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We guess we were correct yesterday. Samsung has announced that its first Android-powered smartphone, the I7500, will be released in Europe in June. The phone has a 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED full touchscreen, a 7.2Mbps 3G HSDPA, a 5-megapixel cam, 8GB of internal memory and up to 32 GB of external memory. It is also packed with Google mobile services and a WiFi connectivity. No price has been announced as yet.
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Get extra energy on the go with Duracell My Pocket Chargers. Use them with your cell phone, BlackBerry, MP3 player or any other device that uses AA batteries. The portable chargers give you 24 hrs. of usage and come in a two pack with 2 Coppertop batteries and connector cable. The PowerSource Mini has a lithium-ion battery that can be charged by AC, car DC, or PC USB port. Each is available for $19.99.
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T-Mobile is proud to announce that they have sold more than a million of their Android-powered G1 smartphones in about 6 months. Launched in October, the G1 slider with QWERTY keyboard and Google services obviously is worth the bucks that they spent on the ad campaign. Although the Storm only took half that time to reach a million and the iPhone merely a weekend, we expect that the good news will spur on Samsung, Sony Ericcson and Motorola to hop on the Android bandwagon.
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Lucky Washington gets to be the first U.S. city to receive free mobile digital TV for laptops, cell phones, handhelds and in-car entertainment systems. The first broadcasts will be like those beamed to TVs, including advertising. The target date is set for late summer and will consist of CBS, NBC, PBS, Ion and Fox. Mobile DTV will be available to about 2 dozen other cities by the end of the year, to include New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston and Atlanta.
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Sharp and Japanese mobile network KDDI have teamed for a new cell phone that should please anyone who is trying to help the planet. The cellie has a solar panel in its lid that will recharge in direct sunlight up to 10 minutes. That will give it one minute of talk time or 2 hours of standby, and the panel can contribute up to 80% of the total power supply. The handset is also waterproof and expected out in June.
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Legally spy on your kids and/or mate with AT&T’s new FamilyMap. The service will track any AT&T cellie from another phone or PC. The recipient gets a text message that he/she is being watched and a scheduled service can send you information at a designated time. The family plan is available for 30 days free, then a monthly charge of $9.99 is applied for use on up to 2 members or $14.99 for up to five of them.
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Skydeck allows you to make low cost calls from your computer with your cell phone number. They will transcribe your voicemails into text or email. The handy menu lets you search, sort, read, reply, forward and archive notes, voicemail and text messages. Should a caller hang up without reaching you, they will look up the phone number. New numbers are automatically put in your address book. Subscriptions start at $9.95 a month and they offer a free 2 week trial. Just remember that you have to forward your number to them, download a small client to your phone and realize that transcription involves a real person.
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You can now receive Skype on your iPhone/touch, and Blackberry owners can look forward to the service in May. COO Scott Durchslag claims that it has been the #1 request from its current customers. More than 400 million already use the service with their PC, so that is a pretty good target area. One of its pluses is that subscribers can use the phone numbers in their existing iPhone address book. There is no charge for the download and calls between Skype users are free.
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This 2GB USB Memory Stick is cleverly disguised as a mini-cell phone. Keep all your documents, music, photos and other media safe on the 2.0/1.1 USB storage unit that is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista. At a size of 60 x 24 x 10 mm and a weight of a mere 80g, the plug and play stick needs no driver and the package includes a metal gift box at a price of $9.99.
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The USB Cell Phone Booster plugs into your laptop’s USB port and improves voice and data within 5 ft. Set it up to 25 ft. away from the base unit and you can get a signal strength of up to 2 bars for any cellie or iPhone, if you have at least one bar. The booster, with microprocessor-controlled amplification, also has 100% faster download speeds for 3G data cards and should improve call clarity. It is compatible with almost every carrier in the U.S. and Canada. At a size of 5 x 1.5 x 0.9-inches, the booster will be out in a couple of weeks and can be yours for $99.99.
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