, which can be attributed to the mobile division, is reason enough to justify its sale. So far none of the other popular mobile companies (LG, Motorola, Nokia, etc.) seem interested in investing in Siemens technologies.
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While we continue to wait for the iTunes phone from Motorola to show its face, others are taking a more proactive approach to this whole music phone thang. Take Nokia for example, with their N91. In fact, it almost seems silly to buy an iTunes phone when Nokia’s N91 supports the playback of MP3, AAC, WMA, and M4A audio tracks, all of which can be stored on its 4 GB hard drive. Of course, there is the 3.5mm headphone jack, but check this. The phone supports drag and drop over USB 2.0, no fancy syncing software needed. The N91 also supports 3G and includes integrated WiFi and Bluetooth.
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While it sounds surprising, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Research firm Strategy Analytics has found that in 2004 there were 257 million camera phone sold, versus 68 million digital still cameras. Camera phones sold four times as well as digital still cameras. Obviously, cell phones are the number one accessory right now. With more onboard memory becoming available, along with higher resolution cameras, digital camera makers are going to have to start rethinking their stance in all this.
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The on-again-off-again relationship linking cancer to cell phone usage continues. This time, a recent study from the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen states that there has been sufficient evidence to state that cell phones do not increase the chance of brain tumors. Most studies that have stated otherwise in the past were criticized by how the studies were conducted. However, Dr Johansen of the Danish Cancer Society said: “We won’t be able to make any firm conclusions until we can confirm these results with studies with more long-term and heavy cell phone users.” Talk on.
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If you haven’t heard by now, the Treo 650 will soon be available from Verizon Wireless. Yes, they are once again late to the game with this phone, and yes, you can expect the Bluetooth features to come home crippled. Hey, what did you expect?
With SimWatcher, if someone steals your phone and attempts to remove or change the SIM card, you will be notified by SMS. It will SMS you at a pre-set number and notify the thief with a message that this phone belongs to someone else. One caveat, your phone is still stolen. When we legally reach the point where we can zap them with 10,000 volts, then they’ll have my attention.
If you have been looking for a good Skype phone for use on the go, this seems to be the one to get. In fact, the reviewer seems to think that this Pocket PC 2003 phone could possibly be a laptop replacement. A bold statement, but reading the review does make us wonder.
This device is extremely useful and can do a great deal. With the keyboard slid home it looks like many other PocketPC’s or PocketPC Phones, but the inclusion of the keyboard - which after a very short while is easy to master - means that this gets a definite thumbs up from me.
Read More | CoolSmartPhone
Cell phones with cameras are great. You can take a quick snapshot where ever you are and of almost anything you desire. One thing that really isn’t possible with cell phone cameras – taking a good image of yourself. Sure you could have someone take the picture for you, but what about those times when there isn’t anyone around to take the picture for you? That’s where Cellpod comes to save the day. Cellpod is a pocket sized tripod for your cell phone which can be attached via the belt clip button or with an included attachment. This cell phone accessory will set you back $24.99 and available in black or “Edge glow” blue.
Read More | Joy Innovations
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