Tag Archives: 3G

Instant Arabic speech translator in the works


Sakhr Software, a company specialising in Arabic natural language processing, has acquired Dial Directions, a service that provides verbally asked directions via SMS. Why should we care? Because if all goes well, a real-time voice translator may soon be available for your mobile. Working through the cloud, the app will send words or sentences through Sakhr’s translation software, analysing it before sending it back to your mobile. And thanks to 3G speeds, it’ll all happen in a matter of seconds. Useful, no?

[via TechCrunch]

HP dv2 is definitely not a netbook

HP dv2 Entertainment Notebook PC (3)

We’ve just finished toying with HP’s latest laptop, and we’re impressed. Going down the sleek and slim route, its left the netbook category well alone (that’s MiniNote territory) with the Vista-running dv2. The sleek black casing is just under an inch thick, but that still leaves enough room for  an AMD Athlon Neo chipset, Ati Radeon graphics (with HDMI output), 500GB hard drive and up to 4GB of RAM. That’s not too shabby for a 12.1in PC starting at US$680. It even comes with a portable DVD writer as standard and it’s 3G SIM enabled. It seems a tad on the heavy side, but that’s just because we keep forgetting it’s not a netbook.

HP dv2 side Entertainment Notebook PC (2)

HTC takes design cues from Nokia, BlackBerry


Having ripped-off made its own version of a touchscreen QWERTY slider (the Touch Pro II looks very similiar to Nokia’s N97) HTC is looking to move into BlackBerry territory with the Snap. Now what does it remind us of? The Snap has a full QWERTY, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and has track ball navigation. It’s also got a few dedicated email, internet and search buttons exposed. HTC says it will be consumer friendly (read: cheaper than the competition) which is great news for wallet-watching BlackBerry fans. While HTC’s design team hasn’t been the most innovative with these models, we have to hand it to them. They’ve produced mobiles sure to entice, packing more features for less money (for example, the Snap has 3G while the Bold does not) and stuck to its Windows Mobile guns. More when we get our hands on one, soon.

[via Akihabara News]

iPhone launches: prices complicated, expensive


So, Etisalat – you finally unleash the promised iPhone 3G on the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and we finally get to hear what you’ll be charging for it. Looks like we’ve got the option of a very expensive phone (Dhs3,090 for a 16GB) or a subsidised phone with a very expensive data plan (Dhs643 pcm for 2GB data, 500mins of vox and 300 SMS). All the in-betweens are above. Let us know if you’re willing to take the plunge, or staying grey.