When Pantech released the Pantech C300 last year, we were amazed at its diminutive size. Weighing 2.5 ounces and measuring 2.72 inches by 1.69 inches by 0.76 inch, the C300 is touted by Pantech as the world's smallest camera flip phone. Then Pantech released the C3, which is the C300 with changeable faceplate covers. Now Pantech has come up with the C3b, essentially the same thing, but with Bluetooth functionality. Word is it'll go to AT&T soon, though pricing isn't available at this time.
Qantas is getting on board as is Air France. So it was only a matter of time before a U.S. airline floated the idea of using cell phones in-flight. As CNET News.com reports, Jet Blue CEO David Neeleman said texting could have a future in the skies. Neeleman also said listening to voice mail could be allowed, as long as ringtones and message alerts are silenced. On the other hand, voice calls would still be prohibited given the FCC's continued ban on using cell phones while in the air. At least you'll be able to enjoy … Read more
The notebook battery recall isn't over yet.
Acer, the fast-growing Taiwanese PC maker, announced on Wednesday a voluntary recall of 27,000 lithium ion notebook batteries made by Sony. A danger exists that the batteries can short-circuit and burst into flames.
Millions of notebook batteries produced by Sony have been recalled since last year. Acer was one of the few major companies not impacted by the battery recall to date. Apple, Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba have all had to recall batteries.
The Acer TravelMate notebooks containing the batteries subject to the recall were sold from May 2004 through November … Read more
When it comes to Apple's iPhone it appears that the more we know, the less we know. Engadget was able to get its techy hands on a Q&A document sent to Cingular/AT&T employees. We can't confirm whether it's legit, but it almost reads like a script for an episode of TV's Lost. In other words, it tells us more of what we knew already while throwing us only the occasional bone. Meanwhile, the main details (such as an exact release date) remain wrapped in secrecy.
Still, there are a couple of … Read more
Feast your eyes on this, car technology and high-mileage nuts. It's a Honda Accord that runs on diesel.
Honda expects to bring the clean-diesel car to the U.S. by 2010. It gets 62.8 miles a gallon on the highway, but otherwise looks and feels like a regular Accord. At that mileage level, the car is about as "clean" as a new Toyota Prius. But if you run it on biodiesel, a form of diesel made from vegetable oil or animal fat, it would be even cleaner than a Prius (Priuses get 60 in the city). … Read more
Ryan Fitzgerald is just an ordinary guy in Southbridge, Massachusetts, who had the extraordinary idea of publicizing his cell phone number on YouTube. The unemployed store clerk says he started the experiment to see how many people would call and to see if he could offer a sympathetic ear to any and all callers. He posted the above video on YouTube last Friday, and he has since received more than 5,000 calls and text messages. His follow-up YouTube video indicates that he has received all kinds of calls, from people who just wanted to say Hi, to people who … Read more
You can now add LG Electronics to the growing list of consumer electronic companies entering the U.S. GPS market. First previewed at CES 2007, three portable navigation systems from LG are making their U.S. debut: the LG LN730, the LG LN735, and the LG LN740. Here's a quick breakdown of each device; they're all available now for purchase.
LG LN730: An entry-level system with North American maps and 1.7 million points of interest preloaded on the device. The unit is equipped with a SiRFstarIII GPS receiver and offers voice-guided directions, MP3 playback, and a photo … Read more
Arrr mateys! This week we welcome Donald Bell, senior editor of digital audio, to the Crave stage! Luckily, we had plenty of good content from the site over the past few weeks to make his first visit an interesting one! Here are the links, you landlubber:How to rule the high seas of your swimming pool Coming soon: Snap-on Xbox 360 thumb-keyboard controller The dentist chair as a workstation A dishwasher for the dishwasher-less apartment?
Sorry for the late show this week, I was out sick for a few days! Won't happen again!
We're not huge on scanning devices (especially where our bodies are concerned), but mostly because they aren't always as practical or workable as they might first seem. Still, we're intrigued by PrintDreams' "Xyron Design Runner" for its unique approach if nothing else.
Unlike other handheld scanners that require separate storage (cards, sticks, etc.) that's then transferred to a printer, this gadget scans the images and spits them back onto whatever object you want, not just paper. It's kind of like a digital version of those old handheld label makers, but it prints directly … Read more
If you've got $399 and a burning need to story 1 terabyte of data, Hitachi has the drive for you.
The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 hard drive from Hitachi Global Storage Technologies is now available at retailers like CDW for a suggested retail price of $399. The company announced the drive earlier.
Although hard drive makers compete in a difficult market that often results in losses for many companies, their engineers nonetheless move at a blistering pace. Hard drive capacity continues to double about every two years, which leads to higher capacity at lower prices.
How much is a terabyte? … Read more