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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Track anything

ATS Automobile has launched a GPS device for keeping track of your valuable ­possessions.
MyNav GPS Tracker is one of the smallest tracking devices, making it easy to attach to any surface or object, according to Kithsiri Kumar, the company’s director.

The device works by using a combination of three technologies — GSM, GPRS and GPS. It can send out an SMS alert with its current location and moving speed if it is in transit.

And when the tracker is not able to achieve a GPS lock, it would still be able to roughly triangulate its position using cell towers.

“Up take of the device has been good as people are considering personal tracking devices as an additional security measure for valuable assets such as cars,” he said.

To date the company has sold over 200 units of the device over the course of three months, said Kithsiri.

The tracker can also be used as a personal security device for children as it also comes with a panic button. Pressing this button will make the device send out an SMS every three seconds.

Other uses include voice surveillance as it allows users to call the device and listen in on what’s going on via the tracker’s built-in microphone.

ATS Automobile says the MyNav GPS Tracker is able to last up to one week or 50 hours of continuous usage on a single charge.

The tracker would also alert the user via SMS if it’s running out of power.
MyNav GPS Tracker retails for RM899. — CHONG JINN XIUNG

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sony Ericsson Droid Phone

Sony Ericsson today announced its Xperia X10 smartphone, based on Android, which features a customized software layer called UX built on top of the open-source operating system. It’s the first of a family of smartphones that the company plans to deliver in the first half of next year, and won’t be available until then. While it has some high-end features that could help it compete with the much-hyped Droid, unlike Motorola’s and Verizon’s handset, this phone has a surprising shortcoming.
The Xperia X10 — even though it won’t ship until next quarter — will run Android 1.6. The Droid runs Android 2.0, which has a slew of advanced features and is shipping this month. In fact, most of the Droid’s substantial marketing campaign is built around new features in Android 2.0.
The X10 also has a 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, which many of the newer Android-based smartphones are moving to, and the iPhone runs. While the Droid phone has a 5-megapixel camera, the Xperia X10’s is 8.1 megapixels with video recording and 16x digital zoom. jkOnTheRun points out some of the other notable features:
4-inch capacitive touchscreen at 854 x 480 resolution
Android 1.6
1GB of internal memory, 8GB of included microSD storage
GPS, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth
Quad-band GSM and two flavors of HSPA support, depending on model (UMTS HSPA 900/1700/2100 or UMTS HSPA 800/1900/2100)
The Xperia X10 will run applications from both the Android Market and Sony Ericsson’s PlayNow Arena. There is no price available yet, but it already looks like this phone will have a tough time competing unless it sees an upgrade to Android 2.0 as it goes to market.