Treo 650, 700, Flickr Fun

As you may have heard, it would appear the Treo 700 is going to be announced tomorrow Monday September 26th, 2005.

TreoCentral.com will be covering the event live.

Rumors are claiming they’re going with Windows. R.I.P., PalmOS?

That isn’t stopping me from having more fun with the Treo 650.

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A while back, I’d briefly praised Flickr.com.

In your Flickr account, if you haven’t already, be sure to find your way to “Upload” — “Upload Tools” — “Upload by e-mail“. Add the e-mail address they give you to your Palm Address Book.

In the Treo 650, snap a bunch of pictures through the camera function. Back in the media tool, open-up an Album, in my case, it’s currently always the default one named “Unfiled”. Click the Menu button, choose the Album menu, and pick “Send Album…“. Pick your e-mail application, in my case, it’s EarthLink’s “MailBox” application. It will create a new message with all the pictures attached. In the To: field, enter your Flickr upload-by-email address. The value of the Subject: field will be a title assigned to each attached picture once part of the Flickr system.

Once all pictures have been uploaded, I typically delete everything. Keeps the Treo clean. This model gives me virtually unlimited photo storage, easier management and sharing. I can snap as many pictures as memory will allow, and simply send them over to Flickr in one shot. Over 3G, it’s pretty fast, it sure beats the speeds I was getting in t610/GPRS-land. I’ve successfully uploaded around 10 pictures in a single batch.

USB Copy Cruiser Plus- copy files without a computer

UccpAlera Technologies announced the availability of the USB Copy Cruiser Plus (UCCP) that provides a direct USB to USB connection between two devices eliminating the need to connect either device to a computer to copy files back and forth.  The UCCP has two standard USB 2.0 ports and an 8 in 1 memory card reader integrated into the device.  There is a large LCD screen that provides information about the free space on both connected devices and progress information for data transfers.  The UCCP fits in your hand and is powered by 3 AAA batteries that last about 6 hours.  This is a really cool way to transfer files easily between a digital camera and a computer or other USB devices since it uses the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) for image transfers without needing additional drivers.

The USB Copy Cruiser Plus has an estimated street price of $80 and can read CF (Type I and II), SD, SM, MMC, MS, MSPRO and MD cards using the readers.

(VoIP) Forecast Calls For Pain

Frost & Sullivan says that the North American VoIP residential revenues will hit $4.07 billion by 2010, up 1300% from 2004 sales of $295.1 million. Do some math here, you can very quickly find out that the numbers paint a pretty bleak picture for most VoIP providers. They are forecasting VoIP lines to grow from 1.5 million in 2004 to 18 million. By all estimates, 2004 the total US VoIP lines were about a million. Given the late start of Canadian VoIP, I find the 1.5 million number hard to believe. But that’s me nitpicking.

$4.07 billion divided by 18 million lines works out to annual VoIP revenues of $226 per line. Or about, $18 a month. “Residential subscribers are likely to replace second lines with wireless or VoIP,” Frost & Sullivan Senior Analyst Lynda Starr said in a statement. What she did not say – if her forecast is true, then residential VoIP is nothing but a cheap tack-on service. Unless you are bundling VoIP service with cable or DSL service, or packaging it as a part of some triple-play offering, there is little chance of making money in this game. Research from In-Stat supports this. Nearly half of US telecom customers are buying some sort of a bundle from their service provider, up from just one-third in 2004. SBC softphone for $10 a month? I will take that!

And if you are a VC looking to cash-in on the VoIP madness, think again!

Mac mini tablet on the way?

Armaan Khan wants to see a mini Tablet similar to one I have begged for in the past but with a big difference- coming from Apple.  An Apple mini Tablet (the iNote?) would be a big seller I think and long overdue.  Armaan’s thoughts:

Imagine a device, somewhere around the size of a paperback novel, that runs a full version of Mac OS X, and all Mac software. It would be a pen-based system, featuring either a PDA-like touch screen, or a more complex Tablet PC-like pressure-sensitive display, and driven by an enhanced version of OS X’s fantastic Ink technology. The hard drive would be a modest 20 or 40 gigs, and RAM would top out at 512 megs. The graphics chip and processor would be equivalent to what’s inside a Mac Mini. Airport Express networking would be built in.

Check out his article for the rest of what he’d like to see in what would be a great device.

SanDisk USB card readers are the smallest anywhere

Sandisk_readersSanDisk recently announced two new media card readers in the MobileMate line. The MobileMate SD+ 5-in-1 reader supports SD™, MiniSD™, MultiMediaCard™, RS-MMC™ and TransFlash™ while the 4-in-1 MobileMate MS+ reader has one slot for Memory Stick™, Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick Duo™ and Memory Stick PRO Duo™. The flash memory cards can be plugged directly into the readers. No card adapters are required. Both readers are fast USB 2.0 based peripherals and are so tiny (think stick of gum sized) they can be carried anywhere. Each MobileMate reader will carry a suggested price of under $20 and they should be available in many outlets in November.(press release via Pocket PC Thoughts)

Dear Silicon Santa…

I want Apple to add a “SIP address” field to the Mac OS X Address Book. I want everybody I know to get a VoIP SIP account. I want all of them to e-mail me their sip:[email protected] address. Upon updating my address book, i want all those contacts to be synced to this dream device. When entering a trusted 802.11x network, I want the phone to give me a visual cue of this fact. I want to be able to easily get into “VoIP” mode. In this mode, the address book interface should “surface” contacts for which I do have a SIP address.

Yours Chris Holland

Tracking Route 128….D.C. Churbuck Reports

My former boss at Forbes.com David Churbuck as joined the blog world, with his new offering, D.C. Churbuck Reports. As a former reporter – 13 years at Forbes, four at PC Week, four at daily newspapers, he still has the writing bug, and boy it is going to be fun having him in the blog world. He is using WordPress. Welcome David, and stop gloating please!

Juvenal wrote that an incurable itch for scribbling [cacoethes scribendi] takes possession of many, and grows inveterate in their insane breast. Oliver Wendell Homes wrote: “So many foolish persons are rushing into print, that it requires a kind of literary police to hold them back and keep them in order.” It is said that 12,000 so-called blogs are launched every day. Here’s yet another. So what’s my point in greasing the ways, knocking out the chocks, and swinging the champagne bottle against the prow of my ship? Boredom, a cluttered mind, and a terminal case of cacoethes scribendi. I still have a verbal itch to scratch, and this is the leg of the couch I choose to do it on.

Flarion’s ultimate push

This is the kind of day most start-ups wait for. Flarion has just learned that that Siemens will build wireless equipment based on its Flash-OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) technology, and will market it to the new and emerging telecom markets like those in Eastern Europe, and the products will be available in second quarter of 2005. Flarion’s FLASH-OFDM systems provide mobile access at average downlink speeds of 1 to 1.5 Mbps and uplink speeds of 300 – 500 kbps, bursting to 900 kbps. Loop Capital’s analysts ponder on the announcement, and wonder if this is going to push Motorola into action, and get them building gear based on Flarion technology.

Why so? Because, Motorola is the main equipment supplier to Nextel, the only major carrier in the US which has publicly expressed interest in Flarion technology. The PTT experts are trialing a service based on Flarion in North Carolina, and according to most reports, the trial is going better than expected. If Motorola doesn’t step-up to the plate, enter Siemens. So far the deal is for the 450 MHz band which is used in Eastern Europe. It doesn’t take much for Siemens to switch gears and supplant Motorola in the Nextel network. Many feel that the race between EV-DO and UMTS will force Nextel to make a decision sooner, and since Flarion based networks cannot be rolled out before 2006, it might miss out on the action. That is not true. I think the whole high-speed wireless buzz is just that buzz. The consumers are not voting with their wallets as yet, and Nextel has some wiggle room right now. And with the 1.8 GHz spectrum under its belt, Nextel has another reason to bet on Flarion.