Trendy New Gadgets

As the home theater industry continues to boom, many consumers are being left behind when it comes to understanding the new technologies involved. This site is dedicated to discussing these new technologies and educating the consumer in the process.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Cool New Little EOmini-Tablet Handtop

EO, producer of a variety of digitizer and touch tablets has recently made available their of VIA 1GHz powered mini-tablet Handtops. All models are Windows XP Tablet PC Edition based and come stock with resistive touch 7" TFT-LCD with 800x480 resolution, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth and a cursor stick and mouse buttons. Some models come with 30GB, 4200rpm hard drives and 256MB RAM for $899, while others have a 40GB, 5400 rpm drive and 512MB RAM for $999. You can choose from a white or black body.

For control, each 'eo UMPC' has a Power on/off switch, Wireless on/off, D-pad with enter, 4 function keys, PageUp, PageDown, Key Lock, Volume Up/Down and a Synaptics Stick cursor. There's a bevvy of ports including 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Headphone/Stereo Mic and a 36-pin cradle connector which provides another 2 x USB 2.0, DB-15, 10/100 RJ-45, AC, Audio I/O.

Battery life is estimated at around 2.5 hours or 4 hours with the optional extended battery.

All of this comes in a svelt 8.98 x 5.75 x 0.98" and weighs less than 2 lbs with battery pack. More details are available here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Clearwire rolls out VoIP service (in one market)

Probably further annoying the Vonage users that it supposedly cut-off last year, WiMax "class" wireless broadband provider Clearwire has just announced its own Bell Canada-powered VoIP service for that works with regular telephones, or for more sophisticated call control, over a user's PC. The new service, which is currently limited to Clearwire subscribers in the Stockton, California market, and further restricted to those residents who are "e911 capable," requires a $15 Internet adapter if you want to use a regular corded or cordless phone, and costs $30-a-month for unlimited calling within the US and Canada (international calls are supposedly "competitively priced"). That thirty bucks also gets you browser-configurable call forwarding, "Find Me Follow Me" enhanced call forwarding, caller ID, voice mail, voice mail-to-email capabilities, and caller blocking, as well as the semi-useful ability to get your mobile VoIP on anywhere Clearwire has coverage (currently 200 US/international cities that most people don't live in), if you don't mind toting your laptop and modem around.

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