Saturday, January 07, 2006

CES: New Windows mobile devices to come


In his keynote address at the 2006 International CES, Bill Gates announced new Windows powered mobile devices to show up.
These next-generation devices are going to be packed with features such as extended battery life, support for new higher-resolution displays and wide screens, direct audio/video recording, and direct connections to digital cameras.

The Toshiba S Series gigabeat Portable Media Center includes an extended battery life for movies and a 2.4-inch high-resolution screen. The S Series will come in two varieties: The 30GB gigabeat S30 will have a suggested price of US$299, and the 60GB gigabeat S60 will have suggested price of US$399 (U.S.). Both are scheduled to be available in March 2006.

The Tatung V620 Portable Media Center has a 20GB hard drive with a 3.5-inch QVGA (320x240) LCD screen for watching up to five hours of movies and television shows.

The LG Electronics PM70 Portable Media Center has a 30GB hard drive that connects directly to a television to capture favorite music or shows immediately on the QVGA widescreen.


Wednesday, January 04, 2006

iRiver G10


A new piece of hotness from iRiver is on the horizon. The G10 will have a 4-inch WVGA screen that displays at 800 by 480 resolution with 260,000 colors. Allegedly, it runs on a WinCe 5.0 operating system and comes with a 4 to 8 GB internal harddrive. And check out that design: Two D-Pads and a design that looks like it allows the screen to slide over the body of the device when not in use.
Its WiBro-wireless system is being developed by Korea Telecom. Also the depicted game is a korean game (Kart-Rider). Several bloggers hold this as a company-made mockup -- take a close look at the screenshots at aving.net: one shot features a logo on the G10, the other one doesn't. It seems questionable, if the given release-date in 2006 is really going to happen.

Upshot: when this thing will turn up in America and Europe is not sure by any means. There is also no information about the important question of affiliated game-developers. But I got the feeling the G10's sliding case is quite handy for watching movies...


Sunday, January 01, 2006

Final Fantasy on Gameboy Micro


Not brandnew, but still worth mentioning: Final Fantasy IV will be released on Gameboy. Alongside with the game going gold, there is a promotion of very nice FF IV-style-faceplates for the Gameboy Micro going on.
Square Enix's site offers a first look at a Final Fantasy GB Micro faceplate that Square Enix will be releasing. Yoshitaka Amano artwork on your Micro's face will be a reality if you can get your hands on one of these. Square Enix has yet to announce details on how the product will be offered.

Read more at IGN and at Square Enix.


Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Hackable Y/N


Those clever guys at PSP Hacks found out how to figure out which firmware is installed on an enclosed PSP--the secret is in the label on the back of the box:

Here’s the coding breakdown:
A-1.50
B-1.51
C-1.52
D-2.00 Unconfirmed
E-2.00 Unconfirmed (likely 1.52)
F-2.00
G-2.01

Now you can decide if you go for a "hackable" version, or not. Read more...

BTW: Boing Boing tells us, that firmware 2.01 has been hacked already.



Monday, December 19, 2005

GMail on a PSP


Shortly ago, Google announced a mobile version of their GMail-service. It didn't took too much time till somebody got their GMail into their PSP--nifty!
Check out the screenshots and the source at Dirson's blog...



Thursday, December 15, 2005

Remo - mobile mails, contacts and calendar


Remoba Inc. is releasing the latest build of “Remo”. Remo provides access to email, contacts, and calendar on feature mobile phones with synchronizing capabilities, compatible with Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Lotus Notes, and Palm Desktop software. The email application accepts POP, POP3, and IMAP formats as well as internet based e-mail account such as Hotmail, Yahoo, and gMail.

Remo integrates with the user's email address book, providing access to an unlimited number of contacts from a personal or corporate computer on the mobile phone.
An important features is the “Two way sync”, that allows users to back up the existing calendar and contacts from a mobile phone to the pc and download the new calendar and contacts vice versa at the same time.

For security, Remo supports corporate firewalls, various proxy configurations, and up to 128-bit SSL data encryption.


Sunday, December 11, 2005

PSP Pad Cover-Up for Button-Bashing


Street Fighter Zero 3 (Street Fighter Alpha 3 to North American audiences) will shortly debut in the PSP, a superb 2d-fighting which could be played originally on Dreamcast. Now, PSP's D-Pad could maybe not live up to hours of button-bashing fighting games, Capcom seemed to realise on their own--they are releasing a limited edition of a rubbery D-Pad-cover for Street Fighter in Japan.
No details about pricing or plans about America. Check it out on IGN.