Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Bluetooth SIG Welcomes New Associate Members in March

  • Alive Technologies Pty Ltd - Australia
  • Argard - Thailand
  • Arima Communication Corporation - Taiwan
  • Device Solutions LLC - United States
  • Eurex Communications Ltd - Japan
  • Ralink Technology - United States
  • TES Electronic Solutions Ltd. - United Kingdom

Monday, March 31, 2008

Nokia N95: A great handset for tech-savvy users

Nokia is one of the largest mobile phone manufacturing companies of this world. It has designed and developed various magnificent mobiles for different categories of phone users. Each of the mobile phones from the Nokia kitty can be taken as examples of convergence of style and intelligence. The phones are technically sound and they are also the trend setters for other mobile pieces. One of the most intelligent mobiles from this Finnish major is N95. The Nokia N95 is a part of the Nokia N Series; the handset comes with mind-blowing features and some of the more desirable qualities that you would want in your mobile handsets.

The Nokia N95 is 3G enabled Quad-Band GSM mobile phone that comes with the dimensions of 99 x 53 x 21 mm and weighs only 120 grams. This phone is endowed with a 16 million colour TFT touchscreen that holds a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The phonebook can hold practically unlimited phone entries and photocalls. This phone supports various tones such as polyphonic, monophonic, true tones and MP3. This magnificent device holds an internal memory of 160 MB and it supports a microSD card that adds 2GB of external memory for special circumstances.

The users can easily use this gadget to connect with others through various connectivity options such as EDGE, GPRS, 3G HSDPA, HSCSD, Wi-Fi, Infrared, Bluetooth and USB. The mobile is powered by ARM11 processor, 64 MB SDRAM memory and Symbian 9.2 Operating System.

This superb device comes with a 5 megapixel digital camera that gives complete freedom to users to shoot great pictures and videos. The camera supports a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. It also holds various useful components such as autofocus, xenon flash, and Carl Zeiss optics lens. Moreover, with this mobile phone, one can easily send and receive emails and instant messages to near and dear ones.

The handset comes with a dual slide open design and is available in the silver colour. Other key features that make the Nokia N95 really special include a GPS receiver to show you the right way, Maps Application covering over 100 countries, Office Document Viewer, Music Player and Video Player.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

What is Bluetooth ?

Bluetooth is the name given to a new technology that uses a short range (10 meter) frequency-hopping radio link to connect two electronic devices.

If we look around in our office or home, we find that we are using so many electronic devices which are all connected with power supplies or to each other through cables. For example, just have a look at the back of your computer, you will find a big mesh of wires connecting CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer etc. with each other. Bluetooth is intended to replace these cables connecting portable and/or fixed electronic devices. This technology was initially conceived by Ericsson and then was adopted by many other companies.

Bluetooth is a standard for a small, cheap radio chip that can be plugged into any electronic device like computers, printers, mobile phones, etc. The chip is designed to replace cables by taking the information generally carried by the cable and transmitting it at a special frequency to a receiver Bluetooth chip, which then gives the information received to the respective electronic device. The electronic devices having this chip are called Bluetooth - enabled.

The main advantages of this technology are its robustness, low complexity, low power and low cost. It can operate in noisy frequency environments too. The Bluetooth radio uses a fast acknowledgement and frequency hopping scheme to make the link robust. Bluetooth radio modules operate in unlicensed ISM band at 2.4GHz, and avoid interference from other signals by hopping to a new frequency after transmitting or receiving a packet. The Bluetooth wireless technology comprises hardware, software and interoperability requirements. It facilitates both data and voice communication.

Mobile phone manufacturers were fast to adopt the technology as it makes communication between two mobile handsets fast and easy without using the service network.

With a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, you can -
~ use a Bluetooth enabled handsfree headset to communicate with the mobile phone in
your pocket, or even in the other room.
~ Transfer files to/from a compatible PC over a local Bluetooth wireless connection
~ Play wireless multiplayer games over a Bluetooth connection
~ Trasfer files, ringtones, applications etc. between two Bluetooth enabled handsets directly.

Nokia's eco-friendly 3110 Evolve

The just-announced 3110 Evolve candybar from Nokia is big on features. Not features of the gizmo sort, though -- quite the contrary, actually -- rather, features of the "Mother Nature will thank you" sort. As its name suggests, the phone appears to be an evolved version of the rather plain 3110 classic, a phone that features a 1.3 megapixel cam, FM radio, and a tri-band GSM radio. Certainly nothing to write home about there, but the Evolve's claim to fame is that it's rocking "bio-covers" made with over 50 percent renewable materials and comes in a box made of 60 percent recycled stuff. On the technical side, the Evolve's charger is Nokia's most efficient ever, delivering juice at a full 94 percent below Energy Star specifications. Looks like the Greenpeace love is destined to continue, eh? No word on pricing or availability for the 3110 Evolve just yet.

Bluetooth Bracelet

The vibrating Bluetooth Bracelet

When time comes grinding to a halt, and some Cthulhu, alien, or robotic variety of overlords stand in judgment of all that has gone down on planet Earth, we suspect the vibrating Bluetooth bracelet will rank pretty low on their list... just beneath politicians from the early 21st century and cutting someone off on the freeway. At any rate, if you can't stand walking around in public "hands free" with that pesky Bluetooth headset sticking out of your ear-hole, perhaps this is the device for you. Instead of brazenly assuming you want to be shackled to a phone conversation 24/7, the bracelet subtly buzzes your wrist to let you know that you've got an incoming call, text message, or email. A three-hour charge will garner you 100 hours of use, and the bracelet is compatible with Bluetooth 1.1, 1.2, and 2.0 -- so if it doesn't work with your phone, it just wasn't meant to be. Available right now for the shockingly low price of £23.50

What is a SIM?

What is a SIM?

A Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) is a removable smart card for mobile phones that use the GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) mobile network. The SIM card allows users to change phones by simply removing the SIM card from one mobile phone and inserting it into another mobile phone.

Skype Launches Its Mobile Phone Overseas

Skype’s anticipated mobile phone is now official. Britain’s mobile carrier 3 will start selling it on November 2 in the UK, and later this year in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Macau and Sweden. This will be the first mobile phone with Skype built in, meaning that calls to other Skype members are free. The phone will cost about $100 with a pay-as-you-go plan (for the non-Skype calls), or free with a monthly contract.

This is an enlightened move on the part of 3. If people are going to start bypassing the mobile carriers with free Internet calls, the carriers might as well get in front of the trend and start cannibalizing themselves. At least this way, 3 captures the non-Skype calls and wins loyalty points among its Skype-using subscribers. Anything that reduces customer churn is worth a try in the eyes of the carriers.