Microsoft is planning a web-based version of their Office suite, which will include full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. As long as you have a Firefox, IE or Safari browser, you can access it from anywhere. The company has not given an official public release date, but you can probably expect it in late 2009. This should give iPhone and other handheld addicts another source of happiness since they have even more reason now to use them more than their computers.
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If you’re trying to decide whether to put a GPS or mini notebook on your holiday wish list, you’re in luck. Fujitsu announced two new mini notebooks today, the 8.9 inch Lifebook P1630 and the “I can just about fit it in my pocket” 5.6 inch U820. Both come with super-sharp WSXGA touchscreens and offer full Windows functionality, but the 1.3-pound, itsy-bitsy U820 includes a 1.6GHz Atom processor, integrated GPS, and comes preloaded with Garmin Mobile PC, effectively turning it into a high-end nüvi with the added ability of being able to navigate directly to your Outlook contacts. The U820 comes with a starting price of $1,049.
If you don’t want or need the navigation feature (and have adult-sized fingers), the P1630 includes a 1.20 GHz Core 2 Duo, built-in accelerometer, 64GB SSD option and a piggy-bank-raiding base price of $2,179.
It may not have speech recognition like the nüvi 880 GPS, but the new Garmin nüvi 785T does tell you which lane you should be in (and includes a mute button) so you don’t have to take along that annoying third cousin. Garmin’s lane assist technology guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate; realistically displaying road signs and junctions on your route. For hands-free calling, the unit also includes A2DP Bluetooth wireless technology, with a built in microphone and touchscreen keypad.
The 785T also offers real-time traffic info, news, stocks, current events and more via MSN Direct with the first three months provided for free, after which you’ll have to subscribe for about $50/year if you want to continue using the service.
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By now, you have probably seen the new BlackBerry Bold Commercial, the one that says almost nothing but “wow.” Wow again at the proposed price when it comes out. AT&T has announced that the RIM device will cost $299.99 with a 2 year contract, more than they charge for the iPhone. Sales should begin around November 4 to welcome in the upcoming holidays. The Bold will support international navigation services and Wi-fi for folks who do a lot of traveling. One analyst, Chris King of Stifel Nicolas, says the appeal will be mostly exec types. Those that can probably will.
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So, as we’ve already reported, Nintendo has announced the DSi, a spiffy new iteration of the DS franchise. There’s the larger screens, smaller profile, music playback, SD card slot…But what’s got everybody in a kerfuffle about it is the 3MP camera embedded in the system, both on the top and between the screens. The burning question now is what exactly Nintendo plans to do with the system, and how they’re going to integrate the features. So, if you want some uninformed opinion about the possibilities and future of the DSi, kindly hit the jump.
The Governator signed a bill in July that requires Californians to use hands free devices when driving and using a cell phone. He has now gone one step further by banning text messaging while driving. The SB28 makes drivers keep their “hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road,” Schwarzenegger said in a written statement. Other states have already adopted the law and considering the statistics about how dangerous the practice is, we hope they all do.
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According to Japanese business site Nikkei Net, Nintendo may be prepping to release a brand new Nintendo DS (not pictured) by the end of this year. Supposedly, the new and improved DS will feature build-in music playback, better wireless performance, and, most interestingly, and onboard camera, all for less that 20,000 yen. There has not been an official press release by Nintendo, so you’ll want to wait and see how this develops, but it means that the new DS may integrate some of these features into new games, a la Final Fantasy: Before Crisis (which had you use your cell phone camera to craft materia). If past indicators hold true, it should arrive just in time for your Christmas shopping blitz, which would be fortunate, since the Wii has been perpetually sold out each holiday season - and I think that we’re all contractually obligated at this point to throw our money at Nintendo with every re-launch of a system.
UPDATE: Looks like we were right on this one, as Nintendo just announced the new Nintendo DSi!
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Winter will soon be upon us, and those of you with touchscreen devices may have to choose between risking scratching them with ordinary gloves or going inside to use them. Dots Gloves are an inexpensive, simple alternatives. They promise to keep your iPhone, iPod or other device smudge and scratch free. Available in two sizes and four colors, a pair can be yours for $13.00. Their Ragg Wools are also available in black or white for $18.00.
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Dasur’s ThumbKey claims to be the answer to your QWERTY keyboard frustration with your handheld. It identifies intended keys through size and position of fingers rather than being spot on. Algorithms process the typed letters. All this sounds like a good thing because the letters look tiny in the video (where it is referred to as ThumbIt.) It has word recognition by using only the first few letters and supports all versions of Microsoft Windows Mobile. The ThumbKey will set you back $25.00 or you can download a demo for fifteen days free to test it out.
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New Zealand’s Aceeca has unveiled their Meazura MEZ1500 that runs Windows CE 5.0 or 6.0. Similar to their MEZ1000 with the same case design and 7-button keyboard, it features a 2.8 x 2.1-inch touchscreen with a 320 x 240p resolution, a Marvell PXA270 processor, and a memory of 64MB of RAM and 32MB of flash. The company claims that it can handle temperatures of 10 to 60º C and can withstand 30 minutes of water 3 ft. deep. At a size of 6.8 x 3.7 x 1.6-inches and a weight of 16.9 oz., you can also order the MEZ1500 with Linux. Contact Aceeca for availability of the rugged handheld that comes at a starting price of $549.00.
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