iTAN B1, the classy USB Skype phone

RWC is going to release the B1 under their iTAN brand. this USB phone is Skype compatible and will have DSP (Echo Cancellation) and a very nice design. Would have been better to make it wireless/cordless too, but maybe we’re just too demanding now… via akihabaranews.com

StyleTap Updated for Win Mobile 5.0 and Square Screen Displays!

Sample screen shots of StyleTap PlatformStyleTap Platform allows you to run applications (and games!) originally written for Palm OS handhelds on your Windows Mobile Pocket PC handheld. With more than 20,000 applications for the Palm OS platform available – many of them free – you will be able to do so much more with your Windows Mobile Pocket PC handheld.StyleTap Platform is fast, compact and comes with everything you need. Just add your favorite third-party applications for Palm OS Platform and you’re ready to go! StyleTap Platform preview version is now available for a free 14-day trial. To download click here.You can also purchase the preview version for the special introductory price of $29.95 (US). This price includes a free upgrade to StyleTap Platform version 1.0 when it becomes available.If you find an application that does not work properly, please visit our support page and let us know about the problem.If you have any general questions about StyleTap or suggestions for improvements, please go to our contact page. We want to hear from you.News Flash! Palm Treo 700w now supported!New preview version (v0.9.108) now available. See Downloads for more information.

iBIT babe makes smooth entry into Korean markets

The iBIT U250 is to put it simply, “super”. Its not just well made with plenty of though being given to its design and form factor but the features, OS etc all come together to give a superb product. The flip form factor of the handset is very similar to what SonyEricsson uses for its PDA phones (SonyEricsson P910i). Its a nice way of providing a keypad despite having a touch screen. Keypads are easier for one handed use since the stylus does not come into play. The GPS based handset has two types of Navigation features to help its user. The first is car navigation system (CNS) which helps in finding addresses while driving. The other is a PNS (Personal navigation system). There are indeed a lot many features, not surprising since it operates on Windows CE.net v4.3 (makes surfing the net a p[leasure thanks to Internet Explorer 6). In terms of memory, the devie holds 64 MB SD RAM and 512 MB Flash memory. Supporting these is the mini SD card slot which can further serve to expand the memory if need be. The U250 has a nice 2 megapixel camera. Operated by a Intel PXA running at 400 Mhz, the PDA is certainly not going to give you cause for complaint by its performance. The EV-DO handset easily beats the competition by a long margin. It offers advantages such as digital zooming and a larger high resolution display. The U250 for example has a 240 x 320 resolution display which handles 262,000 colors. The phone also has a Text to speech program which is specifically for e-books. Simply download your favorite book and listen to the phone read it out for you. More at Aving (Korean) via phoneyworld.com

Sony Unveils 'Memory Stick Micro' For Phones

Sony announced plans today to ship in March the first Memory Stick Micro (‘M2’) products with storage capacities of 256MB, 512MB and 1GB. The new memory card is designed for mobile phones. An ‘M2’ adaptor in the size of a standard Memory Stick will allow users to exchange data to Memory Stick PRO compatible products. The ‘M2’ media is approximately one-quarter the volume of ‘Memory Stick PRO Duo’ media, yet only about 1.2mm thick. ‘M2’ media is designed as an externally removable media with a controlled eject function to prevent loss. Following the trend of mobile phones that operate at 1.8 volts, the ‘M2’ has been designed as dual-voltage media. In addition to 1.8 volt support, the media offers 3.3 volt operation which is required for existing ‘Memory Stick PRO’ compatible products. The Sony Ericsson M600i, which was also announced today, is the first mobile phone compatible with the ‘M2’. Sony plans to ship the 256MB and 512MB versions of the ‘M2’ media from March, and the 1GB model from May 2006. The estimated enduser price of the ‘M2’ media will be similar to the price of the current ‘Memory Stick PRO Duo’ media. via personaltechpipeline.com

Progress on the Treo 650 Linux Project

Linux working on the Palm Treo 650 “When I last wrote about Linux on the Treo 650, it was barely booting up the command prompt. Now less than 2 months later, developers have got the GPE graphical interface up and running. GPE is an open source user interface for using Linux on a handheld. It contains an environment of components for PIM, settings network access and other programs. So far people working on the Treo 650 Linux porting have got the keyboard, LCD, touchscreen, bootloader, SD slot, USB and some sound working. Phone and Bluetooth drivers are still under development. There is no word yet on how stable or functional this is, as only a batch of pictures have been posted.” via palminfocenter.com

Pocket PC Dubai Reviews the imate JAMin

PictureDial Released for the Treo 650
“The front of the device houses a 65k, 2.8” TFT touch screen. The screen display’s vibrant colours with accurate saturation and no noticeable yellow hue. Just above the screen, placed in the centre is a speaker. Unfortunately, the problems that the JAM had in regards to the speaker is shared by the JAMin too. I found the speaker volume too low and absolutely inaudible in loud areas such as busy streets, malls etc I thought HTC would have learnt a lesson and corrected this error, but the booming sales of the JAM perhaps deterred them from taking any action in this regard” Read this review at pocketpcdubai.com

New FREE Tetris game has been released for Palm OS!

Silent Hero Productions has released their new FREE Tetris game for Palm OS devices. Screenshots, FREE game download, and company contact information can be accessed HERE. Game features: – 100% FREE FUN – Arcade perfect Gameboy to Palm conversion – Beautiful visuals – Digitized sound effects – Digitized music – Perfect control – Perfect gameplay – Plus much, much more! Game requirements: – A PDA handheld device with Palm OS 4.0 or better REGISTRATION CODE: “AAAAAAA”

Samsung Unveils Mobile TV phone for Europe

Samsung unveils the SGH-P900, the Europe’s first T-DMB (Terrestrial Digital Media Broadcasting) phone, to lead mobile broadcasting service through the 2006 FIFA World Cup. SGH-P900 is truly an unique product combined of many multimedia features such as TV & radio capabilities, a 2 megapixel camera and a MP3 player.The SGH-P900 is successfully in operation as part of ongoing field trials in Germany and France. Samsung plans to launch the SGH-P900 in the second quarter of 2006 before the ‘2006 FIFA World Cup Germany’ gets underway, becoming the first handset manufacturer to handle the European T‑DMB standard.To receive TV signals, users can easily flip the 2.2″ TFT LCD screen to a horizontal position for optimal viewing. With a high resolution QVGA (240×320 pixels) screen with 262,144 colors, TV images are clear, crisp and flicker-free. The display shows up to 30 pictures per second, allowing users to enjoy a vivid live broadcasting as if they were at home.The SGH-P900 comes in a compact size of 92 x 49 x26 mm. Seamless connection with personal computers is guaranteed by a built-in USB port and Bluetooth functionality. It also supports TV-output function, online browser, personal information manager and series of office functions. The SGH-P900 also features all of the classic functions of a high quality GSM/GPRS mobile.Moreover, the 128MB user memory and the external memory let this innovative multimedia phone not just play, but also record and save TV broadcasts, videos and games. All of these add up to a whole lot of fun for soccer fans, who can print out their favorite goal moments or re-live match highlights in video format, even when the game is over. via slashphone.com

New Software Announced to Enhance P990 Smartphone

Sony Ericsson today revealed a host of unannounced applications and entertainment content features for its flagship Wi-Fi enabled UMTS smartphone, the P990. They include the details on supported push email partners, Anti-virus/Firewall and VPN clients for secure corporate business, Business card scanner and New entertainment content and features.Push EmailSecure, simple and fast access to email and the Internet are critical requirements for true office mobility, and this is an area where the P990 excels. The ability to access email and calendar while out of the office is critical for mobile executives as they no longer need to return to the office to perform this task. The P990 will support a range of push email services from the partners listed below (damn they dun miss any of the push email provider): AlteXia Ericsson Mobile Office (EMO) iAnywhere OneBridge Intellisync Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync RIM – BlackBerry Connect Seven Visto Standard Email – IMAP IDLE working on all standards compliant servers SecuritySony Ericsson has partnered with antivirus software giant McAfee to offer McAfee VirusScan and Firewall Mobile to further strengthen the P990’s email and web browsing security. This Try & Buy software provides scanning services on emails, attachments and web downloads for cellular communications, all to the same standard as its well known computer applications. Secure access to corporate networks completes the remote email story as Sony Ericsson offers a free VPN client powered by Certicom. Business Card ScannerCameras in phones have any number of business applications for capturing and sharing images. Creative minds have moved a few steps further by turning the P990’s 2 Megapixel with AutoFocus camera into a Business Card Scanner, using character recognition software to convert the scanned information from the card to Contacts on your P990.The large 2.8 inch QVGA (262K TFT) touch screen and large viewfinder help you to capture the full business card size in one go.EntertainmentThe P990’s suite of entertainment applications is supported by a 3D Hardware Accelerator and exciting 3D Java games such as Vijay Singh Pro Golf 2005 from Gameloft, which will lighten up the longest journeys together with a fully equipped music player that supports MP3, AAC and AAC+ formats, and includes a flight mode allowing the music player to be used when the phone is switched off.The P990 will be commercially available in Q2 2006. The variants will be: P990i Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) – GPRS 900/1800/1900 for Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa P990c Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) – GPRS 900/1800/1900 for Mainland China. (Launch for mainland China dependant on availability of 3G services.)