Sunday, March 25, 2007

I just came across GrandCentral, a free service that gives you one number that rings all your phones. Includes several cool features like transfering ongoing calls from one phone to another, listening to voicemail messages while they're being recorded, setting custom ringback tones, and funnest of all... playing a "disconnected" message to thwart that geek you met at the bar last night.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

This past Christmas I really wanted to get WiFi-enabled digital picture frames for both sets of grandparents so we could stream pictures of our family's new addition, but after lots of research was unable to find a frame that didn't require an expensive service subscription. I ended up scrapping the idea, although I did get this Philips frame without WiFi for my wife to take to work.

But things are looking up, as I just discovered this recently launched Kodak EasyShare frame with WiFi that lets you share photos over the Internet for free. And it's only $30 more than I paid for the smaller Philips frame. Shhh, don't tell my parents or in-laws.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I'm going to declare this the official first blog post announcing the gamma release of Yahoo! Go 2.0 for Windows Mobile. Yahoo!'s site claims 77 phones supported now - including a handful of Windows Mobile 6 phones and the Lobster (!) - although all the PPCs, landscape SPs, and 6 phones say "coming soon." Yeah!

UPDATE: They weren't kidding when they said "coming soon." I just tried to download and install this on a Samsung i320N (i.e. the EDGE Blackjack) and Yahoo!'s mobile site wouldn't let me. I agreed to let them send me a text when the phone was supported. Bummer. I guess while I'm waiting I'll download the installer to a portrait SP (I hope I have one with Windows Mobile 5.0), copy it to the i320N and see if I can get it to work that way.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

I know I'm late in pointing this out and I'm sure you'll think it lame of me to be drooling over this, but Sony is promoting a line of 007 branded products in conjuntion with the Casino Royale movie. If memory serves, all of these products are used prominently in the movie along with limited edition silver Cyber-shot camera phones from Sony Ericsson. Sony is even offering bundles that come packaged in a "sophisticated aluminum attaché case." Sweet!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Standalone digital cameras a thing of the past? Maybe not. Enter the
consumer digital SLR. These cameras won't fit in your pants pocket, but for as little as $300 they give you a terrific 12x optical zoom on top of a typical compact point-and-shoot model's feature set. That's right... 12x. Optical. Zoom. Not the puny 3x you normally get. And most definitely not that fake ass digital zoom stuff used to puff up spec sheets. This is the real deal. So you can finally capture decent quality photos of your favorite band or team - even from the nosebleeds. They're still not going to get you a gig with Rolling Stone or a contract with Sports Illustrated, but if your cameraphone leaves you wanting check out this consumer digital SLR review by David Pogue. The accompanying slide show does a great job highlighting the pros and cons of this class of cameras.