NTT DoCoMo has announced that their 4th generation wireless data technologies will reach speeds of 1Gbps while stationary, and 100Mbps while on the move. Speeds of this magnitude are faster than current wired broadband technologies, and paints a pretty picture for the future of mobile content. With technologies like HD video streams and next generation web content getting more and more bandwidth intensive, the consumer broadband revolution is just starting. If it can be driven by wireless technologies, then all the better. Wireless technologies have an advantage over solutions such as Verizon FIOS given that while they require similar amounts of back end infrastructure, they do not require actually running fiber or another medium to every single endpoint (your house, for instance).
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Smartphone Thoughts is reporting that Verizon will be launching the Motorola Q Windows Mobile 5.0 phone featuring EV-DO in the first quarter of 2006. The Q will feature the CDMA broadband internet access technology EV-DO for Verizon’s network and will be shipping on GSM networks with EDGE class 10 support. While it is unclear at this point as to if Cingular is going to launch a UMTS network, Motorola does not seem interested in providing support with their flagship smatphone project. Hopefully the Q will ship and answer many of the unanswered questions about the future of Windows Mobile 5.0 and Microsoft’s commitment to mobile email data access.
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Philips has announced that they will be demonstrating a new roll out electronic display at the IFA consumer electronics expo in Berlin during the first week of September. The Readius “mobile e-reader” features an e-paper based 320x240 5” roll up display. The compact unit can roll up into a 100x60x20mm rectangular prism and promises to revolutionize the e-reader and portable display market. Prototype devices like the Readius promise to change the way we look at PDA’s and laptop display technology and could create a new wave of phones and PDA’s with large screens and pocket-friendly sizes.
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Mio has let the Register in on its A701 Windows Mobile phone. The A701 will be the first GPS enabled cell phone running Windows Mobile 5.0. With a 520MHz Intel XScale processor and 192MB of memory this, sleek phone could be just the thing for the mobile professional. As slick as this phone looks though, I’m a little worried that it has no QWERTY keyboard, a screen with a resolution higher than 320x240, or support for faster internet access than GPRS. For the non-email addict this stylish phone could be the answer. What do you think - form over function?
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Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini promised today that his company would be producing chips for the market by 2010 that would enable a user to run Windows Vista on a handheld. With 2gz+ systems recommended for advanced features and Intel’s focus on performance per watt things are looking positive. Part of this announcement states that Intel will be combining their chip lines into a single series of performance chips aimed at both mobiles and desktops. With news like this reaching the public, it’s no wonder Apple has decided to make the switch to Intel - imagine in 4 years when we can run OS 10.6 (and Vista service pack 2) on a slate form factor handheld.
Om Malik got his hands on an HP Mobile Messenger (or HW 6500 if you prefer) and came away rather impressed. He was impressed with the construction and form factor of the unit as a whole, but was disappointed in it’s lack of WiFi. Om also liked the bundled Good Technologies Wireless Email solution, finding it very Blackberry like. He found the keyboard comfortable and less cramped than the Treo 650 - an important feature on the rash of coming QWERTY phones. I personally own the HP 4355 that the Mobile Messenger inherits it’s keyboard and am a current Treo 650 user so I can see how having a wider keyboard like that would make the push email capabilities even more alluring. Check the link below for Om’s full thoughts on this new device - I’m personally going to wait for Windows Mobile 5.0 and it’s push email solution to come out before I plunk down for another QWERTY phone but this device might be right for the email hungry mobile professional with it’s imminent launch by Cingular.
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We are back on the podcast tip this week, expanding on some of the more popular topics we’ve have talked about over the past several days. In this edition:
- Tom Bihn Brain Bag Review
- Tom Bihn Monolith Review
- Japanese Prototype Automatic Door Takes Complicated Leap Forward
- Hacked OSx86 Will Run On PC Hardware
- Palm Chooses HTC to Manufacture Treo 670
- Microsot Limits 3rd Party Xbox 360 Accessories
- South Korean Man Dies After 50-Hour Gaming Marathon
Voices: Edwin Soto, Sparky, Jesse Easley
Length: 30:06, 20.7 MB
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Looks like Fossil’s line of PDA watches are going the way of the Tapwave. After several years of delays, underexposure, and just plain having a product that nobody wanted, “reliable sources” have told BargainPDA that Fossil is exiting the wrist-born PDA market. The Fossil watches came in several different wristband styles and featured either the Palm OS with 8MB of memory or a version of MSN Direct. While the idea of a wristwatch connected to organizational info may hold some promise, Fossil consistently struggled with the actual execution of the product and price-point. So, for those of you actually wearing one of these things, the unimaginable just happened – it just became even lamer.
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While official details on the next iteration of Palm Treos have been scant, the Chinese business newspaper Commercial Times is reporting today that a manufacturing deal has been reached with High Tech Computer to produce the new smartphones. The Taiwanese HTC will begin shipping the product in the first quarter of next year. The biggest draw for the rumor mill on the Treo 670 is its use of the Windows Mobile operating system, a first for any Palm device. Sales for the Treo 600 and Treo 650, both Palm OS-based smartphones, have been exceptional, setting the obvious standard for smartphone quality and commercial success. However, the growing strength and popularity of Windows Mobile may improve Treo’s market share even more.
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Freedom Input just might be my hero at the moment. They have announced their Mini Bluetooth Keyboard - a credit card sized thumb board similar to those on the Treo, or Motorola Q - the difference being that this is a stand alone unit and could theoretically be used with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, PDAs, TabletPC’s, and other devices. The problem is that it does not support the Bluetooth HID profile, so whatever device you want to use this on will require special drivers. Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows XP already have support built in. This seems like the perfect solution for someone who does a lot of SMS or email on their phone, and wants a QWERTY keyboard without having a huge handheld to carry. The Mini Bluetooth Keyboard features backlit keys and features an innovative backlighting system for your “after hours” data entry needs. The Mini Bluetooth Keyboard is available for $60 and can run on 120 hours on two AAA batteries. The website says it will be available in Q3 2005 - not soon enough if you ask me!