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Nokia Booklet 3G coming mid-November for $299 and $599

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.

October 13, 2009 by

Evernote announces PDF search capability

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.

July 29, 2009 by

Instantly upload your photos to Evernote with your Eye-Fi card

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.

December 9, 2008 by

Check out the ultimate ultra mobile PC buyer's guide

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.

November 10, 2008 by

How to set up a new PC in one easy session

Fellow ZDNet blogger Jason Perlow recently wrote about his long weekend setting up a new PC for a friend, Over the years, I’ve done this process dozens of times for business clients, family members, friends, and neighbors. I’ve got the process down to a series of checklists, all built around some core principles. In this post, I explain how I use this opportunity to get rid of clutter, get a fresh start, and involve the PC owner in the process so they learn some valuable skills along the way. Here's a step-by-step account of how I set up a new PC.

September 22, 2008 by

iPhone-optimized Evernote client improves an already great service

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.

April 29, 2008 by

The REDFLY gives me back the utility of a Handheld PC, but with the latest OS

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.

March 21, 2008 by

MWC08: Bluetooth SIG creating spec to harness speed of WiFi

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.

February 12, 2008 by

Virtual labs and education

Yesterday, I asked for people to share their thoughts via a guest blog on virtualization in Ed Tech.   Guest blogger Erik Josowitz provided us with the following (thanks, Erik).  Feel free to talk back or submit your own guest blog with some specific experiences or implementation details. Virtualization is great tool but, like any Swiss-Army knife, success with it depends on the task at hand. One of the places that people get into trouble with virtualization is when they try to use out-of-the-box virtual infrastructure with non-technical audiences. Virtualization is a great solution but often is not a complete solution.In education we've frequently seen challenges that look like appropriate places to implement a virtualization solution, only to find that the end-result is not fully usable by the intended audience. One example is providing hands-on lab environments to support application training. Success in the workforce today depends on high-level application skills and there is no better way for students to attain those skills than through hands-on use of the software applications. Many educational institutions provide computer lab environments to help support their student population and provide access to necessary software applications. Many of these lab environments have become the source of IT management problems as they become virus-ridden, get subverted as distribution sites for pirated software or music, or just plain have the normal IT management issues associated with a shared resource in a public environment. For many institutions their student population brings with them their own PCs which solves one problem but creates another. The lab issues diminish but the problems of providing secure access to software (and software licenses) often takes its place.The answer, we've found, is virtual lab management - using virtualization to deliver secure computing environments as a shared resource. Virtual labs allow administrators to serve up a clean and unchangeable environment for each student - in the lab or on their own PC - on-demand. This makes it easy to provide access to applications that students either can't afford individually or that their home PCs cannot support. It makes it simple to track and monitor lab usage and to control the use of resources so that systems are not subverted into file servers. Virtual lab management sits on top of virtualization (from Microsoft or VMware) and tells it what to deliver and to who. It makes it easy for non-technical users to select the types of applications they need from a menu and to gain access to those environments without needing to understand virtualization, networking, hosts systems or anything about how it gets delivered. Best of all, virtual labs make it easy to manage capacity. By scheduling time in the lab environment the shared resource is managed for maximum utilization. If more capacity is needed it is simple to add additional resources to the system. The end-users simply see an increase in availability.Virtualization may not be a panacea for educational institutions, but for a subset of problems, a centralized virtual lab may enable technology administrators to focus their time and attention on enabling learning rather than administering systems.

December 19, 2007 by

Killing the crapware problem on PCs

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.

April 20, 2007 by

Screen Gallery/Review: Microsoft's Virtual PC 2007 in action

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.

March 6, 2007 by

Hush ATX Media PVR

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.

November 11, 2004

HP Photosmart 130

If you use a digital camera and want to print photos on the road, you’ll love this little printer. But if you're looking to print large sheets, consider a more versatile photo-capable inkjet.

September 19, 2002 by

Golden-oldie games revived for PDAs

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

June 26, 2002

MS giving away Xbox prototype

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.

July 5, 2001 by

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