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Tag Archives: Phones

Windows Phone 7 Series To Lack Copy And Paste

Windows Mobile 7

By Chris Scott Barr

If Apple learned nothing else after releasing the first two versions of their iPhone software, it was that users wanted copy and paste functionality. It seems like everyone and their brother myself (and my brother) voiced their frustration at Apple’s apparent disregard for a feature that everyone clearly wanted. Thankfully, such a stink was raised that Apple, along with every other mobile OS provider, now knows better than to leave it out from future software.

Unfortunately, Microsoft didn’t get that memo. It has been confirmed that Windows Phone 7 Series will not allow users to copy and paste. It is their firm belief that most users don’t really need clipboard functionality. You’re right, I don’t need clipboard functionality; then again I don’t need a smartphone. I do, however, want a phone that has a touchscreen, can run variety of software, play music, and let me copy and paste.

VIA [ Engadget ]

Google Working On Live Speech-To-Speech “Babel Fish” Translator For Smartphones

Babel_Fish

By Chris Scott Barr

If you’ve never read The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I’d suggest picking it up. No, watching the movie definitely doesn’t count. One of the coolest ideas (of which there were many) in the book was the Babel Fish. It was a fish that was inserted into your ear, and magically translated any spoken language into one that you would understand. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Yahoo has a text translation service that shares the name.

So why am I babbling about the Babel Fish today? Because it would seem that Google is working on a bit of technology that will work in a similar way (but thankfully without inserting a fish in your ear). Their new speech-to-speech translator will take a person’s words and translate them on-the-fly while on their phone. The software would be installed on the speaker’s end, so that it can adapt over time to the person’s individual voice and speaking patterns, thus resulting in a better translation.

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Fake Fire Extinguisher Phone Just Seems Like An All-Around Great Idea

Fire Extinguisher Phone (Images courtesy Gadget4all.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

I can’t imagine anything funnier than the look on someone’s face when their home is burning to the ground and they realize that the fire extinguisher they just grabbed is actually a novelty phone! Priceless! You get that on tape and you’ve just won yourself $10,000, no question. Not too mention the fact that this phone appears to set a new benchmark for unergonomics. Are you supposed to stick the nozzle to your ear or something? $22 from Gadget4all.com.

[ Fire Extinguisher Phone ] VIA [ Pocket-lint ]

Panasonic’s New KX-TG9382T Landline Phone Tries To Make Itself Relevant With Bluetooth

Panasonic KX-TG9382T (Image courtesy Panasonic)
By Andrew Liszewski

I know, a lot of you have probably given up your landline phone in favor of just using a cellphone, but those of you who haven’t will be happy to hear that traditional phones are getting a bit more useful. Panasonic’s new KX-TG9382T two-line phone for example comes with Bluetooth which not only allows you to use it with a Bluetooth headset for handsfree operation, but also allows you to wirelessly transfer up to 600 contacts from a Bluetooth equipped cellphone to its own phonebook directory.

It also features a 40-minute digital answering machine so you don’t have to pay for voicemail, three-line conferencing capabilities and a Silent Mode allowing you to turn off the ringer at preset times of day, like when you’re trying to sleep at night. $169.95 for a single handset unit and $229.95 for a double.

[ Panasonic KX-TG9382T ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Sharp’s New Cordless Phone/Digital Photo Frame Combines Two Devices I Don’t Need

Sharp JD-7C1CL/CW (Image courtesy Sharp)
By Andrew Liszewski

Congratulations to Sharp for combining two devices that most tech-savvy consumers have no use for. Their JD-7C1CL/CW cordless landline phone includes a generous 7-inch LCD touch screen (800×480 resolution) that can be used for general phone functions like checking voicemail, accessing your phone book etc. and when not in use it doubles as a digital photo frame. The 128MB of storage on board isn’t exactly generous, and while you can wirelessly send photos from a cellphone to the frame, it only supports IR so be prepared to wait a while if your phone ‘s camera is of the many megapixel variety.

VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Cordless DECT Telephone

Alessi - Stefano Giovannoni - Cordless DECT Telephone (Images courtesy Panik-Design)
By Andrew Liszewski

Hmm, I can’t say I know too many people who still have a landline at home, and even those who do really only keep it around for emergencies. So even though this DECT telephone designed by Stefano Giovannoni has a lot going for it, including looks, a 65,000 color OLED display, custom ringtones composed by Gak Sato and a built-in address book, I can’t see too many people willing to shell out roughly $175 for one.

[ Alessi – Stefano Giovannoni – Cordless DECT Telephone ] VIA [ Acquire ]

GrandCentral Becomes Google Voice

By Luke Anderson

I don’t know if any of you got on the GrandCentral bandwagon back when they were still handing out numbers, but it’s one of my favorite Google services (next to my Gmail). Basically I have one number that I give out to everyone, I then have it ring both my house phone and my iPhone when someone calls it. If my cell phone or house number changes, I just log into my GrandCentral account and update it, and no one has to memorize a new number for me. If I want someone to stop calling, I just click a little button and when they call, GrandCentral tells them that my number has been disconnected. Pretty sweet, no? The big downside is that Google hasn’t been sending out any invites, and honestly they haven’t made any real changes to it in a very long time, making people wonder if it might get axed. Finally yesterday they announced Google Voice, which is essentially the new face of GrandCentral.

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OpenFrame Platform Hopes To Bring iPhone-Like Features To The Home Phone

OpenFrame Platform (Image courtesy OpenPeak)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s kind of hard to get excited about a landline phone these days, particularly when most of us are considering ditching them in favor of VOIP or strictly using a cellphone. But the OpenFrame platform designed by OpenPeak has enough eye candy to catch my attention. While many cellphone manufacturers are rushing to create handsets that emulate Apple’s iPhone OS, OpenPeak seems to be the only one trying to do the same thing for the home phone. The hardware, which consists of the ‘OpenFrame’ itself (the small tablet that looks like a digital picture frame) and a more traditional phone handset, will be manufactured by OpenPeak but made available to consumers through the telcoms with a price tag of about $200 to $300.

And like with the iPhone, the company will be encouraging developers to create third-party programs to complement the OpenFrame’s core set of applications like a calendar, local weather & news and even internet radio. While there’s no question the UI the company has demo’d looks slick, even I find it hard to justify such a device when I already get the same online services from the PC or laptop I sit behind all day. Not to mention the fact that I mostly only use my home phone for the uber-important task of buzzing the pizza delivery guy in.

[ OpenPeak OpenFrame Platform ] VIA [ Wired Gadget Lab ]

Vtech IS6110 DECT 6.0 Digital Cordless Phone With Instant Messaging Capability

Vtech IS6110 DECT 6.0 Digital Cordless Phone (Image courtesy Amazon.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re not chained to a desk all day, it can be tough to keep up with your friends on IM programs like AIM or MSN. And sure, you can get yourself a fancy keyboard equipped smartphone and a nice data plan to stay connected while you’re away from your PC, but that can be expensive. For a cheaper solution you might want to consider the IS6110 DECT 6.0 Digital Cordless Phone from Vtech which uses your home (or office) phone and internet service to access AOL Instant Messenger and Windows Live Messenger via the handset. It features a full QWERTY keyboard and a somewhat small, but probably usable screen for keeping track of instant messages. The phone comes with a compact charging cradle as well as a small box that connects to your PC via USB which allows the handset to access the IM services, as well as VoIP from what I can tell.

At $93.65 from Amazon the Vtech IS6110 is relatively inexpensive when compared to a smartphone (not subsidized with a voice or data plan) and features other cellphone-like functions such as a built-in phonebook and ringtone support.

[ Vtech IS6110 DECT 6.0 Digital Cordless Phone ] VIA [ Uncrate ]