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Monday, February 1, 2010

Solar-powered mobile phones from Sharp

Have you experienced it when you are talking on the phone only to have the line cut off simply because you ran out of juice. It is very frustrating thing that can happen to you. Sharp hopes to change that by offering an alternative method to keep your cellphone juiced up at all times, thanks to the Sharp SH6230C which will hit the Chinese market later this February.
It is the very first solar-powered cellphone made by Sharp for the overseas market, boasting Sharp’s proprietary solar cell module alongside a generous 2.9″ LCD display and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera. The solar panel is located on the back of the handset, so you can always leave it by your window at the office to keep it primed for long conversations. No idea on its pricing though, but it is nice to see companies taking a more eco-friendly approach in their products.

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Apples newest gadget the Apple iPad

After nearly a decade of rumors and speculation, Apple's finally unveiled their newest gadget the iPad. It is roughly a half-inch thick and weighs just only 1.5 pounds, with a 9.7-inch capacitive touchscreen IPS LCD display, and it's running a custom 1GHz Apple "A4" chip developed by the P.A. Semi team, with a 10-hour battery life and a month of standby. It'll come in 16, 32, and 64GB sizes, and it's got the expected connectivity: very little. There's a 30-pin Dock connector, a speaker, a microphone, Bluetooth, 802.11n WiFi and optional 3G, as well as an accelerometer and a compass. There's also an available keyboard dock, from which you can connects underneath in the portrait orientation, support for up to 1024x768 VGA out and 480p composite out through new dock adapter cables, and a camera attachment kit that lets you import photos from your camera over USB or directly through an SD reader. The device can be managed by iTunes, just like the iPhone and the iPod -- you sync everything over to your Mac. As expected, it can run iPhone apps -- either pixel-for-pixel in a window, or pixel-doubled fullscreen -- but developers can also target the new screen size using the updated iPhone OS SDK, which is available today. The 3G version runs on AT&T and comes with new data plans: 250MB for $14.99 and an unlimited plan for $29.99 a month contract-free. Activations are handled on the iPad, so you can activate and cancel whenever you want. Every iPad is unlocked and comes with a GSM "micro-SIM," so you can use it abroad, but there aren't any international deals in place right now -- Steve says they'll be back "this summer" with news on that front. It starts at $499 for 16GB, 32GB for $599, and $699 64GB. Adding 3G costs a $130 per model, so the most expensive model (64GB / 3G) is $829. The WiFi-only model will ship in 60 days, and the 3G models will come in 90.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Usb Gadgets: Just Plug Them In!

By: Paula James

Oh the wonders of technology.

There have been quite some people who have been amazed with technology. Though there are some who are not usually gadgeteers, they still do get amazed when they get to witness some of the coolest gadgets there is in the market. Well, you do know that the market is full of these -- from the most useful to the craziest ones.

Let’s now take a look at the gadgets that you could use with your PC. See, there are gadgets also known as USB gadgets. USB, as we all know, is a port in your computer. This actually stands for universal serial bus. This port in your computer allows you to connect to gadgets and other devices so that they could play right in your computer. Sometimes, there are gadgets which need power. Now, the USB port actually has some power which could give life to these gadgets.

In Gadget Epoint’s collection of USB gadgets, you would find the USB turntable. Yes. There is such a thing. Now, this is a real good one to have around. See, if your dad has quite a collection of old records, there is no need for you to throw them all out. If you have the USB turntable with you, all you need is connect this gadget to your computer. When you have done so, you could put in any of the records you have around. The gadget would convert any songs recorded in that vinyl and they would become an MP3 which you could now save in your computer. Nifty, right? You would not have to say goodbye to the old songs that generations before you have enjoyed.

USB gadgets are some of the most interesting ones that you could probably see in the market. Check out what Gadget Epoint has to offer.

About the Author

Paula James is a 25-year-old online marketing executive at Gadget Epoint. The love for gadgets runs through her veins having grown up with a father who is into gadgets himself.

(ArticlesBase SC #490916)

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/ - Usb Gadgets: Just Plug Them In!

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Steadicam for your iPhone

This is device is designed for those of you that use your iPhone for shooting videos on a regular basis,this odd iPhone gadget might make life a little less shaky for you. At the very least it’ll make your video stop bouncing so bad you give viewers motion sickness. Of course it’s debatable whether anyone would care enough about a low resolution video to buy an accessory to steady the shot. However, if you are extremely reliant on your iPhone’s video this could be a nice addition to your iPhone accessories.

Frankly, it seems to me that if you cared enough to do this then you would probably just buy a regular video camera with a better quality image. Plus part of the perk of catching video on your iPhone is that it’s much more portable and it’s always handy. If you had to pop this on it, it would take away that ability to just catch a quick video. The Steadicam is lightweight though and at least a little portable. Obviously it’s not going to be something you stash in your pocket, but it is portable.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Prepaid Cellular Phones

Author: Mymode Chief Mobile

There are numbers of reasons why most people nowadays choose to stay with pay-as-you-go cell phones. It is a lot easier actually to deal with pay-as-you-go package as it is all up to you to continue or discontinue the service. The utility is provided to you on a short term basis, in other words you are the boss. If you do not feel like it, you can always switch between networks and retain the mobile phone numbers. You can also choose to let the service expires on its own and you do not have to worry of the consequences. This is perhaps the most acceptable reason why pay-as-you-go cellphone plan became a hit when it is first introduced (if I am not mistaken it was somewhere around 1993). Nevertheless, we need to first define what does it mean by pay-as-you-go plan and what makes it such a difference with standard contract plans. We will also try to analyze the concept behind the plans and perhaps we can compare which plan is the best bet to go with.

Let's us start with defining the term "prepaid mobile phones". Oh yes before that I should tell you that it may surprise you that pay as you go mobile phone plans are not that popular in the United States but they are rapidly gaining steam there. I will tell you why that is later. Prepaid services are more popular throughout Europe and asean countries. Ok sorry about that let us go back to our discussion. Prepaid mobile phones are best defined if I explain about their standard plan. Yes standard plans are well-known in the US as they actually involve a mandatory long-term contract, normally between one or two years. As far as I am concern, the monthly fees range from $20 to $35 dollars. With that price, you should get somewhere around 300 minutes of airtime. More can be purchased for higher fees though. Mind you though that contract-based plans are available for purchases only if you have a credit card.

Prepaid mobile phone on the other hand is completely different in terms of pricing model and also value added services. With pay-as-you-go mobile phone, you are not bound to any contract. You can terminate the service at anytime or you can just let it expires if you change your mind about the service. You can say goodbye to the typical fine or penalty of $100 dollars or £30 that comes with boring contract-based plans. Though they have some benefits like free weekends and evening calling that do not count towards your alloted minutes, they are not that attractive to those who do not really into communicating through cellular phones such as me. I rarely use my cell and I only spend about 60 to 90 minutes on the phone.

A user can add more credit to the pre paid account at any time by topping up the account. This can be done either through a credit or debit card transaction with the carrier (performed on the phone itself using text instruction or via a third party such as a shop or ATM) or by purchasing a plastic phone card which you can get at retail store such as Target. The top-up card is stamped with a unique code (often under a scratch-off panel) which can be redeemed on the phone for credit. Credit for a pay-as-you-go mobile phone may have a time limit, for example 90 days from the date the last credit was added. In these cases, customers who do not add more credit before expiration will lose their remaining balance, and their service (and its associated phone number) may be discontinued.

Prepaid wireless phones are better than long-term contract phone plans since they are really flexible. You do not need to have a credit card to obtain it and this is why it has gaining a lot of interests from teenagers who lack credit cards. You can just purchase the phone card from the market which is like giving the carrier money towards your account. However you must first purchase a cellphone made to use with pay-as-you-go cell phones plan. The phone needs to be made for the carrier you will be using and please hang on as we will discuss about that in a moment.

Most people are allured to pay-as-you-go mobile phone plans due to our human instinct have long been telling us to not to be bound by anything and a long-term blood s*cking phone contract is definitely one of them in the top list. For instance, if you go over your airtime allocation you will likely be charged a premium rate for each additional minute. If you do not use all your minutes they normally do not roll over where you just lose them and start over the following month. There are though certain carriage service providers that have started to learn to take into account changing monthly habits by offering flexible cell phones plan. There are also those that offers rollover feature, but overall many carriers have their own combination of features to choose from. These plans sometimes can present so many options and contingencies that some people can find it quite confusing; another reason to stay away from standard plans.

Another point why I prefer to use pay-as-you-go cellphone is because I do not have to deal with credit issue. Yes this is also why other people did the same thing. Most contract-based plan require you to have good credit records. In other words, if you are a good paymaster and you love using fancy and sophisticated phones, you can go ahead and subscribe with standard contract-based plans. I simply do not go for it, as there is possibility that in the future I change my mind about using the product and by the time it would be too late. Switching or terminating the contract before the due date would mean I have to pay for the penalty.

I hope that I have managed to give you a clear crystal view of what pay-as-you-go cell phones are and how it works. Now we can start comparing the pricing models for individual plans, family plans, and also business plans. Another fact that I want to share with you guys is that almost two thirds of all mobile phone accounts worldwide are pay as you go plans. In fact, the numbers can go even more if pay-as-you-go plans can be introduced earlier since long time ago when pay-as-you-go cellular phones were first introduced, the underlying products were hairpin solutions meaning that it took two extra dedicated trunks on the cellular switch to make one call, one for the inbound connection to the telephony platform and the second back to the switch to complete the call. Trunks used to be an expensive resource back in the early days and hence carriers chose to stick with postpaid plans.

As I mentioned before, for users to use pay-as-you-go cell phones, they must first purchase the right phone. T-Mobile phones are leading brands in the UK and I believe it is catching up in the US market lately. Let us take a look at certain packages offered by T-Mobile in the United Kingdom. For the purposes of this analysis, I am going to choose the most expensive pay as you go plan from T-Mobile in the UK. The phone for this plan is Sony Ericsson W880i that comes in silver colour. The price is £99.99 and this slim, sexy 3G mobile phone is superbly fast when accessing internet using "web'n'walk". This phone is definitely the choice for those who love phones and advanced technology items (not for me though lol). Now that we have selected our phone, take a look at the plan where it only cost you 10p per text. You will also get a free reward every time you top up and you can always get a cheaper rate when you need to call your friends or family abroad. These are called Boosters and Passes and once you have chose your phone and plan, you get just purchase it online. Bear in mind though that there are delivery cost as well when you purchase it online, so make sure you check everything first before you make any payment.

The cheapest one from t mobile UK is KP100 phone model from LG. When you buy this prepaid cell phone, you can top up £10 and get another £10 free from T-Mobile. Your airtime can go longer with Booster value added feature and later you can just checkout and with this phone, it only costs you £16.98 to activate and you can start using the phone. There is also an option for you to upgrade your phone plans. I will also discuss about this in my next post. I am particularly fond with the new T-Mobile G1 which has three different set of navigation options.

There are also few disadvantages of using pay-as-you-go cell phones but relatively you still save your money more when you use it, rather than paying ongoing billings to telecommunication providers. The call rate and texting may cost you slightly higher than normal post-paid plan.

About the Author:

I am a Chief Mobile in Mymode Network and my aim is to provide useful information about prepaid mobile phone and its advantages.

Article Source: ArticlesBase.com - Prepaid Cellular Phones

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Super USB 24-Port Hub

Most PC gadgets that come out now a days can be connected to your PC's and laptops through USB slots. If you got a lot of devices needed to be connected to your PC you might need a hub to help you out with that. This hub manages to keep a full 24 ports available for you to jam your USB related items into. For the average person you might have to get extremely creative in order to fill up all of those ports. However, I’m sure there are others out there that are fully capable of finding a use for a hub of this size.

- Super USB Hub - 24 Ports (1 Upstream to 24 Downstream USB Ports)
- with Super AC Adpater - 4 A (100~240V AC)
- USB 2.0 and back compliance with USB 1.1
- Plug and Play

Package Contents:
- Super USB 24-Port Hub x 1
- AC Adapter (US Style) x 1
- USB Cable x 1

- Ploybag

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Google Gadgets Primer 101 - Learn the Basics of Using Google Gadgets

Author: Artistx

It is very easy to get started with Google gadgets. Follow the instructions here and you will easily be able to get customised content on your google page.

1. Sign up for a google account (it's free and easy!).

You can use google dot com or your local google (such as the UK google).

Do you have a google account?

If so, please sign in and skip ahead to number 2.

If not you can sign up for a free account by clicking on the sign in link in the top right hand corner. This will take you to a page titled Personalize Your Homepage. On the right are two boxes. The top one is for signing in - but you are not a member yet. You need the lower box, which says, Not using Google Mail or other Google Account services? Click on Create an account now. You will have to enter your email address and a password. Make sure your password is secure as the system will not accept an insecure one. By this I mean, make sure you mix some letters and numbers into the password. You also have to tell your country, and type in some hard-to-read characters - this is to make sure that you are human and not a machine. Click on create my account.

Google will now send you an email, to make sure that your email address was correct. Check your emails and read the one from google. Click on the confirmation link in the email. You will be taken back to the google site which will tell you:

Email Address Verified

Thank you for verifying your Google account. Your account is now activated.

Well Done!

Now click on Click here to continue. You are now signed in and will see your email address at the top of the page. You've done the hard bit!

2. Start adding content

At last we can add the content and personalise your page! In the top left hand corner of the google page is a link saying Add content ». Click on this. You can now start clicking on any item and adding content. Just click on add it now underneath something that interests you and it will be added to your page!


3. More personal content

Around the web you can find google modules that are useful. These have to be added by URL. To do this first find a google module that you want to use on the net - for example, there is an amazon search box located at http://www.concepttshirts.co.uk/googlegadgets/amazonussearch.xml

Using this as an example, copy the address above and go back to your main google page. In the top left hand corner of the google page is the link saying Add content ». Click on this as you did before. The page now has a google logo, a search box, a button marked Search homepage content and a smaller link to the right of the big button that says Add by URL. Click on this. You will now be prompted for a webaddress starting with http://

3. Paste the URL into the box.

Paste the URL into the box on the google page that starts with http:// .Make sure you don't have two lots of http:// by mistake. Either delete the one in the box, or do not paste it in.

4. Almost there!

Click Add. Google will then start the process of making your personal homepage. It will ask you: You are about to add a feature that was not created by google... Just click on OK.

5. See it in action!

Now click on Back to homepage in the top left hand corner, and you will return to your google homepage, personalised for you!

6. More.

You can repeat this process as often as you want. Enjoy!

About the Author:

The author of this article is a member of www.conceptTshirts.co.uk and a web expert. Visit google gadgets for more gadgets and online-business help. You may reprint this article as long as a working link to conceptTshirts.com or conceptTshirts.co.uk is kept.

Article Source: ArticlesBase.com - Google Gadgets Primer 101 - Learn the Basics of Using Google Gadgets

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