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The Stuff That Dreams Are Made of ...

July 29, 2008

Buck Rogers and James Bond used jetpacks, and since the 1960s, several real jetpack designs have been built from metal, plastic and propellant. None has flown more than a minute.

Now a New Zealand inventor, Glenn Martin, plans to unveil today what he calls "the world's first practical jetpack" at the EAA AirVenture, the gigantic annual air show in Wisconsin. It's personal flying taken to the very personal level.

Martin, who has spent 27 years developing the devices, said he hoped to begin selling them next year for $100,000 apiece.

"There is nothing that even comes close to the dream that the jetpack allows you to achieve," said Robert J. Thompson, the director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University.

Economy Ticking Upward, Buy a Gadget This Weekend

July 25, 2008

Calling All Spies!

July 23, 2008

T-Mobile VoIP Shenanigans - AGAIN!

July 18, 2008

I've written about T-Mobile's VoIP blocking shenanigan's here, here, and here.  Not to mention their blocking of MinuteWatcher for tracking cellphone minute usage. I also wrote how Truphone won an injunction against T-mobile ordering T-Mobile UK to stop blocking calls to Truphone. T-Mobile's heavy-handed blocking tactics is getting a bit old.

Well, according to TUAW, T-mobile is at it again.

Logitech Wireless Keyboard for Nintendo Wii

July 15, 2008

Tom writes 'iHate My iPhone Because its iDead'

July 12, 2008

Packet8 MobileTalk on iPhone Adds VoIP Calling

July 11, 2008

8x8, Inc. the provider of the Packet8 VoIP broadband service today announed it has added the Apple iPhone to the list of over 450 mobile handset devices now supported by the Packet8 MobileTalk international calling service. Launched back in November 2007, MobileTalk adds inexpensive calling to the iPhone 2.0 which launched today.

Unlike the truphone iPhone application I blogged earlier today, the Packet8 MobileTalk is web-based interface, so unlike truphone there is no dialer application to download. Instead, it uses a customized web-based dialer, accessible via a standard data plan or WiFi connection, to route calls to a unique local Packet8 access number and then on to the Packet8 digital VoIP network. Once the call has been initiated, the data connection is no longer engaged and the call is carried to completion over the cellular provider's network with only Packet8's low international calling rates applied.

Truphone on iPhone Apple Store enables VoIP

July 11, 2008

Apple Web service outages during iPhone launch

July 11, 2008

As the Apple iPhone ver 2 launches today, Apple had some outage issues with their website.

Late yesterday/last night, Apple users could not access their accounts. Additionally, the TUAW reported today (6:20am Friday) that The Apple Store US is down, though it's up now. The outage last night was a planned outage that was part of the Apple's transition to MobileMe. Essentially, their .Mac accounts' data was being moved to MobileMe, a $99/year service lets people view, update and sync e-mails, calendar appointments & contacts, as well as share files across iPhones, Macs and Windows PCs.

As iPhone mania continues to run rampant today, just take a breather. If you can't access Apple's iPhone web services to download new apps or the Exchange email integration isn't working, just put the iPhone down, go outside, scream at the top of your lungs, "Curses you Steve Jobs for not planning better!", then go back inside look at your precious new newfandangled iPhone and just be glad you own one.

Summer Camp & Gadgets: Let the Smuggling Begin

June 27, 2008

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