I recently had a chance to play with a Sony Mylo. Actually I hadn’t even heard of it before, but I was pretty impressed. It is a small handheld device about the size of a mobile phone that can be used for email, instant messaging, and Skype VoIP. It also lets you play music and video.
The bottom half of the Mylo slides down to give you access to a small but adequate keyboard. It is bigger than the keyboard on a Blackberry or Treo, b
ut it uses embedded keys which don’t feel quite as natural as the Blackberry.
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There have been quite a few ebook readers on the market, but none of them have really taken off. The Sony PRS-500 is the first one I’ve seen that really looks like it has potential.
The biggest difference between this eBook reader and others that have been on the market is the “electronic paper”. Sony has created a device that doesn’t use power to display text on the screen. It only uses power when it changes the text. The screen “remembers” what was written on it. Continue reading Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System
I’ve been using my Blackberry in Mexico for a few months now and I’ve learned a few things about getting mobile email outside the United States. I wanted to write a bit about things I’ve learned in hopes that others will find it useful.
If you are looking at an international email plan, you will probably want to go with a Blackberry instead of some of the other types of smartphones. Other smartphones will allow you to work internationally, but I haven’t seen a plan that gives you unlimited usage. Instead they charge you by the KB which works out to about $15 to $20 per MB downloaded. If you are busy with email, it doesn’t take long to get 20 or even 50 MB of data transfered. At $20 per MB you’ll pay over $1000 for 50 MB. That is a pretty steep charge for a month of usage.
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I am writing this article from the center of Mexico. As I write, my wife is talking on the phone with a friend in Nebraska. This week, I’ve received several calls reminding me to vote and the Kansas State Unemployment office called me to tell me that one of my businesses was overpaying on unemployment tax.
All of this wouldn’t be possible without the internet. Where I’m at in Durango Mexico I was able to get a low speed cable modem connection for about $31USD per month. The connection is only 512k, but it works great for all of our communication. We use Vonage for our phone. They provided us with a small device that plugs into our router and our standard cordless phone plugs into the phone jack on it. Our number is the same as what we had in the US, so many people who call us don’t even know we are in Mexico.
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iPods are very popular devices, but many people have problems getting them to play in their vehicles. This article looks at the six different ways you can play an iPod in your car.
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If you use iTunes on multiple computers, you’ve probably run into the problem of having several copies of the same song in different places and no good way to get one consolidated library of all your songs. The method described here doesn’t merge the iTunes xml file, but it will merge all of your song files to make sure you have one copy of each song. Once you have this consolidated directory, you’ll have to re-import all of your music into iTunes.
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