Tech Talk: Can We Kick It?

It’s Troy

a.k.a. Mr. Gadget T, back with a few toys I found this week that I thought were

pretty cool. Let me know what you think!


Research In Motion (RIM) has long been a staple for many

business professionals with their Blackberry devices. They have even recently

made huge strides with the general consumer with the release of their Pearl and



It’s been recently leaked by that RIM

has a new consumer phone called the KickStart.

It’s a clamshell design which is a first for them. 


Here are a few of the features:

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE”Next Gen” SureType

keyboard2 Megapixel camera16-bit color LCDsInternal LCD is 240×320,

external one is 160×128Wi-Fi b,g3.5mm headset jackOS is 4.6

No word on the price yet, but it should come out around

September ’08.


The next thing I wanna show you It’s an interesting concept; Jott is a free service that

allows you to send emails, texts and reminders to yourself, people in your

contact list and to web services by calling a phone number.


I’m ending this week with the A-100 HD ($179) media streamer from Popcorn Hour.  What does it do you ask? It takes your

digital media whether from PC, NAS, digital camera, USB device, internal

HDD (not included) and even directly from the Internet via the Media Service

Portal such as Youtube. 

 If you’re into file sharing, you can use it as BitTorrent

peer-to-peer downloader. The list of spec is real deep but I didn’t wanna leave

anything off:




Video : YouTube, Metacafe.

Veoh, Videocast, DLTV, Cranky Geeks, Bliptv, PodfinderUK, Vuze, Break

PodcastAudio : Live365 Radio,

iPodcast, Radiobox, ABC News, BBC Podcast, CNN NewsPhoto : Flickr, Picasaweb RSS feed : Bloglines, Yahoo!

Weather, Yahoo Traffic Alerts, Traffic Condition,


files supported

Video containers: MPEG1/2/4 Elementary

(M1V, M2V, M4V)MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG)MPEG2 Transport Stream

(TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS)VOBAVI, ASF, WMVMatroska (MKV)MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4Audio containers: AAC, M4AMPEG audio (MP1, MP2,

MP3, MPA)WAVWMAAudio pass through : DTS, AC3Photo formats : JPEG, BMP,

PNG, GIFOther formats:  ISO, IFO


256MB DDR SDRAM, 32MB Flash



HDMI v1.1 (up to 1080p)Component Video (up to 1080p)S-VideoComposite VideoStereo Analog AudioS/PDIF Coax Digital Audio


2x USB 2.0 hostParallel ATA


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