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Hands-on: Pharos Traveler 137 is first T-Mobile USA 3G WM device

My very first Bluetooth GPS receiver came from Pharos and that baby performed like no other I have seen since then. I could throw the little "hockey puck" GPS receiver in the back seat and it would still get a solid strong signal served up to my laptops and PDAs. Pharos has been making a line of Pocket PC and now Windows Mobile devices with a GPS focus for a few years and I have tried a couple of them without being that impressed. I was just sent their latest device, the Pharos Traveler 137, to check out for a bit and was very interested in it because it is the first Windows Mobile-based device that supports T-Mobile's unique 1700 MHz 3.5G data network. After spending a few days with the device, I think it is one of the best Pharos models made and may be compelling for T-Mobile customers looking for a WM device.

June 12, 2009 by

Six money-saving secrets to help stretch your tech budget

The recent collapse of worldwide financial markets has everyone on edge. If you’re like most people, tough times have you looking around at ways to cut back on spending. You might be tempted to impose a freeze on all new purchases of hardware and software, but that draconian strategy only works for so long. Sooner or later, you need to refresh old technology, either because it’s stopped working or is so slow that it’s cramping your productivity. A better strategy, in my experience, is learning to shop smarter. In today’s post, I share some of the secrets I’ve learned about how to get great PC hardware and software without breaking the bank.

October 12, 2008 by

Mobile software Monday: eWallet 6 for Windows Mobile; bonus Ilium Software 11th birthday contests too

eWallet 6 is an essential tool for keeping your passwords and vital data secure and protected on your mobile devices, while also being readily accessible for your own use. In this day and age when everything seems to require a password and/or PIN it is getting to be almost impossible to remember them all unless you set them all to be the same, which is not a good idea in case one is compromised. The mobile version of eWallet 6 is compatible with Windows Mobile and Palm OS devices with a Windows PC companion product available too. You can easily create your secure data cards on your PC and sync the data across multiple devices. Ilium Software is also celebrating their 11th birthday with contests and major software discounts.

June 2, 2008 by

The PC supply chain shipped 257 mln systems worldwide in 2007

In 2007, the PC supply chain shipped 257 mln systems worldwide and the mobile phone supply chain manufactured 1.1 bln finished phones that same year, according to IDC. Combined, these two supply chains finished shipments were valued at $318 bln in 2007, equal to more than a third of the global customer spending on information [...]

March 19, 2008

Give your PC a Holiday upgrade

Planning on putting in some time on the PC over the Holidays? Maybe you're going to be spending some time fragging zombies, or creating cards from friends and family, or maybe you're going to be rendering a family DVD to give out as a gift. Chances are that unless your PC is quite new it could do with a little bit of a performance boost to help you get more done in less time. Here are some ways that you can boost the performance of your system for the Holidays.

November 27, 2007 by

CIO survey: HP shines; Virtualization, storage top priorities

UBS released its CIO survey this week and illustrated a number of cross currents in enterprise spending and hardware. The short version: HP is being increasingly viewed as a most valuable vendor; Vista has no affect on PC demand and server and storage spending is expected to jump.

October 2, 2007 by

Cancel or Allow? Good poke at Vista UAC

The latest "get a Mac" ad from Apple is pretty amusing. In it, PC is accompanied by a security agent who interrupts everything he says describing what he's saying and asking for permission to proceed. If you've used Vista you get it. UAC is continually popping up asking whether it's OK to proceed on an action I just initiated and it is pretty mindless in its logic. Of course, one could make a similar complaint about the Mac OS constantly asking for an admin password but the threshold seems to be set to a far less obnoxious level in my experience.

February 5, 2007 by

A ridiculous way to test your speaker volume levels ...

Are you a Windows Vista beta tester? Have you noticed that startup sound that plays just as the PC gets to the point ready to accept your logon password? Yes. OK. Well, have you tried to disable that sound? If you do, you'll discover something odd - that there's no way to disable it. No check box, no button, no setting. Nothing. Zip. Nada.Doesn't that beg the question - why?

August 25, 2006 by

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