At least two Chinese companies have created some very special accessories for owners of an iPod Touch who can't afford an iPhone: cases that turn their handheld into a smartphone.
Clear is now offering the iSpot, a relatively inexpensive mobile Wi-Fi router that can share a WiMAX connection with a number of devices... all of which run Apple's iOS.
Although smartphones have become quite advanced, there is one area they are very weak: printing. HP is hoping to change that with a line of printers that will allow virtually any mobile device to print documents.
An app that will let Android OS users watch programs streamed from their home TV will be available soon. SlingPlayer Mobile won't come with a monthly service fee, but it will require users to have a SlingBox.
Sennheiser Communications has introduced its new EZX 60 mobile Bluetooth headset, a product it touts in a press release as a lightweight device that attaches for a low-profile feel that is perfect for all-day wear.
Slider phones like the Motorola Droid and Palm Pre present unique problems for case designers. OtterBox now offers cases that protect these models without interfering with their sliding keyboards.
A highly-anticipated accessory for the Google Nexus One is now available: the Car Dock. It does more than just hold the Android-powered smartphone in place, it also has a set of built-in speakers.
Flash memory device maker SanDisk has released a 32 GB microSD card, which currently is the highest capacity removable memory card available for smartphones and other mobile devices.
Mobile touch technology may be leaving the screen in the form of Skinput, a device that displays a touchpad on human skin, potentially solving the problem of putting a large keyboard into small devices by making the user part of the input system.
Teksoft has released a Bluetooth driver that allows users to connect a Bluetooth Keyboard to their Android-powered device. BlueInput is relatively inexpensive and works with a variety of smartphones and keyboards.
Amazon.com has just introduced a beta version of Kindle for BlackBerry, a free application that lets customers shop for and read e-books from this online retailer's collection. It gives smartphones many of the features of the Kindle eReader.
The Barnes & Noble nook launched a few months ago, but it was sold only on this company's website. Starting in the middle of this week, those who want this e-book reader will be able to pick one up in a B&N store.
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