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HP iPAQ Pocket PC hx2790: A Review of the most Handy PC Around

HP iPAQ Pocket PC HX2790 PDAThe HP iPAQ Pocket PC hx2790 is the perfect handheld computer for the professional who values the combination of the traditional, the familiar, and the versatile in their technological innovations.  The HP iPAQ Pocket PC hx2790 stays true as the classic PDA, but with a different twist. It is designed to offer more than what we have been accustomed to using in this new century, where pets can actually run on batteries and the web is more than a thing we remove from the corners of our ceiling. It performs all the basic functions we need from a PDA, but at the same time offers enough to satisfy our entertainment and business needs.  

Tradition Reinvented:

Let’s start first with its simple, no-nonsense design. The HP iPAQ Pocket PC hx2790 has rounded corners with protective rubber inserts for extra grip. Obviously, it is basically designed to be durable and withstand abuse. It also has a sturdy frame and case, and like its predecessors, still comes with a protective plastic cover to protect the screen.  The HP iPaq hx2790′s 3.5-inch screen shines clearly and vividly enough to see in many different conditions, and is capable of 65,536 colors via QVGA (240×320) resolution. 

Hot Keys, Expansion Ports, and Flash Media

This wonderful PDA has four instant-start application buttons just below the screen for quick and easy use, and its integrated biometric fingerprint reader helps protect data and prevent unwanted access to the system. Its security is also enhanced with HP ProtectTools software secured by Credant Technologies. On top of the device, users will find slots for their flash memory. The HP iPaq hx2790 is equipped with both Secure Digital and CompactFlash slots which accept even the slightly thicker CompactFlash flash-based hard drives.

HP hx2790 Inner Specs

If you’re one of those young, savvy professionals who like listening to music, this product will do you a lot of good as it has a standard headphone jack located next to the card slots. Flash memory slots and headphone jacks are just the tip of the iceberg. The HP iPaq hx2790 has a top-speed 624MHz Intel XScale processor along with 256MB of memory, and boasts Microsoft Windows Mobile 5 Operating System. Not only does it have the pocket versions of a more enhanced Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and Outlook, but a nifty Powerpoint viewer, as well. 

802.11b Wi-Fi Connectivity

Aside from these traditional and versatile features, the HP iPaq hx2790 also boasts of the familiar, as it comes with both Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth radios, like many PDAs do today. Additionally, it has a Serial IR port to easily exchange data with other Serial IR enabled devices. Last but not the least, when it comes to battery life and performance, the HP iPAQ Pocket PC hx2790 outlasts the rest of the competition. Its 1440 mAh removable/rechargeable battery has been tested to work for more than 5 hours of continuous use. 

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By Ethel Kay Merioles

Paper Replay? Got A Pulse?

livescribe_10.jpg hspace='5' vspace='2' />Paper Replay is the Pulse’s core application that allows the user record and sync audio with whatever they write. With the use of their own paper notes, they can play back exactly what was previously said. “The best way to think about it is that while you’re taking notes, it’s recording simultaneously everything your ears would be hearing,” said Eric Petitt, a spokesperson for Livescribe.

This clever device debuted at a mass DEMO at Palm Desert, Calif., Livescribe last Monday. Technically, it is just a computer within a pen. The Pulse smartpen simultaneously captures handwriting and audio, and synchronizes them together. The device is equipped with a general purpose computer with rich I/O capabilities and a Java development environment that enables a wide range of applications. Pulse is a new type of mobile computer that supports the four basic modes of human communication namely reading, writing, speaking and listening. “Using an embedded speaker and display for audio/visual input, and microphones and a pen for audio/visual output, Pulse advances the power and flexibility of mobile computing — it’s the missing link that now connects the paper and digital worlds,” CEO Jim Marggraff futher explained.

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Home Security 2.0

alert-me.jpgMcGuinnessReport February 1st, 2008

Have you ever left the house and wondered to yourself if you’ve locked the back door, shut the ground floor windows or have forgotten to turn off the stove? It can really bug you all day long unless of course you’ve got a friendly neighbor who can take a peek to check up on things for you. But if you live alone or if everyone in your household is usually out during the day, having someone or something to keep you posted on the status of your home can ease your worries and improve home security. AlertMe.com of the United Kingdom has come up with a complete package that monitors your house as well as the occupants inside.

The kit known as AlertMe is a home monitoring system that keeps in contact with you wherever you go and can send you alerts via SMS or email. You can even view activity notes from your own website. If anything happens to your home while you’re away, it can immediately alert you or another family member.

Each kit comes with everything you need to start securing your home.

  • Hub x 1
  • Keyfob x 3
  • Motion Sensor x 2
  • Door/Window Sensor x 3
  • Lamp x 1
  • Alarm Detector x 2
  • Customizable Button x 1
  • Additional accessories such as extra Keyfobs can be added to the package.

    The entire kit works together to keep tabs on everything. The Hub monitors your home and continuously updates the AlertMe servers. Any alerts from the Hub are sent to you via SMS or email. Motion and Door/Window Sensors detect movement and the Alarm Detector monitors your preinstalled smoke, carbon monoxide or freezer sensors. The Lamp is a Wi-Fi signal booster for larger houses and displays the status of your home. The Button and Keyfob can activate the alarm with the Keyfob acting as a proximity sensor to let you know if the owner of that set of house keys has arrived.

    Installing the AlertMe kit is really easy. You may be thinking that with all the included accessories, you’d have to call an specialist to wire up everything. With secure Wi-Fi as the communication protocol between the sensors and Hub, no wiring is needed. With no wires all you have to do is install the sensors and hub and you’re all set. Peace of mind and ease of use go hand-in-hand with AlertMe.

    AlertMe is an easy to use home monitoring system that is compatible with sensors you may already have in your home. It monitors booth the premises as well as the occupants. Concentrate on your day ahead as AlertMe will do the worrying for you.

    Contributor: Norbert John C. Emata, TigerDirect Correspondent

    Source: AlertMe.com

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    Get Your Hands On This German 42inch Display

    Lumin MultiTouch systemThis Display System Loves To Be Touched: Here’s a treat for those dying to get their hands on a multi-touch display system right this second! Lumin, a German company, unleashed a masterpiece they creatively called MultiTouch. Now, you and your loved ones can start pawing all over the 42-inch, 1024 x 768 display. It is powered by a Mac Mini and can be partnered with Apple’s wireless keyboard and mouse. The screen is driven by Lumin’s proprietary software, and allows you to do all sorts of neat tricks like zooming, rotating, and panning with various finger and hand combinations. They are looking into implementing offering rear-projection, front-projection, and “shaped” screens in the near future. But none of those seem to be sporting touch capabilities.

    Lumin MultiTouch systemThis cool creation represents a completely new type of human-computer interaction as it combines input and output devices – other input devices such as a mouse and keyboard are no longer needed. The Lumin MultiTouch system is the first MultiTouch terminal available in the world for large screens. The device is controlled through its screen using intuitive hand motions like that of the new Apple iPhone’s touch screen.

    While it is currently joined with Mac hardware, a PC compatible version should not be far away.

    Hardware: Its multi-touch sensing system used in the innovative 42” MultiTouch Terminal enables a user to interact with a system with more than one finger at a time, creating a new range of advanced interactive possibilities. MultiTouch is a completely new type of human-computer interaction, allowing intuitive gestures to operate the system and multiple users to work simultaneously.

    Software: The MultiTouch’s elegant looks is complemented by the power-packed software working from within. The Software package includes the Lumin’s input recognition software and a series of standard applications, which are pre-installed for plug-and-play operation.

    Source: Lumin GmbH

    Related Links: Touch Screen Displays @ TigerDirect.com

    Take The Internet To New Places With Nokia N800

    Nokia N800The Nokia N800 Internet Tablet exemplifies the epitome of technology, style and portability. The N800 easily connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or compatible cellular phone. Enjoy the Internet on a portable size tablet with a high-resolution widescreen display in the palm of your hand. Effortlessly make Internet Phone calls, check & send e-mail, instant message and so much more with the Nokia N800. You can also access Internet media at home or on-the-go with the Nokia N800′s high quality stereo audio.

    The Nokia N800 NSeries Internet Tablet frees you from your desk and bulky laptop and places the World Wide Web and much more in the palm of your hand. The N800 is the ideal tool if you’re always on-the-go and need to stay connected. Once you use the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet, you’ll never leave home without it. Order your Nokia N800 Internet Tablet today!

    For those that say that there are better solutions, consider this:

  • 1. Price: The Nokia N800: is now below $300 ($229.99 right now! @ TigerDirect).
  • 2. Open Source: The Nokia N800 is a Linux device based on a modified version of Debian GNU/Linux that they call “Internet Tablet OS 2007 edition”. Nokia created the open source development platform for the 770 and N800. They’ve worked hard to encourage developers to port applications to this platform. You can find more info at www.maemo.org.
  • 3. Third Party Applications: Nokia strongly encourages 3rd party developers to make software for their N800 and 770 products, and most (if not all) of it is free on the Maemo site.
  • 4. No Service Contract Needed: With the Nokia N800, you can access the internet via Wi-Fi or with a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. This allows you the freedom to use the mobile provider of your choosing.
  • 5. Removable Storage: The Nokia N800 has two memory slots that support a range of memory cards (SD, miniSD, microSD, MMC and RS-MMC). This allows you to keep one card in the device for a more permanent storage solution, and still have a slot available for cards from your camera or other device. With the falling price of memory cards, you could have several cards with music and videos tucked away in the carrying case that comes with the N800.
  • 6. Better Audio and Video Codec Support: The N800 supports a wide range of audio and video formats. Supported audio formats are AAC, AMR, MP2, MP3, RA (Real Audio), WAV, WMA. You can play videos in the following formats: 3GP, AVI, H.263, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, RV (Real Video), and Flash Video (YouTube!). That covers just about anything you’d ever want to play on a media device. You can even stream audio and video from networked computers!
  • 7. It’s Not a Cell Phone But You Can Still Make Calls: The N800 is not a cell phone, but because of its web-access you can run Internet-based phone applications. The N800 can be used to for making VoIP calls via Gizmo and GoogleTalk. Skype support is coming in the second quarter of 2007. This means that you can make cheap (or even free) calls anytime you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. With WiFi becoming more prevalent every day, this means you’ll soon be able to use your N800 to make calls from just about anywhere.
  • 8. Webcam for Video Conferencing: The N800 also has a built in webcam and supports video conferencing! How great would that be for your next conference call? StarWars-like video calls are not sci-fi for this device.
  • Source: Nokia

    Related Links: Nokia N800 @ TigerDirect.com

    Remote Control For The Not-So-Lazy Guys

    Universal Remote ControlYou know you need to get off the couch to change the channel, well now you will want to! Introducing the ultimate in handheld / wall mounted remote controls! The newly minted Universal Remote Control KP-900 does both; mounts on the wall, or unsnaps from its mount to boldly go where you go.

    The true couch potatoes will hate it, but the guys who like a little exercise, not to mention cool gadgets, will want it. When using Universal Remote Control KP-900, you take your pick. Mount it on the wall or just leave it at the couch. If you choose the first one, you need to stretch a bit by snapping it in and out of the wall mount from time to time. But if you don’t keep it somewhere, you’ll get crazy (even lazy) finding if it gets lost. For the Ladies out there – this is the ideal way to get your man moving – just mount it our of reach so he has to get up – and be sure and ask him for a cup of coffee while he’s up!

    It takes a moment getting your fingers used to the keypad, but you’ll quickly be able to switch between Saturday games faster than ever. Its LCD shows the activities selected in its mini screen, making it adaptable to loads of different hardware, and it is pretty very easy to use. It comes with software that makes setup easy. So, configuring your home theater and the electronics in your living room will hassle free. Who knows, maybe you can every set it up to stop the dog from barking and the push of a button!

    Source: Engadget

    Related Links: Electronics / Universal Remotes @ TigerDirect.com

    There’s Something About The New Sony Mylo 2

    Sony Mylo 2It’s probably the size. No? The shape? Or maybe it’s the face. There’s really something about Sony Mylo 2 personal communicator / pocket web browser that makes you wonder what it really is. And is it really more sexy that the old Mylo? The answer is Yes!

    The New Mylo 2 features a larger display, at 3.5-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen type, with a slide-out back-lit QWERTY keyboard. It now has a 1GB memory and a memory stick Pro Duo slot. The updated features definitely makes it more appealing.
    But you’ll get excited even more with its laptop-like features. It does music, video, Internet, and widgets. Its web browser supports AIM, Skype, Yahoo messenger, Google, YouTube, Facebook and other web 2.0 sites. It supports podcasts and RSS. It also connects to 802.11g wireless networks in addition to the standard with 802.11b WLAN.

    The Mylo 2 has a 1.3 megapixel camera but no VGA cam to enable video chat. Other specs include an 800 x 480 3.5-inch touchscreen display and 1GB internal storage. It’s good for 20 hours of playing music, 7 hours of watching videos, and 6 hours of Skype – yes you can send and receive Internet calls!

    It is similar other devices such as Nokia’s Internet tablet series or the iTouch, but what you’ll love is the free Internet access until 2010! Once purchased, you have free access to Wayport’s WiFi network – which includes 9,000 McDonald’s, hotels, airports, and other places. Now, that is something. This is a head-turner just for this freebie alone.

    Source: Sony

    Related Links: SmartPhones @ TigerDirect.com

    Can You Keep A Secret On Your Cell Phone?

    The new MicroSD TrustChip is just the thing for your secret cellphone calls. This one is perfect for those who work for top secret facilities and government agencies, or have the need to keep their conversations truly private, that really need a more secure way of communicating. Unless you’re just a few feet away from an eavesdropper with bionic ears, the call you made via your mobile phone will remain secret.

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    KoolSpan’s microSD Trust Chip can keep your deepest, darkest secrets. To use it, just make sure that the one you’re calling also has a TrustChip, accompanied with TrustChip Voice software, in his or her cell phone as well. If you both have TrustChips, you can chat with 256-bit AES encryption without worrying and without any help from a GSM network carrier. To verify, listen if the receiving phone chirps a series of dual-tone multi-frequency (DTMF) tones (like a modem) when the connection is made. DTMF tones perform the handshake and confirm the TrustChip identity, and send its phone number to the data channel. After that, the phones automatically disconnect. The calling phone calls back on the data channel to set up the secure call. Wait for a few seconds so both chips can settle the session keys for encryption.

    KoolSpan Trust ChipEach chip has Windows Mobile and Symbian wireless OS codecs embedded and draws power from the host device. But all the processing power needed for the encryption is supported by that little chip. This amazing product costs around $300, which makes it very affordable. But it can definitely keep a secret.

    Source: Engadget

    Related Link: Cellular Phones @ TigerDirect.com

    Apple iPod Accessories at CES 2008 Las Vegas

    iPhoneEven though Apple products get their own show every year, CES 2008 is Las Vegas was literally inundated with products for the Apple iPod. Whether you want to use your iPod as a clock, radio, or just want to walk around your house using your iPhone like a regular phone, there was something for everyone. TigerTV host Nikki was on the scene and got to sample some of the great iPod accessories that were dreamed up by the show’s participants. Check it out!

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    Vuzix VR920 Eyegear Serious Virtual Reality. Seriously.

    Virtual Reality has made the jump from somewhat cheesy science fiction to cool purposes in today’s mundane world. Like preventing your buddies from cheating at video games. Multiplayer games on the same screen (I.E. your opponent is in the room with you) have always relied upon a flawed honor system: you have to hope your friend (or foe) doesn’t look at your portion of the screen to sneak a peek at what you’re doing. That, and many (much more interesting) other VR applications are changing with the Vuzix iWear VR920 Video Eyewear. These are the sleekest, most user-friendly VR (stands for Virtual Reality) we’ve seen to date.

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