November 09, 2005

Gaming review: Kyocera K500 Gamepad

As published on CNET.com:
"Although many come with games, cell phones aren't considered to be hard-core gaming devices. Beyond a small display, a cell phone's controls are designed for dialing and not for maneuvering shapes into place while playing Tetris. Yet Kyocera is aiming to change the latter hurdle with the Kyocera K500 Gamepad. The K500--at $30, designed with help from gaming-PC maker Alienware--looks just like a typical game controller, except you snap in your Kyocera Slider Sonic or Slider Remix phone and blast away with the thumb-friendlier buttons. Unfortunately, the sloppy movement pad made us sitting ducks for our virtual enemies, and the odd positioning controls didn't do us any favors. "
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November 08, 2005

News story: The new terrorist menace -- taking pictures

As published in Mobile magazine:
"Consider yourself a suspicious character? The police might think so if you're snapping away with your camera. In the wake of the 'war on terror' and the sweeping Patriot Act, more and more photojournalists, artists, and even amateur shutterbugs with their camera phones are being approached by law enforcement officers, questioned, and in some cases threatened with arrest for taking pictures of buildings, bridges, potholes, or anything else that might be deemed a potential terrorist target."
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November 07, 2005

Feature: The ultimate tech luxuries

As published on CNET.com:
"Looking to turn your home into the Taj Mahal of tech? We've scoured CNET and the rest of the Web for the most luxurious gadgets, from TVs and A/V receivers to hot-rod gaming desktops and a seaworthy sports car that even international playboys would love. Warm up your credit card and prepare to indulge in these unique gifts."
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November 03, 2005

Wireless review: Kyocera Slider Sonic

As published on CNET.com:
"Virgin Mobile puts a multimedia spin on its phone lineup with the sleek but ultimately disappointing Kyocera Slider Sonic. Armed with a VGA camera, a video recorder, an above-average music player, and a 32MB TransFlash card, the lightweight Slider Sonic--easily Virgin's most powerful handset to date--gets off to a strong start but stumbles with its subpar photo resolution, lack of Bluetooth connectivity, crippled TransFlash and USB features, and stiff sliding action. Virgin Mobile customers who crave music on their phones might enjoy the Slider Sonic, but pay-as-you-go chatters who want a cutting-edge multimedia phone might be better off jumping to a powerhouse such as ESPN Mobile's upcoming EV-DO-enabled Sanyo MVP. It's also costly as Virgin Mobile phones go, with a price tag of $249."
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November 02, 2005

Wireless review: Boingo Wireless

As published on CNET.com:
"With its top-notch connection utilities, impressive number of U.S. and international locations, and cheap monthly rates, Boingo Wireless's impeccable WISP (wireless Internet service provider) credentials are tough to beat. While we wish Boingo had hourly rates, 24/7 phone support, and across-the-board 802.1x capabilities, this worldwide WISP takes the cake with its best-of-class Windows connection client, free VPN service, and low, no-contract rates."
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