Modeo shows new HTC smartphone supporting DVBH

“At the CTIA Wireless 2006 exhibition Modeo, the company engaged in mobile TV, shows a smartphone with an integrated DVB-H receiver (Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld), actively promoted by Nokia. However the smartphone is developed by the Taiwanese company HTC known for its Windows Mobile platforms. Modeo hasn’t announced the name of the smartphone, so far.The specs:

Operating system Windows Mobile 5.0
Processor Texas Instruments OMAP850 200 MHz
DiBcom Proven-Performance DVB-H demodulator, Microtune Mobile MicroTuner MT2260 and NVIDIA Go-Force 5500 graphical processor for compact devices
GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), GPRS and EDGE
2.2” QVGA (320×240 pixels)
1.3-megapixel camera
Slot for microSD (TransFlash) cards
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Li-Ion 1150 mAh
Battery life in TV mode – up to 3 hours
Talk time – up to 4 hours
Standby time – up to 6 days
Dimensions – 104.1×55.9×15.2 mm
Weight – 119.9 g

Modeo is planning to officially launch the commercial mobile TV service on main US markets, including New York, during this year. Last year the company successfully held the DVB-H network tests in Pittsburg. Currently it is implementing the network in 30 US districts, the launch is set for the next year. The new smartphone will be released during the second half 2006.”

Origami or a paper tiger from Microsoft?

“So what in reality Origami is all about? It will become more clear if we go back to history once again. The idea of placing fully-functional Windows OS into size of pocket PC has been living in minds of developers for quite a while. Let’s remember the announced but never to be released FlipStart Vulcan , released long time ago and available at retail sale models OQO and Sony U50/U70. Let’s highlight that ANY of these devices is smaller than all Origami devices. Later on (about a year ago) Intel had the idea of portable PC realized in Ultra Mobile PC project. From the moment first attempts to port Windows XP into small sized device it became clear that the interface needs improvement, since it was lacking the comfort of Windows Mobile, as much as it was overcoming this OS in functional terms. OQO was missing chance to affect Microsoft, and so was Sony. But everything changed when an influential player entered the game (Intel), they were able to explain to their long-time partner that simple version of Windows XP as well as Tablet PC edition have to be improved. This is where Touch Pack upgrade came from.” Read this great article here:

MobiTV coming to Windows Mobile

YM-PD1MobiTV, Inc., the global leader in television and digital radio services for cellular, WiFi and broadband-enabled devices, today announced collaboration with Microsoft to bring the world-class MobiTV service and user experience to Windows Mobile-powered phones and devices, as well as Windows XP-based PCs and laptops. MobiTV has selected the Microsoft Windows Media platform, including Windows Media Digital Rights Management, Windows Media Audio and Video codecs and Windows Media Player to deliver live, high-quality television content to a broad range of subscribers.”We look forward to working with Microsoft to extend our incredibly successful mobile television experience to the desktop. It was an easy choice for us to select the Windows Media platform to deliver a superior television experience to millions of laptop and PC users,” said Dr. Phillip Alvelda, CEO and chairman of MobiTV. “Microsoft offers an integrated and complete solution that fulfills our vision to deliver the best possible liive television experience to consumers, across a range of devices and networks.” Read the press release here:

Best Tarot Pro for Palm OS just updated to v3.2

“By the Tarot reading a person may be able to find answers about his/her hopes and wishes.There are many ways of tarot readings. This program uses ‘The Celtic Cross spread’. The Celtic Cross is probably the oldest and most popular pattern for reading the tarot. It has survived so long because the layout of the cards is simple, but powerful.It uses 78 cards. 22 Major and 56 Lesser Arcana cards of the Rider -Waite Tarot deck.– HOW IT IS DONE –1) First you choose which ‘card explanation’ way you prefer. ‘Simple’ or ‘Advanced’.2) Then if you don’t have one profile created, you should make one.If you already have one, just choose it and click on ‘Start’ button.3) Now think about a question that you expect an ‘Answer’ from the Tarot Cards.4) Then 10 cards will be shown to you. One by one. First you see ‘what the next card will be about’ and then the card itself.5) Last, you will see the conclusion report of your card reading. Whether it was good or bad!”— 06/Apr/2006 Update to v3.2 —* Redraw issue fixed when receiving call in Treo 650/600. Check it here:

RIM Blackberry Powered and WiFi Phone from Samsung

Microsoft Puts SideShow on Media Center Remote Technology News, Electronics Buy Guide and Gadget Review “Samsung presents 2 rather interesting phones: the T719 clamshell phone that offers Blackberry functions and the T709, a WiFi/UMA model.Samsung t719 RIM Blackberry ConnectSamsung’s groundbreaking t719 is expected to hit the U.S. market as the first phone incorporating RIM Blackberry Connect Email in a compact, slim folder design. With its SureType keyboard, convenient thumb pad and speakerphone, the EDGE-enabled, quad-band t719 boasts a 2.12-inch, 262K-color TFT screen that provides an ideal view for emails, file downloads and video capture/playback. In addition to its productivity-enhancing features, the t719 also delivers mobile entertainment capabilities, including a 1.3 megapixel camera, camcorder and media player. At only 3.5 ounces, the t719 remains a lightweight, hands-free device with Bluetooth™ wireless technology support, speakerphone and advanced voice recognition solutions.Samsung t709 – WiFi/UMA connectivity (Clamshell)As one of the first phones in the U.S. to feature WiFi and Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technologies, Samsung’s t709 will deliver comprehensive coverage allowing for mid-call switching between broadband and cellular networks. The t709 allows calls to channel from WiFi access points, through the Internet, and onto a cellular network, giving consumers seamless connectivity while traveling between the home, office or on the road. The t709’s cutting-edge network capabilities and advanced multimedia features are captured in a compact black slider design weighing only 3.3 ounces. The tiny EDGE-enabled device packs a range of features, including a 1.3 megapixel camera, an MP3 player, a video player, dual stereo speakers, speakerphone and an enhanced 262K-color TFT screen, bringing rich, vibrant sound and image qualities to pictures, music, video clips and ringtones.” Find out more at

Samsungs YMP1 PMP Now Available for Pre order

YM-PD1“Samsung’s YM-P1 PMP is now available for pre-order in the US through several online retailers.The YM-P1 features a 16M-color 4″ TFT widescreen display, 20GB of storage, MP3 / WMA / OGG / AC3 audio playback, MPEG-4 / DivX / WMV video playback, JPG / BMP photo viewing, line-in video recording, voice recording, FM tuner, SDIO memory card and expansion slots, USB host functionality, and a 15-hour battery life (6 hours for video). The domestically released YM-PD1 includes the addition of T-DMB TV reception.$370 USD from YM-PD1 Review at (Korean)YM-PD1 Product Page (Korean)” via

RIM puts Yahoo in BlackBerry handsets

“Research in Motion has just announced that it will be offering Yahoo online services such as online search, instant messaging, e-mail and daily news on its BlackBerry handhelds. The service will be rolled out to 160 carriers in 60 countries in the coming two weeks. Although terms of the collaboration have not been released, Yahoo Connected Life senior VP Marco Boerries called it ‘significant’. The move is seen as part of RIM’s efforts to push BlackBerry mainstream, positioning it to encompass everyday users. At the same, it of course expands its service to existing clientele. As RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie put it “Our job is to create a rich user experience for our community so that they want to use Yahoo on it, and hopefully we create such a rich experience for the Yahoo community that they want to buy a BlackBerry and run Yahoo on it.”So how do you get Yahoo online services on your BlackBerry? Current patrons will have to use a bookmark on their handsets to install the required application. New BlackBerry users will most likely have the Yahoo services pre-installed.As for Yahoo, this development enables it to extend its services beyond the confines the desktop to the mobile market. Its Yahoo Go service, however, will also be provided later 2006.” via