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ooVoo Records Chats

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Misc. Tech, Software,

ooVoo logoThe latest 1.5 version of ooVoo in beta offers its users the ability to record chats. The free software also offers visual effects, two free hours of call time, and importing of contacts from e-mail. Have video parties with up to six of your friends or conferences with business buddies. You can add it to your blog or MySpace page and view its tasks on a sidebar. The price is right, but be careful that you don’t say anything you don’t want to be used against you. Sign up at the ooVoo Website.

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Purple Magic is Affordable

Purple Magic

Purple Labs has teamed with Philip’s NXP to create a low cost Linux-powered mobile phone. Somewhat appropriately named Purple Magic (although it is white,) it is based on their Cellular System Solution 7210 technology. The 3G phone offers video streaming,  music play back, high-speed Internet browsing with 64 MB RAM and 128 MB Flash in its clamshell at a price of less than $100.00. The companies are hoping that mobile operators will jump on their design, especially in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

 

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LG Viewty is Two Gadgets in One

Viewty

Viewty is a device that can’t decide whether it is a phone or a 5 megapixel cam. At a length of 10cm and only 1.4 cm thickness, the LG U900 has a 3-inch screen, and such fun features as a digital zoom, Xenon flash, autofocus light, lens with manual focus dial, and a handy touchscreen.  There are more camera controls, such as selection keys, playback, and image stabilization. The phone offers Bluetooth connectivity, an MP3 player and FM tuner, and voice recorder with a battery life of up to 11 days on standby and 3 hours of chat time. You really have to love your Viewty as it comes with an $899.00 price.

 

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nüvifone Gives Great Direction

nüvifoneGarmin’s nüvifone should give the iPhone a run for its money. After all, Garmin is all about the GPS. The all touchscreen (3.5-inch) phone also features a web browser, IM, e-mail, and music capability, and Google search complete with ratings for businesses and restaurants. When you dock it in its vehicle mount, it automatically activates the GPS and menu, and will allow hands-free conversations. The nüvifone comes with pre-loaded maps of North America, and/or both Eastern and Western Europe with voice-prompted directions. To find out more and get info on Garmin Online, the elite service with traffic, stock prices, news, and weather, head for their site. Expect availability in the 3rd quarter of this year.

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Blackberry Turns Red

Red BlackberryWe have another entry in the Valentines Day gift suggestion box. Not to be outdone by AT&T, Verizon is offering the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red. Available online as of today, the smartphone has high-res color, a back-lit QWERTY keyboard, GPS, speakerphone, media player, and trackball navigation. This is a great phone for travelers as it can access e-mail and calls from over 100 countries. With a two-year plan, the red Berry can be yours or can be given someone you love for $299.99 after a $100.00 rebate, with an additional $100.00 credit if you sign up for voice and data plans.

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OMG! They Made Kenny Into a Cell Phone Cover!

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Accessories, Cell Phones,

Kenny Cell Phone CoverWe have found many elegant covers for cell phones, as well as those that are functional enough to keep them protected against the evils of your pocket change. Now we have discovered some that are almost charming. Annie’s Costume Company carries a monkey, manatee, frog, pig, lobster, and the Tazmanian Devil of Warner Bros. fame, but we are definitely partial to Kenny. The stretchable covers fit most mobile phones including Nokia, Motorola, AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, Kyocera, Panasonic, and Audiovox. Look for a $10.95 price.

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Kwame’s Last LOL?

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Editorial,

Kwame Kilpatric

If you live in the environs of Detroit, Michigan, then you already know that we are in the midst of political controversy. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had a more than business relationship with his now former chief of staff Christine Beatty. We wouldn’t presume to know or care what the politician does with his personal life as he is always up to some shenanigans, but one of the things mentioned during the uncovering of the scandal was text messages between the two. Apparently there were over 40,000 of them recovered.

We guess we assume that everyone text messages, so we found it somewhat amusing when they showed some of them and had interpreted them with differing versions of “LOL.” Local news anchors either literally said “L - O - L” or “hehehe.” Go figure.

While there is more to the story (including a public apology tonight after getting caught) that you can read if you are curious or simply want a giggle, we wondered about two things. Can a cell phone hold that many messages at a time? And even weirder, if you were supposedly in charge of an entire city, married, and having an affair, would you keep those messages around for just anybody to read? Hmmm. Like we said, we just wondered. Blogs are great for initiating discussions about topics like that.

 


YouTube is Now Mobile

YouTube MobileIt was only a question of time. As a hint of things to come, YouTube has made a site available for cell phones. In cooperation with many of the mobile companies, such as LG, Motorola, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson, YouTube Mobile will work with 3G phones that support RTSP. Favorites, videos, channels, and personal accounts can all be accessed. In addition, you can comment, rate videos, or upload from your phone. Here again is an example one less reason to bypass your PC to become a viral video star. By the way, YouTube Mobile Java is also available for free if you live in the U.S. or UK and have a J2ME MIDP2 capable device.

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Zoom Your iPhone

iPhone Zoom LensIt’s not like we never mention the iPhone around here, so we felt it only fitting to toss in an accessory for the gadget. The Motorola 6x optical zoom lens might be a possibility. This simple clear case clicks over the camera and its eye on your phone’s back. It might look a little weird but at $15.00, it’s worth a shot (pun intended.) The lens will work with many other models of cell phones as well. Let us know your results should you try one out.

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ICUE Lets You Read Via Cell Phone

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Internet, Misc. Tech,

ICUEForget the Kindle and the Readius.You can now receive hundreds of books via ICUE on your cell phone, priced from .50 (~$.98) to £4.50 (~$9.00) Your phone will store them to read when you like, either one word at a time, a phrase, or moving left to right at your chosen pace. You can also receive newspapers, e-mail, and blogs.

Simply download the application 64888 to your phone and you are registered for free once you sign up with Bango for payment. Then select classic, sci-fi, western, or hot best-sellers off their menu and your phone company places the charges on your monthly bill. There is also a folder for storage. We think the idea is great, but that would take a lot of battery charging if your phone is one of the older models.

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