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Sagem intros surfer's edition cellphone

11/24, 3:00pm

Sagem Surfer Cellphone

French cellphone maker Sagem today unveiled a special variant of its my400v handset targeted at surfers. The company has partnered with surfing gear producers Oxbow to customize both the look and content of the phone. Similar to the Miami Ink RAZR, the new Sagem device features tattoo-like outer shell art; however, it also comes preloaded with surfing-related software, according to cellular provider Vodafone. Subscribers with the Oxbow-tailored phone can more easily keep track of weather, find beachside accommodations, and download Oxbow media. Technical features remain unchanged and are distinguished by a VGA camera. The phone will initially be limited to Vodafone's French affiliate SFR but is likely to make an appearance in the near future for the UK and other European countries where Vodafone operates.

FRWD intros GPS watch for runners

11/24, 2:05pm

FRWD GPS Watch

FRWD has just launched its W Series GPS wristwatch. Described as an outdoor sports computer, the new timepiece pairs wirelessly with an accompanying GPS receiver to provide a complex array of information to runners and other athletes in real-time, FRWD says. Beyond distance, speed, and location, the W Series also monitors altitude, heart rate, and pitch. This information can be relayed either to a Bluetooth-capable cellphone or a PC; the latter can not only display pre-recorded routes in Google Earth but even show the results of as many as five separate runs in a special race mode. The watch itself has settings to help athletes set goals as well as to focus only on heart rate for indoor exercise. FRWD sells a basic W100 model with receiver, USB adapter, and watch for 299 Euros ($391). An upgraded W600 adds a charger, a heart rate belt, and enhanced software for 399 Euros ($522).

United Kingdom lifting ban on small FM transmitters

11/24, 1:55pm

UK FM transmitter ban gone

The UK is lifting a ban on portable FM transmitters such as the Griffin iTrip, writes The Register. They were blocked under the 1949 Wireless Telegraphy Act, which gives licensed broadcasters unrestricted access to their assigned frequencies. Units like the iTrip function by overriding FM frequencies within a small range. The path to making such devices legal was begun with the 2003 Wireless Telegraphy Exemption Regulations Act, but Ofcom, the UK's wireless regulator, has only recently finished consultations with concerned parties. The ban will be lifted on December 8th. Transmitters will still require CE certification for health and safety.

Nike launches C.O.R.E. backpack for iPods

11/24, 1:25pm

Nike C.O.R.E. Backpack

Nike today extended its range of iPod-supporting equipment beyond the Nike+iPod running kit by offering the C.O.R.E. Backpack ID, a customizable bag made for students and other frequent travelers who often bring music in tow. A pocket in the strap connects to any dockable iPod, integrating the Apple music player with basic track navigation and volume controls on the strap itself, letting owners change music without removing the iPod from a safe location. The backpack provides an additional pouch for earbuds, a padded laptop division in the main bag, and a front organizer to keep smaller items separate. Pricing begins at $105 for the bag when customized with iPod controls and varies depending on personalization options.

Samsung readies P930 mobile TV phone

11/24, 12:50pm

Samsung P930 TV Phone

Samsung's mobile division has just launched what it says is only the second mobile TV phone to ever reach Italy. A more advanced counterpart to the P920 released in the country this spring, the P930 adds support for HSDPA broadband and sports a dual TV tuner capable of picture-in-picture for watching two digital broadcasts at once. Video capture is a similarly high priority, as the handset ships with both a rear-facing 2-megapixel camera for stills as well as a lesser VGA camera for video calls. The P930 is set to debut with Telecom Italia by the end of this month; though it supports only Europe's DVB-H format, the company says it has committed to mobile TV in the US and will introduce phones similar to the P930 when American carriers begin adopting mobile TV next year.

Sirius STB2 Starmate Replay Boom Cube

11/24, 12:35pm

Sirius Boom Cube

Sirius' new Starmate Replay Boom Cube is a cheaper alternative to products like the Stiletto 100, simply merging a satellite radio receiver with a set of portable speakers. The STB2 has four microdrivers and a subwoofer, and should in theory work anywhere within satellite range. The antenna can be stored inside the stereo for the sake of convenience. Power comes from eight D-size batteries, or else the included AC adapter. Sirius is currently selling the STB2 for $100 from its website.

Elecom ASP-P200S iPod dock

11/24, 11:45am

Elecom ASP-P200S dock

Elecom's ASP-P200S iPod dock is a 2.1 sound system, with the subwoofer placed on a vertical hinge so the dock can be more easily carried. The remote tucks into a crevice for the same reason. Using a set of three adapters, the P200S supports all fourth- and fifth-gen iPods, including Minis and Nanos. Players can be charged at the same time they're in use. The subwoofer produces 6W of sound while the satellites produce 3W apiece. The dock comes with an AC adapter and a stereo output cord, and will go on sale in Japan in mid-December. Black or white versions will be available for 8,820 yen ($76) with tax.

Alltel carries RAZR V3m, offers 2-for-1 deal

11/24, 11:45am

Motorla RAZR V3m at Alltel

Cellphone carrier Alltel on Friday revealed that it has begun carrying the RAZR V3m, the music-oriented and increasingly pervasive version of Motorola's popular handset. While the phone is functionally similar to earlier models, Alltel notes that its variant supports the most advanced features of its network, such as the company's EVDO-based Axcess Broadband and video messaging. The provider plans to offer both a red-colored model -- though one unrelated to the (PRODUCT) Red charity -- as well as a more conventional silver. Both versions are priced very aggressively, Alltel says. In a rare move, the carrier offers two of the silver handsets for $80 when linked to two-year contracts on both devices. Subscribers buying the more exotic red V3m can obtain a similar deal for $100.

HTC Cavalier first details, photos surface

11/24, 11:15am

HTC Cavalier Smartphone

The first information about HTC's upcoming Cavalier smartphone has been revealed, according to information and photos obtained by Italian site SoloPalmari. The Cavalier is widely expected to serve as a replacement for the just-released Dash and should offer a significant overall improvement over the earlier model: processor speed has been doubled, with the 200MHz OMAP core now replaced by a much faster 400MHz Samsung unit. Internet access speed has also been increased with the addition of support for the often faster HSDPA and UMTS wireless standards to complement the existing choices of GPRS and EDGE. Similarly, the camera has been upgraded from 1.3 to 2 megapixels, while battery capacity has increased slightly to 1050 mAh. Other elements, such as built-in WiFi and the distinctive touchstrip for scrolling, have carried over from the Dash. The phone will see its earliest release in spring of 2007, but is likely to arrive in North America through either Cingular or T-Mobile. Click through for a full-sized photo.

Sony admits to defect in Cyber-shot cameras

11/24, 11:00am

Cyber-shot camera defects

Sony has announced the discovery of a defect in several models of its Cyber-shot line of cameras. Sold between September 2003 and January 2005, the affected models include the DSC-F88, DSC-M1, DSC-T1, DSC-T11, DSC-T3, DSC-T33, DSC-U40 and DSC-U50. The problem involves sensitivity to heat and humidity, which can cause the cameras to stop displaying LCD images, or to cease taking photos entirely. Sony is offering free repairs to anyone suffering from the defect. Reuters notes though that while over one million cameras were produced in the specified time period, Sony only anticipates a rough number of 4,000 needing to be fixed. Neither will this affect its earnings, the company says.

Trekstor releases Vibez 12GB music player

11/24, 10:45am

Trekstor Vibez 12GB Player

Trekstor today officially launched the Vibez, its long-anticipated mini music jukebox. The player is the first to use a 12GB one-inch hard drive and stores as many as 250 albums, the company claims. Software is also a cornerstone of the design, as the Vibez is the first third-party player to use an enhanced version of the interface and software inherited from Rio, which sold its code to SigmaTel in 2005. The programming gives the new player support for useful formats that even newer players ignore, according to Trekstor: OGG and the lossless FLAC standard can be played alongside newer MP3 and WMA files. The updated Rio software also allows for crossfading between tracks and viewing JPEG photos sorted by EXIF data. Trekstor estimates the battery life at 20 hours and offers line-in as well as microphone recording. The Vibez is compatible with Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows PCs and is already shipping from J&R in 8GB ($170) and 12GB ($200) editions.

RTX ships PC-free Skype phone

11/24, 10:05am

RTX DUALphone 3088

RTX on Thursday said it had released the DUALphone 3088. The Skype phone is the first such device to ship that doesn't require a host computer to work, according to the company. Its use of DECT allows it to be setup with a Skype account as long as its included base station is connected through Ethernet to a modem or router; the cordless handset can in turn send and receive phone calls to any real-world phone number or Skype user. Support exists for virtually every voice-related function, RTX claims. Conference calls, contact lists, and voicemail boxes function as they do on a PC. RTX will make its DUALphone available on December 1st across Europe for 159 Euros ($206) after tax. A North American release is possible but remains unconfirmed.

Samsung M610 ships to Sprint, sets thinness record

11/24, 9:30am

Samsung M610 at Sprint

Sprint today started shipping the Samsung M610, a clamshell phone the company says is the thinnest such phone ever to be released in the US at 0.47 inches. Despite this size, the phone is comparatively advanced for its mid-range status, according to the carrier. The M610 has a central, 2-megapixel camera that can swivel to either face outwards for conventional photos or inwards for self-portraits. Sprint further says the phone supports all the company's Power Vision services, including EVDO Internet access as well as mobile TV. Bluetooth and a microSD card slot for additional storage complement the design. The phone is available today from Sprint for $330 as a stand-alone purchase and for $180 with a two-year contract.

JAYS launches microphone, earbuds for Walkman phones

11/24, 8:55am

JAYS Mic and Earbuds

JAYS said late yesterday that it has unveiled two new audio accessories to help owners of Sony-Ericsson's Walkman phone better enjoy their music without sacrificing quality. The m-JAYS music adapter (pictured, right) is designed to let any standard 3.5mm earbud or headphone set plug into the proprietary connectors of most Sony-Ericsson music-capable cellphones while retaining the ability to place calls. Using an answer button, a microphone built into the adapter can handle outbound voice without demanding that users lift the cellphone to their head, the company says.

Accordingly, JAYS has also revealed the j-JAYS (left), a set of in-canal earbuds meant to properly enhance the sound from cellphones using the m-JAYS adapter as well as any other portable music player. The earpieces have an exceptionally strong level of bass but use 9mm drivers that maintain the quality of high- and mid-range frequencies, according to the company's claims. Both the j-JAYS and m-JAYS will be available in black or white; the former is expected to ship in December for $49, while the latter will follow in January for $29. Versions of the m-JAYS for other phone manufacturers will follow soon afterwards.

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