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

Inventec Mercury a GSM communicator with Bluetooth and a QWERTY keyboard

Soon the Taiwanese company Inventec Corporation will launch to the market its GSM-communicator with Bluetooth and a QWERTY-keyboard. The model is called Mercury.nventec Mercury will have a touchscreen, the support of miniSD cards up to 4GB, and it will be supplied with Windows Mobile OS onboard. There will be installed Texas Instruments OMAP850 processor.

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.)

WisBar Advance Released for Pocket PC

PictureDial Released for the Treo 650 WisBar Advance 2 expands upon the successful task management features found in the original WisBar Advance. Now more tightly integrated with the PocketPC operating system, WisBar Advance provides greater responsiveness and a richer user experience.WisBar Advance 2 brings new life to your PocketPC with the ability to change the appearance of your system to a degree not matched in other software. Compatible with PPC2002, WM2003, WM2003SE and Windows Mobile 5.0 Close, minimize or ignore any application Switch between any application currently running on your device Provides a cascading start menu (as in the screenshot) Never miss a system notification again with the new dynamic notification icon Tap and hold the OK button to cancel a dialog Add or remove functions to the taskbar Each button on the taskbar can be assigned a tap and a tap-and-hold action Change the appearance of the taskbar, menubar, buttons and start menu in any program Supports high-resolution and landscape mode skins Customize the clock’s appearance on the taskbar Hear sounds for system events, just like on your desktop Download and install themes created by other people Available in many languages

Sony Ericsson M600 mobile communicator unveiled

Sony Ericsson today unveiled the M600 handset. The dual-mode thumbster measures only 15-milimeters and is designed for UMTS and tri-band GSM/GPRS networks. Each key on the QWERTY keyboard handles two letters, one is chosen depending on the angle that you tap it.The display is a 2.6-inch 262k with 320 x 240 resolution. USB 2.0 support allows for fast transfers of MP3, AAC and video at 30 FPS. No time to transfer? The A2DP profile has been included; this gives users access to stream stereo audio to the M600. Reading emails and viewing high quality video and graphics content is made easy with the 3-way Jog Dial. 80MB of onboard memory for storing your emails, attachments and multimedia files, Sony Ericsson also adds a 64MB Memory Stick Micro to the bundle, their latest ultra-small memory format for compact mobile devices.Meant to eradicate every other mobile messenger on the market, the M600 is currently developing customized email applications to make your new thumbster a seamless adoption, these include; AlteXia, Ericsson Mobile Office (EMO) (Try and Buy), iAnywhere OneBridge, Intellisync, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, RIM – BlackBerry Connect, Seven, Visto, Standard Email – IMAP IDLE working on all standards compliant servers.The Sony Ericsson M600 is available in Granite Black and Crystal White beginning Q2 2006 globally. Pricing will be operator specific.