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Pantech Matrix Pro: Dual-Sliding Fun

The Pantech Matrix Pro is now available for AT&T for $99 (with 2 yr contract). This is an attractive Windows Mobile 6.1 Smartphone both cosmetically with three color choices and internally with its dual sliding keyboard and other features.


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My Favorite Tech Gadgets

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I constantly want the latest and greatest technology out there, and in this post I want to share some of my current favorites with you. Whether it be using my Palm 700wx Smartphone or speeding along on my new Window Vista Media Center PC with Dual-Core, I just love new gadgets. With all the Smartphones, PCs and other devices that I use, I will expose my top list of cool gadgets and why they make my life a little easier to manage or make more enjoyable.


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Microsoft Vista - First Week

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Vista

I recently had the pleasure of putting together a high-performance computer, and chose Vista Ultimate as my operating system. I must say, Vista’s install was even more painless than XP’s, and the install time seemed quicker as well, though this may have been due to my speed-demon of a system, which has an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz processor, higher-end Kingston memory, and 1333 MHz bus speed. Also note that I am comparing this install to my last, which I was using an AMD 2800+ to install XP, which is a lot less speedy of a processor. Once installed, I discovered that the "new" interface was very similar to XP's interface, if more polished. Vista has a new indexing system to quickly search for files which seems to work sigificantly faster than XP's search dog. Some useless Vista features, in my opinion, include a 3D program switcher which is more flashy than useful and a new scrolling Start menu. Thankfully Vista allows you to revert back to the drop down start menu by right-clicking on the Start "orb," choosing properties, and selecting "Classic Start menu". The more efficent way to switch windows, apart from using your left click, is the "alt" "tab" keys which still quickly scrolls through your active windows.


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Hot Download Pick: Opera Web Browser (Beta 8.5)

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Based on the core desktop version, this feature-rich Web browser has powerful capabilities. It’s can quickly load Web pages, and is able to interact with secure sites like banking and credit card companies. It has a nice status bar at the bottom of the screen showing how many images need to be downloaded and the amount of kilobytes that have been downloaded.


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Hot Download Pick: Sudoku Rules Extreme

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The most advanced Sudoku puzzle generator and trainer available for Pocket PC. Generate millions of graded puzzles or enter your own, view board statistics, just play or be guided through all the techniques to solve Sudoku! Includes six subtle hints without giving the answer away; save and load multi-format boards, and options for the advanced player to bring you the best of Sudoku.

Use With: Pocket PC 2002, 2003, 2003SE, and WM5.


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Stowaway Boomtube H2O1

This light-weight and rechargeable portable tubular speaker system for your Pocket PC or Smartphone lets you play your music without headphones! It features four (4) 2-inch drivers with dual neodymium magnets and MaxxBass technology using a subwoofer-like bass tube, which altogether produces more than 40 watts RMS audio output power.


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Chuzzles

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These googley-eyed little balls of fur giggle, squeak, and sneeze as you push them across the board! Group three of the same color together and watch them pop in a flurry of fur. Tap them to hear them squeak, sneeze and more! There are four modes of play: Classic - match the Chuzzles and watch them pop in order to gain a high score; Speed Chuzzle - play against the clock to match Chuzzles until time runs out; Mind Bender - solve the Chuzzle puzzles to match the pattern on screen; and Zen Chuzzle - a gentle endless game where you match Chuzzles to earn magical charms.


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MyTV ToGo

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Convert your Media Center TV shows and TiVo files for viewing on your Pocket PC (QVGA and VGA), Smartphone, Laptop PC, Sony PSP, and even your Apple iPOD, all without having your mobile device connected with your computer. All the conversion is done in the background while you use your computer! Also, files are saved to a folder (you choose) and can be synced without having to encode them again! There are 4 quality settings (higher quality=more space used) and can also be used on a stand-alone PC, or within a Media Center PC.


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