Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

iPhone 3Gs in Cyprus – 999 euros

Are these guys for real? 999 euros for a phone? (Look at www.technica.com.cy). I mean come on! It is just a phone at the end of the day and I don’t think it is worth spending 999 euros at 16GB, when it sells much much cheaper abroad (on contract).

Some people do take an advantage of the whole hype and make some big bucks (euros).

Sony DVD Handycam

One thing I don’t like about my Handycam is that you cannot edit scenes directly on the dvd you are recording on. This means that you need to finalize your dvd and then edit it with a software such as ImageMixer, later on; which to be honest is a bit stupid.

I am now downloading an update for Imagemixer, which I think will allow me to directly edit on the recording disc. Update coming soon.

Update: It did not work. I still have to finalize the dvds and only then will I be able to copy the files on my computer. Supposedly I could do it before finalization of the dvds but Imagemixer kept crashing.

iPhone 3G s goes on sale soon

The new iPhone will be on sale this coming Friday and the news are already all over the web. The iPhone is the main item features, of course, on the Apple website and rightfully so since with it Apple managed to enter into a whole new dimension as far as sales and marketing go.

I wonder what the retail shops here in Cyprus will sell it for and when they will do so. As you might already know the iPhone is not officially being sold here but some retail stores do carry it for a hefty price (more than 600 Euros last time I checked).

Palm Treo 800w

Palm has released a new Treo model, 800w. The device is loaded with Wi-Fi (802.11b/g, 802.1x (EAP-PEAP, EAP-TLS and EAP-TTLS), built-in GPS, Bluetooth, 2.0 megapixel camera, a micro USB port and it runs on Windows Mobile.

The phone is available on Sprint‘s network for now, with no dates for a European realease being announced yet.

iPhone 3G – available this coming Friday, 11th July

The new iPhone 3G will be available this coming Friday at 8 a.m. According to Apple‘s website (US) it will be available from Apple’s retail stores, as well as from AT&T outlets; Apple’s partner in the iPhone era.

If you click on the Apple site’s country settings now, you can also see that the iPhone will be available on the same day in another 20 countries, including Canada, Australia, Italy, UK and Norway to name a few.

It only remains to be seen now how long the queues will be on Thursday evening, outside the Apple and AT&T stores and how fast the phone will be unlocked and reach other countries where it is not officially on sale. 🙂

Powerline networking

I recently wanted to add to my network a device (media player) that had no wireless capabilities and the only way I could do this was through an ethernet cable. However, this device would be sitting in my living room, so you can imagine that having a long, blue ethernet cable running through the house was not the best option.

Homeplug by Sitecom saved the day though! In two very simple steps you can add any ethernet enabled device on your local network. The device communicates with the netwrok by using the electrical circuit of your house.

Adding the Homeplug means that you can share data and services between the connected devices on your  network, in a very fast, reliable and easy-to-install way.

Palm Centro on AT&T

After Sprint, AT&T hops on the Centro smartphone bandwagon. The phone is now available for $99.99 on AT&T’s EDGE network. The price tag comes after a mail-in rebate and a two year service contract.

Centro

Centro allows the user to make calls (of course), send text messages and IM messages, check his email and browse the web. Not bad for a lightweight device like Centro. Maybe this turns out to be another best-seller for Palm (and will hopefully help the company revive).

HD DVD is dead

Toshiba‘s HD DVD is officially dead. From BBC News: “Toshiba’s announcement that it is to stop production of HD DVD players leaves the way clear for Blu-ray to become the industry standard.”

iPhone released in the UK

The iPhone has been released in the UK yesterday, the 9th of November, 2007; at 6:02 pm to be exact. The phone is available at Apple retail stores, at O2 stores, as well as Carphone Warehouse stores.

Google + Android

From Download.com: “The Android software stack is expected to provide handset makers and wireless operators an open platform they can use to develop new and innovative applications.”

“The new software will compete directly with smartphone software from other companies like Apple, Microsoft, Nokia, Palm and Research in Motion. Unlike some of these mobile operating systems, Android will not be tied to a specific device. Instead, the software will be able to work on a broad array of devices from handset makes such as Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and LG just to name a few.”

BlackBerry service in Cyprus

From MTN Cyprus: “The BlackBerry solution brings together smartphones, software and service to allow easy access to email, phone, calendar, web, multimedia and corporate data applications on the go.BlackBerry smartphones have been embraced around the world by businesses and individuals alike. By extending communications and connectivity into mobile environments, the BlackBerry solution keeps users connected to the people and information that matter most, thereby increasing both personal and corporate effectiveness.”

BlackBerry

iPhone available in Cyprus?!

We came across the Soundtech website and they are advertising that they have the iPhone available in Cyprus, for 399 CYP/ €681.73 (8GB version). We cannot confirm whether availability is real or not, however, we do know that Soundtech is a real store and carries a wide selection of mobile phone models.

I wonder whether the phone comes unlocked or not?!

iPhone trouble with unlocking or not

From the BBC: “An Apple software update is disabling iPhones that have been unlocked by owners who wanted to choose which mobile network to use.”

It’s worth noting that “Some owners are reporting on technology blogs and Apple’s own forums that the update is deleting contacts information, as well as photos and music, on iPhones that have not been modified in any way.”

Sync horror stories

I have been trying to synchronize my contacts between my laptop, PDA and phone, for a day now. Yes, it took me one whole day, because the Palm T|X and Outlook would either create duplicates for some contacts or would completely mess up in updating the data correctly.

After a few tries, and a lot of frustration, the job was done. So it was now time to sync the contacts between Outlook and my mobile phone. So the same story repeats itself. Duplicates were created, some entries had to be manually fixed and so on.

I wish there was a good tool and a common protocol for all vendors/publishers to follow on syncing data between devices. As for a couple of tips on syncing: 1) backup your data before starting the syncing task, 2) keep the device number to a minimum. 🙂