If you are an active mobile browser then you won’t want to miss this.
Phonefavs is a free site where you gather all your mobile URL’s into one convenient portal. It’ll import boomarks from Firefox, IE and del.icio.us. I’ve already started adding some of my own mobile URL’s and will post a review of the service next week.
Phonefavs via Mobile Phone Blog
Traveling with a laptop isn’t what it used to be. It’s not impossible to run into an overzealous customs officer who wants to take a closer look at what you have on your machine. There are also reports of machines being confiscated and not being returned.
I’m a little torn on the subject; if customs are on the lookout for people carrying child porn (and have a reasonable amount of evidence to justify the search) then I’m all for searching these machines, but at the same time it’s a real violation of our privacy.
If you’ve been in a Hertz rental recently you may have noticed a USB port on the side of the Neverlost unit. That port is part of the new "Neverlost Online Trip Planning" service (OTP).
With OTP you can preload all your addresses on a USB drive and once you get your rental you simply insert the drive, and Neverlost has access to those addresses.
Imagine the time you’ll save not having to sit in the rental lot fidgeting with printouts trying to enter the address of the hotel. Get in the car, plug the USB drive in, select the address and drive off.
Amazon just purchased Audible for $300 million. This is good news for Amazon customers, great news for Audible shareholders (shares up 22% already) but possibly even better news for Kindle users.
The Kindle would be a perfect platform for Audible books and having wireless access to the entire Audible library (all 80,000 of them) would be fantastic. Of course, Audible on Kindle is complete speculation on my part, but since Amazon used the press release to plug their Kindle I’d say it’s not impossible.
While using an e-book reader to listen to audio may sound like it’s defeating the purpose of the device, Amazon did add audio capability and additional storage options to it, so it’s not like they didn’t prepare for this.
If you travel with lenses or other professional camera equipment, and need to remember which ones to drag along with you then Microsoft may have a handy tool for you. But only if you are an Outlook user.
Microsoft "Pro Photo Shoot" is an Outlook (2003/2007) plugin that lets you add lenses to appointments. It even features an equipment pool where you can add all your kit, including serial numbers and purchase dates.
File this one in the "I’ll believe it when I see it" folder. According to "Marketing Week" Dell and Google may be talking about a Dell branded Google Android phone. The article says the companies may even be ready to announce it next month at "3GSM".
Paper sucks. And 15 years ago we were promised that it would all be gone by now. But someone clearly lied, because I’m surrounded by more paper than I ever used to be. The only paper product I’ve pretty much stopped using is fax paper. But on an average trip I’ve still got a binder full of printed emails, maps, memos and snazzy full color Powerpoint presentations.
Today I’m reviewing something that has the potential to lighten my carry-on load AND add a nice new gadget to my daily arsenal.
It’s the “PLANOn Docupen RC800″ and is a 24bit handheld color scanner. It has an integrated (Lithium-Ion) battery, USB slot, 8Mb memory, a MicroSD memory card slot, 8 lights and 2 buttons.
It’s been years since I sat down and tried a portable scanner. The last one was back in 1999 (the truly horrendous HP Capshare 910). Times have changed, the device in front of me is tiny, plus is has a lot of lights; my kind of gadget.
The concept behind the RC800 is simple; scan what you need, then when you need access to it simply connect it to your PC and transfer the files.
Whoa. Enagdget has the scoop on something I knew would happen sooner or later, but I was expecting it 1) later and 2) not from Garmin (I had expected it to be a TomTom first). This is the Nuvifone, the first part phone, part Nuvi from Garmin. This gorgeous phone has HSDPA (3G), WiFi, Bluetooth and of course GPS.
It’ll have the familiar Nuvi interface and everything else you’d expect from a smartphone. No word (yet) on the price, and Garmin expects it to be released in Q3 of this year.
They are bound to have a lot of competition from Windows Mobile, the iPhone and of course the upcoming Google Android phones, but since most of those devices are phone first, then GPS device I’d say Garmin has a decent shot at success.
Garmin announces the Nuvifone
Garmin Nuvifone interface gallery
If you ever needed a good excuse to justify buying a PSP then read on. Sony just released the newest firmware (version 3.90) that enables Skype on their portable gaming device.
Of course, if you are going to be buying it "to keep in touch with your wife" then you might as well get a couple of games and some MemorySticks at the same time.
You’ll need a WiFi connection to make a call, but at $169 the PSP suddenly became a very affordable way to make portable Skype calls, especially since the unit has a built in browser (which makes authenticating yourself on some WiFi networks much easier).
London, 30th January 2008 – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced the immediate availability of the latest system software update for PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable). Version 3.90 will enable all owners of the new PSP Slim & Lite* to make and receive phone calls, adding a whole new raft of functionality, highlighting the true portability of PSP.
Skype™ is a little piece of software that allows users to make free calls over the internet to more than 276 million other Skype users anywhere in the world, whilst also having the ability to make cheap SkypeOut™ calls to landlines and mobile phones. With the addition of these features, alongside the ability to send and receive Skype Voicemail, PSP can now claim to be a highly cost-effective and accessible portable communications device, in addition to its entertainment credentials.
To use Skype on PSP**, users simply need to upgrade to system software 3.90, register and talk, using a headset and remote control or Go! Cam.
Also added through system software update 3.90, is the Go! Messenger icon, highlighting the commitment shown towards communications on PSP***. Although Go! Messenger will not be available until early March, the presence of the icon not only emphasises its impending arrival but also allows users to obtain more information about the feature from a dedicated website, accessed via clicking on the icon. More information about the release of Go! Messenger will be announced soon.
Source: Sony press release
In a day and age where digital has pretty much replaced old fashioned film rolls, this seems like a pretty smart idea. Simply enter how many prints you’ll be sending, the size you want and how you want them shipped, and they’ll show the prices from almost every service on the web. You can also check reviews from other users, for those services that may be a little too good to be true.
On their site you’ll also find links to discount coupons and signup bonus promotions.