Category Archives: Product Reviews

Hasbro Chat-Now

Hasbro’s Chat Now product looks like a real winner. Its an FRS type walkie-talkie in a cellphone package and with other cell phone copy-cat features such as the ability to send text messages between units, take photographs with the built-in digital camera and call between units using unique phone numbers. The communication range is listed as two miles but actual distance will likely be significantly less. The product retails for about $80 per pair but they are difficult to find and eBay sellers appear to be getting higher prices. I’ve got a few ideas for Hasbro on turn this “good” product into a “great product”.
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Linksys WIP 300 / 330 Wireless Wi-Fi VOIP Phone

Linksysinfo has apparently found an FCC application filed by Linksys for a new, yet unannounced, wi-fi VOIP handset. No word yet on product availability. However, I’ve quickly reviewed the user manual as posted on the FCC website and what I am really excited about is that the phone appears to include a web browser. This address the problem have written about before (here and here) that all other current wi-fi voip handset cannot be used at most public hotspots since almost all either require a user to log in or require a user to at least click through a page referencing terms and conditions of use.

Congratulations Linksys!!!

Microsoft Location Finder

Yesterday, Microsoft posted version 2.0 its Location Finder application. A GPS alternative for urban road warriors, Microsoft Location Finder is a client-side application that turns a regular WiFi enabled laptop, Tablet or PC into a location determining device without the addition of any separate hardware. It uses WiFi access points to center and display the person’s location on a Windows Live Local, enabling the user to quickly and easily search in their present location. I have not yet tried out this application, but it looks interesting.
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