Truphone can now be applied to the iPod touch and will turn the music player into a cell phone with a free download. Utilizing WiFi, users can call other touch owners as well as Google Talk messaging service customers with minimal or no charges. They also plan to make calls with landlines part of the program. Truline’s interest is in devices that have app stores and are wireless. Next on their agenda, they plan to tackle the Android operating system.
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Sanyo has taken their basic clock radio design and created something that does much more. The R227 can also play Internet radio stations and podcasts with no subscription fee involved. The device connects via WiFi or ethernet and the company says it has enhanced sound quality. It also features a lighted LED, snooze and sleep to radio functions and access to shared music files on the same network. It can search by country or genre and users can add new stations. With 8 presets and a black lacquer-finished cabinet, the Internet Radio carries a MSRP of $169.99.
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We’ve been big fans of Slacker since we saw it earlier this year at CES. Now, we were big fans of the Slacker Internet radio service, but that meant you had to keep Slacker in your browser. With the Slacker G2, all that Internet radio goodness is now portable. So, why the Slacker G2 over a regular MP3 player? Well, first off, the owner doesn’t have to pay for the music. You don’t even have to use a computer to transfer music to the device, as that can all be done with the devices itself. It connects to the free Slacker service over Wi-Fi, and will update itself with music whenever it has a connection. The 4 GB Slacker G2 supports 25 stations, and retails for $199.99. You can pick one up at Amazon.
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LG has finally come around to providing a smartphone for the U.S. market. The AT&T Insite has 3G speed, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0, Windows Media Mobile Player 10 and a full color 3-inch LCD display that auto-rotates. Add to that streaming radio capability, Mobile Microsoft Office editing, Video ShareSM and both a QWERTY keyboard and 20-key version. With a price of $499.99, knock it down with a 2 year contract, a mail in rebate and the Insite is yours for $199.99.
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In anticipation of the holidays, and undoubtedly the upcoming Superbowl, ESPN has released their digital Ultimate Remote. The one-device-fits-all works with TVs, DVD players, TiVos, set top boxes and probably all of your home theater equipment. Simple to set up, it also has one-touch wireless access to gamecasts, fantasy leagues, and sport news, stats, scores and other information. The WiFi network has a weather widget on the home page according to your zip code and updates new equipment codes by itself. Find it at various retailers for $299.00 and the Remote Shoppe, which is currently offering a $50.00 off sale price.
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We suspect there are a lot of people who hit up their local Starbucks to take advantage of the free WiFi and sip the same cup for hours. The Holland based CoffeeCompany has come up with an idea to curb the practice. They change the name of their network with such passwords as “HaveYouTriedCoffeeCake?,” “BuyAnotherCupYouCheapskate” and “BuyaLargeLatteGetBrownieForFree.” While the message is comical and subliminal, the guilt factor must be worth the effort.
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Sanyo has released the ALBO, a new 7-inch LCD frame that will receive photos from your cell phone via IR and pick up RSS feeds with WiFi. The device has 256MB of memory and can be programmed for slide shows or with special effects. Working both vertically and horizontally, the ALBO will be out in Japan November 14 for 40,000 yen ($422.00.) We like the rounded shape that is either futuristic or retro, depending on your age.
Now that you know about the new Zune and are thinking about grabbing one, here’s another reason. Microsoft and Wayport, the network provider of McDonald’s, have made a deal to give Zune owners free WiFi over the next three years. You may not be able to check your email, but you can order tunes to go with your fries. This works on pre-existing Zunes as well. Sony’s Mylo COM-2 and Zipit Wireless Messenger Z2 can also receive the WiFi.
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IFR (a company created by Spain’s motorsport engineer Ignacio Fernández Rodriquez) has designed the Unidrive. The gadget features a touchscreen to monitor and alter power output, ABS, brake balance, traction, and more. The units for driver and co-driver also have GPS, GPRS/GSM, accelerometers, and WiFi and Ethernet capability. In order to display the technology to the fullest extent, he and his team are installing them in Aspids (Spanish for asp.) Obviously the company is going after high end customers as each Aspid is built to suit the driver and will cost about £75,000 ($148,000.)
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Dell has a new mini-desktop they call the Studio Hybrid. At a size of 72 x 211 x 197mm and a weight of 1.8kg, it can stand vertically or horizontally. The PC features an Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390 processor, Windows Vista Home Basic/Premium, 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD. The eco-friendly Studio has five USB and HDMI/DVI ports and can handle WiFi. Available in 7 colors, look for a $499.00 price.
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