Arriving more than fashionably late to the 3G party, the first UMTS-enabled handset from BenQ-Siemens is currently arriving on store shelves across Europe. Introduced at CeBIT 2005, the SXG75 also scores two other firsts: it’s also the first Linux handset from a major brand name to go into widespread distribution, and even boasts integrated GPS – a feature shared only by communicators such as the HP iPAQ hw6515 and Mio Technology’s soon-to-be-launched Mio A701. Other highlights of the SXG75 include a high-resolution, 2.2-inch display, a 2 Megapixel camera and the ability to conduct video calls, as well as a stereo FM radio with RDS to back up audio and video playback support for a number of formats. Users can choose to store media in the 64 MB of non-volatile memory of the SXG75 or on RS-MMC cards, while business users will be pleased to find a comprehensive messaging suite with e-mail as well as PIM synchronization with desktops.Available now, the BenQ-Siemens SXG75 sells in the 375 EUR range, claiming up to 6 hours of talk time and 400 hours of standby. via infosyncworld.com
Avvenu has unveiled a new free remote access service that supports the Palm Treo 700w smartphone, allowing wireless connectivity both to the Internet and to the user’s home or office computers.The service uses high-speed wireless access accessing Verizon’s EV-DO network, allowing fast downloads and access to files, photos, and other videos. Access is password-only, and data transfers are encrypted and transmitted using 128-bit SSL.The Treo 700w is the first smartphone supporting the service which runs on the Mobile Windows OS, meaning that a consumer who combines the phone with Avvenu can truly take the office along.”Avvenu transforms a Palm device into a portal that can access any of the user’s files, anywhere in the world they have a wireless connection,” said Page Murray, vice president of marketing at Palm, Inc.Avvenu also supports the Treo 650 smartphone, the LifeDrive mobile manager, and the new Palm TX. The remote access technology is available for free download at the Palm website.