2006 cell phone tally tops one billion

Cell phone sales went through the roof last year, as total shipments of handsets topped one billion for the first time ever, according to a recent report by IDC.

Miami designer develops GPS shoes

An independent businessman from Miami has developed a pair of shoes with a built-in GPS sensor, which can be used to send a distress signal in case the wearer gets lost or cannot get to his cell phone. The shoes are planned to be available in March.

AT&T to host "TXT Bee" events

AT&T wants you to go back to school and learn the (texting) language of your children. The company today announced that it will be hosting a series of "interactive TXT Bees" at "select high schools throughout the country." The first event is taking place today at the West Orange High School in West Orange, New Jersey.

Samsung debuts touchscreen phone with force feedback

Immersion said that Samsung's SCH-W559 cellphone is the first device to make use of its "VibeTonz" technology. The device integrates a "unique" touchscreen that comes with "tactile feedback" features to add a new twist to the general use of a cellphone.

LG announces iPhone-looking Prada phone

LG Electronics has announced a touchscreen Prada phone that looks and functions eerily like Apple's iPhone. The phone, much like its Chocolate phone cousin, is marketed towards luxury users and includes a leather case, pre-loaded content and ring tones. LG's phone could even beat Apple's iPhone to market.

Alienware offers notebook with overclocked Core 2 Duo processor

Alienware today announced a "special edition" of its Area-51 m5700 notebook. The system does not look different that the normal m5700, but can be equipped with a few goodies that are only available for this model, the manufacturer said.

Dell goes tough with first rugged notebook

Throwing its hat into the relatively uncrowded ring of rugged laptop computers, Dell today announced the Latitude ATG D620, a new notebook PC that meets military standards for a variety of environmental and accidental factors.

Blackberry Pearl goes white

T-Mobile, along with Blackberry creator Research in Motion (RIM), recently unveiled a new white version of the popular Blackberry Pearl model, offering U.S. customers a different design from the existing "piano black" handset.

Cellphone explodes in man's pocket

A 59-year-old man was found in a California hotel room with second and third degree burns because the cell phone he had in his pocket exploded and started a small fire in the room, according to a story by the Associated Press.

CES 2007: The $100 OLPC laptop in detail

The One Laptop Per Child project is inching towards final production: Prototypes are currently on display at the Consumer Electronics Show and we have used the opportunity to play around with the devices shown by Marvell, which provides the wireless chips for the device. Get a close-up look at the $100 laptop in our slideshow.

Apple's history lesson: The iPhone and AppleTV

San Francisco (CA) - Apple CEO Steve Jobs is not known for making moderate claims, so even his opening remark at his Macworld Expo keynote - "We are going to make history today" - was not really a surprise. But Apple could very well have a new winner on its hand: Not necessarily the iTV, which is now called the AppleTV, but a rather stunning cellphone, which makes the old Rokr iTunes phone a thing of the past.

Fuji snaps out three new Finepix cameras

Two new entry-level cameras join a $300 model as the latest round of additions to Fuji's line of Finepix digital cameras. Each of them is set to debut later this year.

Sanyo announces 1 GB multimedia phone

Sanyo and Sprint have announced a new multimedia phone with 1 GB of internal memory. The Sanyo M1 phone can hold up to 16 hours of music along with pictures, videos and voice recordings. Being part of the Sprint's 3G network, the phone will be able to download songs and watch up to 50 channels of audio and video. There will also be a pay-per-view service that will stream full-length feature films.

Cingular provided 500 billion minutes of talking in 2006

Cingular said it logged a record number of airtime minutes used by customers. The service provider claims that more than 500 billion minutes of conversation will have passed through its airwaves by the end of the year.

Apple fixes iPod Shuffle glitch, again

Apple has recently updated a utility for the original iPod Shuffle that fixes the incompatibility between the player and the new version of iTunes. However, the company remains quiet about the entire issue, after experiencing a similar problem just two months ago with iTunes 6.

Nokia gets FCC approval for new flagship N93i cellphone

Nokia today received approval for its upcoming N93i cellphone, which will be an update for the existing N93 model.

Korean mobile phone makers ship ultra-cheap sets to India

More affordable mobile phones are heading to India and other poorer countries, thanks to two Korean cell phone makers. ROSE Telecom and Kedcom have announced that they are shipping 100,000 phones for just $30 each to India's Reliance Infocomm.

Opera to browse on Samsung cellphones

Opera, the rising star in the world of specialized Internet browsers, today announced that it has scored a contract with cellphone unit of Samsung to include the mobile browser in its future set of 3G phones.

EA brings Sudoku, Royal Solitaire to iPod

Electronic Arts today announced a pair of new games available on iTunes, which can be transferred to a fifth-generation iPod. Owners of the newest line of Apple's digital media player can now put Sudoku and Royal Solitaire on their iPod.

Samsung releases 8GB Yepp

Samsung has upgraded its Yepp MP3 player line by adding the 8GB Yepp T9. The T9 features FM radio, integrated recording and stereo Bluetooth output. The Yepp was initially launched back in October when Samsung rolled out the 2 and 4 GB models to the United States.