ImCoSys Linux Smartphone debuts with Skinplex NFC

“The Swiss based company ImCoSys has announced its Linux Smartphone at CeBIT 2006 in Hannover. Its feature list includes: GPS-receiver, Skinplex NFC, Bluetooth and a TFT touchscreen with 262,144 colors at a resolution of 240×320 pixels.The new release, named “ImCoSys Smartphone”, contains a TFT touchscreen which can be controlled with a stylus. The user can also control the smartphone through a 5-way navigation key, application buttons, and telephone keypad. Inside the 125x64x18mm mobile phone, you’ll find an OMAP-730 processor from Texas Instruments running at 200 MHz. Applications have 64 MByte memory available with an SD card slot for expansion. GPS-Software is preloaded on an SD card and is delivered with the product. The smartphone specifically does not contain a built-in digital camera so that it may be used inside companies with prohibit camera use.Preloaded software includes Webbrowser, Email client with POP3, push email, sms, mms, and the usual PIM functionalities (contacts, address book, tasks, notes).The smartphone can display Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, and supports hands free operation as well as Java MIDP 2.0.The Quad band GSM smartphone supports the 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz bands, GPRS class 10, WLAN 802.11b as well as Bluetooth 1.2.” Read more at

iRIVER G10: a slim multimedia player supporting DMB

“The world of personal media players has always been an incredibly competitive one. We’ve seen great offerings from companies like Cowon and others, as well as the popular iPod Video, especially considering that Apple is said to be working on the next generation of the movie player and that it will have touchscreen capabilities. Not to be outdone, iRiver too has been an industry leader in portable music and video, and with their latest, the V10 spied at CeBIT, the company should be in good hands. They’ve managed to keep this device thin, at a mere 10.3 mm of thickness, but that does not mean that the iRiver V10 is starving for features. Quite the contrary, actually, because it has a 3-inch 480 x 272, 260k color display, and it might even run on Windows CE 5.0. It’ll sport a DMB-receiver for all your mobile TV needs, as well as an adequate though not huge 4GB of storage space.” via

Asus introduced its WiFi Skype phone

 Technology News, Electronics Buy Guide and Gadget Review“Skype-phone has become ever more popular and many companies do have them in their product lines. The makers use wireless connection with PC via Wi-Fi, so it is comfortable to handle the phone.At the CeBIT 2006 show Asus has introduced its Wi-Fi Skype-phone, which looks like an ordinary handset. The device supports 802.11g protocol and has a 128×65 pixels LCD with blue backlight. Battery life in standby mode makes up 25 hours, in talk mode – up to 2 hours. It’s possible to recharge the phone via USB interface or with the AC adapter. There is one more interesting function of the phone – remote control of Windows Media Player.” via

DDH Releases New Version of HanDBase for Palm OS

“DDH Software has just released a new version of its HanDBase relational database application for Palm OS, Pocket PC/Windows Mobile, Windows Mobile Smartphone and Symbian S60 (formerly “Series 60”) devices. There is also a all-new Mac version of HanDBase desktop. HanDBase allows the creation of custom mobile database lists and data collection applets. Regardless of platform choice, users will enjoy some new capabilities with the HanDBase Desktop component. To begin with, the company has introduced an all-new Mac version of HanDBase Desktop, providing Mac OS X users with the ability to make changes to databases from the convenience of their desktop. HanDBase for Palm OSUpdates to the mobile Palm OS version of HanDBase include: One-handed navigation support for Treo 600 and 650 smartphones; Five-way navigation support; Improved formatting options for the HanDBase Forms Designer via a “snap to grid” feature; Support for the latest high-resolution screens, 320 x 480, even in custom designed forms. The new Pocket PC/Windows Mobile version of HanDBase includes: Category support; Support for Windows Mobile 5; An Auto-Save option; Landscape/VGA device support; Compatibility with the new Treo 700w and other square-screen devices. Since first introduced in 1998, HanDBase has enabled owners of Palm OS, Pocket PC/Windows Mobile-based PDAs, and most recently Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile Smartphone handsets, to take their most vital information with them while on-the-go. Users can design their own databases from scratch or start from any of the thousands of free applets available at, which have been created and submitted by HanDBase users. HanDBase is available at the company’s site, prices range from $24.99 to $99.99. ” via

Hands On With the Gigabyte gSmart Phone at Pocketpchoughts

“Since the gSmart is currently a Tri-band 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM phone, it may put off some Cingular customers in the United States who rely on the 850MHz band. However, as a Cingular customer in the New York Metro/New Jersey area, I didn’t have any signal problems anywhere.As I stated before, Gigabyte added some really neat functions, especially to the phone portion of the device. For starters, they’ve included answering machine software! After a specified duration, the answering machine program accepts the incoming call, plays a customizable greeting, then records the caller’s message to an audio file. This is a great alternative instead of having to call back your voicemail number, and you can keep the recorded audio file forever.I did notice one tiny issue with this feature: after you listen to your message in Windows Media Player and elect to delete the audio file, a “sharing violation” error will appear. Since Windows Media Player is only minimized, it still holds that audio file open. Of course, a third-party task manager that fully closes WMP should resolve that issue.” Read this great article here: