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November 2006

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Electrilite Emergency gadgety flashlight

November 30, 2006

The Electrilite Emergency flashlight is a gadget lovers dream! It's a flashlight with bulbs that never need replacing, it's a radio, it's an alarm, and it never needs batteries. This product recharges itself or even your cell phone by using a handcrank. 

This new product follows up on Electrilite's nifty flashlight launched last when they introduced their Electrilite Flashlight, which also never needs batteries or bulbs, and it charges cell phones. 

$100 Laptop: Extinct Before It Arrives?

November 30, 2006

3J Communications' 3J-W1D Skype phone

November 30, 2006

3J Communications announced the availability of its new 3J-W1D Skype phone to the US market. The new 3J-W1D is a remote wireless Skype phone with a blue backlighted LCD display and features built-in echo and noise cancellation as well as a nifty speakerphone on its base.

Supporting both Windows and Mac OS platforms, the new 3J-W1D (who came up with that non-descript name anyway?) is actually compatible with Skype, MSN and Yahoo! Messenger, as well as with VoIP Buster. In addition, 3J-W1D works with SJphone, X-Lite and Eyebeam, other VoIP softphone applications.

For Skype, the user can view their Skype contact’s status and profile, and can add or search their Skype friends on the unit’s bright 1.5” color handset screen.  There are call lists for Skype Calls. 

I Can See Clearly Now: Windows Vista Due Tomorrow

November 29, 2006

It's hard to get too excited about the official launch of Windows Vista tomorrow after spending all of that energy for the launch of PS3 (and to a lesser extent, Wii).

But still, Microsoft's launch of a new operating sytem is a big deal -- and we've been waiting five years (two years longer than we thought we'd have to wait).

For a good read on what all of the fuss is about, click here.

And if you're in the market for a new PC this holiday season (and that would be prior to the general availability of Windows Vista -- on January 30, 2007), Microsoft itself has some tips on how to make sure you will be "Windows Vista Capable."

Now It's Time Warner's Time

November 29, 2006

Not to be too outdone by yesterday's news about the planned Wal-Mart digital movie download service, Time Warner is now planning to launch its own direct-to-DVD movie download service.

According to reports, this is in the "wait until next year" time frame.  TW also said it's pondering movie kiosks at Wal-Mart.

Seems to be it's about time the major motion picture studios woke up and smelled the coffee over the potential profits of direct-to-consumer downloads. 

Wal-Mart Goes to the Movies (Back to the Future?)

November 28, 2006

Well, movie rentals didn't work out too good for them, but now Wal-Mart keeps forging ahead by joining the ranks of digital movie download retailers.

According to a published report, the biggest of the big box retailers is launching the new download service with an exclusive Superman Returns DVD bundle that will contain a video download option with the purchase of the actual DVD.

If that doesn't make sense to you (buy the DVD, then buy the download?), then you may not be the only one scratching your head.

Bond Goes Sony at the Casino Royale

November 28, 2006

Vernbatim U3 Store 'n' Go

November 27, 2006

It may seem like a while ago that I blogged about the groovy new U3 technology -- the evolution of the USB drive -- but it was only last week!

This time, let's taka a look at an actual product -- Verbatim's 1GB Store ‘n’ Go U3 Smart Drive, the newest member of its award-winning family of Store ‘n’ Go USB drives.

Just the size of a pack of gum, the U3 smart drive offers a new mobile computing platform that allows you to carry smart software applications, PC settings, files and personal preferences wherever you go and to access them on any Windows XP or 2000 PC via any open USB port.

Verbatim’s Smart Drive adds a nice personal twist by including an app called U3 Launchpad, an intuitive interface that makes accessing U3 smart software and device features fast and easy.

Would a Cell Phone by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?

November 27, 2006

VoIP Gateway clones an iPod

November 27, 2006

The iPod is one of the most recognizable products due to it's smooth exterior, elegant shape, and stylish form-factor.  So what you do get when you cross an Apple iPod with a VoIP gateway? Why the Polypower VRM0-Sxx series of course!

This VoIP gateway clones the iPod's small size, measuring just 100x80x28mm and clones the iPod's original white/ivory color.

When Black Friday Comes ...

November 24, 2006

A Day To Be Thankful

November 23, 2006

Moto Goes Soy for Cell?

November 22, 2006

Megapixels Don't Matter

November 22, 2006

GPS for truckers

November 22, 2006

I've received multiple requests from my loyal blog readers for help in finding a GPS solution that works well for truckers. The problem with standard GPS solutions is that they were designed with regular vehicles in mind and not 18-wheelers or other large vehicles, including my beloved Garmin StreetPilot 2720. 18-wheelers often cannot go down certain roads or on certain highways due to restrictions, such as low underpasses. Using a standard GPS solution the mapping software typically doesn't allow you specify that you are driving a large truck.

PS3 Shortage Even Shorter

November 21, 2006

What's 1 Better Than U2: Why U3, Of Course!

November 21, 2006

Remember when computers had floppy drives?

Well, yes, some still do, but the generation of CDs and then USB storage devices has made them largely obsolete.

Now, the ubiquitous USB flash drive has undergone the latest step in its evolution -- transforming into the U3 smart drive.

Playing Favorites: Wii vs. PS3 vs. Xbox 360

November 21, 2006

OPPO Digital LT2007 20-inch LCD-TV DVD Combo Player Review

November 21, 2006

The OPPO Digital LT2007 20-inch LCD-TV DVD Combo Player is an interesting "combination" device, combining a 181-channel TV tuner, VGA input for PC/laptop video support, built-in DVD player, 5-in-1 USB Memory Card reader, component ports, built-in speakers, and a remote control -- all in a small, elegant, and stylish design that is perfectly suited for kitchens, dorms, dens, or other rooms with limited space. Oppo sent me a review unit to check out and put through the paces.

For my first test I inserted the DVD movie Cellular into the front-loading DVD slot. Similar to cars' in-dash DVD/CD players, the DVD player automatically "catches" the DVD disc as you insert it. Using the ultra-thin remote control, which actually uses a thin watch battery, I was able to easily navigate the DVD menus and start the movie.

Another Sony Black-Eye: Boston

November 20, 2006

When Sony bought CBS way back when, they also bought the famous CBS "Eye," which sought of looked like a black eye.

I bet they didn't think they'd be using that symbol outside of the music or television business, but this year has been one big black eye for Sony -- notebook battery problems, PS3 production problems and now violence and mayhem over the PS3 launch.

Looks like the good folks of Boston aren't taking Sony's launch problems as a "normal course of doing business." Instead, the city plans to bill Sony for the police needed to quell a ruckus at the Sony Style store in Beantown.

Maybe Sony could have "gifted" every mayor of every major U.S.

Windows Is a Big Boy Now!

November 20, 2006

PS3 Making People Crazy: Part II

November 17, 2006

Now we have former Senator John Edwards (no, not the "otherworldly" guy we see on TV) reportedly asking one of his staff members to see if he could get a hot, new PS3 from Wal-mart for his family.

Sound bad?

How about making it even worse that Edwards was criticizing the big W for unfairly treating its employees at the same time?

Seems to me that Sony could have handed out PS3s to every member of Congress (that's 500 or so) and theoretically reduced its lobby/legal presence in DC to $0 for at least a couple of months.

PS3 Making People Crazy

November 17, 2006

I surrender my email address to spammers

November 17, 2006

I surrender! I surrender! Just as Captain Kirk begrudgingly surrendered the Enterprise, as of today I have surrendered my corporate email account to the spammers. Spammers can have my email address, which has become completely overwhelmed with spam.

Google click-to-call launches

November 17, 2006

Google finally launched their click-to-call feature, which is available from Google Maps. Rich has the scoop and he gave me the head's up on the news and he has a detailed write-up, including who is powering the termination - namely VoIP, Inc. Nice scoop, Rich!

The above screenshot is a test call I made called the famous Pepe's Pizza in New Haven. Best of all, the call is FREE!

The official Google Blog has more.

Techcrunch also talks about this news. In one part Techcrunch says "The calls are powered by Google Talk and Skype"

How is this powered by Skype?

Mossberg Makes It Easy

November 16, 2006

Boo Best Buy

November 16, 2006

Hotmail Outage

November 16, 2006

Hotmail apparently is experiencing a major outage. The message I got at 9:44am ET was:
Server too busy.
We are experiencing higher than normal volume and are therefore unable to service your request at this time. Try one of the following:

In your browser, click Refresh
In your browser, click Back, and try again
Wait a few minutes and try again
 We apologize for this inconvenience.

This is the first Microsoft Hotmail outage that I have seen in quite some time.

Cell Phones Killed the Video Star

November 16, 2006

Discount on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo

November 15, 2006

As a reward to my loyal blog readers, I was able to request and get a 20% discount on any Internet Telephony Conference & Expo registration plan for readers on my blog. Don't say I don't ever do nuttin' for ya. Rich may also offer the same thing on his blog, but you read it here first.

Simply visit this special promo link and you will automatically receive a 20% discount on any of TMC's ITEXPO conference plans.
I can't believe ITEXPO East 2007 is just 10 weeks away, and with the holidays those 10 weeks will go by a lot faster than usual.

VONaLink softphone uses SIP to capture CallerID

November 15, 2006

I just wrote about Arcosoft's VoIP call recording software this week and now just a few days later they launched another interesting product called VONaLink ScreenPop. ScreenPop works with any VoIP phone system based on the SIP standard, such as Vonage or Asterisk, to provide screen pops and even the ability to reject calls. Buh-bye telemarketers!

Typically Caller ID is read by a computer using an analog modem or a proprietary CallerID box. VONaLink uses open standards in the VoIP world to simply extract CallerID info by monitoring the network packets.

More important than the 'techno-speak' on how it works, using the Caller ID of the incoming call, ScreenPop searches for the caller in Microsoft Outlook contacts, or launches custom applications to search the web or company database.

speaQ SIP softphone for Mobile Phones

November 15, 2006

speaQ is a new softphone application designed to make VoIP calls using WiFi or EVDO on mobile devices. Created by QTech, Inc., they claim it was designed from the start for smartphones and PDAs, which have limited processing power. It currently runs on Windows Mobile 5.0 Devices and under Linux on the Sharp Zaurus.

If you have a SIP-based Broadvoice or other SIP-based VoIP phone service account, Alpha Trial speaQ provides a simple phone interface with full call logging, contact integration, and DTMF (touch tones), on any 300Mhz+ Windows Mobile devices, such as the Palm Treo 700w, HP Ipaq 2495, etc. or under Linux on the Sharp Zaurus 5600.

PS3: Are You On Line Yet?

November 15, 2006

Skype 2.5 Beta for Mac

November 15, 2006

Today, Skype has released a new version of Skype for the Mac - Skype 2.5 Beta for Mac. The previous Mac release was October 23, 2006 which was version, so this is a 0.5 (half point) release upgrade. This catches up to the currently released Skype 2.5 for Windows, but is still a 1/2 point release behind Skype 3.0 beta for Windows. Why does Windows get all the fun?

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's an iPod!

November 14, 2006

Not to be outdone by all of the Zune noise we've been hearing on the ground today, Apple is taking to the air!

Apple has announced that it's teaming up with some major airlines -- Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United -- to deliver the first seamless integration between the iPod and in-flight entertainment systems!

(Now if I can just get that iPod past security ...)

These six airlines will offerr passengers "iPod seat connections" that power and charge iPods during flight and allow the video content on their iPods to be viewed on the their seat back displays.

Did You Pick Up Your Zune Today?

November 14, 2006

Russell Shaw's new TMC blog launches

November 14, 2006

Talkplus Skype demo

November 14, 2006

If you recall, I interviewed Jeff Black at ITEXPO back in October and discovered that Talkplus had reverse engineered Skype and built their own Skype gateway so you can dial Skype usernames. Specifically, I wrote:

One final interesting thing we talked about at ITEXPO is that TalkPlus has built their own Skype gateway. In fact, when pressed further, Jeff mentioned they actually reverse engineered Skype's protocol. Although the Skype gateway isn't part of TalkPlus's launch today, Jeff explained that they have tested it in their labs and it's working very well.

Catch a Wave, the Z-Wave

November 13, 2006

The dream of home automation has been around for a long time -- push button (er, make that "wireless" today) simplicity to take care of your every whim at home.

And it's a dream that's still slowly evolving toward a bright future, as the Z-Wave Alliance made its way to the recent DigitalLife show in New York to show us how much closer we're getting.

The "host" company at DigitalLife, Zensys, is the developer of Z-Wave, an interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that is trying to become the de facto standard in wireless home control.

Z-Wave brings many benefits to everyday life, including real-time home monitoring and energy conservation by controlling a wide array of home devices such as lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment, healthcare, access and security systems.

Mobile Phones Were Meant To Be Free

November 13, 2006

VoIP Call Recording using Port Mirroring

November 13, 2006

Remember my VoIP call recording round-up of various VoIP call recording solutions? Well, it's time to update that post with a new solution I found from Arcosoft Inc. Arcosoft today announced the release of VONaLink TeamRecord, which works with any VoIP phone system based on the open SIP standard, such as Asterisk or Vonage, to centrally record all phone calls. What is interesting about this solution is that it unobtrusively "sniffs" for voice packets on your data network by leveraging the port mirroring capability of a network switch. By implementing port mirroring, TeamRecord can see all of your network traffic, and then using intelligence packet capturing technology it can find the RTP (audio) stream without the need for any recording software at each workstation.

Digital Cameras To Make You Slimmer

November 10, 2006

It's Alive! Mini Robopet (Nice for the Stocking ...)

November 10, 2006

Krusell Gets My Treo Stuck ...

November 9, 2006

Mimobots to the Storage Rescue!

November 9, 2006

And now for something completely different!

Mimoco is a designer toy studio meets consumer electronics company based in Boston. Their mission: "To bring style and soul to personal tech devices and to inject interactivity into the burgeoning designer toy movement."

The fruits of their vision are the delicious and fresh mimobot designer toy USB flash drives that were launched late last year. 

Windows Vista: January 30, 2007

November 8, 2006

An Early Peak at 'Black Friday' Ads

November 8, 2006

In gadget-land, as in all of retailing, Black Friday is one heck of a day -- it's the day after Thanksgiving that signals the "official" start of the holiday shopping season.

(Although retailers like Wal-mart are already pushing the envelope with sale prices that used to be reserved for that special time only ...)

Black Friday is also the day that retailers love to fill their stores early -- why else would there be 5:00 AM specials on that day for early birds (and those that haven't gone to sleep yet)?

For those of us who can't wait for the nice four-color printed flyers ("circulars") to show up in our mail box or paper and instead want a sneak peek at those ads, a number of web sites, like Black Friday 2006, have sprung up.

NTP Says 'Hands Up' Palm

November 8, 2006

FierceVoIP's Top 15 VoIP Companies of 2006

November 8, 2006

FierceVoIP has released a list of their Top 15 VoIP Companies of 2006, which FierceVoIP Editor Dan Rosenbaum calls the Fierce 15.

Dan writes: "I have a particular belief that the companies that will succeed most brilliantly are the ones that succeed in building an ecosystem around themselves, and that brilliant applications are at the forefront of today's VoIP industry…Some of these companies you've heard of. Some, I bet, you haven't. But you should. These are the best of breed for 2006."

It's an interesting list, which includes Empirix, SunRocket, Jajah, Iotum, Digium, GrandCentral, and several other notable players in the VoIP space.

Skype 3.0 beta released

November 8, 2006

Skype 3.0 beta was just released. If you recall, I reported back in October at ITEXPO that Skype 3.0 beta would launch in November and that the biggest new features in Skype 3.0 beta are its plugin support and the click-to-dial feature. Of course, the Skype v2.6 beta already had "click to call" added, so really the plugin support is the main new feature. Of course, as I also reported, it really isn't like Firefox plugins, it's simply a new tab that lets you pick the most popular Skype applications and it will initiate the installation process.

Dialogic delivers industry's 1st multimedia processing platform for AdvancedTCA

November 8, 2006

Linksys CIT310 Phone for Yahoo Messenger

November 8, 2006

Linksys has partnered with Yahoo! to offer a new dual-mode cordless phone called the Linksys Dual-Mode Cordless Phone for Yahoo! Messenger with Voice (CIT310). Linksys sent me a review unit to check out and put through the paces. Similar to the Linksys CIT200 Skype phone I reviewed, the Linksys Yahoo Messenger CIT310 gives you low-cost PSTN Outbound calling using VoIP and FREE voice calling to your Yahoo Messenger buddies.

PowerSquid's Got the Power Protection!

November 7, 2006

Flexity has put a whole new spin (and look!) on one of the essential "back office" elements of personal computing -- the lowly surge protector.

(Is there anything more utilitarian than that?)

Yes, believe it or not, that dull black or white (or even gray) strip of metal, some outlets and an electrical cable with plug has undergone a dramatic transformation.

(Dare I say almost of Cinderella proportions?)

Camrivox Adds Google Talk Support To Stand-Alone VoIP Phones And Telephony Adapters

November 7, 2006

Camrivox has announced that it has added support for Google Talk to its range of Flexor IP telephony adapters and IP phones. The Flexor line of products allow users to register a SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) account and a Google Talk account simultaneously on the same VoIP device. The Flexor line also supports analog FXO/FXS ports, so it can also make/receive landline/PSTN calls. Interesting that you can do SIP, Google Talk, and PSTN in/out all from one ATA (analog telephony adaptor). 

Xbox 360 Live Movie/Video Downloads Skip the PC: Yes!

November 7, 2006

We blogged about it last week and now it's true.

Users of Microsoft's Xbox 360 Live video game service soon will be able to download TV shows like South Park and CSI as well as movies like V for Vendetta via deals inked with half a dozen Hollywood studios.

Globe Dialer mobile app enables cheap international calls

November 7, 2006

Globe Dialer is a proprietary software application that you download directly onto your mobile phone. Their software allows you to make convenient, low-cost, 'one-click' international calls, which no doubt uses VoIP termination. Of course, as I have reported, Jajah offers something similar, and they even offer free worldwide dialing, though there is a catch. Talkplus also offers a mobile app to download, but its primary purpose isn't inexpensive mobile dialing, though that is one of its benefits.

Globe Dialer has no "catch" and it's sole function is inexpensive international calls.

Broadcom PC-less Skype Wi-Fi phone

November 7, 2006

Broadcom today announced that the Broadcom Wi-Fi phone now supports Skype software. Similar to other Pc-less Skype phones, you will be able to scroll through your contacts, see presence info, make free Skype-to-Skype calls, as well as SkypeIn and SkypeOut support if you paid for these optional services. The beauty of this WiFi Skype phone is of course you don't have to be tethered to your PC, nor does this Skype phone have to communicate with a base station connected (via USB) to a PC running Skype.

The handset features include a high-resolution color display, speakerphone and Buffalo’s AOSS easy configuration protocol.

Slower Gadget Sales This Holiday?

November 6, 2006

New Nikon D40 on Its Way?

November 6, 2006

IPNetworked added to Gigaom blog family

November 6, 2006

Om Malik has added a new blog to his portfolio called IPNetworked. According to Om, "IPNetworked is a blog that will exclusively track the telecom carriers, cable companies, Internet service providers, Web hosting services, and the data centers. Speed changes, legislative matters, price cuts, and IPTV – it will cover a wide gamut of topics."

Russell Shaw will be one of the writers on this new blog. Congrats Russell on the new writing diggs after leaving VON Magazine.

Fonality launches new PBXtra Professional Edition

November 6, 2006

Fonality, provider of Asterisk-based IP telephony solutions (including trixbox 2.0), today announced the release of its new PBXtra Professional Edition IP-PBX and HUD (Heads-Up Display) Team application. I spoke with Chris Lyman, CEO of Fonality to get the scoop on this news. The short take is that PBXtra Professional Edition is a notch up from their Standard Edition targetting larger businesses that aren't necessarily call centers, scaling from 50 to 500 seats with enterprise-class features. Similarly, HUD Pro is launching, which is a big upgrade of HUD, offering more features that are interesting to larger companies - more on that later.

Bridgeport Networks receives funding

November 4, 2006

BridgePort Networks is a leader in mobile VoIP convergence and a company I've been following for quite some time. On Monday, BridgePort Networks will announce a new investment of $13 million in Venture Capital financing in the company by its current investors.

Including previous financings of $3 million in seed financing, $10 million announced in January 2004 and $25 million announced in September 2004, the new financing brings the total capital raised by the company to $51 million.

Existing investors TD Capital Ventures, Polaris Venture Partners, General Catalyst Partners and BCE Capital all participated in the financing.   Funds will be used for working capital in the support of the many channel partners and integrators currently working with BridgePort Networks on market trials at major telecom service providers of the company’s NomadicONE™ core network convergence software.

According to Bridgeport Networks, "Whilst the company remains the leader in the emerging Voice Call Continuity (VCC) market for seamless voice handover between cellular and Wi-Fi technologies, the new funds will also be used to broaden and deepen applications for its MobileSTICK USB-SIM solution which transforms personal computers into voice, multimedia messaging and presence terminals for mobile operator services, leveraging standards-based VoIP technology."

“BridgePort Networks has largely completed its product and solution development phases and is mid-way through channel development and enablement, with several major relationships already in place”, said Mike Mulica, President and CEO of BridgePort Networks. “As the FMC market transitions to commercial deployment, this new funding positions the company well for the scale-up phase that will occur during 2007 and 2008. 

QuickOffice Does the Symbian Shuffle

November 3, 2006

For anyone going mobile, the less gadgets the better. (Rather than the more the merrier.)

Why carry a separate cell phone and MP3 player when you can carry a single gadget that does both?

For that matter, why carry a cell phone and a notebook computer when you can carry a single gadget that does both?

(Good questions, aren't they?)

Get Your iPod Shuffle: In Stores Now

November 3, 2006

How Many NYC Marathons with Nike+?

November 3, 2006

With the New York City Marathon this weekend -- Sunday to be exact -- got to wondering how many runners will be equipped with MP3 players to pass the time (does add a bit of weight, though).

That thought then moved on to how many runners will be get up with Nike+ shoes, the Nike+iPod Sport Kit and an iPod Nano? This is the setup that puts the iPod in the shoe (could cause a bit of a balance problem, eh?).

Bet the top runners won't be passing the time this way, but would make mucho sense to go the mobile music route for the marathoners out for the fun of it.

How About Xbox Live HD Movie Downloads?

November 3, 2006

Garmin Wins Dutch Lawsuit Brought by TomTom

November 2, 2006

Garmin has today received a decision of the District Court in The Hague, Netherlands denying the preliminary injunction sought by TomTom International B.V. in preliminary relief proceedings alleging infringement by Garmin of a European registered design owned by TomTom. The court also ordered TomTom to pay Garmin's 37,000 euros to cover attorney fees for defending the preliminary relief proceedings. I own a Garmin 2720 myself, but have used TomTom in the past and like both products.

Sangoma shipping the A102d dual port E1/T1/PRI Asterisk card

November 2, 2006

Sangoma Technologies Corporation, announced today that the A102d, a dual port E1/T1/PRI card with carrier-grade echo cancellation is now shipping. Although Sangoma's cards work on a variety of applications, the most popular is using Sangoma hardware on Asterisk PBX servers. (See my Asterisk Sangoma test drive article)

The A102d includes the same digital processing and PCI/PCI Express technology as the four-port A104d card and is intended to provide the benefits of hardware-based echo cancellation and voice enhancement for smaller, two-port T1/E1 installations at a lower cost. The A102d also supports DMF encoding/decoding and tone recognition, voice quality enhancement and adaptive noise reduction.

"The A102d was developed in response to the continuing demand for a small capacity, low-cost E1/T1 card with telco-grade echo cancellation," says Sangoma Technologies president and CEO David Mandelstam.

4 Million: That's a Lot of Wii

November 2, 2006

Cingular Starts To Sing

November 1, 2006

ZTMax iMage driverless USB camera

November 1, 2006

New USB video camera from ZTMax that is driver-less called the iMage. Essentially, it's a driverless CCD webcam that works on both PC and MAC. Not requiring a driver is pretty cool, but do we need another USB camera on an already USB camera-saturated market?

- 640 x 480 (VGA) 1/7-inch color CCD sensor.
- 15 frames per second.
- USB Interface 2.0.
- Compatible operating systems WINDOWS XP SP2, MAC OS X (10.4.3)
- Screw holes for wall mounting.
- Screw holes for tripod mount.
- Magnetic Mount.
- Certification FCC/CE/MIC
- Height: 2 5/16" (44mm)
- Width: 1 3/4" (25mm)
- Length: 1" (58mm)
- Works with: MSN Messenger, Skype, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM and more...
- Accessories: One 5ft, Type-A to Mini-B USB 2.0 cable, One Travel bag
- 1 Yr Warranty

Another Classic Goes Bye-Bye: Syntax-Brillian Buys Vivitar

November 1, 2006

The camera business -- and the classic industry names like Kodak, Fujifilm, etc. -- has never been the same since digital reared its head a decade ago and "digital imaging" replaced "photography" in everyday speech.

Now, in the latest development, HD set manufacturer Syntax-Brillian has announced that it will purchase film and digital camera maker Vivitar Corp. for $26 million in stock. Syntax-Brillian is counting on its acquisition to give it a bona fide entry into the digital photo business.

Jangl powers dating site Anonymous Voice Chat

November 1, 2006, a powerhouse in the online dating scene today announced matchTalk, a system that assigns the couple a unique number that they can use to talk to each other without giving out their real telephone number or other personal details. Anonymity - or at least protecting your private number is certainly key in online dating. What the news doesn't disclose is that Jangl powers this matchTalk system. People with Caller ID will see the matchTalk number instead of their actual phone number.

Megan is just too cute for words

November 1, 2006

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