Rogers Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) announced a major leap forward in wireless innovation – the BlackBerry 8700r Wireless Handheld will be available in Canada beginning November 29th. The BlackBerry 8700r elegantly integrates state-of- the-art hardware, software and network technologies to provide the ultimate balance of performance, design and function. The first BlackBerry device available in Canada to support high-speed EDGE network technology, the BlackBerry 8700r enables superior Web browsing, faster wireless connectivity and will operate exclusively on the Rogers Wireless GSM/GPRS/EDGE network, Canada’s largest high-speed wireless data network.
Madison – S e xual predators in Wisconsin would have to wear a G-P-S monitoring device for the rest of their lives under a bill the state Assembly passed today. The bill would require the state Department of Corrections to use global positioning technology to track anyone deemed s e xually violent under state statutes until the offender dies or is physically incapacitated and no longer presents any danger.
Serious child molesters also would have to wear G-P-S trackers for 20 years after they’re released from prison. The measure now goes to the state Senate. If that body passes the bill, it would then go to Governor Doyle, who can sign it into law or veto it. Doyle’s office says the governor supports the measure. Via – CBS58
The National Basketball Association announced today the official launch of NBA TV Broadband, a new advertiser-supported broadband video product providing visitors to NBA.com with free access to the most comprehensive and exclusive package of NBA video highlights throughout the 2005-06 NBA season. Through NBA TV Broadband, for the first time fans around the world will have access to in-game broadband highlights of every NBA game, TNT Overtime – a special online video channel showcasing TNT’s network of marquee basketball announcers, and NBA TV all-access and fantasy programming. Additionally, fans can also have the latest NBA video highlights delivered directly to their computer desktop through new Video RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds.
Matrox DualHead2Go, is the world’s first external upgrade capable of adding multiple monitor support to compatible laptop and integrated graphics-based desktop PCs that were previously limited to single screen output. DualHead2Go is a palm-sized box that connects to the existing single monitor output (i.e. external VGA output) of a computer and appears to the system as a single ultra-widescreen monitor with native support for resolutions up to 2560 x 1024*, which are twice as wide as standard resolutions. Using Matrox patent-pending technology, DualHead2Go splits the 2560 x 1024 Microsoft® Windows® desktop into a right and left half, each of which is then sent to two separate analog monitors allowing users to easily upgrade their workspace setups to experience the productivity benefits of a DualHeadÒ desktop.
Acer Japan has announced F-20 (20″) and F-19 (19″) Ferrari branded LCD monitors. Both the models are limited editions and only 1000 of each will be sold. Both the models have a Glossy black finish and the legendary Ferrari emblem on the front. The back of the LCD and the stand both are red in color. The F-19 has a 19″ LCD with a resolution of 1,280 x 1,024 (SXGA). It has a contrast ratio of 500:1 and response speed of 8ms and has stereo speakers of 2W. It measures 456 x 191 x 459mm and weighs 7.1 Kg. The F-20 has a 20″ LCD with a resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 (WSXGA+). It has a contrast ratio of 800:1 and response speed of 8ms. The F-20 has 5W stereo speakers. It measures 510 x 207 x 444mm and weighs 6.9kg.
The “RUF2-LD” series USB 2.0 pen drive from Buffalo Corp (Japan) will be available from 3 December. For the first time USB pen drive has built in liquid crystal display. The display shows the memory in use and remaining. Even when the pen drive is not used it retains the memory used. This is very useful to know how much memory is left without the use of a PC.The USB pen drive comes in two models. Model RUF2-LD256M with 256MB of capacity sells approximately for 4,980 Yen ($ 45), while RUF2-LD512M with 512MB capacity approximately for 9,800 Yen ($ 90). As for corresponding OS Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, the after the Mac OS X. It is also possible to know the type of data stored in the pen drive from the display. The pen drive weighs 20gms with 25 × 13 × 82mm (w x d x h) dimensions. It comes with USB extension cable (50cm) for flexible USB connection.
The Aska “Tripper” is a portable HDD photo storage device. The Tripper has a built in HDD of 2.5 inch 20GB, Type 2 CF slot and rechargeable built in lithium ion battery with USB interface. The compact Tripper with 20GB HDD weighs 300gms with dimensions -91 (W) X 138 (D) X 33 (H) mm. The tripper can easily transfer photos from the CF card with simple button operation. There is no need for a PC. Due to its light weight, compact size the device can be used with a laptop also. It is very easy to carry around. Since the tripper is USB enabled it can be used as an external hard disc also. You can also transfer images from the PC –just drag and drop. With the optional CF conversion adapter you can use smart media / memory stick /SD memory cards also.
Do you have something intelligent to say? Feel the need to put it on your belt buckle? Well even if you don’t this product is still quite nifty. 147 colored LEDs surrounded by a chrome frame that can be attached to a belt or set on a desk or shelf. Your own personal billboard ready to announce your brilliant thoughts to the world or a convenient way to quietly tell someone to STFU. We’ll leave that decision up to you.
These electric lemon slices flash lights in various colors. Barstuff Direct says that they’re handy for identifying your drink in the dark. Though it would have to be really dark bar to have that problem! Available in assorted colours, simply clip to the side of your glass and choose from 3 settings to easily identify your glass in the dark!! Reusable and freezable. They are 5 cms in diameter and weigh over 200 grams. Available for £10 (US$ 14). Via – Strangenewproducts
Is finding batteries for your pocket calculator getting you down? You could get a solar calculator, but we know that sometimes you just want to add things up in a dark room. Enter the Shake-U-Later. You shake it from side to side, a magnet slides through a copper coil in plain view and electricity is generated. Something called Faraday’s Principle of Electromagnetic Energy does its magic, and you proceed to calculate your brains out. Ten minutes worth of mathematical power comes from 25 shakes, and batteries will just be a bad memory. It sells for 10 GBP ($ 15) at Gadgets.co.uk. Via – Productdose