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.

Brazil to test $400 Intel laptop in schools

Intel said Tuesday its diminutive low-cost laptop will be evaluated in Brazil next year alongside a cheaper alternative from a nonprofit group seeking to bring computers to poor children worldwide.

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.

Opinion: Tinsel kills Wi-Fi. Film at 11

This release from AirMagnet gave me a chuckle this morning. Seems it's bad enough that putting up holiday decorations might get you reported to H.R. by those who don't celebrate your particular holiday.

Sony hints at iPod/Zune-like strategy

At Sony's CES preview event today at 30 Rockefeller Center, Sony revealed its holiday plans, its CES gameplan, and talked a lot about about HD video.

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.

New 3G Motorola RAZR phone coming down the pipe

Motorola has just released photos and electrical testing information for electrical certification to the Federal Communications Commission. The upcoming 3G RAZR V3xx phone has an FCC ID of IDHT56GN1 and appears to work with Cingular's high-speed data network.

Apple now has seven PCB suppliers in Taiwan for iPod, sources reveal

Apple Computer now has a total of seven printed circuit board (PCB) suppliers in Taiwan for its iPod series, with Gold Circuit Electronics (GCE) being the latest addition to the supplier list, according to industry sources.

Viewsonic webpads get FCC approval

Viewsonic apparently will be making another step into the mobile PC market with two webpads nearing completion. The Viewsonic V212 and V212x are based on an Intel (Marvell) Xscale PXA270 processor with a 520 MHz Bulverde core. The system uses a 10.4" screen with a resolution of up to 1024x768.

Verizon adds Revver to V Cast

Further attaching itself to the idea of watching user videos on mobile phones, Verizon today announced a deal with Revver, just a day after confirming a similar partnership with YouTube.

New Skype phone doesn't need a computer

Denmark-based RTX Products will be releasing a dual-mode Skype phone that doesn't require a computer. The cordless Dualphone 3088 can plug into either a broadband Ethernet connection or a landline. RTX Products claims the phone has enough battery power to last 10 hours of talking or 140 hours on standby.

Verizon to offer mobile version of YouTube

Bedminster (NJ) - Giving more steam to the runaway train known as YouTube, Verizon today officially announced its plan to incorporate the video sharing site with its V Cast multimedia service. The new mobile YouTube platform is planned to be available in early December, with no additional cost to the $15 monthly V Cast service. As part of the partnership, Verizon will be the exclusive mobile provider of YouTube content for an undisclosed length of time.

Publish pictures and view RSS news with Opera Mini 3.0

Mobile phone users are getting a new Opera Mini browser that can publish pictures and grab RSS news feeds. Opera Mini 3.0 is Opera's latest version of the free browser and should work with most web-enabled phones. Among the browser's more notable features is the photo sharing capability within the browser and the RSS news feeds which can be sorted by date or source.

Samsung develops cell phone fuel cell charger

Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology has developed a fuel cell that can charge a mobile phone in a few hours. The small 180g cell generates 2 watts of power from combining hydrogen, methanol and air. Researchers say test units have successfully charged phones 200 times in a row.