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Week of August 24, 2008

Not sleeping well? Turn off your cell phone

Your phone may be keeping you awake - and not because it's ringing.

According to a research study earlier this year which got little attention on this side of the Atlantic, mobile phones send out radiation that hampers people's ability to sink into the deep stages of sleep. Scientists from Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University in Sweden, and from Wayne State University in Michigan, gathered 35 men and 36 women between the ages of 18 and 45 and exposed about half of them to 884-megaherz wireless signals identical to those emitted by cell phones. The other half got no radiation. The result: The people who had been subjected to the radiation took longer to enter the deep stage of sleep that refreshes and restores, and spent less time there, than the other group.  (Source: Anne Fisher, Fortune Small Business)

Posted Monday, August 25 2008 by ChrisD
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New SlovoEd 7.0 Engine with Extremely Fast Browsing, Highly Compressed Content for its Talking E-Dictionary Series on Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket PCs

Most Comprehensive & Efficient Translation and Reference Tools for Individual End-users, Business Organizations, Universities and OEMs/HW Providers

Paragon Software Group, the leading software developer and content provider for mobile devices and PC desktops, releases the new SlovoEd 7.0 engine for its dictionary series on Windows Mobile smartphones and Pocket PCs, bringing mobile dictionary browsing to unprecedented levels of speed and accuracy while occupying a minimum amount of space on the device. Developed specifically for each type of hardware, the rich functionality of the SlovoEd dictionary can be enjoyed equally on either the Pocket PC or Windows Mobile smartphone without any loss of attributes. The SlovoEd series – from monolingual reference encyclopedias to bilingual translation dictionaries in 30 languages, including Chinese – offers a host of features and learning tools along with audio pronunciations for the most difficult words, which fits every learner’s level and learning style. Paragon’s technology makes it possible for mobile users around the globe to work and communicate in 30 languages even more easily, and, with licensed pre-installed software, SlovoEd increases the value and attractiveness of mobile devices to end users worldwide.

Due to Paragon’s state-of-the-art SlovoEd 7.0 engine, the dictionaries' most comprehensive databases can now be browsed even more rapidly, making wireless translation for language learners of all levels effortless and extremely fast. The high compression capabilities of the engine minimize even the most comprehensive unabridged dictionaries, and can even be installed to memory cards in order to economize memory space on the device. The add-on sound module prerecorded by native speakers makes full use of mobile audio with the most difficult words in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, enabling the user to listen to pronunciations with live speech quality. With this handy tool you can do everything from looking up words in a dictionary, in any grammatical form and in any application running on the device, to finding a specific term in the email you received – all without switching between programs.

All SlovoEd dictionaries are based on the most reliable linguistic databases, which have been developed through years of extensive research, coming directly from the world’s leading publishers such as Merriam-Webster, Oxford UP, Duden, PONS and Harrap, to name a few. The multilingual on-screen keyboard layout for 30 languages enables users to enter and translate words and letters in different languages, even if it is not supported by device. Users can look words up with wildcards ("*", "?", etc.) when the exact spelling is unknown, while the “Search History” saves a list of the last 30 translations. Special learning tools such as "Flash Cards" allow users to add new words to flash cards and test their knowledge as many times as desired.

The SlovoEd series is currently compatible with all Windows Mobile 5, 6, 6.1 devices. All online content updates are free of charge to users who purchase SlovoEd programs. SlovoEd Deluxe retails for 59,95 USD (44,95 EUR, VAT included); SlovoEd Classic for 39,95 USD (29,95 EUR, VAT included), and SlovoEd Compact for 24,95 USD (18,95 EUR, VAT included). For more information and screenshots, please visit http://www.penreader.com/pocket-pc-dictionaries/index.html. For corporate sales and licensing, please contact [email protected].  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, August 25 2008 by ChrisD
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Samsung Omnia i900 Review

The Samsung Omnia i900 and the HTC Touch Diamond are the two hot iPhone-inspired Windows Mobile Professional slate touch screen phones for the summer of 2008. While both pervasively re-skin the less than sexy Windows Mobile OS to make it more fun, attractive and finger-friendly, their approaches couldn't be more different. Samsung has taken a more practical, and ostensibly more mundane approach for those most part-- but what it lacks in eye candy it makes up for with superior usability.  (Source: Lisa Gade, MobileTechReview)
Posted Monday, August 25 2008 by ChrisD
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