TazTag to be first phone with both NFC and ZigBee at MWC

Much hoopla has been made over the magical synergistic qualities of NFC, from payment options to data transfer on Google’s Android 4.0 ICS. ZigBee might be new to most people, but it’s basically a much more advanced and efficient wireless network than anything currently in place, using a whole lot less battery than the traditionally used WiFi. TazTag, a French wireless tech manufacturer, has announced that they are going to be unveiling the TPH-ONE, the very first phone to have both of these technologies built in.

The company hopes that the new device will be an example of the capabilities of both NFC and ZigBee. The TPH-ONE will be available in March for demos, and is available now for pre-order with a set delivery for April.

With that being said, is anyone interested in the TazTag? Where do you see NFC going in the future? Drop a comment below! The full press release can be found after the break.

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Problem installing Desktop Manager

Running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
When installing Desktop manager or device software or print to go i get the following msg after usual unpack and choosing usa(eng)> Can anyone tell me whats going on with this….please help

Windows ® Installer. V 5.0.7601.17514

msiexec /Option <Required Parameter> [Optional Parameter]

Install Options
</package | /i> <Product.msi>
Installs or configures a product
/a <Product.msi>
Administrative install – Installs a product on the network
/j<u|m> <Product.msi> [/t <Transform List>] [/g <Language ID>]
Advertises a product – m to all users, u to current user
</uninstall | /x> <Product.msi | ProductCode>
Uninstalls the product
Display Options
Quiet mode, no user interaction
Unattended mode – progress bar only
Sets user interface level
n – No UI
b – Basic UI
r – Reduced UI
f – Full UI (default)
Help information
Restart Options
Do not restart after the installation is complete
Prompts the user for restart if necessary
Always restart the computer after installation
Logging Options
/l[i|w|e|a|r|u|c|m|o|p|v|x|+|!|*] <LogFile>
i – Status messages
w – Nonfatal warnings
e – All error messages
a – Start up of actions
r – Action-specific records
u – User requests
c – Initial UI parameters
m – Out-of-memory or fatal exit information
o – Out-of-disk-space messages
p – Terminal properties
v – Verbose output
x – Extra debugging information
+ – Append to existing log file
! – Flush each line to the log
* – Log all information, except for v and x options
/log <LogFile>
Equivalent of /l* <LogFile>
Update Options
/update <Update1.msp>[;Update2.msp]
Applies update(s)
/uninstall <PatchCodeGuid>[;Update2.msp] /package <Product.msi | ProductCode>
Remove update(s) for a product
Repair Options
/f[p|e|c|m|s|o|d|a|u|v] <Product.msi | ProductCode>
Repairs a product
p – only if file is missing
o – if file is missing or an older version is installed (default)
e – if file is missing or an equal or older version is installed
d – if file is missing or a different version is installed
c – if file is missing or checksum does not match the calculated value
a – forces all files to be reinstalled
u – all required user-specific registry entries (default)
m – all required computer-specific registry entries (default)
s – all existing shortcuts (default)
v – runs from source and recaches local package
Setting Public Properties

Consult the Windows ® Installer SDK for additional documentation on the
command line syntax.

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VLC for Android Beta Released

Having a good, open source media player for Android has always been something to hope for. Unfortunately, up until now, nothing has quite satisfied this niche on the platform. Thankfully, the wait for some people is now over. XDA Senior Member adridu59 has taken some initiative and compiled VLC Media Player for use on Android devices. If the name sounds familiar, it should—it’s one of the most popular and stable cross-platform media players around.

The release is in beta right now, so you can expect some bugs. Features like hardware acceleration are still hit-or-miss, and there’s some media formats that aren’t supported just yet, but updates are being posted very frequently. In the words of the developer:

Snapdragon S1 ? ARM11
Snapdragon S2/S3 ? Cortex-A8/NEON
Snapdragon S4 ? Cortex-A9
Tegra 2 ? Cortex-A9
Hummingbird ? Cortex-A9 (Current gen. only)
OMAP3 ? Cortex-A8/NEON
OMAP4 ? Cortex-A9

The list of supported hardware is long, but is not yet complete, so those with unsupported devices will have to wait just a little while longer. You can find full release notes, change log, feature list, and download links in the original thread.

One-of-a-kind inflatable snowboard from Signal Snowboards

The Air If You Dare snowboard features dual tubes

In its Web series “Every Third Thursday,” California-based snowboard company Signal Snowboards gets loose and creative in the shop and designs experimental one-offs that push the boundaries of what a snowboard is all about. Last month, the team made a surfboard-snowboard hybrid, and in the most recent installment, they created a snowboard that operates like a bike tire called “Air if you Dare.”..
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Verizon lets loose its stance on locked bootloaders in letter to the FCC

All sorts of Android manufacturers have had to answer for the locked bootloaders in their devices, and now we’ve gotten a bit of insight into Verizon’s view of the subject. It seems Big Red has responded to a formal complaint one customer filed with the FCC for the carrier’s policy of allowing handsets with locked bootloaders on its network. Apparently, open bootloaders would allow users to make changes to their phones and use software that “could negatively impact how the phone connects with the network” and “the wireless experience for other customers.” So, there you have it folks, Verizon encourages OEMs to lock down handsets to provide you with a better experience and top-notch customer service. Head on down to the source link to get a gander at the letter, and feel free to sound off on Verizon’s consumer-friendly stance in the comments below.

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Wacom announces Intuos5 graphics tablets, we go hands-on! (video)

Wacom announces Intuos5 pen tablets, we go hands-on!

It’s a couple of months since we spotted paperwork for a mysterious “PTK-450″ device at the FCC and now Wacom has finally revealed the gadget that goes with the label. The Intuos5 tablet is available to purchase immediately in Small (4 x 6 inches), Medium (6 x 8) and Large (13 x 8) sizes, priced at £200, £330 and £430 respectively. We’re still waiting on confirmation of US pricing, but it’ll no doubt be less than what a straight currency conversion suggests (i.e. somewhere below 0, 5 and 0). There’s actually a fourth variant to add to the trio, but it’s not an XL — Wacom is hoping to up-sell you to a Cintiq 21UX or Cintiq 24HD if you want something bigger. Instead, the fourth tablet is a version of the Medium that comes without touch sensitivity, bringing the price down to £270 if you’re able to live with pen-only input. Opting for this particular model will remove one of the biggest upgrades in this three-year product cycle: the ability of the Intuos5 to sense up to 16 finger-touches simultaneously, rather than just the nib of the pen. But there have been other revisions since the Intuos4 aside from touch, and you only have to read on to discover what those are.

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 Preview event videos now available

Still not satisfied after our minute by minute liveblog of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview event this morning from Barcelona and detailed hands-on impressions? Video of the entire presentation, along with a few demo trailers are available on the company’s press site so you can feel that Sinofsky magic for yourself. One of the preview videos is embedded above, press play or hit the source link to download the 688MB 90 minute long version for repeat viewing.

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Mobile Network Options (Data on "Roaming")

I’m having difficulty finding the solution to this problem. When I have these settings on, my data service doesn’t work (when I’m not connected to a wi-fi network). It’s inconvenient when I leave my house or such and have to toggle the settings. Does it the service have some sort of other criteria for roaming? 😕

Data Services: On
While Roaming: Off
Connection Preference: Wi-fi Preferred

I get the prompt: Data Services are disabled. Go to Mobile Network to enable.

When I change the While Roaming: to On then the data services work.

Mobile Nations Fitness Month round up!

Mobile Nations Fitness Month round up

The month may be over, but the Mobile Nations quest to use our phones and tablets, apps and accessories to get stronger, faster, and healthier continues!

February was fitness month at Mobile Nations, the month we sought to keep our new year’s hopes and dreams of thinner waistlines and fitter bodies alive. Week after week we picked reasonable, attainable goals and strove to keep them — eating less and better, moving farther and more frequently, lifting more than ever before.

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HTC hoping to be manufacturer of the next Nexus device

So now that we know Android 5.0 a.k.a Jelly Bean is in the pipeline, and hopefully launching  this fall, without any doubts, a new smartphone or a tablet will debut it. Let’s assume it’s a smartphone. Before the launch of ICS, there were rumors that HTC and LG were also favorites for the next Nexus device, but in the end Samsung got lucky (again). This time around, it seems that HTC is still trying their best to manufacture the next Nexus device. HTC’s Jeff Gordon gave a statement to TechRadar, saying that

Google hasn’t chosen its Nexus partner for (Android) Jellybean as yet. So right now all the manufacturers are crossing their fingers.

TechRadar has since pulled the article for some reason.

If we look at history, HTC manufactured first ever Android device, the G1, and we couldn’t forget the killer Nexus One. If HTC does land the next iteration of the Nexus line, we’ll certainly be happy campers.

We want to know what do you think. Who do you want to make the next Nexus device? Samsung? HTC? Do you have another manufacturer in mind? Let us know in the comments!

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Not liking the Calendar on the Style.

RIM seems so much like Micro$oft, it’s eery. You just can’t count on the tried and trues being on a different devices it seems. What was good in the Pearl is missing so although I’m really happy with the Style, what it lacks that the Pearl had is hard to take. The Calendar on the Style sure is purty, but it’s completely useless. Design and what they probably believe is something aesthetically nicer has replaced functionality. How do we get function back to the Style’s Calendar, pls?

The Pearl’s had a flat configuration, none of these fancy rounded buttons you can’t read the text from.

Also, very easily in the Options of the Pearl, I made the start of the day 06:00 and the end of the day 07:00 so on days where nothing in Calendar, there were only 2 blank boxes clearly marked 06:00 and 07:00 with the rest of the day’s times showing ONLY where there were calendar entries. Elegantly simple!

I did the same thing in the Options of the Styles Calendar but lo and behold, the entire fricking day is displayed and I’m scrolling _all_ the time up and down hunting for my entries because, of course, there is a search function, but guess what, it doesn’t work on Alarm entries (it didn’t in the Pearl either so that backward mentality to the search function was already known to me). so the Calendar doesn’t compact to _only_ what you have with an hour between start and end times for the day; so the Calendar days are filling with too much dead, open space that it isn’t necessary to see. Not only that but you can’t read the entries. Instead of the entries being in clear boxed formats showing _all_ the text in each entry no matter how many lines, the Style truncates them and shows just a bit of the entries on fancy, schmancy and real purty buttons that you have to hover over to then see the complete text floating down below. On every danged entry you have to do that when they’re close together in time.

Please, anyone, how do we get more function back and the pretty stuff out. If there are three entries at, say, exactly 15:00, I need to see them clearly stacked as I do in the Pearl. When there are "conflicting" entries like that – they weren’t conflicting but that’s how calendars see them, Outlook, too – then in the Pearl, it just changed the borders of those boxes to red. Simple.

Pls advise on how to do this. Thanks much!

Caption Contest: Mario stops by for a surprise visit

Mario delivers a racing kart

What often gets lost amongst all the flying and painting and partying is that Mario, he’s just a regular dude. He’s a blue red collar plumber just looking to earn an honest days pay, hangout with his lady and occasionally deliver a racing kart to unsuspecting Tennesseans. When the artist formerly known as Jump Man rang the bell of Nathanial Stehley to drop off his West Coast Customs-built ride, we can only imagine what went through his mind — probably something about not eating Toad’s relatives.

Tim: “Honey, there’s a plumber on the porch again.”
Michael: “Wrong castle, buddy. All the ‘word-up’ posturing in the world won’t get me to bring out Princess Peach.”
Brian: “You called for a plumber?”
Jon: “Imma da new mailman. Yeah, M is for mailman.”
Joe: “So, uh, you brought the mushrooms, right?”
Dan: “Yeah, the name’s Cooper. King Cooper. You wanna see my girl? You’ll have to go through me, pal.”
Brad: “I’m sorry Mario, but your princess is in another condo.”
Dante: “What do you mean you were expecting Xzibit?”
Terrence: “Hey Pauline, this guy says he knows you.”
Zach Lutz: “In a desperate attempt to return to the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario swallows his pride and asks for directions.”
James: “I told you before Mario, Princess doesn’t want to see you, you have to stop calling like this.”
Richard Lai: “Which part of ‘stay 100 yards away from her’ do you not understand?”
Darren: “All I do is win, win, win no matter what.”

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