If you though that the Galaxy Note II was the only giant Android phone we'd be seeing this year, LG has other plans. The LG Intuition will be coming to Verizon Wireless for $200 with two-year contract, and it'll sport 4G LTE compatibility. It's got a huge 5-inch display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Verizon will start taking orders online starting tomorrow, while in-store shoppers should see the Intuition in stores on September 10.
We give you a look at Ooma in this episode. Ooma is a service that provides free phone calls within the United States. All you need to do is buy the Ooma Telo box and connect it to your home network, and you're up and running. Calls within the United States are then completely free. They also have the Ooma Telo handset, which almost acts like a smartphone for your home phone service, and a monthly Ooma Premier service that adds a ton of calling features to your package. You can pick up Ooma products on Amazon.
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Nike isn't the first company to think of using a wristband or other device to monitor your fitness and better improve your life, having been beaten them to the punch by the FitBit and Jawbone UP. But still, what Nike brings to the table with its new FuelBand wristband is extraordinary. The Nike+ FuelBand actually displays how well you are doing throughout the day not only on your phone or other Bluetooth device, but also on the band itself.
The band on its own has a very sleek design with a 20 LED color dot-matrix display that shows how many “Points” you have earned during your workout, and another 100 white LEDs to give you feedback, time of day, and the like. The idea behind this is that the next time you work out you try to equal or get a higher score than before, pushing yourself to work out more and therefore become more physically fit. The activity wristband market is small but growing, and from what we can tell the Nike+ FuelBand may be the best bang for your buck. You can pre-order one now for $149.
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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Hyundai has gone into the phone/watch market with their MB-910. The timepiece not only looks sweet, it is a tri-band GSM phone with a 1.5 x 132 x 176-inch pixel touch-sensitive display. It also has a media player with 128MB memory, Bluetooth capability, a WAP 2.0 browser and of course a full screen clock. The MB-910 is expected to hit the UK first during Q2 at a price of £200 (~$281.00.)
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Sci-fi fans who Skype/VoIP will love this new USB speakerphone that resembles a Star Trek communicator. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista and Tiger, it has a volume control and mute function with indicator and a separate USB sound controller with speakerphone and microphone. The phone also makes various comments such as “Transporter room, ready to beam up.” Aye, aye, Cap’n. We understand that the communicator will be at Dream Cheeky but has not materialized there as yet.
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Pay phone booths are few and far between these days since we all have cellies. Artists Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino decided to turn one into a work of art as part of the recent Lyon Light Festival in France. This seems a great idea in terms of recycling, but the artists had more of a deeper theme in mind for their oversized fish tank. “We rediscover this glass cage transformed into an aquarium, full of exotically coloured fish; an invitation to escape and travel.”
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ASUS announced that they would soon be releasing a smartphone with a touch interface and a whopping 800MHz of processing goodness. ASUS is featuring a new touch interface they have named “Glide,” which overlays the Windows Mobile operating system. The P565 features not only speed, but a 2.8-inch VGA touch screen with a resolution of 480 x 640. The face is what you would expect for a touchscreen device, but what you cannot see is the leather that lines the back of the device, clearly aiming it for a business environment. The P565 incorporates Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, GPS, 256MB of flash, with 128MB DDR SDRAM, an SD slot, Blutooth, a 3 megapixel camera, and supports HSDPA 3.6Mbps, UMTS 2100, EDGE/GPRS/GSM 900/1800/1900, Class 10. No word yet on price or when it will launch, but it certainly should be a very capable device once it comes to market.
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Nokia’s latest XpressMusic, the 5800, is coming out for the holidays. At a size of 4.37 x 2.04 x 0.61-inches and a weight of 3.84 oz., the S60 5th Edition touchscreen phone has a 3.2-inch 640 x 360p screen with stylus input, an aspect ratio of 16:9, a 3D image engine and dedicated Media Bar touch key. To text, there is an option with writing, mini QWERTY keyboard, full screen QWERTY and alpha-numeric keypad. The smartphone includes GPS, a 3.2MP auto-focus Zeiss lens with LED flash, HSDPA, WiFi, 81MB internal memory and 8GB with included microSD card. Look for a price of $495.00.
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Canon has introduced its FAXPHONE/Printer L90 that uses laser technology for both. Built for small businesses and home offices, it produces 13 cpm and 15 ppm in print mode. It also features an up to 33.6 Kbps Super G3 modem for a speed of about 3 seconds per page. Images have a 600x600 dpi print resolution in monochrome and the device has a 30-sheet auto-sheet feeder. The FAXPHONE, with its convenient 15 one-touch dials and 100 coded dials, will be out this month with a price of $199.99.
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