Gadget News July 2008

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BreathKey Digital Breath Alcohol Tester
Techware Labs :: Sunday, July 27, 2008
Watch first hand the dedication which our TechwareLabs staff has to bring you real testing of products. When we received the BreathKey Digital Breath Alcohol Tester we knew the only way to truly test this product was to get drunk. Without hesitation three of our staff volunteered to test this product. See the results in our daring video footage of the testing in progress.

HP iPAQ 910
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, July 25, 2008
The business-class HP iPAQ 910 offers a powerful array of features, well-thought-out hardware controls, and an excellent QWERTY keyboard. It’s a near-perfect mobile office for corporate environments running Microsoft apps.

Rogers Says Thousands of iPhones Sold in Canada
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, July 25, 2008
Rogers Communications Inc said on Monday the launch shipment of Apple Inc’s iPhone 3G had sold out in most cities in Canada and marked the best weekend of handset sales in Rogers’ history.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 (Alltel)
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, July 25, 2008
Sprint’s model is still the best of the Curves, but this BlackBerry will satisfy Alltel users looking to stay connected.

HTC Touch (Alltel)
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, July 25, 2008
Alltel’s HTC Touch delivers Windows Mobile power at a palatable price.

iPhone 3G Reception Problems? You’re Not Alone
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, July 14, 2008
One of the more disturbing things coming out of the iPhone 3G launch is reports of suspiciously poor 3G reception and speeds.

Apple Sells 1 Million iPhones in First Weekend
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, July 14, 2008
Apple Inc said on Monday that it had sold 1 million units of its new iPhone model in its initial weekend.

Handset Market Growth Slows as Economy Contracts
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, July 14, 2008
The global economic slowdown has started to crimp demand for new cellphones, leading top handset research house Gartner to lower its market growth forecast, and top phone-charger maker Salcomp to warn on profits.

Canadian Customers Say iPhone is Worth the Wait
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, July 14, 2008
Neither rain nor controversy discouraged a hardy band of gadget lovers who lined up for up to 16 hours on a downtown street to become among the first in Canada to buy Apple Inc’s iPhone 3G on Friday.

Activation Issues Plague Some New iPhones
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, July 14, 2008
Activation problems marred the U.S. launch of Apple Inc’s new iPhone on Friday, with many eager buyers leaving stores frustrated that they could not use the hotly anticipated gadget after waiting in line for hours.

iPhone 3G Puts Apple in the Game
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, July 14, 2008
Apple Inc.’s new iPhone 3G and accompanying App Store is set to put the company known for technology innovation into another lucrative space — gaming.

New iPhone Snapped Up in Europe and Asia
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, July 14, 2008
Apple’s new iPhone made its hotly awaited debut on Friday, with buyers storming stores in Asia and queues forming in European cities.


You Don’t Need an iPhone
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, July 14, 2008
These viable Apple alternatives afford you a good measure of the iPhone experience minus the bother of switching to AT&T.

The Best iPhone 3G Alternatives
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, July 14, 2008
These viable alternatives afford you a good measure of the iPhone 3G experience minus the bother of switching to AT&T.

Verizon Settles Early Termination Fee Lawsuit
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, July 14, 2008
Verizon Wireless has reached a $21 million settlement with a group of former customers who sued the wireless provider over its early termination fees (ETFs).

HP df750a2 Digital Photo Frame
Bios Review :: Friday, July 11, 2008
“HP’s df750a2 (around £65) is a relatively high resolution 7-inch digital picture frame that displays your digital photos (JPEG) and video clips (MPEG-1/4) without a computer. Furthermore, two built-in speakers let you listen to audio files (MP3 and WMA) and the supplied remote control allows you to conveniently access your content.”

LiveLuggage Power-Assisted Suitcase 
Digital Trends :: Thursday, July 10, 2008
British luxury bag-maker LiveLuggage has done just that with its unique power-assisted (PA) suitcase – a long overdue update on the suitcase that coaxes it into doing the work for you. If you’re the type of technophobe who’s already envisioning a runaway motorized suitcase careening through an airport with a frantic owner not far behind, think again. One of the most radical aspects of the LiveLuggage PA suitcase’s design is its intuitive (and foolproof) control system. Rather than some sort of complex steering mechanism to move it forward, travelers can merely pull on it like an ordinary piece of luggage, and it automatically follows. It senses the load with sensors located within the handle and fires up the two motorized wheels, supposedly creating the illusion that you’re pulling nothing at all.”

Dell Axim X51v
MHW :: Tuesday, July 08, 2008
“As mentioned earlier the Dell Axim X51v is refurbished. That means that inside the standard OEM white stickered cardboard box you will find a stylus pen, battery cover, USB Sync cable, poweradapter, and new battery, but you will not find an owner’s manual or the Dell companion CD. These are not insurmountable obstacles, since the manual is available from Dell in .PDF format. You do, however, miss out on the Dell companion CD, which as far as I know is not available for download from Dell and contains some extra bonus Pocket PC software.”

Brite Strike Blue Dot Series Flashlight
Techware Labws :: Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Dan reviews the high intensity LED Brite Strike Flashlight intended for law enforcement. Dan, our resident office to be, knows that most geeks like anything that lights up. This flashlight is so bright that it will literally stop you in your tracks. Walk towards the light. . . and into our review.