New USB spec could reduce charging times

The USB Implementers Forums has announced a new charging specification that increases the current available to devices.

Sharp working on new mobile phone LCD

Sharp is working on new LCD panels that could bring sharper, faster-moving images to cell phone screens.

Toshiba announces notebooks with Intel’s 802.11n wireless chipset

Toshiba today announced six new notebooks. Three notebooks include Intel’s 802.11n debut chipset “Kedron”, one offers a 17” screen for less than $1000 and if you need lots of storage space than Toshiba offers up to 280 GB on two hard drives.

200 GB for your pocket

Irvine (CA) – The next generation of portable hard drive capacity has arrived. Toshiba is first to move offer 200 GB of storage space in an external, portable 2.5” hard drive.While it will be increasingly difficult for hard drives in the 1.8” class to defend themselves against approaching flash-based solid state disks (SSDs), the 2.5” arena appears to be seeing accelerating development as well as a moiré and more competitive environment.  

T-Mobile IDs new Sidekick phone

Bellevue (WA) - T-Mobile today released details about the Sidekick ID, the latest phone in T-Mobile's swivel-screen, Qwerty keyboard arsenal. A staple of the Sidekick series, the ID has a swiveling screen that reveals a full Qwerty keyboard and one-button access to instant messaging, e-mail, and text messaging.

OQO receives FCC approval for WWAN card

Chicago (IL) – OQO is ready to jump on the wireless broadband train. The company today received approval for a WWAN card that is expected to be available as an option for the model 02 ultra mobile PC (UMPC) soon.  

Palm grabs Linux in strategic smartphone play

Palm, maker of the Treo smartphone, announced Tuesday it is developing a Linux-based operating system Forge ahead and stay on budget with simple to install HP server technology. for its line of handheld devices.

Intel plans to push Santa Rosa as MoDT platform

Intel's plan to push its Santa Rosa platform, scheduled for launch at the beginning of May under the notebook-platform brands Centrino Pro and Centrino Duo, as a Viiv branded desktop platform as well.

Dell offers up to 500 GB storage capacity in mobile Alienware, XPS systems

Dell has begun offering 250 GB 2.5” hard drives with perpendicular magnetic recording technology in two portable computers.

Yahoo and Sandisk to challenge iPod supremacy

Yahoo and Sandisk have partnered up with a new MP3 player than wirelessly downloads songs from the Net

Nokia launches N95 GPS phone in the U.S.

Irving (TX) - In a rather unusual move, Nokia has launched a new high-end cellphone in the U.S. before its typically preceding launch in European key markets. The new N95 GPS and HSDPA capable phone is available through two Nokia stores as well as “selected” retailers for $750.

Garmin and TomTom expected to get into GPS handset sector, say sources

Branded GPS-device vendors Garmin and TomTom are reportedly expected to venture into the GPS-enabled handset market, with market rumors stating that Garmin has already held talks for cooperation with Taiwan-based ODM handset maker Compal Communications, according to market sources.

iPod shipments sail past 100 million mark

With its introduction in November 2001, Apple says the new milestone cements the iPod's position as the fastest selling music player.

Dash gives free GPS units for “road test”

Dash Navigation is giving out 2000 GPS units for a free six-month test drive.

Japan’s KDDI Corp breaks into U.S. mobile phone market

Japanese mobile phone operator KDDI Corp. will break into the United States market in the coming weeks.

FCC continues airplane cell phone ban

The FCC is extending a ban on in-flight cell phone usage.  The agency says there is insufficient information about whether phones disrupt cell towers or airplane navigation systems, so it will take the safe route by continuing the restriction.

Microsoft to also offer DRM-free music

Microsoft is jumping on the DRM-free music bandwagon and will be offering unprotected EMI songs in its Zune Marketplace.

Citibank launches mobile banking application

Citigroup this week launched what it is calling the first mobile banking application in the US.

iPod takes a bullet, saves soldier’s life

According to a picture posted on Flickr, one lucky U.S. Army soldier was saved by his iPod after the music player took a bullet from an AK-47.

Police catch crooks in style with new electric trike

Police departments frequently catch criminals with cars, motorcycles and yes even Segways, but some departments, like the Los Angeles Police Department, are now trying out an electric trike made by Irvine Calfornia-based T3 Motion, with spectacular results.