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Windows Mobile 7

The Inside Microsoft blog has scored an exclusive first look at Windows Mobile 7, and boy is it hot. Taking some user interface cues from the as well as throwing some truely unique and possibly revolutionary ideas the whole package looks slick, usable, and very much ‘the future’. The OS features a multi-touch interface similar to the Microsoft Surface table, and additionally features gesture based actions allowing a user to shake or rotate the phone to perform on-screen operations.

7 looks to be leaps and bounds ahead of the currently released Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 OS’s. This kind of software revolution may just be the edge Microsoft needs to keep their market share in the mobile space and help give them an edge in the upcoming generation of portable internet and media centric devices.

Read More | Inside Microsoft

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Microdrive

Even in the age of high-capacity SSD‘s belives in the hard drive based microdrive. The newly announced A1 features 30GB and 40GB capacities, a 3600rpm rotation speed, 2MB buffer memory, and a greatly increased shock resistance of 650G’s (650 times the gravity of a stationary object on earth).

As for how they managed to cram 40GB of storage onto a 1” platter, well, that just boggles the minds of the editors here at Gear Live. We expect to see a bevy of new handhelds, digital audio players, and cameras with built in storage with room to grow coming in 2008.

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Microvision SHOW

Microvision has decided to debut its new SHOW at next week’s CES. The small plug-and-play color projector connects to your laptop, cell phone, PMP, or other mobile device and can create a WVGA (848 X 480 pixel) screen that can reach up to 100-inches. Microvision also wants to sell its PicoP technology to other companies. Just imagine being able to show up at your next business meeting, pointing your cell phone at the wall, and wowing the boss.

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iPhone 1.1.3

UPDATE: In case you thought this was fake, Steve Jobs just confirmed that our 1.1.3 coverage is real in his MacWorld 2008 keynote.

We’ve been getting hit with tons of iPhone 1.1.3 questions on our 1.1.3 forum thread. In case you missed it, check out our iPhone 1.1.3 video - if you have questions, check out our first batch of 1.1.3 answers. If you still have questions, read the rest of this post, as we answer even more of your questions. If we missed anything, let us know, okay? By the way, if you are looking for an excellent program to create custom ringtones for your iPhone, check out iPhone RingToneMaker.

I have 1.1.1. when i play a song on the ipod and start surfing using safari the music stops. i believe this is a bug. i tried this on a 1.1.2 iphone in the apple store and also experience the same behavior. can you please check if this is fixed in 1.1.3? (Asked here)

This isn’t so much a bug in 1.1.2 as it is a protection. The music will stop playing if the web page you are visiting consumes too much memory. When you load a page in Safari, if it needs more memory, it will unload pages in other tabs. If that isn’t enough, it talks to Springboard, which will start closing other applications, one of which is iPod.

That said, in our testing on 1.1.3, we were able to both listen to music and browse in Safari at the same time.


Do you have any idea how much of this is going to apply to the iPod touch? (Asked here)

I am sure the iPod touch will also gain the ability to move icons around. However, the touch doesn’t have the SMS or Maps apps, which is where a lot of the new features are found.

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We know we are a couple days late, but being the extreme hardcore rockers that we are, we weren’t coherent enough to push out our top 10 most popular episodes of Bleeding Edge TV, Gear Live’s technology video show. Or something like that. Anyhoo, click through to check out the ten videos that were viewed the most in 2007. If we’ve learned anything from compiling the list, it’s that you guys love yourselves some , , , and video games. Exclusives also seem to strike your fancy.

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iPhone 1.1.3

EDIT: We have posted Batch Two of our iPhone 1.1.3 Q&A.

UPDATE: In case you thought this was fake, Steve Jobs just confirmed that our 1.1.3 coverage is real in his MacWorld 2008 keynote.

After posting our coverage (if you missed it, here is our iPhone 1.1.3 firmware video and iPhone 1.1.3 photo gallery), we started asking you all to submit your questions to us. We set up a dedicated iPhone 1.1.3 Q&A thread on our forums, and got quite a response. We figured we’d better start pumping out some answers, so here goes. Meantime, leave us your 1.1.3 questions, mkay?:

Does 1.1.3 seem more stable than previous versions of the iPhone software? Also, can you please provide a more in-depth look at the new Google Maps? In addition, can you please explain how the iPhone creates an icon for the Safari bookmarks (for the home screen)? Does it automatically take a snapshot of the top-left corner of the website? (Asked here)

I guess you can say it feels more stable in some cases - but then again, it did crash once in our video. Certainly feels more complete.I am not sure how much more in-depth we can go with the Maps app, as we showed all the new functionality in the video. Lastly, the iPhone takes a snapshot of the left side of your screen to create the bookmark icon. So if you zoomed into the bottom-right of a website, the snapshot would be of the left side of the bottom right. Make sense?

Do you see these changes as a preview of what’s to come in February with the release of the SDK? (Asked here)

I am sure a lot of the changes that are in place in the 1.1.3 firmware are in preparation for the SDK. I am also sure there are under-the-hod changes that are less obvious that we don’t even know about yet.

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Personal Sound SystemChan-Hui Lee and his team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology purport that someday we will be able to listen to music within a Personal Sound System that will not bother others standing outside it. Their prototype features 9 1/2-inch speakers arranged in a row. They found that there was a 20 decibel difference between the center and the outside, comparable to a regular conversation and a whisper. Lee foresees the technology being utilized eventually for cell phones and PDAs. We would just settle for using it on the neighbors’ backyard barbecues.

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Bendable BuddyNow that you have a whole slew of new gadgets to play with, you are going to need something to hold them on your desk or in your car besides your pockets. The Bendable Buddy can hold cell phones, MP3 players, mini-cams, even glasses and cans. Peel and stick tape allows it to stick to any surface that may not be totally stable, such as a dashboard. The Buddy is only $4.98 and the company offers discounts if you want to buy some for the entire office.

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WiFireThe Wi-Fire is a USB device that hField Technology claims keeps your wireless connection from up to 1,000 feet away either when it is mounted on your computer or when it is freestanding. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista and Mac OS X 10.3 and up, including Leopard, we certainly hope that its substance is better than its form. The company recommends its Wi-Fire for business, traveling, home, office and what it refers to as “Enterprise.” We doubt that its range extends that far. Its MSRP is $79.99.

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Sanyo Earphone/MicSanyo and NS-Elex have combined forces to create a really ugly-looking earphone/microphone designed for those in loud environments. It cancels out especially loud sounds and amplifies your voice at the same time. The device can be used on cell phones, radios, or any other device with the proper plug in. Set to come out by April 2008, it will carry a price of ~$355.00. A Bluetooth version will also be available for ~$530.00. Can you say feedback?

Read More | Mobile Whack

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