Make no mistake, this ain't your dad's Motorola Q. Today, Amp'd Mobile introduced its own, semirevamped version of the sleek Moto Q for all its young, future corporate-climbing subscribers. The Moto Q, Amp'd Edition keeps many of the features found on the Sprint and Verizon models, but it also has an enhanced Flash interface to give it a more hip, less business-y feel, and you get access to Amp'd's entertainment content. The smart phone also sports the newer black casing, supports Bluetooth stereo headsets, and comes with a 256MB mini SD card in the … Read more
Let's say you bought a new cell phone and you just got it home and out of the box. You've made a few calls and added your contracts but now what? How do you take that cell phone and truly make it yours? Perhaps you add an accessory like a Bluetooth headset, or you snap on a personalized faceplate for some bling. Or maybe you'd prefer some cool new ringtones of your favorite songs.
The choices are endless as a cell phone is one of the gadgets that can reflect your personal style. So if you're … Read more
iStockphoto, an online subsidiary of stock-art seller Getty Images, is taking its business to consumers. The company typically sells images to newspapers, ad agencies and others with a large appetite for photos and illustrations, but on Wednesday it announced a partnership with Amuse Entertainment Group to let ordinary folks download images to use as mobile phone wallpaper.
The companies began a pilot phase of the project in the United Kingdom. Subscribers using the Orange, O2, T-Mobile, 3, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone networks will be able to download images beginning in April.
The pilot could be expanded to the United States … Read more
The competition for robots in hostile situations has never been hotter, so manufacturers are understandably trying whatever they can to distinguish themselves. But rather than focus on more common attributes such as speed and power, Japan's Topy is opting for agility.
The company has introduced two new "crawler robots" designed to negotiate tight spaces, such as under floors, with a large LCD built into their controllers for close inspection. To get them down to more manageable fighting weights, Fareastgizmos says Topy lightened its crawler belts by 25 percent. But the larger model can still climb over gaps … Read more
Back for a second spin, the popular iRiver Clix gets a makeover and a fashionable '2' in its name. The iRiver Clix 2 builds on its predecessor's unique design and meritorious feature set. It's a flash-based 4GB MP3 player that'll play your videos, read content from SD cards via a built-in card reader and is even kind enough to incorporate an FM radio.
We're glad to see that the Clix 2 has also retained its intuitive navigation system--simply push the screen to navigate the player's menus. The resulting absence of navigation buttons leaves lots of … Read more
That darned hard drive industry just keeps giving us excuses not to weed out all those old files on the laptop.
Samsung on Wednesday announced a new 2.5-inch hard drive, taking a step ahead of the herd with a 200GB model with a 7200rpm rotation speed.
The SpinPoint MP1 line also will be available in 80GB, 120GB and 160GB capacities when it begins shipping in May, the Korean electronics giant said. The drives use a 3-gigabit-per-second SATA connection and will have 8MB or 16MB of cache memory.
Faster rotational speeds allow drives to find data more quickly and transfer … Read more
Hey, Bubblenauts! It's the second episode of Crave UK's new gadget show, set aboard a little Bubble Ship, floating in space. This week we investigate the gluttonous power consumption of modern gadgets, and prove that "digital" doesn't necessarily mean "more advanced."
We also take a look at a laptop made entirely of bamboo, and kick one particuarly obnoxious mobile phone out of the airlock, where it explodes into a billion shards of ill-concieved plastic resin.
Climb aboard the Space Bubble, a geostationary satellite high above the surface of Earth, crewed by a solitary … Read more
As MP3 players continue their magic shrinking act, it's getting difficult even to identify what they are at first sight. The latest version of Sony's once-venerable Walkman making its Japan debut, for example, could be mistaken for a USB key or dongle, measuring just over 3 inches long and weighing only 1 ounce.
In fact, as Akibahara News notes, the E Series players can be used as a USB drive too. But that would make it a pretty expensive storage device, going for about $92 to $167 for versions ranging from 1GB to 4GB, providing up to 30 … Read more
Christmas came early today for the folks at Zune Scene--at least, if their story is true. According to the blog, a chance meeting between the undercover blogger and a Microsoft employee yielded some golden nuggets of Zune news:
Zune 2.0 coming this year. The hard drive player will be thinner with more capacity, but still with the double-shot finish (probably in a number of colors). Parts will be made at a new plant in China, implying that Microsoft won't be buying the player from Toshiba this time around.
Flash Zune coming, too. According to the report, the … Read more
Hey, those are Mio's words, not mine. I'm not really sure what makes its new Mio DigiWalker C220 "spunky," but I know that it's pretty darn affordable for an in-car GPS device. Priced at a budget-friendly $250, the C220 is an entry-level system that's aimed at everyone from the college student to the retiree and comes with maps of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) preloaded on an SD card. There are no frills here, just the basics--text- and voice-guided turn-by-turn directions; a 3.5 million points-of-interest database; a 3.5-inch, 65,000-color … Read more