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Sony Ericsson launches all-in-one device

If Santa was good to you this year, then you would have found Sony Ericsson’s new P910i Smartphone from Fido Canada under the tree. Annouced in December, this new mobile phone eliminates the need to carry multiple devices such as a cell phone, digital camera, PDA,and MP3 player with you. The P910i has all of those plus a video recorder and the ability to connect to the Internet rolled into one handy little phone. It has 64MB of memory, a 242k colour screen, enhanced digital camera and video capabilities. As well, the P910i had a removable flip QWERTY keyboard, T9 predicitive text, a stylus for natural handwriting and an on-screen virtual keyboard. The phone also has the ability to connect to other devices and a user’s own PC through Bluetooth, infrared and USB cable. The phone can also be used in over 160 countries. The P910i is available now at Fido locations across Canada for $850 with a 24-month Fido agreement.

Hi Mom, I’m on giant TV

In November and December, Nokia allowed passersby in Toronto to be photographed using its Nokia 3220 and Nokia 6225 mobile phones with digital cameras. These images were then posted within the hour they were taken to seven giant video billboards in the city’s downtown Dundas Square area and other highly visible locations across Toronto, such as Yonge Street at the flagship Sam the Record Man store. This was all part of Nokia’s “Say Hello Toronto” picture-messaging program to let people know of the many creative ways people can use their mobile phones, such as with picture and video messaging.

Security cameras see beyond the mist

Burnaby, B.C.-based Extreme CCTV has partnerd up with Obzerv Technologies in Quebec City to develop a new video surveillance camera that is able to see through night-time mist, fog, rain and snow at a greater resolution than thermal-imaging devices. In the past, those cameras could not produce images of identifying marks or symbols that could be used in a court of law. The new camera, dubbed LX300, will use Observ’s proprietary range-gating technologies and a laser diode system called DALIS. This technology allows the LX300 to be used for night-time illumination by sending pulses of near-infraded light that illuminate objects up to 300 metres away through inclement weather. The end result is an image with a high resolution that in the past would have been impossible to obtain. The LX300 is designed for high-security government and commercial application and is expected to be available at the end of 2005.

BlackBerry lets you get InTouch

BlackBerry users are now able to access important documents and files anywhere, anytime thanks to Mississauga, Ont.-based 01 Communiqu Laboratory Inc.’s I’m InTouch Messenger. This new application lets business mobile professionals gain access to important files when away from their office. I’m InTouch Messenger installs to the BlackBerry device and works with the I’m InTouch remote access service installed on a user’s PC. It also utilizes 125-bit secure sockets layer (SSL) technology and is quick to deploy, according to hte company. The I’m InTouch service is available for $13.50 per month or $135 per year. 048542

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