It's no secret that the Garmin Nuvifone is one of the most anticipated smartphones of this year--partly because of its killer feature set (GPS with full navigation, 3.5-inch touch screen, quad-band world roaming, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, 3-megapixel camera, and so on) and partly because everyone wants to see if Garmin can actually pull this off. However, what has remained a secret is the carrier and pricing, or at least, until now?
WASHINGTON--At the moment, most TVs and telephones must be outfitted with special features for people with hearing, vision, and speech impairments under U.S. law. Now an influential Democratic congressman wants to expand those requirements to their Internet counterparts.
The bill (PDF) being drafted by Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) would require, at least in some cases, dramatic changes in the way Internet phone- and video-related products are designed, while making it more difficult than under existing law for companies to claim exemptions from those requirements.
"The wizardry of the wires and the sophistication of the software programs do little … Read more
The Chanel Choco phone is a concept conjured up by designer Fred de Garilhe, and apparently Chanel had nothing to do with it. But neither of those facts will stop anyone from lusting for one.
If we understand it right, the phone is supposedly made of two movable parts. When you slide up the right-most column on the 4-by-4 design, it reveals the keypad as well as the screen. The internal optical-fiber system then projects the visual components, such as the digits on the keypad, onto the relevant parts made of still glass. All of which proves the point that, … Read more
A trip over to the Japanese Web site Strapya-world.com is always entertaining. The sheer variety of cell phone dangles is mind-blowing with everything from tiny vacuum cleaners called Henry to the expected Hello Kitty characters. The food section is particularly interesting with dangles representing just above every aspect of eating including breakfast, dessert, and drinks. Best of all, the site includes both international and Japanese food. In the latter category, we told you already about the sushi dangles, but today I found miniature bowls of udon. Maybe like udon itself they can be a great way to pass a … Read more
According to the Verizon Wireless rumor mill, the provider may just gets its hands on a selection of fancy cell phones. The dish that excites us most suggests that the Samsung Glyde will land at the carrier. From what we can tell, the Glyde (aka the SCH-u940) looks like a lot like the Samsung F700, which is a very cool keyboard phone that we've been longing for since we first saw it at CTIA last year. The F700 has yet to arrive at a U.S carrier, but if Verizon pulls through with the Glyde we'll be very … Read more
Why is everyone making such a big deal about this $200 iPhone report from Fortune? Evidently, the same folks who are praising AT&T and Apple didn't read the report and are naive enough to believe that this is ever going to happen. There's no chance that the next iteration of the iPhone, presumably featuring 3G, will sport such a low price tag.
According to Fortune, "When the 3G iPhone is introduced this summer, AT&T, the exclusive U.S. iPhone sales partner with Apple, will cut the price by as much as $200, according to a person familiar with the strategy."
That price cut will put the two versions of the iPhone -- an 8GB model and a 16GB model -- at $199 and $299, respectively.
Fortune said that a person close to the dealings believes the subsidy will only apply to AT&T stores and if anyone purchases the 3G iPhone in an Apple store, they will be forced to pay full price. According to the report, all cash lost on the subsidy would be recouped on the service charges after a few months.
Fortune and its hotshot source is kidding, right?… Read more
Today we talk games with Russ Frushtick from UGO. We'll chat about how GTA IV will basically ruin our lives for the next few months. Plus, there are other new games out like Mario Kart Wii, and we'll also discuss the highly anticipated Ghostbusters game. All that and the possibility of a new iPhone price drop on today's 404.
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Why should car drivers be the only ones to enjoy watching video on the road? As cyclists acquire more rights, they should also be able to distract themselves as effectively as their motorist counteparts.
The "iPhone Bike Mount" is supposedly designed to make it easier to control the device for music and phone controls on handlebars, but we fear that it might simply add to the growing list of eye-averting gadgetry that has made commuting a multi-tasking adventure for many afflicted with dangerously short attention spans. The bracket can rotate 360 degrees so the screen can be seen … Read more
Some airlines have been allowing BlackBerrys to be used as electronic boarding passes and soon standard cell phones will follow.
Now there is news of the iPhone being used to board a plane. Blogger Gerald Buckley writes about how he was allowed to board an American Airlines flight from San Antonio to Dallas by having the gate agent scan the bar code of the ticket on a PDF displayed on his iPhone.
Don't think you can waltz quickly to the gate by flashing your iPhone, though. Buckley makes it clear that he showed TSA his paper boarding pass to … Read more