A report done by King’s College, London University and commissioned by Hewlett Packard found that a constant barrage of emails, text, and phone messages are substantial threat to IQ and concentration. 80 clinical trials showed that people receiving a constant stream of messages caused a drop of 10 IQ points on the average.
This report is likely to be misrepresented as “proving” that “e-mail rots your brain,” but a more accurate interpretation is that the constant distraction of multiple inputs, driving the brain in different directions, causes the [...]
Just about the time you think that every conceivable thing has been taxed in some way, the Dutch come up with a new one. The Register is reporting that a new Dutch proposal is on the way to becoming law which will place a tax of as much as 3.28 ($4.3) per gigabyte. The “reasoning” behind the tax is that MP3 players can be used to store pirated copies of music. The tax go to offset the loss of revenue due to those thefts.
The tax is aimed at MP3 players, but, as our readers are no doubt aware, Pocket PCs are capable of playing MP3s. Germany already has a tax that [...]
It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the Pocket PC world. Here’s the short list of recently updated software that I’m currently using:
Dell X50v ROM A03 Update I’ve been using this new update for about a week with no problems at all. I took the easy route and backed up all my data first and restored after the ROM upgrade.
SOTI Pocket Controller 5.1 We use this application to take the majority of our review screenshots.
WisBar Advance 22.214.171.124 One of the best (if not the best) taskbar replacement/skinning applications. Our review is [...]
A company I hadn’t heard of before named StyleTap has announced a platform allowing you to run Palm OS 5.2 and older applications on your Pocket PC. They claim the applications will run fast and support Windows Mobile 2003, Pocket PC 2002 and Pocket PC 2000. I suspect they also support Windows Mobile 2003 SE as they claim VGA support, too.
There are some limitations, though, including the following:Conduits are not supported. “Hacks” (using the HackMaster API) not supported. Bluetooth is not supported. Direct manipulation of Motorola 68000 [...]
Ever get that feeling that you are a little lost when out and about? Can’t seem to find your way around in the major metropolitan areas let alone your own neighborhood? Garmin understands your plight and, with the release of their GPS 10 Deluxe, have made a valiant attempt to help you find your own way. How does it fare in the day to day world? Read on for the full review.
A waterproof casing and a magnetic base means you can mount this unit on the outside of your vehicle with no worries about [...]
Back in the old days, springs were used to power clocks and other gadgets. Then we invented batteries that provided electrical power and had to be replaced or recharged periodically. Here’s a universal remote control that does away with disposable batteries and brings back the good old spring. Wind it up and you’ll have universal remote power for a whole week. Maybe some one else can make a steam engine for your TV.
Gartner analysts Nick Jones and John Girard are currently predicting the end of the smartphone operating systems wars and, as the poet once said, it looks to end “not with a bang, but with a wimper.” Jones believes that the Symbian’s current advantages will vanish when Microsoft brings out Windows Mobile 2005 (codenamed Magneto) later this year, leaving the victory down to a matter of marketing, rather than features. Marketing is one area where Microsoft excells. Palm OS doesn’t even merit an “also-ran” in the Gartner analysis.
If the [...]
Who really wants to be lost anyway? Not I. But before my foray into the GPS world, I would constantly need a paper map or printed directions to get anywhere I hadn’t been before. A common plight, it seems, around the world.
A little over a year ago, we visited Socket Communications‘ first Bluetooth GPS Navigation Kit. Well after a long wait, they have updated their offering with [...]
Anyone who has used a Pocket PC in conjunction with GPS software and hardware to navigate to a destination they have never before visited can tell you how useful the technology is. Now, motorists in Troy, NY are participating in a pilot project to take the technology one step further: The pilot project takes traffic data from pavement sensors and pole-mounted cameras and sends it out through dedicated AM radio stations, electronic traffic signs, 511 numbers, and even websites and cell phones to receivers in the motorists’ vehicles. The receivers are connected to handhelds [...]
Over at HowardForums, Mark Morrow has posted a review of two new extended batteries for the HTC Magician Pocket PC Phone devices (O2 XDA Mini, I-mate JAM, QTEK S100, Dopod 818, MDA Compact, etc.) The Magician normally comes with a 1200mAh battery, but now you can also get a 1550mAh or 2000mAh battery. The 1550mAh battery is the same size as the stock battery, and gives you about a 29% increase in battery life. The 2000mAh battery comes with a new battery cover to accomodate the added thickness, however you get a 67% increase in battery life.
Both batteries can be ordered [...]
(Note: This item combines news and commentary.)
Verizon and Sprint have both announced that they aren’t planning to carry the “iTunes” phone jointly developed by Motorola and Apple. At first, that might sound like good news, with carriers snubbing a phone that supports a proprietary system which prevents you from using songs you’ve legitimately purchased on any device capable of playing them. However, the reason that the companies have made the choice is that they both intend to bring out their own (likely just as proprietary) music services. [...]
As more and more mobile phones offer Bluetooth functionality, Bluetooth-enabled wireless headsets have become increasingly common. Logitech joins the pack with its Mobile Freedom Headset, a relatively inexpensive offering aimed at consumers looking for a stylish headset and a light price tag.WHAT’S HOT
This headset stands apart from other as it is based on the Bluetooth v1.2 compliance standard. As a result, it is much more likely to [...]
Slashdot reports that Senator Rick Santorum has successfully been lobbied to sponsor a bill that would no longer allow the national weather service (NOAA) from providing free weather information, which it currently provides, over the Internet, in XML format. The source of the lobbying was Accuweather, which charges for its weather information. Accuweather argues that the NOAA providing free information as the government competing with a private business. (How this is different from the US Postal Service competition with UPS/FedEx/etc. remains to be seen.)
If the bill actually [...]
David Haskin of Mobile Pipeline (Trends) found some interesting information located near the bottom of the quarterly reports for Cingular and Sprint. That information shows that only a fraction of cellular users use wireless data services. Haskin believes that one reason for the lack of use is the cost. Cellular providers charge extra (a lot extra) for data services. Unless they have a real need for updated-to-the-minute data, users will synch the data they need when at their desktop and not pay any extra to download it over the cellular network.
Do you think cellular data [...]
Koyono has recently released their new BlackCoat TX on the world, and in honor of those early adopters out there, they’ve got a fantastic sale going on for this new line. At $13 for the tank top and $17 for the short sleeve, that’s a savings of over 50%!
From the site: The BlackCoat-Tx solves the problem of where to put your stuff while active. The Tx is more form fitting than the original BlackCoat-T for a true athletic feel. This also helps to keep those gadgets close to you when you are on the move. One of the most exciting new features of the BlackCoat-Tx is its [...]
Like desktop personal computers and like laptops before them handhelds have existed within the corporate world for some time without IT departments really acknowledging their presence. Chad Dickerson, of InfoWorld’s CTO Connection, has written an article warning IT departments that the time has come to include handhelds within overall technology support. “…for certain mobile functions, handhelds really will provide rich application capabilities in a high-bandwidth environment, supplanting the laptop for key functions. As that happens, how can IT shops relegate [...]
Bluetake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset April 21, 2005 Review by: Adam Z Lein, Senior Editor
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When you first see the Bluetake G5, it looks a bit fishy. It actually is shaped like a fish, and the three color schemes are named after fish… except for the Dolphin, which is of course a mammal. There’s even a symbol painted on the tail of the Bluetake G5 that means “fish.” I’m not sure what this has to do with Bluetooth Headsets, but I would not recommend going swimming while wearing the Bluetake G5. [...]
David Haskins writes for Mobile Pipeline — Trends. One of his most recent pieces is about how wireless access is allowing us to lose the last vestages of our “down-time.” “A study last year found a large percentage of people taking their laptops with them on vacation so they could check in with work while they were relaxing. And, increasingly, something approaching 24/7 availability is becoming an unwritten part of our job descriptions.” The article makes a good and thought-provoking read.
These days, many Pocket PCs come with built-in wireless [...]
Five years ago yesterday, Microsoft officially announced the Pocket PC. It was a massive improvement over the Palm-sized PC that preceded it. Here are some of the advances that have been made in the last five years:
1) 206MHz or less to 628MHz processor speed 2) 32MB to 128MB RAM (on some models) 3) All Pocket PCs now support “flashable” updatable ROM 4) Bluetooth and WiFi support built into the operating system 5) “On-the-fly” screen rotation (on WM2003SE models) 6) VGA resolution (on some WM2003SE models)
Yet Pocket PCs have always [...]
So you just spent more than $600 on your new HP hx4700 (or hx4705). You’re already feeling a little guilty at spending so much on a Pocket PC when, as you’re getting out of the car, it slips out of your coat pocket and smashes on the ground. Think that nifty built-in plastic cover is going to help save it? It’ll keep the screen from getting scratched, but what about the rest of the handheld? Well, if you’re like me, you can be assured that it will land on the plastic corner and crack [...]