007-style gadget to aid soldiers

Posted by Radimus on Jul 13, 2007 | Comments Off

A wrist mounted translation device that could help save lives today, can turn into a tourist’s or businessman’s travel aid tomorrow. It could also be used by police in border areas or urban areas that have a specific 2nd language. An Iraqi immigrant’s wristwatch-based translation device – designed to help British soldiers overcome language barriers while on patrol – could be in production... 

‘Smile, you’re on camera!’ Police to get ‘head-cams’

Posted by Radimus on Jul 12, 2007 | Comments Off

Can’t we all just get along.  Cams mounted on police officers? “Stop or I’ll Shoot” has taken on a whole new meaning. Police officers in the UK are to be given head-mouted video cameras to film incidents and arrests, the footage of which can then be used in evidence. The Home Office is to give police 3 million to fund a national roll-out of head cameras after regional trials proved they... 

Dell Introduces New Small-Business PCs

Posted by Radimus on Jul 12, 2007 | Comments Off

Dell it launching a new series of light PCs and laptops aimed at small businesses bundled with subscription services and no built-in trial applications that IT staff would typically erase or uninstall. DALLAS (AP) – Dell Inc. is launching a new line of notebook and desktop personal computers called “Vostro” that are aimed at small businesses with 25 or fewer employees. “Vostro” PCs... 

Discover the Value Windows Mobile Can Deliver to your Business

Posted by Radimus on Jul 12, 2007 | Comments Off

What would be the real value of enabling a mobile workforce in your organization? Microsoft wants to help you find out. The Windows Mobile Business Value Calculator gives you immediate visibility into the impact of deploying mobile business solutions on the Windows Mobile platform. Using a company’s unique information, such as number of mobile workers or types of applications to be mobilized, and summary data from... 

Lightning Strikes Reported by IPod Users

Posted by Radimus on Jul 12, 2007 | Comments Off

While the title of the story is targeting iPods, the body of the story is describing the effects of people struck by lightning just wearing personal electronics. The point being getting struck by lightning while having wires wrapped around your head is bad. Listen to an iPod during a storm and you may get more than electrifying tunes. A Canadian jogger suffered wishbone-shaped chest and neck burns, ruptured eardrums... 

AOL settles with states on cancellation complaints

Posted by Radimus on Jul 11, 2007 | Comments Off

While not a big fan of AOL, they are at least making an effort to address some of the more annoying complaints about account termination. NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time Warner Inc.’s AOL reached a settlement with 48 states and the District of Columbia under which it will change its policy on account cancellations, officials announced on Wednesday. The settlement stems from consumer complaints that AOL made it... 

iPhone: Security Predators Salivating

Posted by Radimus on Jul 11, 2007 | Comments Off

Like many devices (and windows itself) once popularity has entranced a market, there will be those looking to take advantage of it.  Could you see something like the Slammer worm infesting iPhones propogating itself via MMS, BT and wifi? In the week or so since the iPhone has been on the market, hackers have discovered the root password for the device, which is “Alpine”; found another password for... 

Botnet targets wannabe iPhone owners

Posted by Radimus on Jul 11, 2007 | Comments Off

Think you are actually ordering an iPhone online, perhaps not…  There looks to be a benefit to standing in line. Apple, AT&T, and accessory makers aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the massive wave of iPhone hype. Virus writers and scam artists are hopping on for the ride as well, and they have already managed to set up a botnet that exploits would-be iPhone customers who think they’re... 

Sprint Cuts 1,000+ Customers For Excessive Complaining

Posted by Radimus on Jul 10, 2007 | Comments Off

Sprint-Nextel is disconnecting service from clients that are apparently more trouble than they are worth. The squeaky wheel gets the boot? JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Hundreds of cell phone customers are being given the boot, accused of being too high maintenance. Sprint-Nextel is disconnecting more than 1,000 subscribers on grounds the clients call customer service too often and make “unreasonable requests.”... 

OpenMoko goes live

Posted by Radimus on Jul 09, 2007 | Comments Off

OpenMoko is a linux based OS that is being developed for many (potentially) models of phones.  It has the potential of making a hackers dream phone a reality Today marks the launch of openmoko.com the corporate site for the openmoko project. If you didn’t know already the openmoko is a new cell phone designed from the ground up in an open manner. All the hardware is designed in an open manner and the software... 

AT&T customers seeing sudden boost in EDGE speeds?

Posted by Radimus on Jun 29, 2007 | Comments Off

  AT&T is shutting down their older cellular systems and launching the EDGE iPhone at about the same time… Coincidence or marketing??   My testing is limited, but I have observed some of this apparent increase, but not perhaps as is being reported     Anyone else noticing this?  Test at http://www.dslreports.com/mspeed?jisok=1   Link:  http://www.engadget.com/2007/06/28/atandt-customers-seeing-sudden-boost-in-edge-speeds/ AKPC_IDS... 

Microsoft makes foray into online storage

Posted by Radimus on Jun 28, 2007 | Comments Off

Online storage has been available for many years from assorted companies. The biggest concerns with these services have been: Security Reliability/Availability Cost Microsoft Corp. is testing a system called Windows Live Folders that gives computer users up to 500 megabytes of online storage for their documents, music, photos and video. Microsoft has made an early “beta” or test version of the web-based... 

Network While Traffic Jammed

Posted by Radimus on Jun 17, 2007 | Comments Off

A new protocol allowing configured cars to network together to share data sounds interesting, but I am more interested in what type of “data” the privacy experts would be concerned with. Could “hackerz” infect your car? Would your GPS data become public? Could your driving history become accessible? What are the potentials for stalking? Could police use the network to send a “Shut Down”... 

22 Confessions Of A Former Dell Sales Manager

Posted by Radimus on Jun 15, 2007 | Comments Off

This is an article from the Consumerist, in which a Dell Kiosk manager writes about some consumer tips to help people get the best of a good thing. Some of these items I know about as a corporate consumer and long time advocate of Dell products (the Axim isn’t their only winner) Some of these tips are very logical if you think them through, but may be considered to “abuse” the system. I have always advocated... 

Bluetooth 2.1, coming to everything soon

Posted by Radimus on Jun 15, 2007 | Comments Off

  A new implementation of bluetooth will allow easier pairing and far more profiles for use with additional devices.  Now I’m just waiting for the BT RFiD chip to be implanted in my head for the alien spy satellites to communicate with my subconscious   “The most significant challenge that Bluetooth has faced is making the technology more usable, especially when it comes to setting up connections,”... 

Sync iTunes to most any MP3 Player

Posted by Radimus on Jun 15, 2007 | Comments Off

I do not have an iPod or  an iAnything for that matter, but I have heard unlimited complaints at how substandard WMP was in comparison to iTunes.  Now you can use iTunes for other MP3 players   Do you have iTunes? Do you have an iPod? I guess you don’t have an iPod, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be reading this. I have iTunes, I don’t have an iPod, but I wanted to be able to sync my... 

Motorola S9 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones Unboxing

Posted by Radimus on Jun 12, 2007 | Leave a Comment

I just picked up the new Motorola S9 Bluetooth headset for use with my Cingular 8525.The picture on the left is the cool packaging. The bottom slides down, while the goodies slide up On the right is the collection of the goodies that come with the headset. Manual, quick start guide (in 2 languages), A/C USB charger, and spare ear pieces. Here you can see only LED on the device in the rear portion of the headset.... 

Time Warner Customers Get Wi-Fi Hotspots

Posted by Radimus on Apr 25, 2007 | Leave a Comment

A new plan from Time Warner and Fon will enable Time Warner broadband customers to use their personal home routers as public WiFi access points.  If we were to travel into a neighborhood where this was prevalent anyone could get cheap wireless broadband.  This might even suffice as citywide broadband were enough people to buy into it   SEATTLE (AP) — In a big win for a little Wi-Fi startup called... 

Automobile Blackboxes and OnStar to “tattle”

Posted by Radimus on Mar 27, 2007 | Leave a Comment

The value of blackboxes in avionics has undoubtedly led to a number of safety innovations, but when placed into a car, how much information is too much. The story points out how OnStar is pushing the limits of their service to provide more and more data, which is intended to assist in life saving endevors, but how long until an association of insurance companies form a RIAA-like entity to force disclosure of data to validate... 

Hand crank cell phone charger

Posted by Radimus on Mar 27, 2007 | Leave a Comment

This is certainly a useful looking device, especially for campers/hikers/etc. Personally, I’d like to see this with an integrated solar panel just so it could be passively charging during the day and the crank for use during the night.  We are becoming so ‘addicted’ to our electronic devices that even while roughing it we are possibly carring GPS units, cell phones (with bluetooth headsets), PDAs,... 
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