Exchange and Outlook for iPhone?

By on December 14, 2007 at 8:12 AM.

Exchange and Outlook for iPhone?

It gets out that Pharrell has a gold iPhone, and on the same day it looks like Apple is testing the waters for Microsoft Exchange and Outlook for the iPhone. Is that a coincidence? Don’t make us laugh; we most certainly don’t think so. Apple has posted a job listing for a "motivated, highly-technical Exchange test/sync engineer with excellent problem solving and communication skills", whose ”focus will be testing Exchange and Outlook functionality with Apple’s innovative new phone". Maybe Apple heard the late night panting and moaning from executives who want a corporate-friendly iPhone? We’re not certain, but it doesn’t seem too unlikely since Apple has a penchant for wanting their very own thing, which is a problem for everyone who doesn’t just own iEverything. Corporate America falls into that category, and really doesn’t want to be without their trusty Microsoft applications. This way, they might not have to be. 

[Via AppleInsider]

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Belkin understands your HDMI dysfunction

By on December 13, 2007 at 10:55 AM.

Belkin understands your HDMI dysfunction

You thought you were pretty slick when you bought that 42" plasma TV a couple of years ago, huh? Yeah, it was expensive, but you were the envy of every Monday night-football-watching-friend everywhere. But see, then those friends went out and bought a better model that was way less expensive than yours. Now you’re left with the problem of having only one HDMI port on the screen, and you’re not hip enough to use a receiver. What’s a man to do? Luckily, Belkin has come out with a 2-in-1 HDMI switch that allows you to have two devices plugged right in. It will also prevent you from looking like a monkey juggling HDMI cables behind the TV every time you want to get your Blu-ray on. It’s only $54.99 and comes with a remote so you never have to get out of bed and disturb the cats. Never disturb the sleeping cats.

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W00t, indeed

By on December 12, 2007 at 7:15 PM.

W00t, indeed

The only thing funnier than l33t speak, is when people write about it who have never used it before. The extravagant lengths through which people go to explain each term is hilarious. Granted, not everyone knows what each word or phrase means, but c’mon…if you’re going to give a l33t word an award for being a "word of the year," at least pretend that the word is commonplace enough that you don’t need to explain it to the nth detail. Anyway, congrats to the word "w00t," winner of this year’s Merriam-Webster Word of the Year. It replaces 2006 winner "truthiness" of Stephen Colbert fame, and beat out other words, such as "facebook" (as a verb), "quixotic", "hypocrite", and "blamestorm". Unfortunately, none of these words will be added to the dictionary anytime soon, something that we’d really w00t about.

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Sprint WiMax coming in early 2008?

By on December 12, 2007 at 6:51 AM.

Sprint WiMax coming in early 2008?

  

Looks like Sprint is buckling up to spread the joy of mobile WiMax in Q1 2008. First it’s going to be a customer trial, then they gear up for a full commercial launch in Q2. They are already planning a soft launch within a week for employees in Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington D.C, then from there they’d obviously expand the coverage. Sprint promised to run trials on the network by the end of this year, and by running this soft launch they’re able to uphold the self-imposed deadline. The Xohm, as the Sprint project is called, has been highly anticipated in the industry because of its speed and network reach. We’re suckers for widespread connectivity, so get a move on it Sprint, we’re excited to see how this develops, and we’ve already put some popcorn in the microwave. 

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YouTube wants to pay you for your upload

By on December 11, 2007 at 6:24 PM.

YouTube wants to pay you for your upload

Just when you thought that the draw of YouTube was to create your own content and get free press out of the deal, Google’s video service just upped the incentive. Launching the YouTube Partner Program, the video giant will actually pay you to produce compelling content. The requirements seem simple: create original videos, own the copyrights, get them viewed by thousands, and live in the US or Canada. Sounds easy, right? Of course, few seems to have the regular prowess to get thousands of people to check out each upload, but hey, at least YouTube is interested in the little guy. Sure, some of their partners include Universal Music, Victoria Secret, and the NBA, but smaller contributors are also on their payroll, including everyone’s favorite Chocolate Rain guy. Think you’ve got what it takes? Make the jump to apply.

[Via Download Squad]

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New home theater PC goes with your wall-mounted TV

By on December 11, 2007 at 3:21 PM.

New home theater PC goes with your wall-mounted TV

Media center PCs are definitely chic. And, for those that don’t have huge hardware requirements in their PC use, new options that are more visually appealing are moving to the forefront. Enter the new HTPC concept from Omaura, called the TT line. This line further pushes the "looks first" policy that seems to take most of their products by storm. No pricing (or even plans to actually make the product) has been announced, but if you take a click through their website, like many trendy things, it doesn’t look like it will be cheap. If money isn’t the kind of thing that concerns you, this could be the perfect marriage of sleek looks and I-don’t-want-to-get-up-and-walk-into-the-other-room computer laziness.

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Life gets a little easier for Virgin Mobile customers

By on December 11, 2007 at 1:18 PM.

Life gets a little easier for Virgin Mobile customers

Activating your newly bought handset from Virgin Mobile is a chore, mostly because of its long and complicated process. At least Virgin Mobile finally agrees with us, and is now pulling Telespree in to make it all a whole lot easier. But don’t think they are doing it all for you, the subscriber. No way, they are reduces their own costs in the process. From now on, activation comes preprogrammed with the phone, and can happen over the air instead of having to bother customer support. This will affect both new and existing customers whether you are buying a handset for the first time, or upgrading to a new phone. But who are we kidding…you use Virgin Mobile?

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Microsoft betas its Office Live Workspace

By on December 11, 2007 at 8:10 AM.

Microsoft betas its Office Live Workspace

Web collaboration and the software to go with it is not a new concept. And, one would have expected Microsoft to have joined this trend much earlier in the game. Nevertheless, the introduction of Office Live Workspace is now upon us. In a public beta, users can now use Live Workspace to collaborate and share Word, Powerpoint, and Excel files, and even their desktops (via SharedView). For those hoping for a full-functioning version of an Office Suite that costs you nothing, this falls short. In reality, this product is more of an "enhancement" to already-owned programs. Speculation is that future versions of Office will be more of a melting pot of on-computer software, combined with web-based functions. And this, it seems, is just the beginning.

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Can't type on your cell phone? The Japanese laugh at you

By on December 10, 2007 at 6:12 PM.

Can't type on your cell phone? The Japanese laugh at you

If you’re frustrated when your cell phone chooses "home" instead of "good" when you’re typing, imagine typing an entire novel on it. Amazingly, that’s what half of Japanese best-selling authors do. Roughly 400,000 copies per novel are averaged by the top 10 selling works in Japan, and half of them come from thumbs. Most are uploaded to internet sites and then pushed to subscribers, and according to some of the most notorious authors, it’s the wave of the future. Masayoshi Yoshino, the president of Goma Books, is proclaiming that "this not simply as a fad, but as a new kind of culture." Better be prepared to juggle "see" and "are" more successfully than you do now!

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Try phones with tryphone

By on December 10, 2007 at 3:53 PM.

Try phones with tryphone

 

It’s cold and dark outside, so who wants to walk all the way down to a store and ask the grumpy sales clerk to let you fiddle with one of their phones? Trying a cell phone online has long been a wish from most of us, but unless you were interested in a Sony Ericsson, then fat chance of that happening. Apparently the good people behind tryphone have heard our collective late night mournful cries and made a site that allows you to test out phones online. Ooh fancy! They only have a handful of phones currently, like the Apple iPhone, BlackBerry Pearl, and Samsung Juke, but we guess more will be added in the near future. It’s not just a quick demo, it is fully interactive, and actually kind of cool. Hit the link to try out your next impulsive gadget purchase!

[Via Übergizmo ]

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Nokia still has a case of iPhone fever

By on December 10, 2007 at 7:51 AM.

Nokia still has a case of iPhone fever

You don’t have to be House M.D to detect that Nokia has had iPhone fever floating around ever since Apple came out with the most hyped phone in newer times. First it was some concept handsets that shared a certain similarity in appearance, and after that, Nokia introduced a new touch-based interface for future S60 phones, which (maybe undeservedly) send our minds to one Apple handset in particular. Apple’s business model of rev-sharing with the carriers was unheard of before the iPhone was launched. We suppose it still is, since Apple never confirmed they’re doing it. The thing is, it seems like Nokia wants to take a page out of Apple’s book; they are rumored to want a revenue-sharing model with carriers when their new data services launch. Even though you’re leader of the pack, it doesn’t mean you can’t take notice of the new kid on the block, right?

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Jabra brings you street cred

By on December 8, 2007 at 5:52 PM.

Jabra brings you street cred

As suppliers of news to the Royal Court of the Doggfather, we thought there should be something which had both street cred and tech cred. We’re in luck, because Jabra made us look no further than the BT3030. The BT3030 is no ordinary stereo Bluetooth headset, and it doesn’t bother to look like it. It looks like a dog tag, which means you can hang it around your neck. Hot, right? On the side of it, you can switch headphones, and the keys on the front light up in blue. Here comes the part you can use if you have a possé. First of all, it has a reach of 10 meters, and that means that you don’t have to carry your phone, your people can carry it for you. Second of all, it supports two devices at the same time. And what’s more pimp than having one really cool phone?  Having two. If you’d like mo’ info, then it gets you 7 hours of music playback, 8 hours of talk, and 230 hours of stand-by time. Just don’t tell the homies in the hood, ’cause this is our secret.

[Via Newlaunches.com]

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3D Roadmapping with Navi2Go

By on December 8, 2007 at 1:09 PM.

3D Roadmapping with Navi2Go

 

Google Maps are great, they let you find locations from New York to Navy Pier in Chicago and zoom in to see what bumps in the road you need to watch out for. But now, Navi2Go takes that two steps further. You can "drive" the entire road through a simulation not only on your computer, but more importantly on your Windows Mobile phone. We think that it is pretty cool, but not sure about the overall functionality, before seeing a more finished product than the current alpha version. It’s out for residents of the U.K. right now, but we have to wait to Q2 of next year to see it across the pond. 2008 will also be the year where it comes out in a Symbian version, too. We guess we have to wait a little before we can decide if it’s more than a clever novelty, and actually useful in the day to day life. Hurry up Navi2Go, we don’t like waiting.

[Via Übergizmo]

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