Thursday, May 18, 2006


Nokia E50 announced

Nokia today announced the latest addition to the Nokia Eseries family of business devices, the Nokia E50. With excellent voice, email and data capabilities, the Nokia E50 offers enterprises a cost-efficient way to extend mobility to a broader range of employees, enabling them to access company telephony and business applications whenever required. Just as importantly the globally-viable Nokia E50 device is easily and securely managed by a company's IT department through Intellisync Device Management solution.

With classic Nokia design, the small, sleek, and stylish Nokia E50 is also designed for people who want a single phone for both business and leisure use. For example, the device comes equipped with pre-installed business applications, exceptional voice and calling functionality, and the ability to have two phone numbers in one phone, while lifestyle features include an MP3 player and optionally a 1.3 mega pixel camera all packaged in a discreet glossy metallic case with a touch of color.

Built on S60 3rd edition smartphone platform and Symbian OS for enhanced security features and device control, the Nokia E50 supports popular corporate mobile email solutions, including Intellisync Wireless Email by Nokia, BlackBerry Connect, Visto Mobile, Altexia, and Microsoft ActiveSync. The thinnest Nokia Eseries quad-band phone (EGSM 850/900/1800/1900), the Nokia E50 supports GSM networks worldwide, offering clear phone calls and rich voice and calling functionalities. With up to six hours of talk time, the Nokia E50 offers significantly high battery performance for such a small phone.

Enhancing mobile employees' productivity and tangibly reducing costs

With the addition of the Nokia E50 to its portfolio of business class devices, Nokia is continuing to expand workforce mobility by offering advanced call features. The add-on business voice solution enables easy integration with an existing business voice infrastructure (PBX). For example, mobile least cost routing helps companies save on long distance and international calls by routing mobile phone calls through the corporate PBX, thereby removing cost barriers associated with business mobility. Companies with Avaya Communication Manager can already connect the Nokia E50 directly to their company phone networks, using the Avaya one-X Mobile Edition client preloaded on their phones. With Avaya client, the Nokia E50 works like a traditional office phone enabling services such as short number usage, call forwarding, one-touch voice mail and extension dialing. In addition, the phone will include a CD featuring a demonstration of the Avaya one-X Mobile Edition, as well as a client installer.

The Nokia E50 comes with a set of pre-installed business applications that help increase the productivity of mobile professionals. The Nokia Team Suite, part of the Nokia Office Tools offering, helps to facilitate conference calls and to initiate push-to-talk sessions with selected team members easily and fast, through a built-in speakerphone. The Nokia E50 also includes a search function enabling fast queries into critical data such as, contacts, emails and messages. Important business attachments received via email, such as documents, presentations, and spreadsheets, can be swiftly accessed via the Quickoffice viewer.

Ease of managing enterprise mobility

The Intellisync Device Management offered by Nokia enables remote enterprise grade device management, without additional client software installation, on OMA DM capable devices such as the Nokia Eseries. For IT administrators, an easy-to-use administrative web-interface allows remote management of OMA DM compliant business devices, with access to a device management server located either within a company's own premises or at a service provider's facilities.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Nokia 5500 Sport: review

GSM Arena has reviewed this new mobila phone from Nokia, the 5500 Sport.

Now we present you the first and only Nokia sport smartphone. The 5500 Sport model combines rubber and steel. It also has an uncommon square-shaped display and a bean-shaped body. It pronounces text messages and is prone to fingerprints.

Last Wednesday Nokia introduced a new splash and dust resistant model. It seemed that after the tourists' and climbers' favorite phones, 5140, 5140i and 5210 models, Nokia wouldn't introduce anything suitable for sand, slough and water. Nokia proved us wrong as they offer us the 5500 model running on Symbian 9.1.

Read on at GSM Arena

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Philips 32PF5520D 32in LCD TV: review

Ed Monkton has reviewed this LCD-TV from Philips, the 32PF5520D.

This TV has actually been around for a while now, truth be told. But it’s still widely available and warrants our attention for the very good reason that with its age has come a price cut; having launched at a fairly hefty £1,300, it can now be yours for just £800. So is the 32PF5520D now the LCD world’s biggest bargain, or has its performance started to look dated?

Read on at Trusted Reviews

JSR 232 available for public review

Java Specification Request (JSR) 232, a specification on the component-based service-oriented platform for the mobile industry is now available for public review. This new platform is based on Java technology by OSGi, and it brings the benefits of component design to the mobile Java industry.

The architecture of JSR 232 allows developers to create, deploy and manage loosely coupled cooperating components into the mobile Java environment. The design center of the platform is similar to that of Java EE(TM) in that it provides a secure, manageable, structured environment for cooperating components. This structure is tuned for the needs, memory and performance characteristics of the mobile device.

As the next generation architecture for the mobile space, JSR 232 updates the simple monolithic environment of CLDC (Connected Limited Device Configuration) to the same fully functional robust Java component environment that developers have come to rely upon in the desktop and server spaces. This new architecture will help insure that compelling applications and services will be available in the mobile environment, and that mobile services can evolve at internet speed to meet the needs of the rapidly changing environment at the network edge.

JSR 232 is also gathering support from many key players in the mobile industry. "Sprint is excited about the services and capabilities that JSR 232 and OSGi will enable in the next generation Java devices," said Paul Reddick, vp of business development and product innovation. "Developers will be able to leverage service oriented architecture in their application development to utilize plug and play components that can be installed or managed as needed on the handset."

Companies who are looking into technologies for mobilizing the enterprise also believe in this technology. "JSR 232 and its OSGi technology underpinnings are significant, they provide the standard approach for composite applications to install and manage new components and services across the enterprise and into mobile devices," said Craig Hayman, vice president of development and technical support, Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Products, IBM. "Our IBM Workplace(TM) family of products, based on OSGi technology, provides customers with an open and dynamic workspace that gives them the information they need to meet their business demands anytime, anywhere."

"The OSGi Alliance is very excited about its cooperation with the Java community on JSR 232. Bringing components and middleware to the mobile device will give Java developers the kind of power and flexibility they have been lacking in the mobile space. The new ecosystem for middleware services on the mobile device will create huge opportunities for the early players," said Stan Moyer, President of the OSGi Alliance.

Sunday, May 14, 2006


Kodak EasyShare V610: review

Doug Harman has reviewed this digital camera from Kodak.

- easy to use
- remarkable size for the zoom range
- image quality, build

- noise at higher sensitivities
- lens flare and softness evident on the longer zoom lens
- camera shake can be a problem

Read more at Pocket-lint

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