PDA News – Apple phone, SlingPlayer mobile, Wrist-based mobile computer

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Possible confirmation of Apple iPod phone

An article from an Australian technology website claims that BenQ has confirmed the rumors of an upcoming “iPod phone” from Apple. The article quotes a BenQ executive as saying that “An iPod phone is definitely coming. BenQ will not be making it as we are in competition with Apple however several of our suppliers have been approached to manufacture parts. Among manufacturers in Taiwan it is common knowledge. The issue for many is the availabilty of parts if the phone takes off.”

http://www.smarthouse.com.au/iPods_And_Portable_Players/iPods?Article=/iPods%20And%20Portable%20Players/iPods/W5C2N2D7

 

Slingbox mobile client now available

The droolingly cool Slingbox just got a little bit more enticing with the beta release of their Windows Mobile client. While the full program will be priced at $29.99, the beta version is free to all existing Slingbox owners, with the caveat that the beta expires on April 26th, the day that the retail version will be launched. Anyone who buys and registers a Slingbox between now and April 26th, says the company, will also get SlingPlayer Mobile for free. The current beta only supports Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, with a seperate Smartphone version to follow later in the year.

http://www.slingmedia.com/slingbox/slingplayermobile.php

 

Wrist-based mobile computer

And now, for something from the ultimate sci-fi movie prop file. A company called Eurotech is marketing a wrist-worn mobile computer designed for industrial and specialty applications. Although it looks funny, it’s also surprisingly cool. The Wrist PC integrates Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, an SD slot, and claims a battery life of up to 8 hours. It also is designed to automatically sense when you lower your arm, and put itself back into standby mode. It can run on either Linux or Windows CE. Of course, the catch is that these are almost certainly ludicrously expensive, not to mention funny looking.

http://www.eurotech.com/EN/innovation.aspx?pg=wearable

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