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Our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide is in full swing - we are adding our recommendations daily, aimed at men, women, teens, families, techies, and more. If you need help figuring out what to get the people in your life, head on over to our Guide for some ideas. We’ll even be giving away some of the items featured this year!
If you have been looking for a good Skype phone for use on the go, this seems to be the one to get. In fact, the reviewer seems to think that this Pocket PC 2003 phone could possibly be a laptop replacement. A bold statement, but reading the review does make us wonder.
This device is extremely useful and can do a great deal. With the keyboard slid home it looks like many other PocketPC’s or PocketPC Phones, but the inclusion of the keyboard - which after a very short while is easy to master - means that this gets a definite thumbs up from me.
Read More | CoolSmartPhone
I just ran across this site that not only answers most of the questions involving the TiVo To Go technology, but also explains the process of transferring TiVo To Go content onto your Playstation Portable. While this stands to be a lot better content-wise than the Sony PSP Connect videos, we all know that TiVo To Go pretty much sucks.
Zatznotfunny.com | ZatzNotFunny
This is a slick hack involving a bicycle wheel and a persistence of vision toy. One thing that’s really cool about this one is there is a second led row that blinks out bitmaps backwards on one side of the wheel. This lets you print out text messages and have them be readable from both sides. It appears to work really well. Bicycle messengers get ready, now you can sell advertising while you work!
DVForge had put up a challenge on their website over the weekend, offering $25,000 to anyone who could write a virus that would infect a couple of Mac computers. The stance was that this was in response to a Symantec report that stated that Mac OS X is very close to seeing its own share of attacks. DVForge says they were simply trying to prove that it could not be done. Other are saying that this was a nicely planned PR move to get people talking about the company, and buying their products. As of today, the challenge has been taken off of the DVForge site, and there is no mention of it anywhere.
Read More | applematters
One of the nuances with the PSP as far as memory goes is that you need to use the more expensive Duo sticks, rather than the standard Sony Memory Stick. It looks like someone has found a nice workaround in this area, as they have figured out a way to have the PSP recognize regular Memory Stick media. It takes a little bit of time to get it working, and certainly doesn’t look practical, but it is still very cool nonetheless.
Read More | PSP Vault
Using Wipeout Pure, a custom DNS FreeBSD local server and some hacking tricks a couple of people have been able to browse the web using their PSPs. Wipeout Pure includes an in-game link to a Sony download page that for now only states it is “Coming Soon”, this sparked an idea from some people such as roto/mozy to find out just what was the page the PSP was accessing. After “sniffing” around they were able to find out just what link the PSP was accessing and set their local server running FreeBSD to redirect the PSP to their local file via custom DNS mapping. The result is being able to make a local file with some links to various pages of their choice. Not only are they able to surf the web using links, but also dialog box input via the PSP’s Keyboard API. The website set up for information just has information they have gathered and promises a guide to be made available soon.
The site is down right now, but here’s a mirror for now.
Read More | PSP Web Browser
Weather-wise, it was a horrible day in NYC. But that couldn’t stop 500 soon-to-be PSP owners to come out and stand in line for hours at the SONY Style store in Manhattan. Yours truly stood in line with the crowd and got hailed on for hours just to get the opportunity to be part of entertainment history.
In case you have been waiting for Apple to release updated software for the iPod photo, you can now stop and proceed to the download. The iPod photo Software 1.1 for iPod photo includes:
- Support for optional iPod Camera Connector for importing and viewing photos directly on iPod photo
- Updated slideshow transitions
This of course ushers in support for the iPod Camera Connector device, allowing you to transfer media directly to the iPod from a digital camera over USB.
Read More | iPod Download
Microsoft has begun testing the Unified Update service, which is what the expect to replace the all-too-notorious Windows Update. The public beta is being tested by about 25,000 users, most of which also participated in the Windows Update version 5 test in preparation for Windows XP SP 2. The plan for Unified Update is that it will provide all downloads for Windows, as well as Microsoft Office, Exchange, and SQL Server. In the long haul, the hope is that the platform will be able to update any and all Microsoft products, including games.
Read More | TechWeb
A month or so ago, I got a call from NPR personality Laura Sydell asking about the impending launch of the Sony PSP. We spoke a bit on the phone, and I was then invited to come to the radio studio to talk at length about Sony’s handheld. The studio segment recording lasted about 20 minutes, and the piece aired the other day. Of course, as with most media channels, segments are cut up. Take a listen to NPR’s report on the PSP launch, and you will even get to hear me mention an outdated way of putting video onto the device!
Read More | National Public Radio
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