Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Give Your New Shuffle A Burst of Color

Now these look slick and give that added protection that your Shuffle needs.

Accessorize your new iPod Shuffle with eye-catching colors that can change to suit your mood with new RhinoSkin Accents, the latest Apple accessory by RhinoSkin.

The iPod Shuffle Accents come in four colors – red, blue, green and pink – and are made from durable, lightweight aluminum with a high-polish finish to look good and provide access to your Shuffle.

The Accents slide onto the Shuffle for a secure fit and added protection. The neoprene lining prevents scratches and allows the Accents to fit the Shuffle like a second skin. The Stop Guard feature allows additional strength and alignment for a compact accessory with smooth edges.

The Shuffle Accent four-pack retails for $19.95 and will be available in December. Visit http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=la4gf9bab.0.a4tjhtbab.hnneyvn6.916&ts=S0214&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rhinoskin.com for more information on RhinoSkin’s Apple accessories.

About RhinoSkin

RhinoSkin (TM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saunders based in Readfield, Maine, has earned the reputation in the marketplace as being a producer of premium cases for mobile computing. These cases protect some of the biggest brands in the mobile technology industry.

Website: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=la4gf9bab.0.a4tjhtbab.hnneyvn6.916&ts=S0214&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rhinoskin.com

Cingular Introduces Location Based and Navigation Services on Nokia Mobile Phones

 Geekzone had an interesting post on Cingular's NEW introduction of Location Based and Navigation Services on Nokia Mobile Phones.  In part, they had the following:

Cingular Wireless is introducing a wireless navigation system with 3D maps and "fuzzy search", based on TeleNav GPS Navigator running on the Nokia E62 device.

Using TeleNav GPS Navigator on the Nokia E62 device, customers will receive turn-by-turn directions while driving and view 3D moving maps on the device's high-resolution screen, which measures 320 x 240 pixels.

Just like an in-car navigation system, the 3D maps turn, move and stop as the driver does the same, while also displaying a realistic image of the streets the driver is approaching and streets they are passing. Users can also pan and zoom the map to view surrounding streets.

Read the Cingular announcement here at  Geekzone

Monday, November 20, 2006

NXP Semiconductors and Sony Plan Joint Venture

Creators of Near Field Communication Technology Team Up to Develop Secure Chips for Contactless Transactions

NXP Semiconductors, formerly Philips Semiconductors, and Sony Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish by mid-year 2007 a joint venture that will drive global adoption of contactless smart card applications in mobile phones. The anticipated JV will plan, develop, produce and market a secure chip that will include both MIFARE and FeliCa operating systems and applications, as well as other contactless card operating systems and applications.

By combining this secure chip with an NFC chip a universal contactless IC platform can be created for mobile phones. As a result, mobile device manufacturers and service providers around the world will be able to design products and services which are compatible with the different contactless IC protocols and operating systems that are already deployed in different countries. Therefore consumers will be able to enjoy multiple applications such as payment and transport ticketing from various service providers on one device.

Marc de Jong, Executive Vice President and General Manager, NXP Semiconductors, said: "This joint venture signals the evolution of interoperable mobile services, regardless of technology platform or geography. Combining MIFARE and FeliCa contactless technologies in a single chip opens a vast array of opportunities for consumers using the technologies, as well as for developers creating new applications for global markets. Soon service providers will be able to roll out great new services to end users on a global scale, ensuring a broad range of offerings to keep customers happy wherever they are."

Mr. Hiromasa Otsuka, Corporate Executive and SVP, Sony Corporation, commented: "With FeliCa, Sony has established a contactless IC business model whereby mobile phone wallet services are deployed in multi-application, multi-handset and multi-carrier modes. The new JV will introduce customers around the world to a new lifestyle where simply touching a terminal with a mobile phone gives access to a wide range of services. And it will contribute to Sony's vision of a network consumer electronics entertainment world."

NFC is a combination of contactless identification and interconnection technology that enables wireless short-range communication between mobile devices, consumer electronics, PCs and smart objects. NFC has proven popular in trials around the world. Its interoperability with MIFARE, FeliCa and ISO14443 infrastructures promises to make mobile phones become wallets and transport tickets.

MIFARE is the most widely installed contactless smart card technology in the world with about 1.2 billion smart card chips and more than seven million reader modules sold. Current shipments of FeliCa ICs stand at 170 million units and of these 30 million are mobile FeliCa chips for use in mobile phones in Japan. Sony is creating a unique business model for the use of contactless IC for mobile phones. NXP and Sony will individually offer chips and applications based on their respective technology platforms, MIFARE and FeliCa, while both companies will continue to develop NFC technologies jointly.

About NXP

NXP is a top 10 semiconductor company founded by Philips more than 50 years ago. Headquartered in Europe, the company has 37,000 employees working in 20 countries across the world. NXP creates semiconductors, system solutions and software that deliver better sensory experiences in mobile phones, personal media players, TVs, set-top boxes, identification applications, cars and a wide range of other electronic devices. News from NXP is located at http://www.nxp.com.

About Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading personal broadband entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $63 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. Sony Global Web Site: http://www.sony.net/


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PortableApps Suite - Portable software for USB drives

PortableApps Suite - your computer, without the computer

PortableApps Suite is a collection of portable apps including a web browser, email client, office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, antivirus, sudoku game, backup utility and integrated menu, all preconfigured to work portably. Just drop it on your portable device and you're ready to go.

Download Standard 1.0 for Windows, English 89.5MB Download Details

Download Lite 1.0 Beta for Windows, English 30.4MB Download Details


Included Applications

All versions of the PortableApps Suite include the integrated PortableApps Menu (pictured at right) and the PortableApps Backup utility along with a set of custom icons, an autoplay configuration, folders and a quick start shortcut. In addition, the packages include:

PortableApps Suite (Standard Edition): ClamWin Portable (antivirus), Firefox Portable (web browser), Gaim Portable (instant messaging), OpenOffice.org Portable (office suite), Sudoku Portable (puzzle game), Sunbird Portable (calendar/task manager) and Thunderbird Portable (email client) and runs comfortably from a 512MB drive.

PortableApps Suite (Lite Edition): Uses AbiWord Portable (word processor) instead of OpenOffice.org Portable and runs comfortably from a 256MB drive.

PortableApps Suite (Base Edition): If you'd like to pick and choose exactly which apps to include, you can try Portable Apps Suite (Base Edition). This is a stripped down package with just the PortableApps Menu, PortableApps Backup utility and custom folders, icons and autorun. It's less than 1MB installed, so it's a great option for smaller drives.


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USRobotics Adds Webcam to Skype Product Family

High Resolution Webcam with Hi-Fi Audio Headset Will Be Available in January


USRobotics, a Platinum Equity company, announced the addition of the USR9640 USR Mini Cam for Skype to its Skype product family today. The webcam joins the company’s other Skype products, including USB handsets, a speakerphone, and the cordless dual phone and accessory handset.

“With our webcam and headset, Skype users can now make free video calls to friends and family around the world, as well as share recorded video and snapshots,” says Anurag Batta, USRobotics Product Manager for VoIP. “The camera is a natural extension of our Skype product line and continues our development of easy to use, reliable, Skype certified products.”

Optimized for Skype, the USR Mini Cam features true 1.3 megapixel capture capability and full motion video at up to 30 frames per second. The webcam supports new codecs that enable high quality video from a small device. The camera automatically adjusts to low-light conditions, and includes image tuning options such as brightness, saturation, contrast, and horizontal and vertical reversing. Face-tracking auto-focus, digital zoom, and a full 70-degree viewing angle, make the USR Mini Cam the ideal camera for both desktop and laptop video communications.

Designed for maximum flexibility, the USR Mini Cam can be positioned on a laptop or desktop, can clip to a flat screen monitor, and can even stand on a table top. The included headset features HiFi Audio support for fuller, more realistic sound and is tuned to provide richer bass and crisper treble, allowing for equal clarity between a wide variety of different voices, accents, and articulations.

The USR9640 USR Mini Cam with Headset will be available in January for $39.99 USD (MSRP).

The glofiish M700 by E-TEN

Darius Wey posted this morning that the glofiish M700 by E-TEN has been officially announced.  It's a nice device featuring quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, GPS (SiRFstar III) with TMC, an FM radio, an integrated camera, and Windows Mobile 5.0.  And it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

There were some nice pictures as well as the full release over at Pocket PC Thoughts so go check out what Darius had to say here at Pocket PC Thoughts

HTC P4350 Officially Launched

HTC launched the HTC P4350, which will be released throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in early December. Complementing existing HTC devices, the HTC P4350 is just 17mm thick and features a semi-automatic sliding full QWERTY keypad. The slim and compact form factor hosts a large internal memory – 128Mb ROM and 64mb RAM, ensuring the handset delivers a full “office in your pocket” experience for business users on the go.

Especially designed for easy messaging, the HTC P4350 features Windows Mobile 5.0 Direct push email technology, internet browsing, and synchronization with Microsoft® Outlook® Calendar, Contacts, Pocket MSN®, and a 200MHz application processor. The ability to work on applications in the Microsoft® Office suite such, as Word, Excel®, PowerPoint® and view PDF documents, makes editing a breeze. A microSDTM slot ensures data transfer is simple - anytime, anywhere.

The HTC P4350 demonstrates HTC’s continued dedication to sleek form factors. DIGY.  The compact device boasts a 2.8’’ colour display with a touch-screen and a landscape view screen enables perfect viewing of email, internet, and video. A 5-way navigation control ensures easy operation and weighing just 168g
(battery included), maximum functionality is offered in a compact case. The stylish, quad-band PDA Phone keeps users connected worldwide. Supporting GSM/GPRS and EDGE, Wi-Fi®, and Bluetooth® 2.0, connectivity options are extensive giving users a rich internet browsing, messaging, and multimedia experience.

“With the HTC P4350 we’ve managed to package HTC’s tremendously successful signature slide-out full QWERTY keypad design into one of our slimmest PDA Phones yet. We believe this device will be a big hit with the fast growing community of business and consumer mobile e-mail and messaging fans.” said
Florian Seiche, vice president of HTC Europe and the Middle East.

Check it out here


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The SAMSUNG SPH-P9000 - Pretty Slick

So you don't want to carry all those extra little accessories with you, eh?  Do you just want to grab one device and be on your way? At first glance, this NEW Samsung addition looks pretty slick!

When Samsung unveiled this mobile converged device, I looked at it and moved on but I have been thinking about it ... it has a lot of potential. The SPH-P9000 is the true converged device capable of voice and multimedia data communications through Mobile WiMAX technology.

Utilizing Mobile WiMAX and CDMA EV-DO connectivity, access to the "net" will be easy and with the ability to be on the net and have a simultaneous voice connection ... it is an intriguing device.

This device uses Microsoft Windows XP as the operating system has a five inch WVGA screen and a 30GB hard for storage.

I liked the way the QWERTY keyboard was integrated providing a slim sleek unit.  There is a MP3 player function, VOD, and a camera for your multimedia entertainment and all this in a device that a little over a pound ... very interesting.

There is no question that more will be coming but this one has peaked an interest but.....

There is always a BUT!  Unfortunately, the SPH-P9000 will be launched in Korea during the first half of 2007 so I guess the question is "will we ever see it in the US?"

Visit www.samsung.com here

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Nintendo Changes the Way You Play Games

It has been a BIG week for gamers and the Wii has certainly been a huge part of it.

It has been said that the Wii will transform how we play  video games forever. History’s most interactive home video game system launched Today in the Americas with 20 new games that reinvent and reshape the gaming experience.

Wii Sports, a collection of five sports games, comes with the system. A total of 33 new Wii games will be available before the end of the year, along with downloadable access to another 30 Virtual Console classics.

Of course, there have been BIG events on both coasts and most of us have not been able to attend so here are two videos to give you a "flavor" of the festivities.

 So in New York, here is what was happening



And in LA, they were really ready for the experience


Remember this?

The Optimus-103 keyboard was announced such a long time ago but it looks as if it is a reality and can be in your hands ... soon.

Engadget reported that Optimus-103 keyboard pre-orders start December 12.  Not much else to report other than the fact that pre-orders will be taken ... I think I'll wait for the wireless version.

Source:   SlashGear via Engadget

EA’S Madden NFL 07 and Need for Speed Carbon for Nintendo Wii Available TODAY

All Custom-Designed for the Wii

Electronic Arts joins the festivities surrounding the highly anticipated launch of Nintendo Wii™ with the release of Madden NFL 07 and Need for Speed™ Carbon. Each title remains true to the hallmarks of its franchise but is designed to take full advantage of Wii’s one-of-a-kind controller and will be available in stores November 19, 2006. Additional releases on Wii in the coming months include titles from the Harry Potter™, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®, SSX™, Medal of Honor™, and The Sims™ franchises.

With the launch on the Nintendo Wii, Madden NFL 07 takes advantage of the revolutionary controller design and all-new Madden FreeMotion™ controls to create a new controller-focused experience, bringing Madden’s gameplay depth alive in a whole new and immersive way. Key Wii-only features for Madden NFL 07 include exclusive multiplayer mini games designed to support four player gameplay, new multiplayer enhancements including a multiplayer sprint, new play calling system designed for basic football fan knowledge, and Madden in-game tutorials that teach the users how to use new FreeMotion controls and allow users to practice within the game.

Madden NFL 07 on Wii will also include the popular key features lead blocking control, NFL Superstar: Hall of Fame mode as well as all-new Highlight moves that allows you to run like the NFL players run.

In its 17th year and with more than 55 million copies sold life to date, Madden NFL Football continues to stand out as the most popular football videogame franchise of all time with a combination of innovative new features and the most authentic football gameplay. Madden NFL 07 for Wii is being developed by EA Canada. For more information check out www.madden07.com.

The battle starts on the streets of Palmont city, but is won in the canyons as Need for Speed™ Carbon immerses you in the world’s most dangerous and adrenaline-filled forms of street racing. Need for Speed Carbon and the Nintendo Wii introduce the world to a whole new way to play Need for Speed. Offering the classic Need for Speed controls and immersive gameplay experience, with the addition of the Wii's unique controller scheme takes NFS Carbon gameplay to levels previously not possible. A simple yet intuitive control scheme using the Wii controllers, the player will instantly recognize and feel the physics differences between the 50 plus Muscle, Exotic, and Tuner cars, as they use their crew to win Canyon races, customize their cars using Autosculpt™, and battle to take control of the streets of Palmont. For more information check out www.needforspeedcarbon.com.

Madden NFL 07, and Need for Speed Carbon carry an MSRP of $49.99. Madden NFL 07 is rated E for Everyone and Need for Speed Carbon is rated E10 by the ESRB.

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

JAQ3 Pocket PC Phone Edition - Officially Released

Arne Hess from the::unwired reported today that i-mate has officially released the JAQ3 Pocket PC Phone Edition at GITEX 2006

The JAQ3, which is based on a TechFaith Wireless reference design, is a dedicated messaging phone that boasts the many familiar applications of Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC.

Designed with user preferences in mind, its full QWERTY keyboard, five navigation buttons and scroll wheel allow for easy navigation and use of services including E-Mail, the JAQ3 definitely competes with the Palm Treo 750.

Check out the details at Arne's site the::unwired

I know ... you're "Zuned out" but ...

Lisa Gade, Editor in Chief over at Mobile Tech Review posted a nice review of the Zune that I liked and thought you might want to take a look ... especially if you are on the fence on your next player purchase.

Compete with the iPod? You've got to be crazy. That is unless you're Microsoft, with huge OS marketplace dominance, brand awareness, development resources and money to jump into that game. Let's face it, iPod rules ....

Winner with Comparison Points

iPod      1   Here's the easy one: if you're a Mac user and have no Windows PC handy, get the iPod.

Draw     2   Both sound good and come with equally good headphones.

Draw     3   Both are very easy to use and have very good online store and desktop software experiences.

Zune     4   The 3" Zune display beats the iPod Video's 2.5" display.

iPod      5   The iPod is smaller, lighter and more attractive.

Zune     6   The Zune is more rugged.

iPod      7   Apple's iTunes store has 3.5 million songs while the Zune Marketplace has 2 million.

Zune     8   Zune has themes, you can use any photo as a background and display brightness adjustable.

iPod      9   The iPod Video and iTunes Store get you music, podcasts, audio books, TV shows, music videos and movies. Zune Marketplace has only music and music videos for the time being. This is a big deal.

Zune     10   Zune has WiFi, iPod has no wireless. Given current use for WiFi, we're not sure how much of a plus this is.

Zune     11   Zune has an FM radio.

Zune     12   Have it both ways: Zune Marketplace sells content and also offers and all-you-can eat plan for $15/month.

Check out Lisa's thoughts here at Mobile Tech Review


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Ah ... James, will you stop it!

I'm already running a Motion LS800 because of you and now you're tempting me again!  I already went through a creative process of convincing my wife why I needed my first tablet ... now the juices are flowing for a taste of another! ... (and maybe even a short trip to Texas to enjoy some of that great weather you're having).

James Kendrick over at jkOnTheRun compiled a terrific "Fujitsu P1610- first impressions" that you might want to look at if you are thinking of getting a tablet. 

In part, James said:

First of all a little background– I am sitting in a comfortable porch swing overlooking my swimming pool in the back yard.  It is 68 degrees F. and brilliant sunshine today and I couldn’t resist taking the Fuji outside for some fresh air.    Life is very good right now…

The P1610 is about 1.5 inches thick and it feels good in the hand as a slate.  It weighs 2.2 lbs and is very comparable in weight to the Q1 so it feels good to me. 

Check out what James had to say on the  Fujitsu P1610, I think you will be impressed too!  Is this what they call "device envy"?

Did you know ...

... that with Windows Live Messenger you can Connect with your friends on Yahoo!

That's right!  Now when you are on the road you can maintain that contact with all those folks that are important to you with one simple easy solution ... Windows Live Messenger

Now with the new Windows Live Messenger, now you can talk to your contacts on Yahoo! Just add their e-mail addresses (like all your other Messenger contacts) and you can see if they're online or offline and even share emoticons. You can send and receive messages while you appear to be offline. And if you really are offline, your contacts can still send you messages—you'll get them next time you log in.

Check it out here at Windows Live Messenger

Computer won't boot? - Make a Bootable USB Key!

So it's been months since you did a backup and now for whatever reason your laptop won't boot. To make matters worse, you don't have an emergency CD!  How often have you heard that story?

Well, Edward Mendelson from PC Magazine has a solution on how to "Make a Bootable USB Key" that just might be the lifesaver you need.  From Ed's point of view, you have two choices:  Kiss your data goodbye—or just whip out the bootable USB key (or thumb drive) you prepared in advance.

This is a pretty slick means of protection that I think everyone should have.  In part, Ed said:

The key will boot into a free Windows-based system called BartPE (that's Bart's Preinstalled Environment), devised by Bart Lagerweij, from which you can copy files on your hard drive to the key or, in some cases, send them over a network to another machine.

Check put this nifty solution here at PC Magazine on how to Make a Bootable USB Key

Friday, November 17, 2006

Pocket LOOX N100 GPS

Paul Miller over at Engadget had a Hands-on with Fujitsu's upcoming Pocket LOOX N100 GPS unit and it looks pretty cool.  Paul indicated that it is powered by Navigon's new GPS software and he said it impressed him.

This device runs Navigon's MobileNavigator 6 Premium, and is based on a 300MHz Samsung processor and SiRF Star III chip. Paul said the "2.8-inch QVGA screen is bright and colorful, and there's 64MB of RAM, along with a miniSD card slot to keep things interesting"

Check out what else Paul had to say and see a few more pictures at Engadget.

PS3 Goes For $9,000 on eBay - This is stupid

Chris Leckness is a Geek and absolutely loves the latest and greatest of "toys".  I had to laugh at a post he made today on his blog about folks waiting in line (and fighting in some cases) just to be able to sell it as soon as they buy it.

He is right when he says: "depriving some fanboy an opportunity to have purchased their dream system for a chance to make a quick dollar. Sure, its basic economics an entrepreneur is cool, but this is sick."

How do you write a review on a light bulb?


I’m serious! That is a question I have been asking myself for the past 4 months and I have been stumped! Let me take minute and go back in time to explain.

A good friend of mine chatted with me in July and said he really liked some of my reviews and asked if I would consider writing a review on a product that he was getting involved with. Of course I said sure, I’d be glad to look at it and if it works well and can fit into my schedule I’d be happy to do it.

So then I asked “what is it?” And he replied “a light bulb!”

GULP!  I have to tell you that I had to take a step backwards but I agreed that I would look at it and if I like them and if I could get the time, I would try to do something.

A couple of weeks went by and I eventually received a package from my friend. Now when I get items for review, I usually place them in the order I receive them and open the package when it is time to start that particular review. So eventually, this package was “in the cue” and as I opened it up there they were … light bulbs! Two carefully wrapped bulbs in miniature bubble wrap placed in a neat padded case along with a red pocket light pen.

Now when I get an item, I look at it and if it inspires me, I try it and then write about it if it’s cool. But I have to be honest, how do you get inspired with light bulbs? You know, the little “thingys” that are at the front end of a flash light. I mean … they were just light bulbs!

So I packed them back up and placed them in my bag hoping that I’d be able to get an inspirational moment and decide to give them a try….well, months have gone by and every time I looked at them, I only saw light bulbs … I was not getting excited and even if I tried them and they lit up better than what my other light did, I was still perplexed as to how and what I would say. So back in the bag they went and there they stayed waiting for me to pull them out to look, test and talk about them … frankly, I never thought I’d be able to do it.

But then one night I was driving home from Maine and as I stopped at the toll booth, I reached into my pocket to get some change and my coins fell down between the seat and the console. I looked for them but there was not enough light from the interior lights to see them … very frustrating! So I gave the toll taker a couple of dollar bills, got my change and off I went down the highway.

Of course as I was driving, I was reaching down the side of the seat trying to “feel my way” around to retrieve the quarters I dropped … with no luck. Finally there was a lighted roadside stop so I decided to pull over and look for the quarters. Even with the overhead lights in the parking area there still was not enough light and of course I didn’t have a flash light to find them … wait a minute, yes I did! In the bag where the light bulbs were was the light pen that used the same LED bulb… that should do the trick.

I grabbed the light pen (all neatly wrapped in plastic), removed the plastic and turned it on. It was bright, very bright and all of a sudden I remembered Bob telling me that he threw the light pen in as a gift but that it used the same technology as the bulbs he was asking me to test. Trust me, it was really bright for such a tiny light and yes, I found the 3 quarters I dropped. I was impressed and it was then that I got inspired to try the bulbs when I got home.

When I arrived home, I took a Black & Decker Snake Light that I had and turned it on. I could see but the light was that dim yellow that flash lights produce with a standard bulb; it certainly was not like day light conditions. I removed the old bulb and replaced it with one of the new ones, turned on the light and was amazed at the brightness. Again, it was not daylight conditions but it was sort of a bluish-white light that was clearly brighter than what I had and yet a softer glow … a little more comfortable for the eyes.

The old bulb would direct its light exactly where it was pointed but the new bulb gave a much better peripheral view. As you look at the two pictures, the first one is the old bulb. Notice that it just shows my sons dartboard but not the rest of his bulletin board. However the new bulb (second picture) gives a better overall view of the bulletin board.


Both pictures were taken in the dark with only the flash light on and approximately in the same position.

Unfortunately, the pictures don’t really give enough credit to the new bulb. It is brighter, bluer, and gives a much better view of the surroundings … and it is more energy efficient which means that your batteries will last longer.

I will say that if you have to view subjects over great distances, this type of bulb is not the right choice because it produces a wider angle of view. If you need a more pointed view, then the older bulbs may be more satisfactory. However, I like having a better field of vision and I like the bluish white color over the older yellowish white.

If you want a brighter and more energy efficient bulb for your lights, this is one to strongly consider. Oh, and the pen light now has a permanent place in the console of my car. It has the same bright LED, operates on 2 AAA batteries and it will find lost quarters….



Very bright

Wide peripheral view

Energy efficient


Not good over long distance viewing


Rating: Very Good



The MSRP on the LED bulbs is $16.99 for a package of 2 bulbs. (Flange and screw in)

The MSRP on the LED pen is $16.99


You can get find more information about these LED bulbs here at BAK and Forth or you can email them here at info@bakandforth.com for more details


Editor’s Note:

At the moment, these LED bulbs are not currently available to the end user yet. They are looking for resellers and distributors for the LED bulbs and are promoting the LED pens. You can have a custom logo printed on them.

Additional benefits:

The LED is a solid state product thus no fragile glass to break if dropped. The diode inside can be damaged if dropped with any force but accidental drops seem fine during initial testing. This certainly is not the case with standard incandescent bulbs.

In addition, the standard LED itself require 4.5+ volts. These LEDs are house in a casing with voltage step up circuitry to allow operation with only 3 volts. Therefore any 2 cell battery flashlight can be used. Of course if you have a 3 - 4 cell battery flashlight, this just increases the light output.

The ability to upgrade just the bulb in your current flashlights to take advantage of this new technology is a very definite cost savings.

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Announcing movy.tv: A Revolution in Mobile Media Sharing & Distribution


Movidity Inc. today introduced movy.tv, the world's first truly mobile video sharing web service. Designed specifically for mobile use, movy.tv will revolutionize multimedia sharing and distribution, opening up endless possibilities for consumer, commercial and professional users.

As with other popular video sharing websites, such as YouTube(R), movy.tv will allow members to share video/audio media with other Internet users. However, movy.tv takes a dramatic departure from legacy video sharing in that it makes streaming of on-demand media available to millions of mobile devices worldwide.

Practically any Internet user will be able to upload video/audio to movy.tv, where it will be automatically "transcoded" by Movidity's(TM) patent-pending mobile media system. movy.tv will then enable any person with a supported cell phone or PDA throughout the world to download, view and interact with the media. movy.tv content will also be viewable in Shockwave(R) media format using standard PC Web browsers.

The general public will enjoy free access to movy.tv, while commercial and professional users will have the option of a paid membership. movy.tv will offer a range of features including private user groups, email / SMS notification, user referrals, media tagging, advertising injection, etc. Unlike other mobile media services available today, movy.tv allows users to upload and store video for unlimited viewing and sharing, as opposed to time-sensitive or force-fed content.

movy.tv is the antidote to current limited methods of mobile video/audio distribution. Based on Movidity's(TM) multi-patent-pending technology, movy.tv leverages highly advanced algorithms, innovative video processing and a new, unique transmission method to provide mobile video and audio-on-demand. Media also becomes interactive on a mobile device, permitting functions such as click-through advertising, as well as viewing controls, including pause, rewind and fast-forward.

In future, users will enjoy the ability to search the movy.tv video archive directly from the handheld, as well as the chance to capture video with their mobile devices and then forward it to movy.tv for almost instant global availability. Another unprecedented capability will allow members to stream live media (television, radio, video cameras or other) to movy.tv allowing practically any supported mobile user to tune-in and view "live" broadcasts in real-time.

"movy.tv is a truly empowering communication tool, allowing virtually anyone to mobilize their own multimedia content quickly and easily for a wide range of mobile devices," said Mauro Lollo, Chief Executive Officer of Movidity. "Building on the mass-popularity of websites like YouTube(R), movy.tv is the first to make community-based video-sharing and multimedia content distribution possible for a global mobile audience."

"Atlantis Systems International is extremely impressed with the potential of this technology to improve training," said Blake Melnick, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Knowledge Officer of Atlantis Systems International, a provider of advanced training systems for the military and aeronautic industries. "Atlantis is working closely with Movidity to apply their technology and enhance the capability of our advanced training systems."

Movidity's(TM) unique technology makes movy.tv viewable and interactive on the majority of today's mobile devices, ranging from economy-class cell phones to high-end PDAs. Cell phones will require basic browser and java/midp2 capability. PDA devices include those based on Windows Mobile(R) (CE) 3.0+ Palm(R) OS 5.0+. The RIM Blackberry(R) and Pearl are also supported. Client software is simply downloaded from movy.tv and self-installs on the mobile device.

movy.tv will be in limited availability to corporate clients by December 15, 2006, and is expected to be publicly available on January 15, 2007. For more information on Movidity and movy.tv, visit http://www.movidity.com.

About Movidity(TM)

Movidity is bringing the future of multimedia to the mobile world, today. Movidity(TM) leverages highly advanced algorithms, innovative video processing and a new, unique transmission method to provide quality video and audio-on-demand, along with two-way interactive capabilities to wireless mobile clients. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Movidity's(TM) products are available to mobile device manufacturers, wireless service providers, contest creators/providers, and even individuals. More information on Movidity(TM) is available at http://www.movidity.com.


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I guess there is a reason ...

 ... but for the life of me I can't see it!

SanDisk Supports Nintendo Wii Launch With Special Gaming Card Available at Retail Outlets

Dual-Branded White SD Card Enables Wii Owners to Store Game Saves, Downloadable Games, Images and Other Content

MILPITAS, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Nov. 17, 2006 SanDisk Corporation today announced that it is shipping special edition SanDisk SD(TM) memory cards to major retailers in conjunction with the release of Nintendo's new Wii(TM) game console, which is compatible with removable flash memory to store game saves, download games and view digital photos.

The white cards, bearing the label "SanDisk For Wii," will be available in three capacities - 512 megabytes (MB), 1 gigabyte (GB) and 2GB(1) - at gaming and major consumer electronics stores. Suggested retail prices range from $34.99 to $89.99.

So is one to assume that all the old BLUE SD cards you have stored in the drawer are not going to work as well?  Marketing ... it is an amazing thing!

... and besides, the great games are not ready yet

 So you have decided to wait before you purchase that new PLAYSTATION ... I think it's a good move and here is an example why.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.  announced twenty games in development for the PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system, with more than seven titles from Rockstar Games, including Grand Theft Auto IV which is expected to be in North American stores on October 16, 2007 and European stores on October 19, 2007.

When the PLAYSTATION 3 system launches today, Take-Two's 2K Sports publishing label will deliver NBA 2K7 and NHL 2K7, the only third party NBA and NHL titles available at the launch of the PLAYSTATION 3 system.

So if you want new and exciting games for the console ... is it better to wait?  HELLO?  Did you see the dates above?  Besides, the chances of you getting shot that long after the release has been greatly diminished!

Which Console is for you?

Well, judging from recent events, it might well be better to wait for the frenzy to be over....

A man was shot early on Friday morning outside a Wal-Mart store in Connecticut while waiting to buy a new Sony Playstation 3, Connecticut State police said.

Gail Huff, a local Boston reporter said in Boston about 500 people waited at the Copley Place Mall and what did they get .... near-riot conditions.  Boston Mayor Menino was definitely not a happy person....

Is it worth it?  I guess you have to be the judge of that but it is not too me.  So you don't get it today, but I'll bet you might get it next week or the week after or maybe even after Christmas ... but you will get it.  So why wait in line at spot #23 when you know that they only got 20 units? 

Solar Powered Cellphone - A Prototype

Gizmodo had a slick item that they found on T3 on a Cellphone prototype that runs on the energy provided by the sun.  Pretty slick but could be rough using in rainy weather....

However, this might well be a "cool" gadget to keep in the drawer to use when you lose power...of course we are hoping that if you lose power it will be on a sunny day.

If you click on the T3 link above, you can see some additional pictures 

Food for Thought - The iPhone or the Nokia N91?

David Garrett wrote a short piece yesterday on a never ending rumor - the iPhone.  He said that a Taiwan newspaper reported that Apple has placed a HUGE order.  The result? The BUZZ is big in the blogosphere.

Of course, it's all rumor but I find it interesting because I believe there are folks that love their iPods so much and because they carry a phone want them both combined ... ah, have they seen the Nokia N91?

The iPhone rumor is NOT going to die and those "iDevce" junkies are just going to have to wait until the first half of next year to see if the Taiwan newspaper that a reported a 12 million iPhone order from Apple with the Hon Hai Precision Industry Company is real or not.

Speaking of the Nokia N91, it is a slick device featuring a 4GB hard drive for storage of up to 3000+ songs ... not bad.  What I like is the built-in FM Radio which performed really well. Having that mixture of playing your favorite songs as well as listening to the "latest and the greatest" is a terrific feature.

You can switch between music player and smartphone functions easily and although my music collection is mostly from a huge collection of CDs, from my limited use with media content providers who use DRM, it has worked well....this is certainly a device to look at. You can check out the N91 features here.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Whose Wi-Fi Is It?

Anush Yegyazarian from PC World posted GREAT NEWS today on an issue I've been following not only because it deals with my local airport but it deals with the rights of all folks that want Wi-Fi in any airport.

In part, Anush had the following to say:

Good news for Wi-Fi users: Government gets it right in a dispute over free versus paid Wi-Fi deployment at Boston's international airport.

Thanks to a little-known set of Federal Communications Commission regulations, you do have certain rights to wireless access--rights that were upheld in a recent ruling in a dispute between Boston's Logan Airport and Continental Airlines.

The bottom line: This ruling affirms consumer rights to have their own Wi-Fi service within their own premises, whether owned or rented. It expressly slaps down the notion that a central alternative is an excuse to bar individual users from setting up their own service, and does not exempt public agencies from the rules. Nice going, FCC.

Check out Anush's complete article on  Whose Wi-Fi Is It? here...it is an excellent read!

8525 Now On Cingular Website

Doug Smith from Mobilitysite posted today that Cingular now has the 8525 up on their website for those of you that have been "drooling" over this device. 

He indicated that the purchase price of $549.99, or two year contract of $449.99, can be reduced with a $50 mail in rebate to bring the "8525 goodness" home for $399.99.

It's a slick device ... and will be a BIG item at Cingular!

Source: MobilitySite

Sprint to use Microsoft Search on its cell phones - starting today

Daisuke Wakabayashi from Reuters reported that  Wireless carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. will place Microsoft Corp's search engine on its cell phones, marking the software maker's most significant step to gain a U.S. foothold in the budding mobile Internet search market.

Starting today, customers of the third-largest U.S. carrier will find Microsoft's Windows Live search bar at the top of Sprint's menu page when they access the Web.

The search engine can look for news, sports scores and ring tones within the carrier's own cell phone portal or search outside of Sprint's network for local information such as nearby restaurants or movie theaters.

You can read Daisuke's article here

An Exclusive NEW TV Service

Sling Media, Inc., and 3 to Deliver Exclusive new Mobile TV Service

Combining a unique personal home TV experience with the portability of the mobile SlingPlayer Mobile will be available from December

Sling Media, Inc and the 3 Group announced that they are partnering to give customers access to their home TV channels on their mobile handsets. The announcement was made today as part of Hutchison Whampoa’s global launch of the X-Series from 3, which unveils the true power of the internet on mobile broadband.  

A live Webcast of the event can be accessed at the following URL, http://xseries.three.com/webcast, starting at 11 a.m. GMT Thursday morning. A recorded version will be available starting at 6 p.m. GMT Thursday afternoon.

This is the first time that Sling Media has partnered with a major mobile operator and signifies the increasing consumer demand for the Slingbox and the increasing focus on mobile TV services that deliver a truly personalized one-to-one experience to the customer.

You can read the complete press release here at Sling Media

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Glyph from Astraware

Save the dying world of Kuros by reassembling ancient glyphs hidden beneath layers of rock and glistening stones. Clear groups of like-colored gemstones to break through the layers of rock and reveal the glyphs. Several different types of powerup will aid you in your task. Progress through 5 elemental areas and 125 levels to complete Quest mode, or explore the simpler challenge of over 100 levels in Action mode.Glyph for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® is based upon the highly-acclaimed PC game from Sandlot Games. With its beautiful graphics, ethereal soundtrack and atmospheric sound effects, Glyph is the perfect game to enjoy through the Holiday Season and into the New Year.

  • 2 play modes: Action and Quest
  • Bonus powerups help you clear the stones
  • Stunning visual effects
  • Play in 5 elemental worlds
  • Supports hi-res (320x320) and hi-res+ (320x480 and 480x320) Palm OS® devices
  • Supports native QVGA (240x320), VGA (480x640) and Square screen (240x240) Windows Mobile® for Pocket PC handhelds
  • Supports standard (176x220), native QVGA (240x320) and landscape QVGA (320x240) Windows Mobile® for Smartphone

(Click on the image to the right to see screen images)

Pre-order Glyph and get $5 off the price right now.

Alternatively, sign up to be notified as soon as the game is available and receive a 10% release discount!

You can pre-order your copy of Glyph from Astraware here.

Activision Launches Playstation 3 and Wii Games in North America

This is definitely not about mobility ... or is it?  How "portable" are these devices when you go away for extended vacation?  Would one of these new game consoles be worth taking with you?  I tend to think NO from my perspective but a few people today were saying to me that they would.

I wonder how well the new Wii would work in the car with the new automobile video systems?  I'm sure ott-rot will try that out soon.  In any event, Activision announced that the company's launch games for the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii are available at retail locations in North America.

The Playstation 3 launch lineup includes Tony Hawk's Project 8™, Call of Duty® 3 and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance for the Playstation 3.

For Nintendo Wii systems, games include Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam, Call of Duty® 3, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Rapala Tournament Fishing and World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions.

Check out this video from Robert Kotick, the chairman and CEO of Activision....very interesting.

Orb aims to beat YouTube at wireless Web video

Reuters.com reported that Orb plans to launch Web videos from YouTube.com on mobile phones with a new software launch this week.

More than 400,000 people have already downloaded Orb's previous software program that allows them to view their own digital media stored on a home computer, like photos, videos and music, on a mobile phone or wireless device.

This week, Orb will offer users a program that lets them view, search and create media channels from the Internet and direct it onto cell phones and laptops from sites like YouTube or Google Video.

Source: Reuters.com

10 good reasons for SoftMaker Office 2006 on the Pocket PC

So why would you switch from the previous versions of SoftMaker Office?  Here is a list of 10 improvements that just might help you make your decision.  For me, it was a simple decision ... it's simply the best!

By the way, TextMaker was named Best Software of the Year by SmartPhone & Pocket PC Magazine – third year in a row!

SoftMaker Office 2006 for Pocket PCs is better because ...

10. You can have multiple documents open at the same time.

9. Word and Excel files are now opened and saved much better... and much faster, too!

8. You can also import OpenDocument and OpenOffice.org word processor documents.

7. You can track changes in your document exactly like in Word 2003.

6. Comments can be inserted in "balloons" – just like in Word 2003.

5. Unicode. Use all the characters available in the Unicode character set.

4. Hierarchical lists with bullets and numbers. Indent and outdent them with a simple click.

3. Menus and dialogs in nine languages: Use the software in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Turkish.

2. All AutoShapes from Word and Excel are displayed 100% identically – and this includes all pictures contained in MS Office files.

1. Tables have been completely overhauled: Merge, split, rotate cells. Repeat row headers. Create ultralong tables. And much more.

There are dozens of other improvements, and maybe your personal Top 10 list looks completely different – but these are the features that TextMaker 2002 and PlanMaker 2004 users most often requested.

Find out more about SoftMaker Office 2006 for Pocket PCs


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Microsoft to serve local content, ads via Wi-Fi

Microsoft to join municipal Wi-Fi fray 

Elinor Mills, a staff writer from CNET News.com reported today that Microsoft is entering the municipal wireless area to provide content in Portland.

In a deal with MetroFi, Microsoft will provide an MSN-branded local content page with restaurants, events, traffic, news, city government services and weather, a Windows Live Search box, and contextually relevant ads targeted to the topics on the Web pages users view and keywords searched on, said Chuck Haas, chief executive and founder of MetroFi.

"This is Microsoft's first public foray into municipal Wi-Fi, and Microsoft's commitment to the Portland network further reinforces the validity of the advertising-supported Wi-Fi model," Haas said.

Read Elinor's article here at CNET News.com

Mike Plugged In ...

 ... with the Samsung i320 Smartphone

Mike Temporale, the Managing Editor of Smartphone Thoughts, has posted a neat review of the  Samsung i320. This device has a great size, excellent keyboard layout and appears to have a few hidden extras.  Sadly, the battery life seems to be an issue...or is it?  With an extra battery available, it may not be a concern.  You be the judge after you read Mike's extensive 9 page well done review!

In part, Mike said"

The Samsung SGH-i320 Smartphone is gushing with potential. It's housed in an sleek and sexy black plastic body. It sports a QWERTY keypad for quick and easy text entry, a big and bright landscape display, Bluetooth with A2DP support, Microsoft's Direct Push email, and so much more. It's clear that Samsung put some serious thought and energy into building a powerful mobile device.

Check out Mike's review here at Smartphone Thoughts

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The iPAQ 6925 – A Reincarnation

I have been an iPAQ fanatic for years and have had a never ending love affair with them. I’ve been fortunate to have had the unique opportunity to own several and use virtually all of the iPAQ line. They always worked for me and with rare exception; I always have had a positive experience.

There have been two devices that have been my favorites, the iPAQ 4700 which I still use almost everyday and an iPAQ 6515 that I had the privilege to have own loan for about 8 months. It was a sad day when I had to send it back; it was like losing my best friend. But the memories of such a positive experience have remained so when I was given the opportunity again to use the latest Cingular version of the iPAQ 6925, I jumped at the opportunity and I have NOT been disappointed. In fact, I have been so thrilled for the past five days that the device just does not leave my hand…well, I may put it down for a moment but I pick it right back up.

What is the iPAQ 6900 series about?

It is a device that uses quad-band GSM technology and combines a variety of integrated wireless technologies, including GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Clearly a variety of options to keep you connected all the time. With a built-in GPS receiver, you literally have a personal guide to keep you from ever getting lost.

The ability to read and reply to e-mails using a variety of email solutions will keep you current on what is happening in your business world as well as personal life and with the built-in HP Photosmart Camera, you can take pictures that can be immediately emailed or saved to the Mini-SD slot for later use.

Of course having an iPAQ not only keeps you organized but it entertains you as well. With Media Player 10 Mobile, you get to play your favorite music and videos. With the included HP Photosmart Mobile Software, you can share your photos with those that you are with. Of course, there are so many terrific games you can add to give you that diversion that is often needed to relax.

So what is the iPAQ 6900 series about? It’s about making your life a little easier as you work, relax or play.

So why am I so happy?

Well first it clearly is a reincarnation of the 6515. According to the American Heritage Dictionary - a reincarnation is a rebirth of the soul in another body or a reappearance or revitalization in another form; a new embodiment. And that is what this device is, a rebirth, a revitalization, a new embodiment.

Opening the box and removing the iPAQ brought back that old familiar feeling. As I held it in my hand I immediately felt at home. The look was the same (almost) and the feel was pure comfort in my hand. Immediately I noticed the redesigned keypad with keys that big fingers can comfortably manipulate because of a new design. After powering it on, the most striking change was the backlighting. Thankfully the blue backlit display was gone and replaced with what appears to be silver keys but are white when the backlight goes on. This change makes the touch pad experience significantly better in dark light conditions. I can see every key … clearly!

What does it look like?

Holding the iPAQ in your hand, you have a device that has a 3.0" transflective TFT display that has a smoke flip cover protecting it from dust and scratches. Above the screen there is a power button in the upper right with two LEDs slightly to the left. One is the Charging/Notification LED indicator and the other is for indicating Bluetooth/Wi-Fi are enabled. Centered at the top is the speaker.

Below the screen you see a QWERTY keyboard that has “flattened” keys for comfortable input. Just above the keyboard you find the Answer/Send button, Left Softkey, 5-way Navigation button, Right Softkey, and the End call button.

There is nothing on top of the device except access to the stylus located in the top right hand side. The right side of the device actually shows the stylus better and there is a slot for the mini-SD near the bottom.

The bottom of the device has the 22-pin charge, sync connector and a 2.5 mm Stereo headphone/mic jack. The left side has at the top the Digital Camera button and the Volume up/down slider. Depending on whether or not you are using the phone or the PDA, the volume slider will adjust each volume independently.



The back of the device sports the 1.3 mega-pixel camera with a flash and a self portrait mirror and a reminder label above it to keep the top unobstructed for optimal radio performance. The lower portion has the battery cover that can be removed easily by pressing and sliding down on the cover.

Removing the battery cover, you can see where the SIM will slide into to provide your network connection. The serial number information is located inside the battery compartment and there is a strap that that battery sits on when inserted. The strap provides for easy battery removal when needed.



What did I do first?

Now when I first get a new device, I always go through the contents of the box first but not this time. I wanted to see how well it worked. Typically, at my home, getting a signal on the first floor is a rare experience and if I’m lucky, I’ll get one bar upstairs. So I removed the back cover, inserted my SIM and replaced the 1200mAh battery. When I powered on, the initial screen appeared followed by the blue Windows Mobile screen then the Cingular screen appeared with a very fast boot. In a matter of seconds, the home screen appeared and I had three bars…no four…no three. Oh heck, I had more bars showing than I have ever had before. I quickly went upstairs and the signal fluctuated between 4 and five bars with an occasional three. I was thrilled, not only did I have a signal, I had a great signal!

Of course this device is a Cingular device so I did not have to configure the settings for the Internet. Navigating to Internet Explorer, the default Cingular page appeared. I entered the URL for Mobilitysite, pressed enter, a connection screen appeared indicating it was connecting to the Cingular Network, then finding and opening Mobilitysite. It was a matter of a few seconds and I was looking at recent posts. For the next few minutes, I navigated to several of my favorite sites and was able to connect with ease. This initial experience was very positive but it was time to charge the device and look to see what was in the box.

Box Contents

A shrink wrapped package containing the getting started CD, a three disk set of the HP iPAQ Navigation Maps and Software (60 day trial version), warranty information, battery saving tips, Tip Sheet for Optimal Phone Performance, Active Sync Troubleshooting sheet, End User License agreement, a booklet of iPAQ Accessories and a rather large 110 page manual in two languages (English and Spanish).

In the second layer, the iPAQ was sitting there accompanied with the following items:

Plastic belt clip holder

Plastic Flip Cover


1200 mAh Lithium-ion battery

Stereo Headphones with volume control

USB Sync cable

AC Charger & Charger Adapter

Everything was neatly wrapped with plastic just waiting to be opened … which I did rather quickly. I attached the charger tip to the AC power supply and charged the iPAQ while I looked through the manual.


There was a time when manuals were not included (supposedly to save paper) but I am glad they are included with HP products. The manual was nicely done starting with the contents of the box, set up, overview and then a methodical process of working you through the myriad of features offered with this device.

For the first time user, the steps guide you in setting up, protecting the device from damage, tips on battery life, explanations of hard and soft resets, some trouble shooting (which I doubt you will need) and some great “how to” explanations on use of the keyboard, function keys Calendar, Contacts and Tasks. Of course there are terrific explanations on how to use the Phone, Messaging, Camera as well as understandings of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the built-in GPS system.

There is no question that not only first time users but the experienced user can gain some valuable information from this manual. I recommend that those that end up with this device to take the time and read through the manual. Yes, those of you that are experienced with a Pocket PC Phone will find much of it redundant but there are a few items that you will strengthen your knowledge on … it’s worth the read.

CD Installation

Inserting the CD brings up an automatic installer starting a Wizard that will take you through step-by-step instructions to get connected, install the HP critical software needed, allow you to automatically register your iPAQ and add additional software from the CD and Internet. It is a pretty easy Wizard that even the most inexperienced user will feel comfortable.

As you can see with the following screenshots, it will determine what you already have installed and then will guide you to installing what is needed. It was well done.







Programs and Settings

Of course the heart of any device is what is installed and how you manage and maintain it. Pressing START and navigating to the bottom you find three areas of interest: Programs, Settings and Help.

Installed Programs

I always look to see what a vendor has pre-installed on a device. Sometimes, we get lucky and there is an extra but more often than not it is always the same standard applications. So what do we see when we go to Programs?

Games - You get two games with this device; Bubble Breaker and Solitaire.




Download Agent

Excel Mobile

File Explorer

Get TeleNav

Get Good


Modem Link


Photosmart Camera

Photosmart Mobile

Pocket MSN

Pocket Streets

 PowerPoint Mobile


SIM Manager


Terminal Services

Word Mobile



Three tabs allow you to get and set aspects of the device to make your experience better. A total of 33 different options are available to enhance and improve your experience.

Personal Tab allows you to set items such as how you want the Today Screen to appear, Button assignment or Phone options.


System Tab gives you the ability to check items such as memory, remaining power and screen settings



Connections Tab gives a myriad of options for items such as Bluetooth settings, connections through your modem or network, activesync and Wireless Lan.



The help menu will answer many questions that might arise during your experience. What I like about the help menu is that when you are in a specific program, the help for that program is what appears. It makes finding solutions for most situations a lot easier.


So what is really cool?

Besides the fact that I am a very definite “iPAQite” and admittedly have a distinct prejudice towards iPAQ devices in general, this device offers some very cool features that make a users experience enjoyable and productive. The old 6515 had an Intel PXA270 Processor with 312 MHz but the new 6900 series sports an Intel PXA270 Processor that is 416 MHz. This is a BIG improvement and noticeable in use. Memory is always a point for discussion but the 64MB SDRAM for running applications and 45MB user memory has been enough for my initial testing. I’m sure that as I add more and more programs I will wish they had made it 128 MB but at least there is a mini-SD card expansion slot which will provide some relief. (The picture to the right illustrates the original memory configuration prior to any program being installed.)

As a phone, it produces excellent results. The speaker phone volume is acceptable (my recollection was that the 6515 was louder), the outgoing voice is clear (from reports of folks I have called) and the connection to a signal has been absolutely terrific. In the past week I have traveled in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine and have found a signal everywhere I have gone. I was particularly pleased that I had a signal (2 bars) on the mid-coast of Maine (which BTW, I rarely have in my particular area)… there are no towers in the ocean so we rely on signals coming in from the mainland … lol.

As a means to get email and surf the web, I found the Cingular data connection to be excellent. I do not use push email but from reports I have heard, it works well. I can tell you that my ability to use my POP mail has been flawless as has been my ability to “surf” the net.

The built-in GPS has performed almost flawlessly. I say that because as I am writing this, we are experiencing a very dark, cloudy, rainy day. I can accept that the satellite signal may well be impaired today but I will tell you that I used it yesterday all over the mid-coast Maine area with perfect tracking. Of course, I choose to use Delorme’s Street Atlas USA software which works flawlessly with this device. An excellent feature that makes finding satellites easier is the Quick GPS program that will go out to the web and update 4 files with the latest positions of the satellites.  It works well ... as long as you have an Internet connection.

If your desire is to have a PDA, then this is your choice. The square screen is large enough to give the PDA experience and yet small enough to allow for not having a device to carry that is overwhelming. I think HP made a great choice with this screen size because I can see all of my applications easily (which is not true on other devices with smaller screens). You have to decide what is important to you when picking a device. To me, being able to see what you are working on is critical. The size of this screen is a happy medium allowing you to have it all.

Of course having Microsoft’s Office Mobile applications included is a very definite plus as well as the Messaging and Security packs that give you direct push and synchronization with Microsoft Exchange. These are all pluses for the serious business person as well as the casual user.

The redesigned QWERTY keyboard with the flattened keys and the significantly brighter backlighting has definitely improved this iPAQ experience. Yes, the keys are small but the spacing is appropriate to allow reasonably fast test entry with few (if any) miss-typed keys. As you use it more and more, input becomes second nature.


….and what is not so cool?

The camera has not been improved over the previous version. With the advances made with camera phones, a minimum of a 2 mega-pixel camera should be the standard (and that is fast changing). Even though it is only a 1.3 mega-pixel camera, the shots are OK for web posting. You still will need to carry a camera if you want to get those “save forever” pictures.


The 5-way joystick has always been difficult for me to use effectively. It is too sensitive, so a slight push in the wrong direction will often bring an unwanted result. Practice is what brings success … clearly I still need more. I do believe there is room to redesign the joystick control to make it easier to use.

HP still uses their device specific adapter for charging and synchronization. I would like to see them convert all future devices to the mini-USB standard. Why? Because they are stronger, less apt to break and with the myriad of devices that use mini-USB, life would certainly be a easier having to deal with fewer device specific power supplies.


Overall Impressions

I am very satisfied with the performance of this iPAQ and would not hesitate to give it a recommendation to the serious user that wants a mixed bag of features that all perform well. If size is your concern then this may not be your first choice but if usability and performance is your priority then this HP device deserves some serious consideration.

I have successfully (and easily) connected several different Bluetooth devices to help increase my ability to Experience Mobility. Using a BlueAnt X3 micro headset makes hands free driving a breeze, listening to music with my HP Stereo headset has been very enjoyable and entering part of this review using a ThinkOutside keyboard has been a great experience.

However, the biggest plus for me was the ability to always get a Cingular signal which was lacking in the 6515 in “off the beaten track” areas. I can only assume that an improved Cingular network as well as an improved radio has contributed to me getting excellent connectivity for calls and my data connection.



Unique and Comfortable Design

Intel PXA270 Processor 416 MHz

Cingular Network – GREAT Reception

Built-in GPS (which will give you lat/lon for pictures)



Limited Camera ability

Joystick too small, too sensitive

Speakerphone is not as loud as I would like however it is acceptable


Rating: 4.7 out of 5


Cost: $ 579.00

Cingular’s price based upon contract. See your local Cingular store for price.


Visit Cingular here to find out more information about the HP iPAQ 6925

You can visit HP here to read additional information on the iPAQ 6900 series


Device Specifications:

System features

Operating System

Microsoft® Windows Mobile™ 5.0, Phone Edition with Messaging and Security Feature Pack 5.0

Available processors

Intel® PXA270 Processor 416 MHz


Available memory


Audio, Slots, and Ports


Integrated microphone
one 2.5 mm stereo headphone jack
MP3 stereo (through headphone jack)


1 IrDA
1 serial


1 Integrated Mini SD slot (memory only)

Graphics and Input/Output devices

Display size

3.0" transflective TFT display

Input devices

Alphanumeric keyboard with LED backlight

Communication features


Integrated Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE wireless radio with automatic band transition
Integrated Wi-Fi (802.11b)
Integrated Bluetooth® 1.2 wireless technology
Integrated IrDA SIR


Pre-installed software

Voice Recorder
Word Mobile
Excel Mobile
PowerPoint Mobile
Internet Explorer Mobile
Windows Media Player 10 Mobile
Bubble Breaker
Align Screen

Software included (ROM)

Microsoft Outlook 2002 
Microsoft ActiveSync 4.1 (Desktop device synchronization) 
Windows Media Player 10 Desktop 
Phone Data Manager for PC 
HP Protect tools secured by CREDANT Technologies 
HP Photosmart Premier Software 
HP Image Transfer 
HP iPAQ GPS Quick Connect Utility 
Funk Odyssey 
Real Player 10 

Product specifications

Dimensions (h x w x d)

4.65 x 2.8 x 0.71 in (118.0 x 71.0 x 18.0 mm)


6.33 oz (179.45 g)

Power and Battery


Removable/rechargeable 1200 mAh Lithium-ion
(NOTE: Talk time: up to 4 hours Standby time: up to 7 days)

Power supply

AC Adapter

Service and Support

Warranty - year(s)

One-year parts and labor limited warranty; 90 days technical support for software. First level support provided by Cingular Customer Service at 1-866-CINGULAR (1-866-246-4852) or dial 611 from your iPAQ hw6920/hw6925 Mobile Messenger

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