Whereas Samsung could arguably be called king of the slider design phones, and Nokia leader when it comes to features in their handsets, Sony Ericsson has always been the strongest manufacturer when its come down to normal candy-style mobile phones. Their latest model, the T650i, is another solid entry to this category, although this time Sony Ericsson may have priced it outside their core market.One of the first things youll notice about the Sony Ericsson T650i is the rather unique design. With a stainless steel top half couple to a more traditional plastic bottom half, its certainly a model that stands out from the crowd, especially with its assorted colour schemes. When you hold this handset, it definitely feels like something that could take a bit of damage.Design-wise, though, its not all substance with style. The handset buttons are a lot smaller than your average handset, even those from Sony Ericsson in the past, which have been small enough. On the T650i, however, the keypad buttons are almost too small, and as such may cause problems for a lot of users.The screen on the T650i is a lot better than on previous models, though, due to its mineral LCD build. Just by looking at it you can tell that it wont scratch easily, which is always a bonus in this day and age of combined work and personal use. The only real drawback with the front design is that the expansion slot is located behind the battery cover you have to remove that first if you want to expand the memory. Its a design that more companies are going for, though it seems a strange decision in practice.Another problem is that although the screen is heavy-duty when it comes to standing up to pressure, sadly the same cant be said for its image quality. Sony Ericsson are quite rightly congratulated for picture quality on their Cyber Shot range of camera phones that youd think itd be easy to at least transfer some of that knowledge to the rest of its handsets. Not so here although images look fine of the phone itself, if youre transferring to a computer the storys different. The stills look washed out, and for a lot of people who use their phones to upload to MySpace, etc, thats not acceptable.Sound quality is better, though, which isnt really surprising considering the companys reputation in this area. Everything from MP3 to AAC and eAAC+ are supported, as is an FM radio, and when you listen to these through a dedicated Bluetooth headset, the results are fairly impressive. This transfers to the call quality as well, which is clear and loud enough without ever being too loud.One really cool feature is the light show that Sony Ericsson has deemed to include with the T650i. Although it might appear gimmicky, having a series of luminous lights traveling up and down your phone when a text message arrives never gets tiring! As an added bonus, you get time-controlled themed wallpapers so if its Christmas, you get a festive backdrop, whereas on Valentines Day youll see hearts. Not groundbreaking, but a nice little touch.Add in a little desktop stand for you to place the phone in when not in use, and youve got yourself a pretty good little package with the T650i. However, at the price that Sony Ericsson is aiming at, you would be forgiven for expecting just a little bit more.
Perhaps the most important device of the 21st century, the iPhone, by Apple Inc., delivers both form and function in one small package. After years of rumors and speculation, the phone is now earning Apple and AT&T some serious cash and giving users, or fan-boys as they are sometimes called, eternal gadget bliss. Some customers, however, arent so pleased.The iPhone, touted sometimes as Jesus Phone, is still as prolific as its debut 4 months ago. It has been hacked, unlocked, and now patched. The applications are limitless. The biggest complaints of the phone are:1. AT&T Once you buy it, youre trapped with AT&T as the sole carrier of the iPhone.2. No MMS support What phone, in this day and age, doesnt include the popular MMS protocol to send images to other phones? Answer: The iPhone.3. Price Tag OMFG Can you justify spending $600 for the iPhone? After a few short months, the iPhones price tag drops to $399. Ouch, early adopters.Each application of the iPhone is amazing. You simply cant compare it to other phones on the market, though a lot of people try. The phone itself isnt bad. Everything is touch-screen, so it takes a little getting used to, but the five modes within the phone feature work flawless. You have your favorite contacts, recent calls, contact list, the key pad to dial numbers, and visual voicemail. Its a new way to make and receive calls. The phone even gives you as much Caller ID information as possible from numbers not listed in your contacts.Having mail is important to a lot of people. With the iPhone, you have a real email client, similar to a Blackberry or other smart phone device. Whats different is the fact that it actually looks like an email client on your MacBook. PC users might not understand this point, but the simplicity of the Mail program is perfect for emailing on-the-go. Buyer beware though, the email program does have to use the painfully slow AT&T Edge network. This means if youre loading a lot of messages, be prepared to wait minutes to download all of your messages. Web applications like G-mail are also frustrating because every email sent from the phone must also be retrieved after sending. Your best bet is to IMAP an email address.Having the Internet at your fingertips is probably what makes the iPhone the most advanced mobile device ever. The power of having a Safari web browser is amazing, but the problem with Safari its slower and less powerful than its big brother counter parts, Internet Explorer and Firefox. Also, currently you cant run Java or Flash yet, which makes it impressive visually, but as watered down as other mobile browsers in terms of functionality.The built-in iPod is what youd expect from Apples iPhone. Its simple and easy to navigate. There is cover flow view which lets you flip through cover art to find the album you want to listen to, and a segregated video play list which lets you watch movies on the run.Third party apps are a great thing on the iPhone. These web applications bring extra functionality to an already amazing device. At first, there were few, but as time passed, and as popularity grew, the iPhone became a booming business for third party web apps. The downside, theyre web apps.The real power behind the iPhone is the unlockable features. You can unlock, hack, and crack your iPhone to add real 3rd party applications. Buyer beware, any form of modification will definitely void any warranty on the iPhone. Some users have bricked their iPhones by unlocking the phone for use with other carriers as well. Obviously these procedures are highly risky and should not be attempted by anyone unless their willing to blow their $400 dollars on a slim paper weight. Some of the 3rd party applications allow you to customize your iPhone with different graphics and icons. Some allow you to record voice notes and triangulate your position using wi-fi and cellular tower signals. Needless to say there are many benefits to hacking your phone.Many customers have complained that Apple has gone too far in protecting their iPhone from the wrong hands and some iPhones have been permanently disabled due to illegal unlocking of the phone. Those who had the knowledge and sense to repair the lock were able to avoid this iPhone brick and remaining in wonderful gadget bliss.Apple recently announced legal 3rd party applications in the coming months, with a development kit in February 2008. This time next year, expect to find open source applications, costly iPhone software and possible downloadable games.The iPhone lives up to its hype, but could do more to please the masses. Those looking for a new, fun smart phone, look to iPhone in the coming months as prices drop and software becomes readily available. Only the die-hard fans should invest in the iPhone as it is now.
A Consultant Technologies product is set to revolutionize instant messaging for business.Specially designed for the corporate sphere, IMJack offers real-time messaging multi-user conferencing and personalized presence and availability settings.It is set to make multi-tasking and online collaboration a natural part of office life. IMJack should also save businesses time and money by enabling quick answers to just a moment requests, freeing external telephone lines and reducing out-of-office excursions.Over 85 per cent of employees use instant messaging at work, according to a survey by the Radicati Group.IMJack is different to consumer instant messaging in that it offers high-tech monitoring and strong security measures, protecting information from hackers and leaks.Crucially, whereas consumer messaging can lead to falls in productivity, IMJack enables a firm to choose whom they add to the network.Other features include full messaging and voice recording and super-fast file sharing.Moreover, the personalized presence function informs colleagues - at your discretion - where you are and when you will be back.Coenraad Bezuidenhout, who is in charge of the product, said: ''We are excited to announce our launch of the IMJack secure instant messaging product as part of our changing business model. We believe it will add significant value to businesses of all sizes - not only will they see an immediate increase in efficiency, they will also see a measurable reduction in bottom-line costs. We are confident that anyone will see the benefit to them within a few weeks of using IMJack.''Mr Bezuidenhout added: ''Were seeing the application of the IMJack product extend into several sectors including education where schools are using it to protect children against cyber-bullying and undesired external influences. ''Andy Tucker, one of the users of the IMJack product from Thai Mosaic and Ceramics, commented: ''IMJack Secure IM brought our company a conservative cost saving of 4,000 per month. TMC reached a full Return on Investment after just 2 1/2 months of using IMJack.''This was achieved through reducing our courier costs, improving our contacts with our suppliers and freeing-up our landlines to take more sales calls. TMC can highly recommend the IMJack product.''* Secure Instant Messaging- Like owning your own private "members-only" stretch of the Internet. End-to-end 256-bit encryption between your in-house staff and off-site workers, clients, and suppliers- Persistent multi-user conferencing- Real-time collaboration* Controlled User Access- You decide who to add, who to exclude- Discretionary message recording and archiving achieves full legislated compliance, if required* Power File Transfers- Lightning fast and massive file transfer (25 MB and more) without the limits typical of ISPs and firewalls* Personalised "presence" and availability- Know who's available and who's not. Use T-mail message notification and reminders to be sure your message reaches them as soon as they become available. No more "telephone-tennis"Secure Instant Messaging that's going to transform the way you do business. Real-time messaging, multi-user conferencing, personalised "presence" and availability settings: all the plug-and-play simplicity of consumer "chat" but built for business. Massive file transfers (25MB and more), discretionary message recording and archiving, VoIP and controlled user access that keeps your people in the loop, while keeping the worms, phish, viruses, and chat-marathons outside the door.
You walk out of your house, turn left, and amble down the sidewalk until you reach the intersection. When the pedestrian signal lights up, you start to stroll across the ladder of wide side-to-side white rectangles on the blacktop street. Then suddenly, out of the corner of your eye, you spot the flashing red and white lights of an ambulance as it barrels down the street in your direction! You dart across the crosswalk, to the island, feeling the breeze of the vehicle as it whizzes past you. You failed to notice the huge truck sooner because you could not hear it. This scene perfectly illustrates the need for a wireless video security camera with audio. A "wireless video security" camera with audio can make a difference in securing a home, workplace, or just about any location. The Sound of SilenceA world without sound is a different world. The first true movies with sound appeared in the 1930s. Until then, every movie experience felt like watching a foreign film with subtitles. While this is no longer a problem for us today, having to live in a world without sound remains a reality for some. About one percent of the U.S. population today cannot hear anything. Outstanding films such as Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), Children of a Lesser God (1986), and The Miracle Worker vividly demonstrate some of the challenges of being deaf and living with deaf people. Imagine for a while what it would be like if every day of your life felt like watching a movie without sound! Likewise, wireless video security is much improved with cameras that contain an audio feature. See and Hear Evil The main advantage of a wireless video security camera with audio is that not only are you able to see what is happening, you could also hear what is being said. but to Wireless video security cameras with audio may be used anywhere, such as the:* Baby's nursery * Cash register observation * Driveway, front lawn, or backyard * Front door or back door of your home * Kindergarten room * Living room, dining room, or any other room * Remote control airplanes * Stores and shops * Workspaces, for employee monitoringObeying the Law to Catch Lawbreakers However, it should be noted that most wireless video security cameras do not offer an audio feature. This is probably due to the fact that recording audio is illegal in many instances. Most people consider such recording of sound as an intrusion in their private lives. Even in public locations where security cameras are often permitted, saving audio tracks is usually not legal. Therefore, it is wise to check with a lawyer or a local law enforcement officer before installing wireless video security with audio. If you have any doubts about the legality of using such a camera in a certain spot, consider your alternatives. You could use wireless video security that has exceptional resolution, or simply use more cameras. Often, we take for granted the importance of each of our senses. With wireless video security cameras with sound, we can both view and hear behavior that could be illegal or unethical. Used within the boundaries of the law, they are an outstanding choice for living safely and comfortably.
The telephone is one of the most important inventions of the past two hundred years. The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell.Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1847, Alexander "Graham Bell" immigrated to Canada with his father in 1870 before moving to the United States a year later and becoming a U.S. citizen in 1882. As a young man, Bell studied at the University of Edinburgh, graduated from the University of Toronto and went on to teach vocal physiology at the University of Boston. Bell also tutored private students, including Helen Keller. Both Bell's mother and wife were deaf, a fact that greatly influenced his life's work. It was his focus on speech, hearing and amplification that led Bell to his invention of the telephone.As a young child, Bell was a curious boy and an avid inventor. At the age of 12, he invented a paddle device that made the task of dehusking wheat simple and efficient. As he grew older, Alexander became fascinated with speech, elocution and hearing. His father, grandfather and uncle were all involved in the study of speech and elocution which, along with a fascination with his mother's deafness, drew him into the field.Bell started by experimenting with tuning forks, making vowel sounds by mechanical means. From there, he sought to develop a method of creating consonant sounds by those same mechanical means. Bell became fascinated with a method that would translate the human voice into vibrations, vibrations that could be read and transmitted by a machine like the telephone.In 1875, Bell pushed his work by enlisting Thomas Watson, an electrician, to work with him on his burgeoning invention. Using tuned metal reeds, wire and magnets the two men were able to synchronize a sending telephone with a receiver and reproduce sound. On March 10, 1876, Bell transmitted the first sentence "Watson, come here; I want you" via telephone. The marvelous invention was publicly showcased two months later at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Boston.Despite an original contest over the patent application, Bell finally secured it and Alexander Graham Bell's patent for the electric speaking telephone remains today as the single most valuable patent ever issued. In just a few short years, telephones were appearing all over the world and the original Bell Company, founded in 1877, was, thanks to partnerships with Western Union, one of the richest corporations in America.In his later life, Bell retired to his beloved retreat Beinn Breagh, a home set amongst the pristine beauty of the Bras d'Or Lakes in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. Bell continued to invent, working with hydrofoil, aviation and aeronautics. Bell became fascinated with flight and would go on to invent the first hydroplane as well as a number of kites and aeronautical control devices. An avid scientist and supporter of the quest for knowledge, Bell would also found Science magazine and become a founding member and president of the National Geographic Society.Alexander Graham Bell died in Baddeck, Nova Scotia in August of 1922. He was 75.