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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Sharp has come up with a teeny, tiny 5MP camera with auto-focus which they say is the planet’s smallest. Set to come out en masse in July, we suspect that the CMOS cam module RJ63SC100 will become available on some of their holiday handhelds and other mobile products. Maybe they will lend out the design for spy-stuff which also continues to get smaller and smaller. Then again, perhaps it will inspire other companies to beat the diminutive size so that they can have the smallest.
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Hey, would you look at that - the Amazon Kindle is back on sale for the first time in months! If you’ve got $399 USD burning a hold in your pocket, and you want what we consider to be one of the breakout devices in the last year, then head on over to Amazon and purchase a Kindle. Seriously, all quirks aside, we’ve done a lot more (offline) reading in the past four months than we have in the past four years, all thanks to Amazon’s e-Book reader.
We expect these to go quickly though, so if you want one, act quickly.
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PowerMonkey is no ordinary charger. When full, it will hold its power for about a year. There is no end to its applications, as it has a plethora of adapters. There is one for Nokia and Mini Nokia, Motorola V66, Samsung E900, Siemens C25 and Sony Ericsson wide connectors. It also works with Mini USB for Motorola Razr V series, Blackberry and Bluetooth headsets. If that isn’t enough, it can work with iPods, smartphones, PDAs, and PSPs. The Power
Monkey carries an MSRP of £34.99 (~$68.00.)
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No sooner is one holiday over then we are on to the next. In preparation for Valentine’s Day, AT&T has decided to sell 3 red devices for $99.99 each through Feb. 14. One of these is the LG sliding red Shine, which comes with Video Share, Mobile Music, and Mobile Banking. Then there is the BlackJack II by Samsung with access to multiple e-addys, and contact and task lists. Finally, there is the Bluetooth BlackBerry Curve 8310, with Push-to-Talk and GPS. Check with AT&T for more specifics on each of their heartfelt gifts.
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We visited Samsung and learned about their new Ultra Mobile Personal Computers (UMPC). They’re basically palm-sized computers with the power of a laptop. Their line starts with the Q1 Ultra, which runs Windows XP or Vista has a standard 80GB hard drive, a battery life of 4 ½ hours with WiFi enabled, includes a webcam, 2 USB ports and an SD Card slot, weighing only 1.5 pounds at a price of $1300 USD. There’s also the Q1 Ultra SSD, with a 32 GB solid-state drive for increased boot time and access to data. Finally, there’s the just-launched, award-winning Q1 Ultra Premium, with a powerful Intel Pentium Mobile Processor, 80GB hard drive, and a battery life up to 7.5 hours with WiFi enabled. Available at the end of the month for $1500.
Holiday traveling means (at least) two things - packing up handheld electronics to keep yourself entertained and connected, and trying to find places to stow those gadgets while they’re charging. In hotel rooms and guestrooms across the country outlets may abound, but there isn’t always a place close to the outlets to safely sit your stuff while it recharges.
Enter Kikkerland’s Portable Device Holder by Driin. The L-shaped accessory has a large hole in the top through which you plug the charger into the wall. Sit your gadget of choice on the little shelf and voila - no need to rest your precious metals (or plastics, silicones, or combinations thereof) on the floor.
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We got pretty excited before we knew this was only a prototype. Created by French Designer Vincent Palicki, it shows a USB port going into a Sony Ericsson Phone, an extremely clever idea. How nice to be able to download files, videos, and/or photos with only a flash drive. We think perhaps this will lead to the concept of doing the same with handhelds. Come to think of it, we could attach all those very cool USB gadgets to our phones like mini-Christmas trees or mini-fans on a cold day.
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