While there doesn’t appear to be any new features in these two editions, if you want something even Paris probably won’t have, then preorder yours now from the T-Mobile site.
You may have heard on Wednesday that a single-engine plane crashed into a New York Upper East Side apartment building.
Before the sattelite van could arrive at the scene, a Fox News camerman delivered some of the first live video to viewers from the crash site using a Palm Treo 680 that could stream video. The streaming video software Fox uses is called CometVision by Comet Video Technologies. Apparently Fox News is outfitting all their affiliates with 2 or 3 of these things for just such breaking news incidents.
LinuxDevices.com has all 3 presentations from mobile Linux experts recently presenting on the subject: “State of Linux on Mobile Devices“. The presentations were held at the SDForum meeting recently in Palo Alto, they give an overview of where Linux is today compared to Windows Mobile and Symbian.
The presenters were from Trolltech, OSDL and Access/PalmSource.
Phillips’ Lighting division has a new wake-up lamp, which emits light that gradually increases to the intensity you have selected, simulating the rising sun in your bedroom, gently preparing your body to wake up.
According to Phillips,
“the light falls on your eyes and sends your brain a message to reduce the production of melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone. Over 30 minutes, the natural light gradually increases to reach the optimal intensity to wake you up at the set time, in a pleasant manner that leaves you feeling energized and ready to wake up. The light intensity can also be adjusted to your own personal preference.”
This slick little number is a concept phone from BenQ called ‘Black Box‘ that’s basically one big touchscreen. This little number would have no push buttons, not sure how I would react to this as I like a little tactile feedback.
Again, this is just a concept phone so you probably won’t be seeing one for several years at the earliest (if ever).
Wired has a neat article (‘Map Quest‘) on the processes used by companies to put together the digital maps used by in-car navigation devices, GPS’ and computers.
From the article: “It’s geeky data miners vs. old-school drivers in the pitched battle to provide digital driving directions to the likes of Google and Garmin. May the best map win.”
Microsoft’s Usability team is looking for smartphone or cell phone enthusiasts in the Seattle area to evaluate devices for them. Get the details on Andrew Nickels’ MSDN blog. Participating in usability tests is pretty cool because you get early access to some of the latest and greatest hardware and software sometimes a year or more before the public sees it. Plus you go home with a free piece of SW or HW as a gratuity.
Rumor has it that only 10,000 customers signed up for the ESPN Mobile service, obviously not enough to support the service. Well, today ESPN calls it quits and announced it’s getting out of the phone business at the end of the year.
OK, this isn’t news, we’ll get to that in a moment, but wow, check out this huge personal collection of slide rules, 143 rules in all. I guess you could call these an ‘old school gadget’.
If you’ve ever used a slide rule you’ll probably spend a minute or two browsing through this collection reminiscing. Ah, the good ole’ days. If you’re not familiar with how they operate, here’s a primer on the theory and operation of a rule.
Get two drinks for the price of one! Of course, the question arises – how did he figure this out to begin with? If you have trouble viewing the video, download it and watch from the desktop.