Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile is now available. You can download it on your phone or PC and transfer it later to your Windows Mobile Professional or Standard phone version 5, 6 or 6.1. After download, you can call, IM and send files with its new user interface. Compatible with Pocket PC, Classic or Professional, Smartphone and standard devices, you will need a minimum of 12MB memory on your device or 6MB on a card. A WiFi connection is recommended for best quality.
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Sony’s new VAIO P Series Lifestyle claims to be the world’s lightest at 1.4 lbs. Available in a choice of four colors, this is one social computer. Use it for emailing, IMing, or catching up with your work when you travel. The P includes turn-by-turn GPS navigation, an Intel Processor (1.33GHz) and Windows Vista. It has an 8-inch LED blacklit display with a 1600x786 resolution, 2GB RAM, and 60GB HDD. You can pre-order now at a price starting at $899.00.
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Emoji were such a hit in Japan that the emoticons are now available for everyone. The app is called Typing Genius. After you download it, you should play with it for a few minutes to activate it, then hit your settings “> General > International > Keyboards > Japanese” and click on the Emoji option. You are ready to text any other iPhones. No jailbreak is needed and the application is only $.99. Happy happy, joy joy.
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If you hunt and peck at your computer or don’t have enough patience to take a typing class, Fast Fingers may be right for you. The QWERTY board also can become ABC with one key push. If you IM a lot, another button gives you access to Internet abbreviations. It was created by Faith Quintavell (who can type) after noticing that others couldn’t. Plug into your USB port and pick up some speed for $27.95.
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If you have a mobile device with SkypeOut credits and Internet connection, you can now get IM+ for voice and text communication to others with the service, landlines and those on MySpace. It works with no delay with any 3G/GSM/CDMA network, even one with a lower data transfer rate. There is a one time fee with all updates included and you have the option of redirecting incoming calls to voicemail to listen later. The IM+ service is available for $19.95.
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3 Mobile seems to be enjoying the afterglow of their successful Skypephone S2 as they are now working on a Facebook handset. The INQ1 allows you to view your contacts and text or IM through Facebook chat. The cell phone also has HSDPA connection, Skype integration, an eBay tracker and Windows Live Messenger for non-Facebook users. It also doubles as a mobile broadband modem at speed of up to 7.2Mbps. Look for it sometime this month with a price of £99 (~$157.00.)
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Looking for a new Avatar? Try Face Your Manga. You can use it on your cellie, MySpace, IM, Skype, or any other place in the virtual world. You simply customize the avatar, enter in your e-addy and they will mail it to you. If you don’t like your first design, you can go back and try another combination. The process is quite painless and takes very little time to create and receive your masterpiece. By the way, the free service doesn’t need any registration so you can stay anonymous to a certain extent.
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This small MVOX USB Speakerphone is great for Skyping or other applications such as Yahoo IM, AIM, MSN Messenger, Apple iChat, WebEx, NetMeeting, Vonage, and Net2Phone without an external power source. With built-in echo cancellation, it’s small enough to fit in your pocket yet efficient enough to have a full-duplex sound that allows you to talk and hear at the same time. Compatible with both Window or Mac OS, the MVOX comes with earphones at a price of $17.99.
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WowWee is back with useless desktop toys they named Chatterbots. The Fairy Godfather, Dog, and Devil/Angel connect to a PC or Mac by USB and react by driving you nuts with inane comments every time you type via its built-in speaker. Each one runs on 4 AA batteries (not included.) You can also program in more words and phrases to add to its vocabulary and utilize it with e-mail, IM, and other programs. We can’t believe that someone would pay $49.99 for this. Check out their video and see for yourself.
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This concept could be the answer to our complaining about cell phone users in cars. Tame syncs your phone, IM, text messaging, Facebook application, etc. to auto-respond when you cannot. You store a message on each face and rotate it for the appropriate response with no button pushing needed. There is also a color coding system (green, yellow, and red) for contact information. With online software, you can customize the messages anywhere there is Internet access with Bluetooth updates. We like the prototype but once again figure the best way to curb cell phone usage while driving is to simply turn it off.
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