Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Smartphones are expensive, even with subsidies, and taking caring of them has become an important responsibility of the modern day phone user. With active lifestyles not slowing down because you have a phone that can map directions to your next event, Aryca has released a batch of cases for that very phone. The TIDE and WAVE encase your smartphone, iPhone or Android, and allow you to dive to depths down to 20 feet. Skiing, white water rafting, and swimming can now be all done with your phone. I’m not sure if Siri will work in these conditions, but at least your iPhone will after you dry off.

More info in the release below.

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Aryca™ Cases Keep Phones Dry and Safe At Depths Up to 20 Feet

SUNRISE, FL – November 16, 2011– Planning on getting away to enjoy a little fun, sun and surf this holiday season? Sharing photos with your friends and family has never been easier. Concord Keystone just added two new styles of heavy-duty waterproof smartphone cases to its line, so you can shoot video, capture images, view and playback, and email or text data, without leaving the water.

The new Aryca™ TIDE and the Aryca WAVE fully encase your smartphone, keeping it safe and dry at depths up to 20 feet so it can be submerged in water and used for wet and wild fun. The items are available at Concord Keystone.

The clear protective silicon membrane of the Aryca TIDE and Aryca WAVE supports full smartphone screen and call functionality and are the ideal protective smartphone cases when you are swimming, skiing, kayaking, white water rafting, snowboarding and more. The Aryca waterproof cases also protect the smartphone from snow and sand. When your spirit takes you to the extreme, gear-up your smartphone with the Aryca Tide or Aryca Wave to keep it safe, secure and dry.

Inserting a smartphone into Aryca cases is easy. Simply lift the safety latch at the side of the case, turn the cap counter-clockwise to open, place the phone in the case and close.

Both the Aryca TIDE and WAVE are IPX8 certified waterproof cases (up to 20-feet) and come with a neck strap and a floating yellow lanyard to keep phones buoyant and visible on the water’s surface.

The Aryca TIDE and Aryca WAVE cases are each designed for specific smartphones.

The Aryca TIDE is compatible with smartphones within dimensions of 4.88″ x 2.70″ x .55″ including the following:

Google: Nexus S 4G
HTC: Trophy, Droid Incredible/Incredible 2, ThunderBolt, Inspire 4G, HD2 US, HD7/HD7S, Surround, Arrive, Evo 4G/Evo Shift 4G
Kyocera: Zio M6000
LG: Ally, Quantum
Motorola: Droid 2, Atrix 4G, i1, Cliq 2
Nokia: C7
Samsung: Focus, Captivate, Transform, Galaxy S 4G, Vibrant
Sony-Erickson: Xperia Play CDMA, Xperia X10a

The Aryca WAVE is compatible with smartphones within dimensions of 4.55″ x 2.56″ x .55″, including the following:

Apple: iPhone 3GS/3G, 4S/4
Blackberry: Storm2 9550, Torch 9800
HTC: Freestyle, Aria
HP: Veer 4G
Kyocera: Echo
LG: Fathom, Cosmos Touch, Vortex, Thrive, Phoenix, Encore, Optimus S/T
Motorola: Bravo, Defy
Pantech: Crossover, Crux
Samsung: Soltice

Sony-Erickson: Vivaz

The Aryca TIDE and the Aryca WAVE are available in 4 colors – black, white, pink & yellow.
MSRP: $39.99


Florida-based Concord Keystone Trading, LLC and its sister companies, Urcovest, LLC, also located in Florida and Concord Keystone Trading Limited, located in Hong Kong, concentrate on developing, manufacturing, and distributing high-quality, low-cost imaging and other household convenience and portable power products. Urcovest and the Concord Companies market products under the following trademarks owned by Urcovest: Keystone ECO™, Easy Shot Clip™, Fun Shooter®, Concord®, Keystone®, and Easy Shot®; and the following trademarks licensed by Urcovest: Polaroid, 4U2ReUSE®, iPICKUP®, and iPICKUP2™. The Companies also sell private label products. Urcovest and the Concord Keystone Companies have strategic partnerships with manufacturing, development, and supply chain partners to bring high quality, cost effective solutions quickly and efficiently to markets and customers worldwide.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

If you’re in the market for a new Blackberry phone and are either on or would like to be on the T-Mobile network, then you may wish to look at the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 9810 running on the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system. Packed with a 1.2 GHz processor, 3.2-inch TFT VGA touch-screen, and a 5-megapixel camera, the BlackBerry faithfuls will be happy to also find a slide-out keyboard. You can pre-order your Torch today from T-Mobile for $249.99 with a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year contract.

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Today, T-Mobile announced the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810, the latest 4G BlackBerry smartphone to join America’s Largest 4G Network™. Powered by the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system and a 1.2 GHz processor, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 provides a fast and fluid premium smartphone experience. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 combines a brilliant 3.2-inch TFT VGA capacitive touch-screen display with a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard for a truly efficient and intuitive mobile communications experience.

Encased in a sleek and stylish form factor with a zinc grey color finish, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is equipped with essential smartphone features, including access to BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), personal and corporate e-mail, and social networking applications; a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording; and access to BlackBerry App World™ for downloading premium applications and games.

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is expected to be available in an exclusive pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers beginning today, November 2. The smartphone is expected to be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and national retailers, and online at starting November 9. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is expected to cost $249.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan.

The Android onslaught will continue and it will do so with low-cost smartphones says the latest In-Stat report. While rumors proceed Steve Jobs autobiography of his betrayed feelings of Google’s Eric Schmidt concerning Android, it looks like there really is little to stop it from conquering the world. Either Apple needs to continue its innovation or kill Android.

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In many parts of the world, the typical Android smartphone, selling for $400 to $500, is out of reach for many consumers that currently have a feature phone or perhaps no phone at all. These potential smartphone owners currently only have one OS choice in the low-cost category, (under-$150) and that is Android. New In-Stat ( research forecasts that unit shipments for low-cost Android smartphones will approach 340 million worldwide in 2015.

“The low-cost Android handset segment will cause some fragmentation in the Android platform,” says Allen Nogee, Research Director. “Most low-cost Android smartphones are likely to be released with Android 2.2 or 2.3, since these versions are a good blend of features with modest memory and processor usage. The Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) step-up in memory and processor demands makes this release less attractive for low-cost Android devices.”

Recent In-Stat research found:
The low-cost smartphone area is Android’s to lose. This market could get much more competitive, especially as other OS vendors begin to target the space.
The low-end low-cost smartphones generally stick with EDGE and processors running at 600MHz speeds or less, and a single-core EDGE chip sells for well under $10. For our purposes, low-cost means smartphones that are $150 or less.
Smaller phone manufacturers will sometimes purchase from the “gray market” where component manufacturers typically don’t pay licensee fees, royalties, and taxes for the products they produce.
Early competitors in the market include Huawei, MicroMax, Motorola, Samsung, Spice, and ZTE.
Recent In-Stat research Less is More: The Worldwide Emergence of Low-Cost Android Smartphones (#IN1104911WH)looks at the history of the low-cost smartphone market, and how we got where we are today. The report looks at Android in-depth and the problems that Google faces as it moves into the low-cost arena. The obstacles are also explored in-detail, as are the markets where low-cost Android smartphones will dominate.
Forecasts include:

Smartphone shipments
Android smartphone shipments
Low-cost Android smartphone shipments by region
Bill of materials (BOM) for processor, touchscreen, other components
Country-by-country view of the smartphone market
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

T-Mobile has just announced the BlackBerry Curve 9360. You know, the new one running BlackBerry 7 operating system with the all new Webkit-browser. It comes in two stylish colors, black and merlot, well, I guess black isn’t too stylish anymore but merlot is pretty cool. The Curve comes with a 2.4-inch screen, full QWERTY keypad and navigation track-pad. A 5-megapixel camera with flash is packed into your black or merlot unit along with Wi-Fi so you can easily send movies or pictures saving on cellular data use. The Curve 9360 comes preloaded with some apps such as Foursqure – check in! – and BlackBerry Messenger.

Current T-Mobile customers can pre-order the device on September 21st while nationwide orders can be made on the 28th of September. Those desiring the merlot flavor will have to wait until October 12th. Your cost for either color will be $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying classic voice and data plan.

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Today, T-Mobile announced the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry Curve 9360, which combines powerful new BlackBerry features with an attractive price point. The new BlackBerry smartphone will be available in two stylish color finishes – black and merlot. Running the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system and utilizing the powerful BlackBerry 7 Webkit-browser, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 provides an intuitive smartphone experience, perfect for those who depend on their smartphone to keep their personal and work lives organized. The new BlackBerry Curve is designed to address a large and important segment of the global mobile phone market where customers are looking to upgrade their existing feature phone or existing BlackBerry Curve with an affordable, easy-to-use, full-featured and socially-connected smartphone.

Encased in a sleek package, including a wide 2.4-inch screen, full QWERTY keypad and navigation track-pad, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is ideal for efficient mobile communications. The new smartphone is also equipped with essential smartphone features such a 5-megapixel camera with flash, video recorder and Wi-Fi connectivity for voice and data for a premium smartphone experience. The next generation BlackBerry Curve smartphone delivers the world’s best mobile communications and social experiences with the latest release of BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) pre-loaded and now extends the real time BBM experience to a range of other apps, such as Foursquare, allowing users to easily interact with each other from within the ‘BBM connected’ app.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is expected to be available in an exclusive pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers beginning today, Sept. 21. The smartphone will be available in the black color finish at T-Mobile retail stores and at select dealers and national retailers nationwide starting Sept. 28 and is expected to be available in an exclusive merlot color finish starting Oct. 12. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is expected to cost $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying classic voice and data plan.

WellComm Releases App-Based Open System Enabling SmartPhone Connectivity to Digital Health and Wellness Resources

WellComm™ is an open system of components that transforms the SmartPhone into a personal health and wellness hub. The hub begins with the WellComm Application (“app”) placed on an individual’s iPhone, iPad, or other device. This app serves as the individual’s personal health and wellness dashboard. The WellComm dashboard contains, manages and connects personally identified health and wellness apps & resources for the individual.

The WellComm App, released at no cost, is a paradigm changing, gateway app. WellComm’s innovation is that it works with ALL existing resources. Its open architecture connects the patchwork of incompatible apps with other apps and with electronic and personal health records (HER and PHRs). The WellComm system does not force the replacement or change of existing systems or technology, but instead enables these disparate, siloed systems & resources to work together. WellComm can be used by Healthcare Professionals, Caregivers, Researchers and Individuals to advance and extend health and wellness.

To leverage and maximize the WellComm App, an individual can create a customized solution on, called a Prescriptive™. A Prescriptive, which is also available for free, can be configured as a survey, a customized publication or an integrated mHealth app, which can be instantly sent to any WellComm able device. Creation and customization are made simple for the user, with no programming or technical knowledge required.

“ and the WellComm App provide the hub of connectivity for all electronic health and wellness resources. The mission of our organization is to advance and improve the health and wellness of the individual, to cultivate innovation in medical research, and to provide the open mHealth infrastructure that will foster innovative health and wellness SmartPhone apps, devices and sensors. WellComm makes real the promise of mHealth”, states Brent Gutekunst, CEO, adding, “In the end, since no one else was doing it, we developed a solution to our own problem. Fortuitously, the solution is one that addresses many of the fundamental issues plaguing mHealth at this point in its early evolution. So we’ve decided to share it will the rest of the world to see, if together, we can change Health and Wellness as Usual. Developers, this is your invitation.”

Founded in 2010, WellComm capitalizes on the most dramatic social and technological revolution of our lifetime, the ubiquitous connectivity of the SmartPhone. WellComm transforms the SmarthPhone into the Key to access, utilize, manage and communicate with resources & technologies that improve health and wellness. WellComm is the trusted independent connectivity to and between existing disparate and disperse systems, resources, expertise, and the individual. WellComm moves personal health and wellness beyond the constraints of traditional systems.

Friday, October 15, 2010
Co-Pilot Droid

ALK Technologies today announced CoPilot Live USA, bringing full-featured, voice-guided GPS navigation to Android smartphones and tablet devices for the breakthrough price of just $4.99.

Already a popular choice for iPhone and iPad owners, CoPilot Live USA for Android provides easy to follow, powerful turn-by-turn guidance with clear 3D guidance views and voice directions throughout the USA. Detailed street-level maps are stored directly on the Android device, not downloaded each trip, so drivers don’t need to rely on a mobile internet connection for navigation.

Destination entry is made easy thanks to predictive address matching that finds addresses as you type. Millions of useful Points of Interest (POIs) are pre-installed as standard, including gas stations, restaurants and attractions. The app also features sophisticated guidance features such as ClearTurn™ realistic display with lane indicator arrows and real sign post information for clear guidance at highway exits and complex intersections.

CoPilot Live USA can take advantage of a phone’s mobile internet connection to provide access to useful real-time information as standard, including Local Internet Search and location-specific weather forecasts. The app includes 14 days use of CoPilot Live’s advanced real-time traffic information service, ActiveTraffic™, which calculates routes and ETAs based on current traffic conditions.

Michael Kornhauser, Managing Director, CoPilot Live Navigation, said “The latest Android-based smartphones and tablet devices are capable of providing a superior in-car navigation experience. With CoPilot Live USA available for just $4.99, full-featured voice guided GPS navigation is now an affordable reality for millions of GPS-enabled Android phone owners.”

CoPilot Live USA is available for a one-time fee of $4.99 for unlimited use through Android Market and iTunes App Store. 12 months use of the ActiveTraffic real-time traffic service is available as an option for $9.99.

CoPilot Live North America, which includes both the U.S. and Canada maps, continues to be available from Android Market and iTunes App Store for $19.99.

Thursday, July 15, 2010
Verizon Droid X Buyer

College student Katie Masucci lined up at her local Verizon store in Frisco, Texas at 9:45 pm last night to wait a couple of hours for the doors to open and be the first to purchase the Motorola Droid X. It is reported that hundreds of people lined up across the nation to await the opening of stores to be the first to nab Motorola’s new Android 2.1-based phone, the Droid X. Many stores participated in a mid-night sale getting the new smartphone in customers hands even earlier. While not the over-night lines of past iPhone sales, this is one of the first such lining up for a competing phone to Apple’s phone that reset the standards.

Motorola brings, “An HD camcorder, 8 megapixel camera, 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities, and enterprise features and outstanding call quality. DROID X also comes with loads of memory – 8 gigabyte (GB) onboard and a 16GB memory card. For customers seeking the ultimate in storage, the new 32GB SanDisk® microSDHC™ card allows customers to expand DROID X’s memory to 40GB. Verizon Wireless is the only retailer that offers customers the 32GB SanDisk microSDHC card,” according to Verizon’s press release. The large 4.3-inch high-resolution screen is outstanding – we have been playing with the Droid X for a week – and allows for 720p video via it’s HDMI port on the bottom left side. Also new to the experience is streaming movies from BlockBuster On Demand, ala Netflix for the iPhone, presented by V Cast Video.

The Motorola Droid X is available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores tomorrow for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Per Verizon, “Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. DROID X customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan (beginning at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access). Customers can add the optional 3G Mobile HotSpot service to their DROID X smartphones for $20 per month. The 32GB SanDisk microSDHC card is available tomorrow for $99.99 when purchased along with the new DROID X or for $149.99 when purchased separately. In addition, current Verizon Wireless customers who have contracts ending by Dec. 31, 2010, can upgrade to DROID X without penalty.”

Look for our review on the Droid X in the coming weeks but as a teaser, we’ll just say this much: you don’t need to wait for the rumored Verizon iPhone.

Katie Masucci, a college student, was one of the first in line to purchase a DROID X at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Frisco, Texas

Thursday, March 25, 2010

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Verizon Wireless and Motorola, Inc. today announced that Motorola DEVOUR is available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores today for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

DEVOUR is the second Android™-powered smartphone from Motorola to run on Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. The phone comes with MOTOBLUR, Motorola’s unique content delivery service created to make wireless phones more personal and customizable. Additional features and specifications of Motorola DEVOUR can be found by visiting

Motorola DEVOUR customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk or Nationwide Talk & Text plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access, while Nationwide Talk & Text plans begin at $59.99 monthly access. An Email and Web for Smartphone plan is $29.99 for unlimited monthly access. Customers will receive the handset rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Astraware and Pazzazz Games are excited to announce the release of GTS World Racing for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) smartphones and PDAs.

GTS World Racing is the must-have sequel to the highly acclaimed GTS Racing Challenge, and has been created by Pazzazz and published by Astraware.

Fans of classic coin-operated arcade racing games will love the retro style graphics and exhilarating sound effects. Experience the roar of engines as you select your car, race your opponents, set the fastest laptimes, score points for most race wins and burn rubber to gain championship victory!

GTS World Racing offers 64 track layouts across 16 worldwide locations – from snowscapes to dusty deserts; 3 car types to choose from each with their own handling characteristics; and 4 difficulty levels from Easy to Extreme!

The game offers 4 play modes to satisfy every level of expertise:

Single Race – check out the tracks and practice your skills before heading for the main event;
Challenge Cup – race at each of the 16 locations and achieve the required finishing position for your chosen difficulty;
Grand Tour – complete all 64 tracks in all 16 locations and achieve the required finishing position in each; and
Championship – complete the full 16 race season and score the most points to win the championship.

GTS World Racing is available for a wide range of smartphones and PDAs running Palm OS(R) 5 and later, and Windows Mobile(R) Professional, Classic and Standard 2003 and later.

Palm Sells One-millionth Centro

Author: Sven Rafferty
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) today announced that it has sold its one-millionth Palm Centro smartphone, demonstrating the product’s mass appeal to customers ready to get all the power of a smartphone at the price of a traditional mobile phone. Palm is now shipping Centro in 10 countries worldwide, including Hong Kong, Singapore, India, the UK, Germany, Spain, Ireland, France and Italy, and its already-rapid momentum is set to grow as Palm debuts the product in additional countries around the globe.

“The Palm Centro is flying off the shelves because users who want to step up to a smartphone see it as the perfect first choice,” said Brodie Keast, senior vice president of marketing for Palm, Inc. “It has everything a person needs to stay organized and connected with everyone who is important to them. We’re very excited about the Centro’s near-instant popularity in the U.S. and think it’s going to be a huge hit as it continues to make its way across the globe.”

First introduced in the United States last September exclusively with Sprint, and more recently introduced on AT&T in February, the fully featured Centro smartphone is available from both carriers for $99.99. Centro has reached more young adults and women, as well as a broader range of household income, than any prior Palm smartphone. It offers customers an affordable, simple and fun option for staying connected and doing more with their mobile phones.

“Smartphones are certainly not new to business professionals; however, now more than ever we are seeing consumers migrate toward these types of devices as form factors have become more appealing and price points are now competing with traditional mobile phones,” said Ryan Reith, senior research analyst with IDC. “Palm’s Centro plays right into the hands of the consumer looking for a more robust experience on their mobile phone. We definitely expect to see this trend continue worldwide.”

Increasingly, consumers are making the shift from traditional mobile phones to smartphones, motivated by the desire to do more with their phones and the arrival of lower-cost devices. Smartphones accounted for 11 percent of all mobile phone sales in 2007 in the United States, and this is expected to increase to 35 percent by 2011.(3) A recent Palm survey of Centro customers highlighted this trend, indicating that 70 percent are first-time smartphone users. When compared to other Palm smartphones, Centro also is reaching almost double the number of women, more than double the number of customers under age 35, and nearly three times as many customers with a household income of less than $75,000.

Centro’s full QWERTY keyboard and color touch screen make it easy to quickly type text messages, respond to emails, start instant message conversations, browse the web and more. It offers all of the great organizer functionality for which Palm is renowned, such as a detailed and integrated contacts list and a simple and handy calendar for juggling business meetings and get-togethers with friends.