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New services help consumers keep track of their gadgets

According to Andrew Jaquith, a security analyst with research firm Yankee Group The number of cell phones shipped this year will exceed 1 billion And laptops have become the dominant platform for personal computing.”

As more easy-to-lose items like these hit the streets, an opportunity opens up for nimble companies such as Bak2u.

When Chua Si Zhen accidentally left behind her cell phone at a cafe, it wasn’t the handset she was worried about losing. “It was the contacts, and the little info that I have in there, like my photos and everything,” says the Singaporean.

Luckily a man did return her Nokia N70 handset within an hour — but only after he tried to steal it first.

When the thief inserted his own SIM card into her phone, that triggered software she’d installed on the handset.

The program texted her family members with his phone number and other data that could be taken to the police. The thief, informed of these details by Chua’s angry husband — over his “new” phone — agreed to meet and return the handset.

The program that Chua used is called PhoneBak, and the Singapore startup behind it, Bak2u (, is one of many companies capitalizing on a trend: ever more people losing track of ever smaller devices with ever more data stored on them.


July 31, 2007 Posted by | gadgets, mobile facts | Leave a comment

Intel to join ‘$100 laptop’ project

 CNN reports that a nonprofit that aims to seed the developing world with inexpensive laptop computers for schoolchildren has made peace with Intel Corp., the project’s most powerful rival.


The XO laptop uses very little power and can be mechanically recharged by hand.

The One Laptop Per Child program and Intel said Friday that the chip maker would join the board of the nonprofit and contribute funding.

The nonprofit effort — known as the “$100 laptop” because of the low price it hopes to reach with mass production — has been trying to line up governments in several countries to buy the machines, which for now cost $175.

But Intel has been an obstacle. Its chairman, Craig Barrett, derided the “XO” machine from One Laptop Per Child as a mere “gadget.” And Intel recently began selling its own child-focused Classmate PC, which is a more conventional machine than the radically rethought XO computers.

The Classmate costs around $225, and Intel expects that to fall near $200 this year. Intel has deals in Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria, spokeswoman Agnes Kwan said.

July 31, 2007 Posted by | intel, laptop | Leave a comment

27.6% of japanese would buy IPhone


 In the poll conducted by Mitsubishi Research Institute and Rakuten Research Of those saying they are willing to buy the iPhone,

27.6% of Japanese mobile phone users would buy an iPhone if it became available in Japan.

5.2% of the 2,200 respondents to the survey said they were “very willing” to shell out the cash for their own iPhone

22.4% said they were “somewhat willing

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July 31, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone | 17 Comments