Mobile Tech News — In-Flight Recharging, Spb Time, Pocket Express, and More

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Recharge a Mobile Device From an Audio Jack

Inflight Power has developed a unique charging cable for use in  aircraft, bus, or train seats. Simply by plugging in the cable into headset jack, the cable converts the audio output into USB power.

The Inflight Power cable uses an internal trickle charger that takes 3-5 minutes to fully charge, then sends power to the attached device. It does this repeatedly, so the cable charges the attached device every 3-5 minutes for 1 minute or less.

Naturally, this requires the handheld or smartphone to be able to be recharged through a USB connection. Most, but not all, devices meet this qualification.

The Inflight USB Power unit costs $35, and is available through its developer’s web site.


Spb Time 2.0 Released

Spb Software House has released Spb Time 2.0, a new version of its Pocket PC time tool set. This provides a wide variety of time-related tools: analog and digital clocks, world time clock with map, clock screen-saver, multiple skins, and several precise timers and stopwatches.

Spb Time 2.0 can be purchased for $14.95 from the Brighthand software store. Owners of the previous version can upgrade for $4.95.


More Free Content from Pocket Express

Handmark’s Pocket Express now offers free access to several news, sports and weather channels.

There are nine categories of news, including stories from the Associated Press, the world’s largest news gathering organization. The free sports channel includes schedules, standings, and detailed game-by-game results for major professional and college sports leagues. This application also offers detailed weather forecasts for more than two million locations worldwide.

More information on Pocket Express is available in this review, or it can be purchased through the Brighthand software store (BlackBerry, Palm OS, Windows Mobile).


BlackBerry 8707v Launched Around the World

This week, Research In Motion launched the UMTS-enabled BlackBerry 8707v in several countries. This device offers support for “push” email, phone, text messaging, organizer, browser, and other corporate data applications, and can also be used as a tethered modem for laptops.

In a single day, this cellular-wireless handheld was released by LUXGSM in Luxembourg, by Vodafone in the Netherlands, and by SmarTone-Vodafone in Hong Kong.

Earlier this week, the 8707v in  was introduced in Spain, and a slightly different version came out in Bulgaria. 




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