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Kensington Vo200 BT Internet Phone

Kensington Vo200 Bluetooth Internet Phone (Image courtesy Popular Science) By Andrew Liszewski

Here’s another great little gadget designed to stow away in your laptop’s PCMCIA card slot. The Vo200 from Kensington is a bluetooth enabled wireless phone that lets you make calls on any of the popular VoIP services like Skype, MSN, Yahoo or Google. The phone’s mouthpiece can fold out allowing the Vo200 to be used like a cellphone or it can be flipped all the way around and serve as a stand so it can be placed on a desk and used as a speakerphone instead.

While inside a PCMCIA slot the Vo200 is constantly charging and Kensington claims when removed it has over 3 hours of “serious” talk time and up to 30 hours of standby time. It includes echo cancellation and noise suppression technologies which should help make your conversations sound a bit clearer and even has a blinking LED light that will warn you when you only have about 10% of your talk time left.

The Kensington Vo200 BT VoIP Phone is available on their website for $89.99.

[ Kensington Vo200 BT VoIP Phone ] VIA [ Popular Science ]

Another Day, Another Lawsuit: Apple On The Hotseat

lynksys iphone By David Ponce

Didn’t even take a day and Apple managed to get itself sued. Here’s what happened.

Apple doesn’t own the rights to the name “iPhone”. Cisco does. They acquired the rights back in 2000, when they bought Infogear, a small Redwood City, Calif., start-up and now use the name through a Lynksys line of VoIP handsets. Up until 8PM, Monday evening, Cisco and Apple representatives were in negotiations over the use of the name. Seems Cisco was (reluctantly) open to letting Apple use the name, but only if they made their iPhone compatible with Cisco products.

Cisco made it clear they did not want Apple to announce the phone until negotiations were done. So, of course, on Tuesday, the iPhone is announced.

Not even a day later, and Cisco’s filed a lawsuit seeking temporary injunction against Apple to stop them using the name, and seeking damages. Apple’s defense? “Plenty other companies use the name, and Cisco’s claim to it is ‘tenuous at best'”.

Them’s fighting words, Apple…

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Rimax Mystic, An MP3 Player With Skype Skills

rimax mystic By David Ponce

It’s not often we get our panties up in a bunch over an MP3 player these days. Let’s face it, aside from memory upgrades and different designs, we’ve just about seen every (useful) feature crammed into them already. Not that we’re hating on the music players, but here at OhGizmo we’re always after something special. And we think we might have found a little nugget in the Rimax Mystic. It’s got all the features a good MP3 player should have, including video on a 65k color, 1.5 inch screen. But it also happens to double as a Skype phone. Simply connect the device to any PC via USB, and the pre-installed Skype software will let you use the Mystic as a VoIP phone. There’s a microphone on the player, and the headphones will act as, well, as the headphones, so you can easily stay in touch on the go.

It comes in sizes of 512MB up to 2GB, and starts at ?56, or about $106 after conversion.

[Rimax Mystic] VIA [Xataka]