For those car lovers in the audience comes the Aston Martin Nokia 8800. The handset features the Aston Martin logo laser etched on its stainless steel case. Included with the phone is a special ringtone of the Vantage’s V8 engine revving up. There are also several Aston Martin branded screen savers and wallpapers bundled with the phone. The handset is a tri-band GSM/GPRS supporting EDGE, and has a 208 x 208, 262,144 color display and a megapixel camera. Software is included that supports the playback of MP3s and AAC songs. With a 600mAh battery that is good for around three hours of talk time and eight days of stand-by. The phone is based on Nokia’s Series 40 UI, and is quite sleek. We doubt the $1640.00 price tag will attract too many customers.
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Google Calendar has gone beta to the public.
Simplify. Organize. (And relax.) Organizing your schedule shouldn’t be a burden. That’s why we’ve created Google Calendar – our free online shareable calendar service. With Google Calendar, it’s easy to keep track of all your life’s important events – birthdays, reunions, little league games, doctor’s appointments – all in one place.
The feature set on this free service is quite impressive:
- XML/ICAL feeds for public and private calendars.
- Share your calendar
- Auto-add invitations.
- Notifications via email, SMS and Pop-up (No GTalk notification?).
- Import iCal or CSV (MS Outlook).
- Gmail Integration
- Mobile access
- Event publishing (share your organization’s events with the world).
It was only a matter of time before Google added a calendar feature to their impressive list of services. The fact that you can share a RSS feed of your calendar with the public seems to have a lot of potential.
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Seems that Microsoft has caught soccer (or football to you non-Americans) fever. The special edition Xbox 360 Blue is set to be released in celebration of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The Xbox 360 Blue will have all of the same features and accessories as the Xbox 360 Premium, but will also include a sporty Adidas Japan blue faceplate, Adidas Japan blue bandana, and a copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. Microsoft is expected to ship 10,000 of these special edition units. Unfortunately it looks like these special Xbox 360s are only set to be released in Japan. This special edition Xbox 360 is set to hit stores on April 27th and is expected to cost around $430.00. I doubt Japanese electronics stores are ready for the flood of crazed soccer fans these units should create. Then again, we are talking about the Xbox 360 - in Japan.
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LG’s new phone, the LG550, has a lot to get excited about. The new handset is an EV-DO capable 3G ready device. Some of the other features include music, video on demand, Bluetooth stereo support, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and a FM transmitter. The FM transmitter allows the handset to broadcast tunes to a nearby FM radio. A microSD/TransFlash slot is available for additional storage room. The screen is a 262,000 color, 176x220 TFT display. The phone also features an external 96x96 65,000 color TFT. Another interesting feature of this phone is that there are external music controls. While there are no official carrier plans, there have been rumors that Sprint will pick it up.
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Google is preparing to launch a music download service, according to research firm Caris & Company. It is rumored that Google has been meeting with leading music executives for “networking opportunities.” The new site is expected to gain support from the music industry, as iTunes does not offer flexible pricing or a subscription service. Rumors were also confirmed at a recent analyst meeting where Google highlighted plans to expand into downloadable media.
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“Pin All Your Romantic Hopes on Google” - That’s right ladies and gents, Google wants to help you find that special someone (or at least, that regular someone) all for free. Finding your soul mate can be hard work, but everyone knows that Google can find anything you look for, so why not your soul mate? Best of all, searching is a very simple process:
What is Soulmate Search?
Here on the Google Romance team, we follow the philosophy “Don’t be medieval,” so we brought only the latest psychographic and search algorithms to bear on the problem of hooking up our users. First you fill out an extensive personal profile carefully designed by a team of both married and single Google engineers for the express purpose of gathering and analyzing romantic information. Then you fill out an equally obscure and elaborate profile describing various attributes of the person with whom you wish to spend the rest of your life and click ‘Search Romance.’ It’s that simple.
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If you have seen the new movie ‘V For Vendetta,’ you would have certainly noticed the futuristic phones that the characters were carrying. KTF Technologies will be marketing the phone in Korea next week. The company claims the phone is compatible with Verizon and Sprint networks, and a spokesperson for the company told a reporter that it’s not a big deal to convert the phones to work in the US (though we are sure we won’t be seeing it here.) At the moment, the EV-K100 is the world’s thinnest wireless phone, measuring in at 7.9 millimeters, and 2.1 ounces. The phone features an internal antenna, built-in 1.3-megapixel camera, MP3 player, 165 megabytes of storage, and a 1.8-inch screen.
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Good Lord! Is this for real? ThinkGeek has introduced wireless extension cords, which use microwave technology to beam power (wirelessly) up to three hundred feet.
Just plug the Wireless Extension Cord (WEC) base unit into a standard wall outlet, and plug whatever you need into the satellite unit. The WEC uses microwaves in the 7.2GHz range, so it won’t interfere with wireless networks, Bluetooth components, etc. Now, all you need to do is adjust the antennae on the two units so they are aimed at each other. Turn everything on and you have the power! The distance the WEC units can broadcast differs from situation to situation (due to interference of such things as walls, power lines, and microwave ovens), but we’ve beamed power over 300 feet!
These puppies will run you about $35 at ThinkGeek. Have a good time trying to get through checkout though…
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It’s a shock, we know. As it turns out, those Hollywood movie releases that have been released on UMD over the past year or so? It seems no one is interested in buying them. While we are not sure if this is a surprise to anyone buy Sony, it just makes sense to us that the media would sell poorly. I mean, why would I buy a movie that I can only play on one dedicated device - especially when that device isn’t my television? If Sony was smart about the whole idea, they would have done a bit more planning. If I buy Spider-Man: The Movie, I want the game in there as well. Or vice versa. Otherwise, I am buying the DVD and ripping it to my Memory Stick. Anyways, expect to see Wal-Mart drop shelf space for UMDs altogether very soon. Even better, know that Universal and Paramount Pictures have already stopped UMD production.
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Newly released research by Sanford Bernstein analyst Emme Kozloff, found that by using “electronic wallets” companies like Wal-Mart could save big. By using customer’s fingerprints as a payment method, companies could speed up the checkout process; reduce the potential for fraud and identity theft, and most importantly save money by lowering the transaction fee. This type of system is already in use by Albertsons, Cub Foods, and Piggly Wiggly. While this might save time at the checkout, privacy advocates are still very concerned about the process.
Read More | CNN