Instant messaging services aren’t necessarily new to the Blackberry. in fact, there are already a few third party solutions available. The news here is that it’s going to be bundled in now. Research In Motion just signed up a deal to offer instant messaging services from both Yahoo and AOL right out of the box on future Blackberry models. Current owners will also be able to download this feature for use on their existing handsets. Great news for those who want to stay in constant touch without the hassle of being near a PC at all times.
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Check out these two SLVR phone versions from Motorola. The Motorola SLVRcam V280 and SLVRlite V270 are both stylish and, from the looks of the specs, functional too. Here is the breakdown: The SLVRcam V280 has some very nice photo and video options. It has a VGA camera with 4x zoom, with built-in auto-timer and multimedia photo album creator. In addition, it can capture and playback MPEG-4, .3gpp, and H.263 video. It also has integrated Bluetooth, MP3 ringtone support, SCREEN3, and all the other standards. The SLVRlite V270 also has Bluetooth support, the ability to play video clips, GPRS, MP3 ringtone support, and a few other basic features. Both these phones should be available in the second half of 2005.
From the “Can You Please Just Let It Die?” department, Nokia plans to continue throwing millions away by backing the N-Gage cell phone/video game console hybrid. The latest from them is that they plan to bring an updated version of the N-Gage QD to the market, hoping that will breathe new life (or really, initial life?) into the device.
“We’re looking at new colors, a new look and feel for the QD in the next few months,” said Gerard Wiener, director and general manager of the games business program at Nokia.
Hey Nokia, I know technology moves really fast and all, and I know how forgettable it was. However, you did have an N-Gage before the QD, and no one bought it. Then you said you would bring a redesigned version to market, in the hopes that it would spark sales. It really didn’t happen for ya. Now you can stop wondering why you guys have that sense of deja vu. You’re welcome.
Yes, you read that right. This is the world’s first 7 megapixel camera phone. Of course you’re going to need to carry the optical zoom separately, but just think about how sharp those prints are going to be. The SCH-V770’s has a 1/1.8 inch type CCD image sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, flash and manual focus control. It also has 32 megabytes of internal memory, enough to store what, like 2 pictures at this resolution?
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Sony Ericsson continues hitting us with the hot ish in the cell phone category. Case in point, the K751i camera phone. As you can see, it is has the candy bar look, with a 262,000 color 176x220 display. The 2.0 megapixel camera functionality on this phone includes a most welcome auto focus feature. This means that people looking at your moblog will no longer have the sudden urge to rip their eyes out after a minute or two. The K751i also introduces VideoDJ and PhotoDJ apps, allowing users to mess around with animations and photos stored on the phone. It also supports Java games, MP3’s, and has a built-in FM tuner. Throw in Bluetooth, 32 MB of onboard memory (plus an included 64 MB Memory Stick DUO), and a speaker phone and you have a very respectable GSM unit.
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I’m starting to appreciate gaming on a phone. It’s always so readily available. Sure the games oftentimes look like crap, but they’re quick, fun, and best of all cheap. Looks like handset graphics are really going to improve by leaps and bounds though, as LG’s new SV360 contains ATI’s Imageon 2300 media processor, giving it the power to render over 10,000 triangles per frame. With that kind of power, they decided to even make the phone interface in 3D. Coming later this year in all it’s 320x240 glory, we’ll see how the public takes to it, in light of all the Sony/Nintendo handheld action going on.
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According to MSNBC, Motorola is supposed to take the wraps of the much anticipated ROKR iTunes phone this Thursday, March 10. The device has been shrouded in mystery, as many have been waiting to see what Motorola and Apple had come up with ever since the initial announcement was made months ago. Motorola has had great success recently with the RAZR V3 line, which catapulted the phone manufacturer to the number 2 spot - right behind Nokia. With more RAZR versions on the way, as well as the PEBL and ROKR lines, Nokia better take heed, quickly.
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Why carry along a portable music player and a cell phone when you can carry around a cell phone Walkman? Sony Ericsson wants you to be able to take your favorites songs wherever you take your cell phone without having to take along two devices. The W800c cell phone allows you to transfer your music to your Memory Stick Duo using the included software. With 38MB of memory, be prepared to buy some memory sticks if you want to really take advantage of its Walkman features. The W800c also comes with a 2 megapixel camera so you can take pictures and video on the go while listening to your favorite tunes. No word yet on when it will be released or how much the device will set you back.
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How secure is your cellular phone’s voice mail? If your cell phone provider is T-Mobile or Sprint PCS it may not be as secure as you think. Recently hackers have found a way to access your voice mail by simply spoofing your phone number using caller ID spoofing systems such as CovertCall and Telespoof. Sprint and T-Mobile give users the option of enabling auto voicemail login where the user may log in to their voice mail automatically when calling from their own cell phone. The authentication system is simple – it uses the user’s caller ID to validate the number. If the caller ID matches your cell phone number, then it will log you in automatically. To prove that this is what hackers doing, they were able to access Paris Hilton’s voice mail as well as Vin Diesel’s voice mail after the events of this past weekend.
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When I first read MobilePC’s “Greatest Gadgets” article in the magazine’s print edition, I remember thinking to myself: “This is one of the best gear articles I have ever read. Thank God I didn’t cancel my subscription.” Two days later, I find out that anyone can find the same article for free at the magazine’s website. Highly informative, entertaining, and a must-read for anyone with even a remote interest in consumer technology. I still won’t cancel my subscription…just in case something else comes up.
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