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As I posted back in August I am not much of a fan of Nokia getting into the PC market with its Booklet 3G. I am sure it will be a rock solid piece of desirable hardware, but it will also be very expensive. Today, Engadget posted news from Nokia and AT&T that the Booklet 3G will come in at $299 with a 2-year contract and $60/month data plan. There should be shorter term higher prices being announced eventually, but for now they are trying to focus on the $299 price. Engadget stated that the non-subsidized price is going to be $599, which is actually lower than I thought it would be by a couple hundred dollars.
Regular readers here know that I am a big fan of the Evernote application that I use on my PC, Mac, and mobile phones. Evernote just announced an amazing new feature for premium subscribers (I have been a premium subscriber since day 1) that I am sure will be great news for many of you. Evernote now supports PDF Search capabilities so the PDF documents you upload to your account go through their search recognition technology engine servers and are fully searchable within minutes.
Although it lacks an optical drive and a touchpad, and battery life could be better, this is a typically well-built ThinkPad. If you're a Tablet PC fan, it's a very good (if somewhat pricey) choice.
Readers of my blog know that I am a very big fan of the Evernote application and service and am personally a professional edition subscriber. I use it on my iPhone, Windows Mobile phones, Mac, and PC to capture thoughts and notes for archiving and usage. I was pleased to get the news that they partnered with Eye-Fi so that now your photos captured on your Eye-Fi card can be instantly synced to your Evernote notebooks.
Are you considering an ultra-mobile PC this holiday season? If so, then I highly recommend you check out the 11,000 word, 28-page Ultra Mobile Computing Buyer's Guide put together by the biggest fan of UMPCs I have ever seen, Steve "Chippy" Paine. He initially posted this in a 4-part article and has now assembled it all into a single PDF document that you can download and use as an essential reference tool.
I've been having a ton more followers of my Twitter feed lately and just added the Evernote feed to my account. I then found out that Ars Technica posted a review of Evernote and also revealed the new iPhone formatted Evernote site. As readers know, I am a big fan of Evernote and as they continue to improve the product my usage continues to increase. This new optimized iPhone site allows you to access your same Evernote web account that you can access from your web-enabled phone, Mac, Linux or Windows PC.
So I was using the REDFLY Windows Mobile Smartphone Companion a bit more with the HTC Advantage and a thought came to me that the REDFLY solves the problem I had with the Windows CE Handheld PCs of the old days. I was a big fan of the Handheld PCs, like the Jornada 680, because they gave me a large keyboard and display to write, surf, and be productive on the go with a long battery life. The major reason I stopped using the Handheld PC devices was that the operating system grew a bit stale since Microsoft stopped updating the OS and the browser would not let me visit the websites I needed to access. The REDFLY can be paired with the latest and greatest Windows Mobile devices and as long as Celio Corp continues to roll out drivers/utilities for the operating system I can use the REDFLY as a modern day Handheld PC that stays as up to date as the devices I connect it with.
I am a big fan of Bluetooth technology and am actually using a Think Outside Bluetooth keyboard to type this article on my new Fujitsu U810 Tablet PC. Blair sent me some big news from the Bluetooth SIG announcing that they are developing a new radio substitution method that will allow devices with both Bluetooth and WiFi radios to access and use both those radios for much faster data transfer rates. The new architecture is called Alternate MAC/PHY and the core specs for it are expected to be published in mid-2009.
So, Microsoft has announced that ad-supported copies of the Works suite will be made available within the next few months. While I'm no fan of having applications stuffed full of ads running on my PC, this could be a hit.
As many readers know, I'm not a fan of the Apple ads, but this one was spot on and not to mention funny. Poor old PC looked like a balloon and his dangling arms almost made him look like Jabba the Hutt.
If you've followed any of what I've written over the past couple of years regarding the benefits of virtualizing Windows desktop PCs, you know that I'm a really big fan of the idea. The basic premise is this: Everyone knows that it's not a question of if they'll be moving to a new PC.
Company will also certify certain third-party PC fan and liquid cooling systems designed to help the chip run faster than its rated speed.
The LifeBook T4010C is a well-specified convertible Tablet PC with a reassuringly solid feel and a high-quality display. It won't disturb you or your co-workers with fan noise either.
If you're looking for a silent PC with a bit of style about it, consider Hush Technologies' Hush ATX: it does what it says on the tin.
Start-up TouchDown Industries thinks that a slew of rabid football fans will help its novelty PC succeed where others have failed.
A programmer and self-avowed fan of classic video games has created software for Pocket PC and Palm handhelds that faithfully re-creates a breed of inexpensive handheld electronic games made popular by Mattel in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In creating LEDhead, software programmer Peter Hirschberg has managed to capture much of the essence of the simple games, which consisted of a few blinking light-emitting diodes (LEDs) moving around a painted screen. The software, when run on a $600 Compaq iPaq, does a good job capturing the low-tech environment of the games, complete with blinking lights and high-pitched sound effects. Hirschberg offers 11 of the games, taking on a particular sport such as basketball, soccer and football, with LEDhead software. LEDhead is being offered free, although Hirschberg is accepting donations. For those without a handheld, Hirschberg offers a Windows version. --Ian Fried, Special to ZDNet News
Nvidia announced Tuesday that its new GeoForce Titanium graphics chips are being used by more than 50 computer makers, including Compaq Computer, Dell Computer, IBM, Legend, Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu Siemens, MicronPC and Alienware. Nvidia released the Titanium line of high-end chips in mid-October.
It will be four more months before consumers can get their hands on Microsoft's Xbox game machine, but one fan will soon have the next best thing. Microsoft is giving away an early version of the Xbox Development Kit, a PC outfitted with the same equipment as the Xbox and generally sent to software developers writing games for the new console.
Gateway has always been a fan of Intel, but now AMD is on a roll, the PC giant is looking at a 50/50 split on its microprocessor range
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