Cingular hooks up with Myspace

Atlanta (GA) - In a bid to bring social networking to cell phones, Cingular Wireless has created a deal with the social networking site Myspace to provide a mobile version of the online networking service. Under the partnership, Cingular, which currently sponsors a ringtone service on Myspace, will initially have the exclusive mobile rights to Myspace. Cingular subscribers will be able to pay $3 per month to use a proprietary version of the site, which allows users to edit their profile and post pictures directly from a mobile handset.

Linksys launches Skype iPhone

Linksys today launched a new phone that many expected to be announced by Apple in early January: A device with the name iPhone will be available from wireless equipment maker Linksys in the first quarter of next year.

Boeing fires employee whose laptop was stolen

Boeing, the giant aerospace company, has fired an employee who had a very important laptop stolen. The computer contained the personal information of approximately 400,000 current and retired company employees. The data had been downloaded from company servers and was not encrypted.

How low can prices go: 2 GB Compact Flash for $47 at Costco

Digital camera fanatics will like this deal that we spied at our local Costco. The warehouse chain is now selling SanDisk Ultra II 2 GB Compact Flash cards for $48. The actual price is about $80, but you get an instant rebate of $32 at the register.

Crucial Technology finally gets into the microSD market

Crucial Technology has begun selling 512 MB and 1 GB microSD memory card. The cards are tinier cousins of the familiar SD card and are mainly used in cellular phones. The cards include an adapter that let users pop the card into a normal SD card slot.

Skype 3.0 officially released

Skype has officially released version 3.0 of its popular Internet chat program. Skype 3.0.0.190 is now available for download and includes several new features. The program now plugs into Internet Explorer and users can make Skype calls to regular phone numbers with one click. Skype has also added a Skypecast feature where users can participate in moderated chats with up to a hundred people.

Corsair announces mega 16 GB USB flash drive

It's going to take people a long time to fill up Corsair's new USB flash drive. The water-resistant Flash Voyager drive has been upgraded and now can carry up to 16 GB of data. Users can even store a full Windows operating system and boot off the drive.

Sandisk and Sony introduce Memory Stick "Pro-HG" format

Sandisk and Sony think we need another flash format and are introducing the Memory Stick "Pro-HG" card. The cards are a faster and bigger version of the Memory Stick Pro cards and can transfer up to 60 MB/sec while having a capacity of up to 32 GB.

HP touts global mobile broadband notebook

HP has partnered with Cingular and offers a notebook that could be considered the ultimate mobile broadband device at this time. In addition to the common Wi-Fi connectivity, the nc6400 comes with integrated UMTS/HSDPA-based technology that provides users with more high-speed Internet alternatives than before.

Dell ships $3700 Blu-ray notebook

In the latest development in the war between next-generation DVD formats, PC maker Dell today announced availability of a pre-installed Blu-ray Disc (BD) drive as an option in its top-end notebook computer.

Take a guess: Who is chairing the revision of laptop battery standards?

The IEEE is forming a group to revise the IEEE 1625 standard for lithium-ion laptop batteries and guess which two companies will chair it ... wait for it ... Sony and Dell. These two companies have extensive experience in exploding batteries which makes them eminently qualified to chair the group. Dude, your Dell just exploded...

Belkin's WiFi Skype phone partners up with Boingo Hot Spots

Belkin's new Wi-Fi Skype phone will now work with more than 60,000 Boingo Hot Spots around the world. People who buy a Boingo unlimited account for $7.95 a month will be able to make free Skype calls in more than 60 countries.

1.3 million Japanese cell-phone batteries recalled

We've all heard about overheating laptop batteries, but in Japan NTT DoCoMo and Mitsubishi Electric are recalling 1.3 million potentially hot potato cellular phone batteries. The companies said the batteries were all made before June 2006 and could overheat and catch on fire. NTT says it knows of at least 18 cases where the batteries have either ruptured or overheated.

Homeowner thrown in jail for noisy cellphone call

An Eastpointe Michigan woman has been thrown in jail after one of her house guests walked outside to use a cell phone. 23-year-old Carmen Granata was cited for violating the city noise ordnance and was given 30 days in county jail along with two years of probation.

Driver texting with BlackBerry causes six car pileup

A man tapping messages on his BlackBerry phone caused a six car pileup on Interstate 5 on Tuesday morning. The Mercer Island, Washington resident was driving in the express lanes in his minivan when he rear-ended a car. That crash careened into four other vehicles which included a passenger bus.

Truphone brings free mobile calls over VoIP

With computer VoIP services like Skype and Vonage continuing to build consumer base, Truphone is a new London-based start-up going a slightly different route - bringing the same technology to cell phones to enable free or inexpensive calls on the go.

Next-gen OQO ultra-portable computer coming

OQO has been selling its portable "model 01" computer more about 26 months without significant changes. The once much anticipated design has settled in a market niche that is now being populated by ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs). Rumors about a potential successor have flying around for some time, but a FCC filing now confirms that the device will be announced soon.

Samsung developing smaller, brighter touch-screens

Samsung is developing a new display chip that promises smaller and brighter touch-screen LCD panels. The mobile display driver IC makes the LCD panel itself touch sensitive and eliminates the need for a separate touch screen panel.

Transcend rolls out new 8GB USB drive

Remember when USB memory sticks only had a mere 256 MB of storage? Those days are long gone and Transcend Information has just announced its new JetFlash V10 USB 2.0 drive with 8 GB of storage. The drive includes some encryption software and integrates a sliding USB connector which protects stick when not in use.

Nokia gets FCC approval for 6086 Wi-Fi cellphone

Nokia today received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its upcoming 6086 quad-band camera phone. The rather unspectacular casing of the flip phone hides Nokia's next UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) phone, which can use Wi-Fi networks to make phone calls.