Garmin just dropped a couple of sweet convergence devices on us. The GPSMAP 396 and 376c are two GPS mapping gadgets with built in XM radio, XM Weather information (XMWX), and high resolution color screens. The XMWX feature allows the user to see real time NEXRAD radar overlays, wind speeds, and temperature maps in the surrounding area along with forecasts - a useful feature for any boaters out there. The 376c is aimed at in car and marine installation and is compatible with BlueChart format maps. The 396 is aimed at aviation and provides significant additional information about heading, altitude, and other information important to pilots. Both GPS units are WAAS enabled for higher accuracy. Given the blend of GPS functionality, live satellite weather information, and XM radio in a small package I can see some users forking over the $999.99 for the 376c. The 396 is expected to retail at $2695.00 which while being a significantly higher price it is certified for use in airplanes - partially justified by a larger screen, and better battery technology.
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.
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Today Marvell announced a new ultra low power 90nm wireless LAN chip solution. What does this mean for todays gadget hungry consumer? It means that tomorrow’s PDA’s, cell phones, MP3 players, and digital cameras will be able to have battery friendly 802.11 connections built in for transferring data to and from networks. Imagine never having to plug in your MP3 player or camera to transfer media. The new chip boasts the ability to increase battery life over 100% over previous WLAN chip as well as being supported by the Windows CE, PalmOS, and Linux platforms. Because of the small size of this single chip system 802.11 technologies can be added to virtually any device with minimal design impact.
With the release of Pocket Tunes 3.1, Palm OS users now have the ability to play MP3s that use the Janus DRM standard for Windows Media 10. This unlocks the possibility of using Palm devices with popular MP3 services such as Rhapsody To Go, Napster To Go, and Yahoo! Music Unlimited. While most Palms inherently lack the memory capacity needed to take full advantage of such services (the 4GB LifeDrive being a possible exception), smaller-scale usage is still a plus. After all, with millions of songs available through these services, a few at a time is often enough.
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No word on how much this will run you, but Waxess Inc.‘s engineers have been hard at work putting this gem together. The functionality of this product has many practical uses and makes sense. While sporting a whopping 2 watt receiver for cellular use, this puppy can be combined with four other handsets in a household landline environment. Voicemail is supported on both services as well. But the real question is: can this cell phone play Tetris?
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Tablet PCs are the red-headed stepchildren of the portable computing world, and usually due to the price delta between notebooks and their tablet brethren, people are unwilling to make the compromises that Tablets require. One machine out there that requires a few less compromises than most is the Electrovaya Scribbler SC3000. A slate based on the Sonoma platform, the Scribbler is a product of Tatung rebranded for the Canadian battery technology specialist.
That’s where the SC3000 really shines ... with Electrovaya’s extended battery, they claim an amazing 9 hours of battery life, along with a fingerprint reader and other amenities in its 3.5 lb. frame. Can the Scribbler live up to the 9 hour battery life claim, and can it really suffice as a replacement for the standard notebook computer? We’ll let you know when we’ve had a chance to review the SC3000 for ourselves.
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Sometime last year when the BenQ P50 was first announced a lot of geeks got all weak in the knees. It’s a pocket PC phone with the same form factor as the Treo (sans antenna) and packs the punch with features: Bluetooth, Wifi, 64MB of RAM, 64MB of ROM, 1.3MP camera, and of course the QWERTY thumboard for all your email needs. The big news today is that the P50 has gotten FCC approval meaning a US carrier might actually bring the thing out. The downside to this is that nobody is really that excited about it anymore. It’s too late to be a Treo 650 contender, only has GPRS (no UMTS or even EDGE), and 320x240 screens are a dime a dozen now. Over at Gear Live we are still a little excited about it, but now there are so many more exciting phones to drool over that the P50 just seems to fade into the too little too late category.
DigitalReviews got their hands on the f-tech Solar 7 Bluetooth GPS Receiver and put it through the paces. A quick look at the premise behind this GPS device makes it immediately appealing. It has integrated Bluetooth, and is also solar-powered. This is as wireless as it gets. It doesn’t look overly impressive judging from the review, but give it a look yourself if you can put up with the bad grammar.
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You played it in grade school with your buddies over fruit cups in the cafeteria. You asked the questions to your sibling on that long car ride. How about taking on the computer version of “20 Questions” retailing at $13.99 at Toys R Us? Fitting in the palm of you hand, “20 Q” is equipped with simple yes and no buttons unlike your best friend in 5th grade. Be sure to check out the 78 reviews its gotten on Amazon - 5 star average.
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Here’s a camera after our own hearts. Rule of thumb is: Don’t use your digital camera for movies and don’t use your DV camera for pictures. But how about listening to music on your camera? Or a portable USB 40GB HDD? The Mustek PVR-H140 is trying to break all the rules. You can use its hard drive for high quality digital movies at 30fps, store and listen to MP3’s, file storage, record audio, and more. Here is the rundown:
- Digital Video Player . Digital Video Recorder / Digital Photo Player / Music Player / USB Pocket Drive / SD/MMC Card Reader / Digital Voice Recorder
- 3.6” Color TFT LCD
- 40 GB HDD
- DPS Support
- AV in / AV Out / Earphone / DC-in / USB 2.0y interface
- Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (1000 mAh) x 2
- 4.3 x 3.2 x 1.2 in (L x W x H)
- Built in Microphone and Speaker
- 0.64 lbs (with Battery)
- MPEG-4, AVI, ASF Supported
- WMA Support
- NTSC/PAL formats
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