The BLOOM does resemble a minimal modern table lamp at first glance, but upon closer inspection, you can live the cordless lifestyle with it, bringing the BLOOM with you wherever you go thanks to its integrated battery pack that can power a high efficiency 11-watt fluorescent bulb for some time before requiring a recharge. You will be able to choose from 8 different colors, and depending on the model chosen, they retail anywhere from €239 to €259. Using it as a bicycle lamp as seen above does seem to be pretty dangerous, don't you think? Ah well, different strokes for different folks.
Are you, like most of us, dissatisfied with the current battery technology? After all, nobody likes their gadgets/computer running out of juice. A Japanese company, Eamex, claims that it has found a way to sort out the current issues we’re having with lithium-ion batteries. With its new technology, the batteries will be able to be charged and discharged over 10,000 times, and the best part is that they can last a good 20 years.
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Welcome to the future with the new Nokia 6303i Classic handset, offering sophistication in a compact device. It shares a close resemblance with the Nokia 6303 Classic, where this model will hit the market sometime in the first quarter, bringing a 2.2" display, a 3.2-megapixel camera, email functionality, Instant Messaging via Nokia Messaging and a touted long-lasting battery, all encased in a classy stainless steel chassis. It remains to be seen what else remains different from the 6303 Classic since the mentioned specifications still look the same, so we'll just have to wait until someone forks out 105 Euros for this to find out.
Skype has finally given assurance that they are working on a new version of Skype for the iPhone that enables VoIP calls over a 3G connection. Needless to say, this upgrade requires accesing a feature in the new iPad SDK that recently lifted the restriction of VoiP calls on a Wi-Fi connection. Skype might be a little bit slower in rolling out their update simply because they hope to "give you the very best audio quality we can." There is also confirmation that Skype is working for a similar app that will grace the iPad when the latter rolls out in less than 2 months' time.
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The price to pay for being an industrialized nation would be living with pollution. We're pretty sure when our forefathers came to North America a few hundred years ago, everything was in pristine condition - fast forward to today and we have clogged up rivers, polluted seas and the ever present problem of smog. The Dectectair vest aims to alert you to places where air quality is less than satisfactory, using a pattern of embedded LEDs located right across the chest which lights up to reflect the surrounding air quality. The worse the quality gets, the more a bunch of small vibrators will jump abound, alerting you to the situation. You can then wear the collar that doubles up as an impromptu medical/dust mask.
It was just a couple of days ago that the FCC gave their nod of approval for the Samsung S8500 that came with Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, and today we hear of another Bluetooth 3.0-capable handset being approved - the GT-S8500. This is starting to shape up to be an European model, and apart from its 3.1" AMOLED touchscreen display, quad-band GSM support, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, Wi-Fi, 1000mAh battery and microSD memory card slot, we have as much information concerning it as with the list of upcoming Oscar winners.
While Firefox Mobile (Fennec) is available for Nokia’s N900, folks who run Android (and every other mobile OS out there) will have to wait until Mozilla releases an official version for other platforms. Despite that, it seems that some folks have managed to get Firefox running an Android, and we’re not talking about the mobile version here, it’s the full desktop version! Of course, since it’s not an official port, there are still some problems that the developer is still facing, such as the keyboard not working properly, and the browser not being able to handle heavy-duty work. But that certainly doesn’t take anything away from this achievement. There isn’t any alpha release of this port just yet, but it’ll be interesting to see how this development goes. Would you rather use the full desktop version on your phone, or do you think a mobile-optimized version would suit you better?
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The relatively low key Garmin M10 smartphone is yet another handset that has received the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 upgrade, giving this 600MHz Qualcomm processor-powered device a more potent punch. Just to refresh your memory, the M10 is equipped with a 3.5" WVGA resistive screen display, 4GB of internal memory and a 5-megapixel camera. Needless to say, before taking that upgrade plunge, it is always advisable to make a backup of all your data lest something goes wrong somewhere.