Yahoo! Go now available for the BlackBerry Bold

Yahoo! launches their Go application version 3.0.47 and allows you to enjoy the best of the Internet on your phone for free — such as send email, upload photos, download maps, get stock quotes, and get breaking news. This new version of Yahoo! Go includes support for the BlackBerry Bold.Yahoo! Go now runs on over 330 phones worldwide, including many Windows Mobile Devices. You can download the

The Mobinnova ICE Windows Mobile Phone

Mobinnova, a Taiwan-based company that teamed up with Sony Ericsson in order to produce a new version of the Xperia, has just announced a brand new handset which is said to be their flagship smartphone. Maybe this is a surprise for some of you, but Mobinnova is indeed a company that has its own mobile phones as well.Released under the name of Mobinnova ICE, the Windows Mobile-based smartphone

Nokia Gun Cell Phone

This is the weirdest image of a concept cell phone I’ve seen in quite a while. Despite being disturbing on so many levels, this Nokia gun cell phone is just a photoshopped image. Take the picture of a gun, take a cell phone picture and the logo of Nokia and you will have the most dangerous cell phone out there. On paper! It wouldn’t have space for actual bullets to be dangerous but when other

Garmin to develop Android based phones in 2009

And again about Google’s Android, which is attracting more and more device manufacturers. Garmin is next in the line, which prepares to develop Android based devices in 2009.Marketing director of Garmin in the Asia-Pacific region, Tony An, reported interesting details about plans for next year. First, the company representative said Garmin is scheduling release of smartphone Garmin Nuvifone. In

LG SH490, another cell phone for the ladies

Hey ladies! This is your last chance, so that you know, to tell Santa that you’ve been… obedient (it’s just a manner of speaking) and that you all deserve to receive everything that you’ve asked. Let’s be honest, “ask” isn’t precisely the right word for what you’ve done in the past couple of weeks, because the supplications can better be described with another verb: “Nevertheless, for those of

SnaptureFlash wants to add Xenon flash to the iPhone

Folks behind the popular camera application for the jailbroken iPhones, Snapture, have unveiled their latest idea. The so called SnaptureFlash is a light (thanks to its durable Poloy Carbon casing) Xenon flash attachment for the iPhone which, as you can imagine, can sing along their camera app. In addition, it’s red-eye reduction capable and will also amplify iPhone’s way-too-quite speakersFrom

Electronic football for your iPhone

When you’re writing about a specific subject on a regular basis and you feel like doing it for ages, no matter how varied the domain might be, you are tempted to have a tedious time when trying to squeeze out an idea from your imagination.Something like this happens when you’re facing the following situation: as if they weren’t already enough, another iPhone application has seen the light of the

HP joins the iPhone club

Just a few weeks after Microsoft released its first iPhone application, Seadragon, another big rival jumps into the iPhone bandwagon: HP. The Palo Alto-based tech company just announced iPrint Photo, a free application now available on Apple’s App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch.hp_iphone_mobileprintThis software is designed to let customers easily print photos wherever there’s access to a

Motorola Krave ZN4 turns into Motorola Prizm for the Korean market

I’m quite sure that everyone expects a cell phones manufacturer to design all sorts of innovative devices and Motorola is the perfect example when it comes to ingenious ideas and products. The company has just announced the release of a brand new cell phone, called Motorola Prizm or MOTOPRIZM.The phone is the result of a successful collaboration between Korea and the United States. But if you

Nokia Arte luxury cell phones

Whenever a child is born, the whole world seems to give a warm welcome to the new human being. The same thing happens when a brand new device is released in the Nokia Arte family, a well-known series of luxury cell phones.Therefore, the latest Nokia masterpiece, part of the Arte lineup, is the Nokia 8800 Gold Arte which made its appearance on the official website of the company without the

Palm Secures Additional $100 Million Equity Investment

Palm today announced that Elevation Partners has agreed to make an additional $100 million equity investment in Palm. Under a definitive agreement reached today, Elevation will increase its investment in Palm by acquiring newly issued Series C preferred stock that is convertible into Palm common stock at a price of $3.25 per share, a 31 percent premium to the closing price of Palm common stock on


The shop is closed today and for the holidays on Thursday and Friday. I'll keep you posted here on whether we'll be open Tuesday - YES or Wednesday. The snow continues to fall heavily here. At home we've been helping neighbors shovel out and get chains on their tires. A number of people cross-country skiing down the street. We pulled a little antique sled to our friends for solstice dinner

Lunch Box Survey

Check out this fabulous lunch box survey form (pdf) from FamilyFun that you can print out and include in your child's lunch box. What a clever idea!

My favorite part:
"On a scale of 1-5 how tasty was your lunch today? (check one)

5 - Awesome!

4 - pretty GROOVY

3 - just OK

2 - I ate it anyway

1 - 'HERE FIDO...' "
HA! I think "I traded it for _________ " should be one of the options.

My son would hate the absolute utter cuteness of this form, but I bet there are kids out there who would love it. If anyone gives it a try, let us know how you rate!

Thanks, Chelee, for the link!

Agile Lie Detector for iPhone

Here’s an application I’d love to test out. I have to say I’m thinking it won’t actually work since the iPhone isn’t a well equipped machine to uncover the truth or the lies. But the Agile Lie Detector claims it can detect those lies.The application costs $8 to own and I am sure you have figured out buy now the only way it could possibly analyze a human’s reactions. Our voice. That voice stress

Samsung SCH W690 with AMOLED display and GPS announced in Korea

Samsung Mobile announced its new clamshell phone Samsung SCH-W690, which will soon be available through the South Korean operator SK Telecom.Samsung W690 will be sold in two colors - white and black. Due to the large buttons, keypad of the device looks very comfortable.But the biggest advantage of this phone is considered 2,6″ AMOLED-display that supports resolution up to 240×320 pixels and 262

Around the World: Indonesian Yellow Rice and Tempeh

Indonesia: land of tempeh! I absolutely adore tempeh. It's got a nutty, mushroomy flavor and a very impressive nutritional profile. For those who haven't met tempeh yet, tempeh is made from cooking and fermenting whole soybeans until they form solid cakes that can be cut into slices and steamed or fried. It's got more bioavailable protein than tofu or plain cooked soybeans, and the fermentation of tempeh makes it easier to digest. Thank you, Indonesia!

Today I fried my tempeh and then coated it with a glaze made from brown sugar, soy sauce, shallot, and red chile. Sweet and spicy! Next to the tempeh is Indonesian Yellow Rice: rice cooked with turmeric, lemongrass, and coconut milk. This dish is prepared in Indonesia for festivals and sacred occasions. It is often shaped into a cone to represent the sacred mountain Meru. I garnished my cone attempt with a fresh chile cut into a flower blossom.

Beneath the rice is a simple Indonesian vegetable pickle -- carrot, cucumber, and shallots pickled with vinegar, sugar, and salt; very easy, sweet and crispy. And for dessert, two little clementines. Citrus was appropriate, as there are more varieties of citrus fruits in Indonesia than I have ever heard of in my life.

Verdict: The pickles were my favorite part, crunchy and addictive. The tempeh and rice were good together, but I really can't wait to eat all the leftover tempeh on top of a big green salad; that's my favorite way to eat tempeh. 4 stars.

Konami Working on Four Mobile Games for iPhone and iPod Touch

Konami Digital Entertainment today announced that the company will be releasing mobile games for the iPhone and iPod touch based on four of its top-selling franchises in North America. Metal Gear Solid Touch, Silent Hill: The Escape, DanceDanceRevolution S Lite and Frogger will all be specifically designed to take full advantage of the iPhone’s unique touch screen capabilities.All four of the

AT&T Now Offering BlackBerry Curve 8320

AT&T and Research In Motion announced the immediate availability of the BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphone with built-in Wi-Fi. Available in sapphire blue, the BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphone makes it easy to connect to home or campus Wi-Fi networks and to automatically connect to any of the more than 17,000 AT&T Hot Spots nationwide.The BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphone packs numerous new features

Freezing, FEDCO, Seed issues & Monsanto, Good Films! and delicious CSAs

We did some extra windproofing for the chicken coop with the temperatures below freezing and staying this way for at least a week. Plastic for interior sections and using more sign board, to try to let sun in and keep wind out. There is still plenty of ventilation and we have a little bedtime heater for them. It may be more than they need, but they were much happier about coming down for hot

E1410 and E1117, new Samsung handsets

Samsung is one of those cell phones manufacturers that are very well known for their high-end handsets, but who are conscious about the importance the low-end area has when it comes to gain more and more customers. This means that the low-end cell phones were never neglected by the South Korean, as it perfectly understood that, in these difficult crisis times, the spectrum should be

Vertu masterpiece for Boucheron

Hello, my name is Maria and I think I’m luxury cell phones addicted. It must be that, otherwise I don’t understand why I've written so many articles on such devices. Vertu, Bellperre, Mobiado, GoldVish, they were all sources of inspiration in the past couple of weeks for someone who, as a matter of fact, isn’t very much into high-class mobile phones. I mean, come on, the only reason for me to own

Motorola V750, a shock resistant mobile phone

Not another rainy day! I woke up in the morning and, casting a short glance at the world outside my smoky window, I realized that this is, again, one of those days when you’d rather spend your whole 24 hours inside your house than confronting the bad weather. But I'm not the only one who hates these cold rainy days. My phone doesn’t like it either. He’s so sensitive to the cold and the rain, that

Givori Nefertiti luxury cell phones

I don’t know how many times I’ve said before that I don’t like luxury cell phones. But my attitude towards such devices is not only inoffensive, but also tolerant, because I know that everything exists for a reason. There are so many people who love them, so who am I to argue their decision to own expensive cell phones that dazzle each and every human being that dares to give them a short glance?

Loopt Available on Android Market, US Only

Loopt announced that its service is launching today to consumers through the Android Market, Google’s new mobile application store. Loopt users can share their location between carrier networks with fellow Loopt users on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Boost, MetroPCS and T-Mobile.The Android version offers all the core Loopt features including background location updating which enables users to receive

Healthy Holiday Appetizers

...from Pillsbury, of all places. The other day I picked up a copy of the "Pillsbury Holiday Appetizers" magazine at the grocery checkout stand. I was drawn to this adorable Christmas Tree Vegetable Platter on the cover:

Isn't it cute? What a great appetizer to bring to a holiday party, with a healthy vegan dip on the side (I'm thinking hummus, Yumm! Sauce, vegan ranch, guacamole...) You could even substitute some carrot sticks for the pretzels.

The magazine had several other healthy-sounding vegan appetizers: Fig Spread, Salsa-Lime-Bean Dip, Roasted Green Beans, and Lettuce Bundles. Wow, who knew?

Are any of you planning to bring healthy vegan dishes to holiday events?

P.S. Speaking of Pillsbury, aren't some of their products "incidentally vegan"? It seems to me I remember picking up a package of their refrigerator crescent roll dough or something, and noticing that it was oddly animal-free ... then carefully setting it back down and backing slowly away.

Mobile Social Network BuddyMob Reaches Top 5 on Android Market

Since its launch as a private beta test on December 1st 2008, geo-localised social network and micro-blogging mobile application BuddyMob has reached the top 5 on the Android Market in the social category. To date, the BuddyMob beta trial has experienced over 10,000 download requests and currently has more than 5,118 active community members. Free to use, BuddyMob is ad-funded by using a

Pantech and AT&T Released C630 Officially

Pantech Wireless today announced the availability, on Friday December 12, of the C630, an affordable candy-bar style phone that offers a variety of media-rich essentials for the modern user. To be sold at $39 after a two-year service agreement and applicable mail-in rebate, the C630 allows users to stay mobile in style, moving between GPS, music, chat and video options without breaking the

Truphone offers a free iPhone-to-iPhone call

Truphone today added Truphone Anywhere functionality to its iPhone application, and brings low-priced international calls across the Internet (£0.03/$0.06 per minute) even when they’re not connected to the Internet.The company also offers inbound Truphone calling, making it possible to enjoy completely free Truphone calls between two iPhones.Using the new ‘presence’ feature, iPhone users can see

Tioti TV+ for iPhone, iPod touch in the App Store today

Vizimo launches a new iPhone and iPod touch application called Tioti TV+ which enables TV fans to schedule and discover new programmes. The app went live in the App Store today.It’s a really good idea to catch-up our favorite TV contents amid the dramatic increase in the number of channels available today. And now, we — iPhone users at least — don’t need to confuse choosing some 300 channels ago

Laptop Lunch Sale!

Hey all you Super Shoppin' Santas out there! Tammy from Laptop Lunches just dropped me a line:
"I wanted to let you know that we are running a Holiday Discount now through the 16th of December. We are giving 20% discount on purchased items. The code is holiday2008. We get so many people who say they heard about us through you so we thought your readers might be interested."
There you have it! I bet some good little boys and girls (and some good big boys and girls, too!) would be delighted to find Laptop Lunch Boxes under the tree.

Edible Portland's winter issue is in!

There is an article on gleaning, "Picked Clean," by Angela Sanders in this winter issue. I am definitely a gleaner, picker, salvager and I think a lot of you are, too... so many goodies out there to be treasured. A very charming documentary to watch is The Gleaners and I, by Agnes Varda and the Part 2 follow-up also on the dvd and you can think of yourself as a glaneuse...mmm. This review in

Xmini, the newest Sony Ericsson walkman phone

Maybe Sony Ericsson isn’t the most ingenious innovator in the world of mobile phones, but people are surely having great expectations as far as this company is concerned. Thus, the guys over Sony Ericsson have just released in the Japanese market a weird device, maybe the weirdest of them all, the Sony Ericsson Xmini. And if some would think this is just another Walkman, let me tell that the

LG Su100 Franklin Covey - with advanced business organizer

LG, together with Franklin Covey - a leader in the analysis of business efficiency and producer of classic organizers - released for the Korean market a new mobile phone with advanced electronic scheduler Franklin Planner. LG Su100 has a 3 inch touch OLED-display, 3 MP camera, Bluetooth, S-DMB TV tuner, full browser and e-mail.LG Su100 will starting shipping to the Korean market in late 2008, by

Rumors: Nokia N97 based on ARM 11 processor?

The latest multimedia smartphone from Nokia, N97, which will start shipping in mid-2009, will be on rumors, delivered with relatively outdated by the time the processor ARM 11. Rumors on the eve appeared on the Internet from All About Symbian.According to the source, a smartphone with processor ARM 11 of the same series as the N95, but «broken» to a higher clock frequency. Smartphone, apparently

Samsung Memoir to Replace the Behold or the Pixon

It clearly seems that all we get these days in terms of new mobiles are blurry pictures and this is the case here as well. Even though there are many saying that a new Samsung is coming to the U.S., in the end, after reading the so-called “explanations” available, the general impression one gets is that nobody has a clue about it.In any case, this seems to be a rumor worth paying attention to,

O2 to Launch BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone in UK

O2 today announces that the new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone will be available for pre-registration in the UK from December 10th and pre-order from December 22nd from the O2 website: The BlackBerry Curve 8900 will be available to customers from 5th January 2009.The new BlackBerry Curve 8900, as well as being an exceptional phone with email, messaging, organizer, web

Skyfire Launches in UK Officially, New Version Available

Skyfire has officially announced that their mobile browser is available in the UK, giving consumers there easy access to its mobile browser. Skyfire lets users experience the “real web” to access and interact with any website built with any web technology, including dynamic Flash, advanced Ajax, Silverlight, Java and more.Skyfire includes numerous features aimed at simplifying the mobile browsing

Latest cell phones in the luxury market

Mobiado, the Canadian luxury cell phones manufacturer (for those who don’t already know), has just announced a brand new handset that is expected to “destroy” like the BELLPERRE handsets I was writing about a couple of days ago. Part of the professional line, 105 GMT Discovery was described with pretentious words as “the expression of mechanical perfection, mastering of aesthetic details and the

U121, a new Huawei mobile phone on the market

Huawei Technologies, the largest Chinese supplier of networking and telecommunications equipment, has just released a third generation of an old device, called Huawei U121. The first two generations of the mobile phone are the Playset, which is commercialized by Play, a Polish network, and the Vodafone 716, sold in UK.The new Huawei mobile phone is aimed at people who are more interested in a

Hop-on Will Launching Casino Wagering for Android at CES 2009

Hop-on announced that it will be launching its new Casino Wagering Software on an open “Android Platform” device at the Consumer Electronic Show, in Las Vegas, January 2009. Together with the Android phone they are launching at CES next year, the software will be included in the retail package.Peter Michaels, President and CEO of Hop-on, stated, “We will be bringing Mobile Gaming to Europe where

Flickr Mobile Revamped with New Video Sharing Feature

Flickr has just revamped its mobile site with new added features and enhancements. You can now browse and view Flickr videos on your iPhone and iPod Touch. All videos uploaded starting yesterday will be available in its mobile site. Although only iPhone and iPod Touch is supported for now, Flickr will soon add more mobile devices support to view the videos.Here are some other improvements posted

Sony Ericsson Brittany, Walkman Phone Coming Next Year

Sony is said to be bringing in a new kind of music device, since its older ones are now a bit outdated. Of course, there is also the possibility that it’s somehow trying to compensate for the recent, not so successful period, which has pretty much left a mark on its activity.Actually, the Swedish-Japanese company, as it was first introduced, is in fact working on an entire line of walkman phones

Sony Ericsson Introducing K660i Lime White

This Sony does not benefit from the most sought after and appreciated features, but at least it's trying. Should we consider the effort that went into it and the fact that it somehow feels a bit more appealing in its new color, then we simply have to take a look at its specs again, just in case we change our mind about it.Since we began with the design, let's say that its measurements of

T-Mobile's G1 Unlocked

Google has figured it is time to no longer keep its G1 users or fans waiting, and has released an unlocked version of the device that works using any kind of GSM card. The Android Dev Phone 1, as it is now called, is the SIM and hardware unblocked version of the G1, and the first Android device of its kind.To further explain the pluses of this new appearance, any G1 fan who felt constrained in

What's Santa Shmoo giving to all the good girls and boys?

I usually bake homemade sweets for all our neighbors and friends at the holidays, but this year I decided to give everyone Gourmet Red Wine Soup Mixes instead.

My friend Renee makes these soup mixes -- all natural, all vegan, low in sodium (hooray!), and yummy, too. You just add water or broth and they're done in less than an hour. My favorite is the Red Wine Vegetable Bean (I like adding cooked brown rice and baby spinach to it).

I'm putting them into little gift boxes for my friends and family along with a package of crackers and some fresh clementines.

I hope people don't mind the healthier gift this year. With all the diabetes, heart attacks, and high blood pressure I've been a witness to this year, I couldn't bear to make everybody another batch of cookies and fudge.

Shmoo Review: Holiday Book Ideas

Are you all done with your holiday shopping? If you're still looking for some gift ideas I've put together a list of some of the books I've been enjoying lately...

1. For those with allergies: Alisa Fleming has just released a new edition of her book Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living.This book includes all the good stuff of the original -- a comprehensive guide to dairy substitutes, grocery shopping information, chapters on health and calcium concerns, food allergy resources, and more -- plus updated information and a lot more recipes (over 225!)

2. For the bento fan: Hawaii's Bento Box Cookbook: Fun Lunches for Kidsis about the cutest thing going. If you love to coo over lunches that look like teddy bears, princesses, mermaids, or little mice, this is the book for you. I have to warn you, the recipes are not vegan, but that shouldn't stop you from using this book for inspiration; substitute vegan deli slices and cheese and white veggies like jicama or daikon for the bologna, cheese, and fishcake in the designs.

(Also, if you like bento, manga, or Japanese cooking in general, I'm sure you'll like The Manga Cookbook,another book I really got a kick out of this year.)

3. For the athlete: For information about vegan athletes and nutrition, check out Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Lifeby professional Ironman triathlete and vegan, Brendan Brazier. His book offers up sound advice for athletes along with all-natural recipes for gels, sports drinks, smoothies, and bars.

4. For the home preserver: This was my birthday present this year from my mom, who also loves to can and make preserves: Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.With the economy going the way it is, what could be better than lining your pantry with rows of pretty preserves that you made yourself? And this book is gorgeous, with full color photographs throughout and hundreds of recipes I've never seen before but can't wait to try. (By the way, the "Bruschetta in a Jar" is fantastic.)

That's all the new books I can think of for now. What are some of your recommendations?

P.S. My book(ahem) would also be a great holiday gift for all the vegans and lunch-packers on your list!

iPhone Saves Life: Surgeon Performs Surgery with SMS Assistance

The following events actually happened recently and they go to prove the utility of any cell phone and particularly of any smartphone. A British surgeon was a volunteer with the French medical charity Medicin Sans Frontieres. David Nott found a boy in Africa who needed to have it’s gangrenous arm amputated. That’s when he asked for assistance from a London surgeon, Meirion Thomas.Thomas sent a 10

Mobiado Professional 105GMT Gold Phone

The Mobiado brand, four years old in 2008, and already a rich history behind it. The pure, contemporary approach of which the brand has become an acknowledged icon – now epitomized in the 105GMT GOLD, the first Mechanical Watch Mobile Phone. Tradition starts now.The Concept: A collection beyond time and beyond fashion.Mobiado is consistently guided by a philosophy of doing things differently, and

BlackBerry Storm r107 update Released from Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless has just put up an important software update for its BlackBerry Storm 9530 messaging phone. The Research In Motion release 107 update is about 102MB size and includes the latest feature improvements for your device.The latest OS update resolves the following issues: * Intermittently, the device may have powered and immediately powered back on while sitting idle or when

Greystripe to Enable Flash Advertising on iPhone

Today Greystripe announced that they will now start offering advertisers the ability to target the iPhone audience for the first time through rich media ads including Flash IAB medium rectangles and game-in-game (or “tailgate”) ads. The largest ad-supported applications and games network has made marketing to the iPhone mobile audience turnkey for agencies, digital media buyers and brands by

Intel Hopes to Bring Free Energy to Mobile Devices

Intel on Friday said it is researching technology to harvest free energy from the environment, which could lead to devices such as mobile phones running for indefinite periods without recharging.The company is working on tiny sensors that can capture energy from sources such as sunlight and body heat. In the future, such energy could be used to power personal electronic devices such as cell

Aigo P8888 3G MID to ship on 19th December

It's confirmed the new Aigo P8888 3G MID will be available later this month for shipping through mobilx world wide. US customers will be happy to know that they won't have to pay the VAT tax, while the website shows the product priced at "$861 inc VAT", you should rest assured, if you live in the US you will only have to pay $717.The Aigo P8888 3G MID, uses as most MIDs today a Intel Menlow

Nokia 2605 Mirage Now Available from Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless and Nokia announced that the new Nokia 2605 Mirage is available online at beginning today. Customers can purchase the Nokia 2605 Mirage in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country beginning Jan. 23, 2009. Just in time for the holidays, the Nokia 2605 Mirage comes with Nokia Xpress-on snaps that fit over the battery cover and camera area of

Trimble Announces Juno SB and Juno SC Rugged Smartphone

Trimble introduced today its next generation of durable, lightweight field computing devices with integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) technology-the new Trimble Juno SB and Juno SC handhelds. In addition to integrated GPS, both models are powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 and include wireless LAN (WLAN) and Bluetooth connectivity, a 3 Megapixel camera, a 533 MHz processor, 128 MB of onboard

Nokia N85 v11.047 Firmware Released

Nokia N85 has just got its first firmware updates, which will update your Nokia N85 to v11.047. Acording to Symbian-Freak, the new software update is now available via the Nokia Software Updater on most of the regions. Check out the change log hereNokia N85 v11.047 change log: * Characters in memory card not-present prompt note are not localized * Headset - volume-adjustment is not working

Samsung Ego, a luxury cell phone for your alter ego

When you hear your girlfriend saying she’d really like to change her mobile phone, the Vertu she received as a birthday gift this year, it kind of makes you want to scream. You’re smart enough to realize that she doesn’t have a mid-end device in her mind and that another expensive gift will be the first step in creating a huge hole in your bank account. Someone once told me that constancy is the

Kogan Agora, the second Android cell phone

Step one. I have never heard of Kogan Technologies. After doing some research, I found out that I’m dealing with a small Australian-based company. Step two. Android is the software platform and operating system that was specially designed and developed by Google to work with mobile devices. Step three. Try now to connect those two names I’ve just mentioned. It seems, at a first glance, that

BELLPERRE luxury cell phones

Ask the first person you run into to tell you at least one luxury cell phones manufacturer and you’d probably be answered with one of these companies: Vertu, that needs no additional description whatsoever, GoldVish or maybe Mobiado. But what about BELLPERRE? If the name doesn’t ring a bell to you, let me tell you that we’re talking about a Netherlands-based company that designs, develops and

I'm MOLTING .......!

Bbbbuuuuurrrrrrr!!! I know I'm the closest living relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex and they were tough, very tough... and maybe I'm really meant to go through this intense "out with the old feathers and in with the new" right now... I'm thinking I've evolved to be sweet and delicate, not so tough... It's been chilly, but not rainy, which I am thankful for. I just don't get out of the roost as

10,000 apps now available to iPhone users

There are now 10,000 apps available for iPhone users in the iTunes app store, including 2,420 freewares.The number of iPhone apps surged in September 2008 when nearly 3,000 were submitted to the iTunes store, according to For the past three months until November, the number hovered at around the 2,500 mark.The site also said nearly a fourth (2,322) of the iPhone apps are games. Next

Nokia Home Music is now available

December 2nd 2008 seems to be a very good day for Nokia, as it has just announced three new original accessories that are meant to improve in a way that you wouldn’t have imagined your everyday mobile experience. After announcing the Nokia N97, a multimedia computer, and a service that is focused on email and instant messaging, called Nokia Messaging, there’s a press bulletin board on the

Linux Su iPhone, Guida E Download

Great post for all fans of Linux and happy owners of the jewel of Apple. Here's how to install Linux 2.6 kernels on your iPhone.As already announced by our Bilbo in another post, these are the developments.Here is the LINK to download everything you need.Here is the guide to the installation:WARNING! DRIVING NOT 'ABSOLUTELY FOR PEOPLE inexperienced. We assume NO RESPONSIBILITY 'FOR ANY DAMAGE TO

Sony Ericsson T303 Daisy Edition

Products, whatever the domain might be, have the right to behave on market in the manner they “please”, when competing with similar “entities”. They are not all meant to succeed; more than that, some of them disappoint their creators, despite the fact that, at a first glance, nobody would have guessed such a thing. When tragedies happen, marketing departments try their best in finding what went

Sonim XP3 Enduro, a rugged cell phone that goes underwater

Sonim Technologies announced a couple of days ago that their family of rugged phones will extend with their latest addition, which will be known under the name of the Sonim XP3 Enduro. The device is said to be the successor of XP1, but maybe more important than this, the phone is also claimed to be one of the toughest GSM phones that are now available on the market.The Sonim XP3 is an

Post-Thanksgiving Report

How was your Thanksgiving, vegan America? I hope it was delicious!

Once again this year I made my Mini-Wellington recipe (from Vegan Lunch Box)into one big Wellington for our Thanksgiving centerpiece dish. I decorated the loaf with branches, leaves, and acorns made from extra puff pastry. Isn't it pretty?

I know, I've caught some slack over the years for using puff pastry (yes, Pepperidge Farms frozen puff pastry is indeed vegan, but it's certainly no health food!)

This year the idea of eating transfats with my Thanksgiving feast just didn't sound like any fun, so I tried something new: at the same time I made the puff pastry version for my family, I also took the same loaf mixture (without the peanut butter or sage, plus extra Dijon), wrapped it in cabbage leaves, and baked it with tomato sauce and lemon. Ta da! Vegan Cabbage Rolls, lower in fat, healthier, and absolutely to-die-for. People who tried both even liked the cabbage version better!

We also enjoyed veggies with vegan ranch dip, sushi rolls, fat-free vegan gravy and mashed potatoes, and my sister made a perfect batch of Best Brussels Sprouts. For dessert, my mom made apple pie and huckleberry pie with organic shortening in the crust.

How did your feast go? Did anyone have Tofurky?

iPhone Flip? Say No to Knock Offs!

We’ve seen our share of iPhone knock offs but this one gets a top 3 entry. It’s a flip iPhone and it was conceived in China. If you were to chose, what would you prefer? The regular candybarish iPhone or the flip iPhone?As for specs, this knock off will get you a 3 megapixel camera, a 2.6 inch display and a resolution of 240 x 320. It’s pretty small at 105 x 53 x 17mm and in weighs about 110

Nokia Developing Home Control Center for Future Smart Home

Nokia announced today it is developing a smart home platform, Nokia Home Control Center. The platform is open allowing third parties to integrate their own smart home solutions and services; its core consumer value is the plug and play experience across all solution areas with high security levels built in. All solutions based on the platform can be used through a smart phone or PC locally or

The 5800 XpressMusic from Nokia Is Coming

Try as one might to describe the 5800, sooner or later, it becomes clear that the specially designed music features can no longer be denied or regarded as useless, even by those who would never even think about purchasing this device. Just to help you get the general idea, the XpressMusic comes with 8GB of memory for thousands of tracks, a graphics equalizer, a 3.5 mm jack, built-in stereo

The iPhone Now Offers TV-Out Performances

Only a couple of days ago, iPhone developer Erica Sadun managed to get the hang of these TV-out performances, and also made useful observations for all users interested. As you will come to realize from the following paragraphs, these TV exporting capabilities come with some, probably undesirable catches, and make the usage pretty complicated, at least for now.To get started, we must first point

BlackBerry Storm Soon to Arrive in Canada

It looks like Bell and Telus will be the ones enjoying the arrival of the BlackBerry Storm, and probably at the about the same time. This information has reached us after an email has been sent out to those signing up for updates, in which the device is described as the first BlackBerry touchscreen smartphone ever. Also there, it is said that Canada is the place to be, should you wish to purchase

The 4.2 version of the Opera Mini Software is now available

After releasing the beta version of Opera Mini 4.2 at the beginning of the month, Opera Software released the final version of its much-anticipated browser for mobile phones. Since the launch of the beta version of Opera Mini 4.2, speed trials have shown that this version gives more than 30% speed improvements for users in the US, due to the addition of a new Opera Mini server park in the United

Telmap brings Life to BlackBerry

Telmap, which has won the ‘Life on BlackBerry’ award at the EMEA Alliance Program Innovation Awards in Monaco, recognised as the most valuable consumer application in the Life on BlackBerry category.Telmap delivers an advanced mobile navigation experience and its technology in mobile for, among others, Vodafone, Orange FT Group, Carphone Warehouse, O2, AOL MapQuest, ATT and Sprint.Exclusive to

Motorola Brings Motorola Hint QA30 to Alltel Wireless

Alltel Wireless and Motorola have introduced the Motorola Hint, a vertical slider phone that keeps users in touch. It will be available on November 28th in Alltel retail stores and at The slider design of the Motorola Hint includes a full QWERTY keyboard with dedicated keys for the 2 MP camera, MP3 player and Web access. The Motorola Hint puts the most frequently used features on the

Thanksgiving + Friday CLOSED & Sprucing!

We will be closed on Thursday 11/27 & Friday 11/28 to share yummy food with friends and family.Back to normal hours on Monday, December 1st * M - F 8 to 5:30pm *We are very thankful for all of the wonderful work you do farming, gardening, caring for animals and plants, and all the other neat local businesses!------We are beginning a new round of shop sprucing. You may remember seeing me and Jason

Apple Releases iPhone Firmware 2.2, Adds Google Street View and other Improvements

iPhone users can now upgrade their iPhone with the new firmware 2.2 today. As what the few rumors leaked in the past few weeks, new features like Google Street View and Podcast download have been added to the new version. You will be able to turn off the keyboard’s auto correction too, giving you the option to disable the annoyed wrong correction. * Enhancements to Maps o Google Street

Nokia and IBM Announces Lotus Notes Support on S60 Platform

Nokia and IBM announced IBM Lotus Notes support for a number of Nokia’s S60-based mobile phones, which enable Lotus Notes users to access email with their Nokia devices. With this announcement, users can connect to corporate email accounts via Lotus Domino Server software known as Lotus Notes Traveler. This software provides real time access to email, calendar, address book, journal and to-do

The S-shaped Nokia concept phone

When trying to decide which mobile phone to choose from the wide variety of handsets available on the market, you must be very focused on some features, if you don’t want to get lost in the overwhelming realm of all sorts of technological apparitions.Mobile phones are getting so thin nowadays, that they’re almost ignoring every rule of handheld ergonomics. That is why, considering the sleek and

AT&T Debuts LG Incite Global 3G Smartphone

AT&T and LG unveiled the availability of the LG Incite, a Windows Mobile powered smartphone with 3G capabilities, built-in aGPS and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0. The LG Incite is equipped with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5.LG Incite has a crystal-clear 3-inch touch screen and a 3.0 megapixel camera and camcorder that enables

T-Mobile Introduces web2go and Partnership with Yahoo oneSearch

T-Mobile USA is introducing web2go, providing customers with better Web browsing, improved search with Yahoo! oneSearch, a customizable home page and a simplified shopping and download experience. The new service allows its subsribers to visit virtually the entire Internet from their mobile phone, ensuring Web pages are easy to view and navigate. You can also browse and purchase the latest

Zagat Survey and Handmark Launch Zagat To Go for iPhone

Zagat Survey and Handmark today announced the release of ZAGAT TO GO for iPhone and iPod touch users. The new application gives users access to Zagat’s ratings and reviews for over 40,000 restaurants, hotels, nightspots and shops in over 100 countries. It is immediately available through the Apple App Store for a one time special price of $9.99 ($29.99 value).Besides the Zagat ratings and reviews

Vyke Launches Mobile VoIP for Windows smartphones in Beta Version

Vyke Communications has announced the launch of a beta version of its mobile VoIP software and service for all Windows Mobile 6.0. This solution is based on Vyke’s stand-alone proprietary mobile VoIP technology, allowing it to provide high quality voice service while circumventing any operator handset tampering issues that may prevent users of Windows Mobile based smartphones from benefiting from

DataViz Releases Documents To Go Version 11.0 for Palm OS Devices

DataViz today announced the availability of Documents To Go Premium Edition version 11.00 for Palm OS handhelds and smartphones. The mobile Office suite for Palm OS now supports track changes and other advanced formatting features.New Features Include: * View tracked changes in word processing files * Apply and view Styles in word processing files * View border and wrapped text in

Samsung Innov8 Wins GSMA Asia Mobile Award for Best Mobile Broadband Device

Samsung announce that it has won the ‘Asia Mobile Award’ for ‘Best Mobile Broadband handset/device’ with Samsung Innov8 by GSMA. Geesung Choi, President of Samsung Telecommunication Business, said: “I’m delighted and honored to receive ‘Asia Mobile award’ with Samsung Innov8, the ultimate mobile entertainer, from GSMA. I believe that Samsung Innov8 is the best fit for Asian consumers who have

The People Who Feed Us

Thursday November 20th 2008 6 PM to 8 PM $5 both members and non-members The People Who Feed Us – A Slow Food Portland Series on Farm LaborSlow Food has laid out the goal of creating a food system that is “good, clean, and fair.” For over a decade the concept of good has been at the forefront of Slow Food events, and with the promotion of small, local and organic producers the clean concept has

Turns your Phone into Apple iPhone

How to turns your Series 60 OS phone into an i-Phone. You can have a smart phone enhanced with TWO user interfaces.How to install :1. Downdload this Apps & Install2. When installing to S60 3rd phones, you may have to revise as this: tools-> App.mgr.-> optional-> settings:software installation(all),online certif.check(off). This will help you to solve and skip the "security warning" pop-up.3.

Around the World: Caribbean Beans and Rice

It's a taste of the tropics! Today I made Caribbean Beans and Rice: black beans and rice cooked with coconut milk and spices. Cooking beans and rice with a touch of coconut milk is a common practice in Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean. (That's a green onion curl in the middle, trying to look all fancy-shmancy. Mine doesn't look as good as the one in the instructions picture...)

On the side is Spinach Bhaji, an Indian-style spinach recipe from the island of Trinidad. There is a large Indian influence on much of the cooking of Trinidad, where hundreds of thousands of Indians came as indentured servants to work the sugar plantations.

And for dessert, fresh pineapple with googly-eyed flamingo food picks. (I love these flamingos! They appeared in my birthday cake this year and made me squeal with delight -- their little eyes even roll around!)

It's all pictured in a Lunch on the Go lunch box from Bed Bath and Beyond (bought cheap with the coupon!).

Seriously, best beans and rice EVER. That little touch of coconut milk transformed it from a humble meal into something so tasty and satisfying! Beans and rice and greens was a perfect combination. 5 stars.

Hot Information About the Nokia 2008-2009 Line

This supposed new line of smartphones from Nokia probably makes for the hottest piece of news today, even if it cannot be regarded as a reliable leak since there are no photos yet and only presumed details on each of the devices. The list of phones expected to be released is long and diversified, so we will have a look at only the most important ones.All these new phones, besides being

BlackBerry Curve 8900 Coming to T-Mobile

The BlackBerry Curve 8900, one of the most awaited phones, is finally here, but only via T-Mobile Germany, at least for now. We haven't had any new news on it since the first bits of information came out sometime last month, but now it has been officially released, even if only for the Germans to enjoy.The Curve 8900, also known as the Javelin, seems to have “suffered” several modifications and

Nokia Wahoo Going to AT&T

This new handset from Nokia is a pretty unique phone in comparison to other releases from the Finnish company. Even if details on it are few and scattered, this phone is already getting a lot of attention, not so much because of its features, but mostly due to the design that kind of looks like that of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip.Codenamed Wahoo, because the name under which it will be released is

LG is launching new affordable cell phones

LG has released, without creating too much of a stir, a new affordable clamshell, the LG KP152. Don’t hurry up to go grab the device, because for the moment the handset is apparently available only on the LG Brazil website, but rumors say that it will be released in Europe too, in Russia for the beginning, starting this month.You have to admit that the phone is unbelievably appealing, despite it

E1110 and E2510, two new basic cell phones from Samsung

Samsung is getting ready to launch two new low-end devices: Samsung E1110 and Samsung E2510, both of them being obviously targeted to customers who don’t want to pay too much money for a mobile phone. Let’s face it, not everyone wants a smartphone that is singing and dancing, and try to somehow shun the stunning development of technology.The first new handset, the Samsung E2510, is a clamshell

Meebo for Android has just been launched

Having an application compatible with the iPhone or the Android handsets has become every company’s most powerful dream. You have to run on Android to exist, you just have to! To prove my point, I’ll tell you that another Web-based Instant Messaging service, Meebo, is now available for Google’s Android platform, thanks to a Meebo for Android application.Therefore, Meebo, the Web’s live

Around the World: Chick'n Paprikas

Paprika is serious business in Hungary. Unlike here in the states where paprika is paprika, in Hungary it is available in a wide range of heats from mild to hot. The sweet-hot flavor of paprika is essential in Hungarian cooking, as in this vegan version of Hungarian Chicken Paprikas -- chicken-style seitan simmered with tomato, green pepper, and paprika. A small container of vegan sour cream is on the side to stir in at lunchtime.

Below the paprikas is another Hungarian dish: Noodles with Poppy Seeds. Normally this dish would be made with egg noodles; I substituted campanelle. Next to the noodles are steamed kohlrabi and peas, one of shmoo's favorite combinations. And for dessert, tender stewed apricots cooked in orange juice.

Verdict: Shmoo loved the seitan chicken, but not the green peppers. My husband loved the green peppers, but not the seitan. I liked a bit of both, and we all enjoyed the noodles, kohlrabi, and apricots. Something for everyone! 3 stars.

Samsung Behold SGH-T919 Available Exclusively from T-Mobile USA

Samsung announced the availability of the Samsung Behold, an advanced touch screen phone with premium multimedia features and full web browsing capabilities, exclusively through T-Mobile USA. The Behold is available in a brushed espresso or light rose finish, comes with the virtual QWERTY touchpad and multiple messaging capabilities, including text, multimedia messaging, instant messaging, e-mail

Internet Explorer Mobile 6 Emulator Available

Microsoft today has put up the Internet Explorer Mobile 6 Emulator for developer to test the new Internet Explorer Mobile 6. The Windows Mobile, with version 6.1.4 includes the new Internet Explorer Mobile 6 and can be used with Visual Studio 2005 or 2008.Here is a list of the new features you can expect to see in the * Improved fidelity (support for full fidelity desktop rendering) *

Nokia E63 Unveiled, Similar to E71 But Price Lower

Building on the Nokia E71 messaging phone, Nokia introduces the Nokia E63 today and will begin shipping in the coming weeks for an estimated retail price of EUR 199, before taxes and subsidies. The Nokia E63 will do EDGE/WiFi connection and comes without HSDPA connection and GPS. With a lower price it also uses a 2 megapixel camera module with fixed focusing. The phone will be available in ruby

Around the World: Kasha Kupecheskaya

An old Russian proverb says, "You can't feed a Russian without kasha." Here is kasha kupe- cheskaya: cooked toasted buckwheat kernels, carmelized onions, and tofu (taking the place of the traditional hard-boiled eggs).

I would add to that old saying that you also can’t feed a Russian without mushrooms. I have never eaten mushrooms as delicious as those made for me by a Russian immigrant friend, who told me of how they would hunt for wild mushrooms in her native country, and how mushrooms were considered an important meat replacer during the Orthodox fasts. These are chanterelles (I don't know if it's the same everywhere, but our local Costco has 1 lb. fresh chanterelles for $8.99!!).

The other containers hold a small salad with dressing, a pear, and two Russian Tea Cakes (little cookies rolled in powdered sugar).

And could it be? Yes, it's another new lunch box! This is the new three-tier To-Go Ware container. To-Go Ware has a brand new look, with two-tier and three-tier containers and, best of all, the small stainless steel dressing containers we've all been hoping for. The new lunch boxes also come apart so you can carry just the top tier for a light snack.

Verdict: Ochen' vkusno! (very delicious!) The chanterelles were heavenly, especially with the kasha. 5 stars.

Sprint Announced the Sanyo Katana Eclipse X

Sprint has announced the Sanyo Katana Eclipse X, a better version of the already released Katana Eclipse. What’s better? Sprint’s One Click interactive user interface will let you customize the phone’s home screen as you like. Add shortcuts like Sprint’s Now Network or anything that’s on your favorite list.The Eclipse X has a unique illumination feature which will let you assign lots of lightning

MOTOZINE ZN5 Now Available from T-Mobile

After releasing its ZN5 handset in Europe back in September, Motorola decided to make it available for North-Americans as well. The bar phone will be available exclusively for T-Mobile USA customers. MOTOZINE ZN5 is the high-end result of a joint-venture between the US-based company and Kodak, the well-known producer of digital imaging and printing products, such as cameras, digital frames, but

LG Oz Lite Phone

LG is offering another really cool phone in this otherwise very competitive market. LG’s OZ Lite phone is a sleek clam shell phone that conceals a 5.1-megapixel Casio W53CA camera, complete with “28-mm lens, color correction, 9-point auto focus, and built-in anti-shake technology bunged into the backside. The LCD measures 2.8-inches yet still manages the same 800 x 480 pixel resolution for DMB

The iPhone Goes iPorn with Webcam Action from

Let me start off this post by making you aware of the fact that we don’t encourage not endorse any porn activity on any of the mobile gadgets we bring you everyday. However we should keep you informed on everything that goes around in the mobile business.Having said that, it’s safe now to let you know that people have taken and will take advantage of any cool gadget for porn related activities.

Nokia E71 and N82 win honors in WIRED Magazine’s 2008 Test Issue

The November 2008 issue of WIRED magazine - the test issue - awarded top scores to the Nokia E71 as the Test Best Cell Phone. Designed for messaging, navigation and other top multimedia features, the E71 scored 9/10. WIRED editors called it a road warrior on the ball - without being too much of a business phone.The Nokia E71 features two screens - one that places all your work related apps

Samsung Omnia Called T*Omnia in Korea with Improved Specs

Samsung has just announced the launch of “T*OMNIA”, the Korean version of “Samsung OMNIA”, which would be available starting with mid-November under an exclusive deal with SK Telecom, one of the largest mobile operators in Korea.Compared with the original Samsung OMNIA, “T*OMNIA” has been equipped with an upgraded 3.3” WVGA touch screen (480x800) and Satellite DMB function, an essential feature

Nokia Vertu Announces Another Ferrari Mobile Phone

Nokia Vertu, the luxury handset line-up of the Finnish giant, added another limited edition high-priced mobile phone - Ferrari Ascent Ti. This is the second Ferrari-themed device manufactured by Vertu mobile division, after last year's Ferrari 1947, meant to celebrate the car's 60th anniversary.The new Ferrari Ascent Ti will be available in three colors: Black, Red and Yellow, all with the

! VOTE !

OREGON - If you don't have your ballot in yet, it must be dropped off, not mailed, by 8pm on Tuesday. This is the list of Multnomah County Official Ballot Drop Sites, there are many 24 hours if your about in the wee hours tonight.If you are having any ballot difficulties, contact your County Election Office.For Multnomah, your office is: 1040 SE Morrison

Samsung SCH-i770 smartphone cruises through the FCC

The Samsung SCH-i770 has appeared on the FCC, with mentions of Verizon Wireless in the draft of the user manual. The SCH-i770 is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and features both dual-band CDMA (800/1900MHz) support and at least dual-band GSM (850/1900MHz) support, though it is rumored to support the 900 and 1800MHz GSM bands as well, which would allow it to roam globally.The SCH-i770

ZAGG invisibleSHIELD for T-Mobile G1 Android

Like the one we already have for Apple iPhone, ZAGG, the well-known provider of protective film coverings for personal electronics, is now shipping the invisibleSHIELD for the new T-Mobile G1 Android, the first phone to run on Google’s Android operating system.Transparent and thin, the invisibleSHIELD perfectly matches the shape of every device, providing unparalleled scratch protection. Made

Didiom makes your BlackBerry play your favorite music

You’ve already got your share of Nokia’s Comes With Music and Sony Eriscsson’s PlayNow services, but it’s time for another similar service, one known under the name of Didiom. This newcomer, an all-in-one application, allows you to use your phone to access songs and playlists stored on your computer through wireless streaming.The only thing you should do is to download Didiom to your phone and

Japanese Willcom intros four new phones

The only PHS operator in Japan, Willcom, announced four new phones recently, effectively available this November. (PHS is, essentially, a cordless telephone like DECT, with the capability to handover from one cell to another with narrow cell).The first, Willcom 03, is the the sliding and touchscreen phone that enable user to chat live by drawing or writing on the screen. Designed by Sharp, the

Around the World: Black-Eyed Peas and Potatoes

Here is another menu inspired by my recent study of African cuisine. This lunch features three more foods used widely across the continent...

In the bottom container, I seasoned black-eyed peas and potatoes with touches of cilantro, cumin, and lime juice. Tender black-eyed peas and other cowpeas (also called "crowder peas" here in the U.S., because they’re all crowded together in their pods) are served all over the African continent.

On top of this dish are oven roasted okra pods. I love okra so much! Here in America we tend to think of okra as a southern vegetable, but it, too, has its origins in Africa. Whole roasted pods are fun to pick up and eat with your fingers.

In the top container are honeydew melon slices and a serving of plantain chips, a popular snack in West Africa.

Verdict: Everyone in the family was happy with this meal, although shmoo wouldn't even try the okra (more for thems that likes em!). The plantain chips were interesting, like a cross between potato chips and banana chips. 3 stars.

P.S. Speaking of plantains, have you ever visited the sad little monkey who bought the wrong bananas? Too bad he didn’t know the difference between bananas and plantains!

Graphite concept phone based on the DVB-H technology

You’re a television addict and you don’t allow yourself to miss any chance to watch all sorts of shows, from sports, to soap operas and concerts, maybe news and comedy shows. That’s why you’ll most probably fall in love with the Graphite DVB-H Mobile Phone concept below, a device designed by Jonathan Findlay.Jonathan Findlay is a Transport and Product designer who graduated from Coventry

Boo! Ghostly game wins top prize in Nokia Mobile Games Innovation Challenge

Nokia revealed that Ghostwire, by A Different Game from Sweden, is the winner of the Mobile Games Innovation Challenge. Ghostwire is a casual collection and adventure game, where players use the unique features of the mobile device to communicate with the world of ghosts. Ghostwire also features an augmented reality-powered mini-game, where players can use the camera on their mobile device to

EA Mobile Releases Tetris for Android, bejeweled and Monopoly Coming Next Month

EA Mobile today announced the development of two games for the T-Mobile G1. Tetris is available today and Bejeweled and MONOPOLY Here & Now Edition will become available in November. All three games will be available in the United States for purchase and download directly from global hit Tetris comes to Android! A touch screen lets you spin, flick and move Minos in

What I Did On My Vacation

Last week some of my girlfriends and I left the husbands and kids at home and took a trip to beautiful Portland, Oregon.

It was undoubtedly the most fun I've had in a long, long time. We ate and shopped and ate some more (Nicholas Restaurant has out-of-this-world Lebanese and Middle Eastern food, btw).

We stopped by Powell's Books for Home & Garden on Hawthorne Street, and look what we found! It's Vegan Lunch Box right up front, with a hand-written staff recommendation sign! Woo hoo! Powell's, you so made my day!!

Shmoo Review: Dr. Fuhrman's Eat for Health

Hey, Dr. Fuhrman's Disease-Proof Blog has a new look beginning this week. I was asked to be a guest blogger this week; you can visit and read an edited version of my Summer Veg Out post on the wonders of smoothies.

Speaking of Dr. Fuhrman, he also recently produced a new set of books and a DVD. As most of you long-time readers know I'm a huge fan of Dr. Fuhrman, so I couldn't wait to pick up a copy to review.

First, I read through his new two-volume set Eat For Health.If you've read the previous books Eat To Liveor Disease-Proof Your Child,Eat for Health doesn't offer too much in the way of new information. The basics are all the same: lose weight and live longer by making nutrient-dense foods the foundation of your diet, eliminating salt, exercising, obtaining healthy fat from nuts instead of oils, etc.

What is new is the slower step-by-step transition to nutrient-dense eating, which may make it easier for people who are just getting started, and the attention paid to emotional issues that may stand in the way of healthier eating. As an emotional eater myself, I appreciated the acknowledgment that sometimes healthy eating is easier said than done, especially when issues of addiction and self-worth are standing in your way.

Book One addresses all the basics while Book Two is made up of the exciting let's-get-to-it stuff: menu plans for each phase in the transition to healthier eating, dozens of new recipes, and information on how to shop.

Next, I was absolutely delighted with the new DVD Secrets to Healthy Cooking.Dr. Fuhrman and his wife Lisa demonstrate how to make the staple dishes central to his eating style: smoothies, salads and nut-based dressings, vegetable soups (including my favorite), a stir-fry, and sorbet. The production quality is excellent, the demonstrations are fun to watch, and best of all, each recipe section concludes with a recipe template showing you how to make up your own recipes using his model. Brilliant!

Samsung Epix Smartphone has an integrated optical mouse

After the latest i7110, Samsung and AT&T officially announced the SGH-i907 Epix, a QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen equipped smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system. The Epix is based on the SGH-i780 that is available in other parts of the world and features the same optical joystick controller that replaces the directional pad and is found on that device as well as

Mobiado unveils four new luxury cell phones

As if there weren’t already enough Mobiado luxury cell phones on the market, the Canadian manufacturer has announced the release of four new handsets: Professional 105 EM White, Professional 105 EM Red, Professional 105 EM CLB Black and Professional 105 EM CLB Silver.The first two phones are part of the Professional 105 EM Special Edition series which continues the tradition of the Executive

Sony Ericsson Hikaru. To be or not to be?

If you’re the “I’ve seen it and I’ve already forgot it” type of guy, then you must have went beyond the Xperia X1 phase, even if the arc-slider smartphone with Windows Mobile 6.1 Operating System is still considered by some a new device, as it was first presented at the 2008 Mobile World Congress. Maybe you’re not, I wouldn’t know, but pay a little bit of attention to what I have to say: Sony

iSkoot for Skype launches as First Mobile VoIP Application for Android Smartphones

Skoot today announced that its mobile application, iSkoot for Skype, is launching in the Android Market. iSkoot’s solution supports the Skype Software, offering Android users on any cellular network the ability to make Skype-to-Skype calls on their mobile phone. It is not free though, see the cost listing in detail after the jump.Making a Skype-to-Skype call: Airtime + A little bit of DataWhen

Soft QWERTY Keyboard for Android Available in Q1 2009

If you are needing a soft keyboard for your new T-Mobile G1, Android has released a roadmap which include the soft keyboard feature on Q1 2009. When the Input method framework and Input method engines is complete, you will be able to use the soft keyboad from Android, plus application developers can develop new soft keyboard application for the Android OS.Android Q1 2009 roadmap:Input method

International Identity finds Nirvana

Earlier in Spring we had a visit from Mr. Farhad Mazhar, Managing director of UBING, Bangladesh (Policy for Development Alternative) who created one of the biggest community seed banks in the world and is a leading player in South Asian bio-diverse and ecological agricultural movements.

He spent a morning with us seeing how our biodynamic practices reflected our diversity & lifestyle. Seeds and seed saving were also compared as we strolled around the orchards. His visit was the initiative of Sue Germein, who together with Jacquie Emery from World Vision, accompanied him.

Mr. Mazhar was touring Australia as an invited guest of One Just World and was in Adelaide addressing a Hawke Centre public lecture at the Adelaide Town Hall. The topic being “Will the world be able to feed itself in 2050? Food security and the developing world.”
Rev. Tim Costello, CEO of World vision and Sophia Murphy, Senior advisor, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy based in Minneapolis. USA also addressed the group. The session put listeners in the know about the current state of world food security , how the food aid dollar is used and expert views on solutions.

The Season of Growth,Grass and Sharing Skills

Spring is the time that we are surrounded with new life and rampant growth. The berries in our little valley take a while to dry out enough to enable them to be weeded. Now that is mostly done, all the biodynamic preparations have been applied its time to turn our attention to mowing.
While the geese and goslings have been doing their bit grazing the orchards , they can’t quite keep up with the spring flush .
Mowing is very important in the orchard as the living mulch is cut to produce a protective layer of mulch ,over the season it will be cut around 3 times producing valuable organic matter some of which act as mulch and the rest is consumed by the soil micro organisms , especially after being sprayed with biodynamic cow-pat-pit after mowing.
This living mulch becomes even more important as although the winter rainfall was average, the normal spring rains have not come and Spring has all too quickly turned to Summer.
This year all the berries have been mulched with sawdust. The last few years I’ve been trialing this in the red & black currants and it has proven successful.

Spring is also a busy time with workshops. Again a great group of eager students have soaked up what our living classroom and Deb's experience has to offer.
This weekend members of the Adelaide Hills Biodynamic Group will come and we will dig up the horns and compost preparations.

The LG KP500 Gets a Codename: ‘Cookie’

The entry-level candybar LG KP500 has been given a nice little name by the folks at LG. The ‘Cookie’ packs in a lot of features for what appears to be a very affordable handset.Notable Features: * Quad-band GSM * GRPS/EDGE * 3″ touchscreen * 3MP camera * Built-in accelerometer * Bluetooth 2.1 * FM Radio * Flash-based user interfaceAt an estimated price point around or below $100

Mobile Event Guide from Sony Ericsson

Yesterday, in London, Sony Ericsson proudly presented its Mobile Event Guide, a free mobile application that allows sport fans to access all the information about a sports program, local travel and tourism information, and that is updated via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The application will be launched for the first time at the Sony Ericsson Championships, the “prestigious season ending women's tennis

Vodafone Australia Delivers BlackBerry Storm

Following a long wait and numerous rumors, BlackBerry Storm has finally been made available, and now everybody seems to be eager to get their hands on the much anticipated device. The first two mobile carriers to deliver RIM's Storm are Verizon and Vodafone.Vodafone Australia has recently announced that it's going to offer users the BlackBerry Storm soon. On the carrier’s official website, all

T-Mobile USA to offer BlackBerry Pearl 8120 in 3 new colors

T-Mobile offers its popular BlackBerry Pearl 8120 smartphone in three new colors - black emerald, indigo, and frost. The new colors are available nationwide now for US$149.99 with two year service agreement.The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 includes an advanced multimedia experience, which features video recording and playback, a two-megapixel digital camera, stereo Bluetooth support, and an externally

T-Mobile to get Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5 on November 3

A little T-Mo love for the weekend. Motorola announced the MOTOZINE ZN5 back in June, and since then it’s been speculation on it coming to T-Mobile in the US. Looks like the speculation can end. T-Mobile will have the MOTOZINE ZN5 come November 3rd. Perhaps this would make a great holiday gift for that special someone? It packs a 5MP camera, so it actually would make a pretty darn good gift for

Philips E100, a low-end music phone

After the introduction of their latest device, the Xenium X600, which was designed to have a long battery life, Philips came up with another music phone, releasing the new E100. As a matter of fact, Philips cell phones aren’t exactly ground breaking other than the fact that many of their handsets tout superior battery life as the main selling point. This means that many of those devices’

Alltel Wireless lets customers move to their own beat with the LG Rhythm

Alltel Wireless and LG announced today that the LG Rhythm is available in Alltel retail stores and online at Sleek and stylish, the LG Rhythm offers customers a premium music player with Digital Signal Processing as well as a graphic equalizer professionally tuned by Mr. Mark Levinson. The phone also includes an FM transmitter that easily streams songs to a car stereo or other

Rumor: new Nokia 7110 slide?

Remember the old Nokia 7110? Yeah, it’s one of Nokia popular phones at the era of monochrome screens and flip top form factors. Keeps on coming out with choices for consumers, apparently Nokia is going to offer the new Nokia N7110 slide to the low and middle-end users.Even though the unannounced phone is not as sophisticated as N-Series or E-Series, but good enough as one of choices for

Samsung ACE Can Now be Upgraded to Windows Mobile 6.1

Today Sprint and Samsung announced key enhancements, including GPS to support Sprint Navigation, Windows Mobile 6.1 and the addition of Office Mobile 6.1 for the Samsung ACE. The new software’s downloading instructions are available at than Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade, the GPS will be enhanced to provide support applications such as Sprint

Fat Samsung Propel Unveiled for AT&T Network

AT&T yesterday announced a new line of quick messaging mobile phones that are equipped with a QWERTY keyboard. Arriving in time for the holiday shopping season, the Pantech Matrix is available today and the Samsung Propel and Pantech Slate will hit stores in late October, followed by the AT&T Quickfire in November. All four new mobile phones feature full QWERTY keypads, allowing everyone from

UK to Get T-Mobile G1 from October 30

T-Mobile today announces the T-Mobile G1 will be available in the UK from 30 October. Exclusive to T-Mobile, the G1 comes with full touch screen functionality plus a QWERTY keyboard for easy online communication, high speed internet with popular Google services already on board, and access to innovative application downloads from the new Android Market. According to the company, there are already

Around the World: Jollof Rice

Here is a little lunch box ode to Africa.

Jollof Rice is a dish served in many West African countries, including Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Gambia. I replaced the traditional chicken in the dish with chicken-style seitan, and cooked it in a base of tomatoes, tomato paste, ginger, onion, and green pepper, along with peas and carrots.

On the side is a dish of cooked collard greens served in a very African way: with a spoonful of peanut butter! Peanut butter, called groundnut in Africa, is added to a lot of savory dishes in ways we wouldn't expect here in America. It adds creaminess and flavor along with extra protein and fat.

For dessert I packed two more of those lovely baby bananas, which our guests from the African Children's Choir said were just like the ones in Uganda. I will always think of that now when I see baby bananas!

Verdict: My husband and I agreed, this was one of those dishes that you just didn't want to stop eating -- soooo good!! Shmoo was happy after we handed him almost all our big chunks of seitan and took his share of the green peppers. 5 stars.

Sony Ericsson W760a Available on AT&T

Yesterday, AT&T and Sony Ericsson announced the W760a, the first 3G Walkman phone in the US. The device is designed to deliver users the best of on-the-go entertainment and, of course, a unique music experience. W760a also features an accelerometer, thus users will be able to interact more with the device through movements.The accelerometer will allow users to shake or tilt the phone to fast

Samsung D980 Dual-Sim Phone: Available in Russia

Remember the Samsung D980 that we talked about in July and was released in China? The cellphone will also become available in Russia in the upcoming weeks, but so far there is no information about the price. One of the best features on the D980 is the Dual-SIM functionality, which basically means it supports 2 SIM cards at the same time.The upcoming (in Russia) Samsung cellphone has a 2.6-inch

Sony Ericsson Rika is Named W705

Sony Ericsson Rika, the new walkman phone which inherit the design of Sony Ericsson G705, is to be named as W705 according to the official phone profile xml document. The slider phone’s specification will be similar to the G705 too with a 240 x 320 display screen, 3.2 megapixel camera, built in WiFi and aGPS. You should see the official announcement soon in October this month.

LG Prada II Phone Announced, with QWERTY Keyboard

LG and PRADA Group (Prada) today announced that the partnership that created the PRADA Phone by LG will release its second handset before the end of the year. Almost identical to first LG Prada phone, the new telephone has added an ultra-thin keyboard slides from under the handset. The metallic feel makes it a pleasure to touch and type, complimenting the slick design aesthetic. The silver

4 SIMs Magma Phone Concept

I’m sure everybody has already heard about Dual SIM phones, as they are very fashionable at the moment. The fundamental characteristic of such a device is that it integrates two Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs). When dual-SIM adapters are available, they allow cellphones to contain two SIMs and to switch from one to the other as requires. Some other phones are designed to work with both SIMs,

African Children's Choir Lunch Box

This weekend we were honored to act as a host family for some members of the African Children's Choir while they were in town as part of their U.S. tour. The children are ages 7 to 12 and come from several African nations (our guests were from Uganda). Many of the children have lost their parents to AIDS and other diseases, and all of them come from situations of extreme poverty. They sing and perform to raise awareness of the plight of these children of Africa, and to raise money for relief and education.

Each host family was asked to send their children off today with a packed lunch. Hey, I thought, I can do that!

Since we won't be seeing them again I made improvised bento boxes out of disposable plastic containers and used frozen water bottles as ice packs. Into each lunch box went a homemade pita bread filled with my favorite Wild Garden Hummus and six baked falafel balls. Next to the falafel is a bento-style plastic food cup filled with lemon cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, with a squeezy-fish of dressing and a little food pick. Underneath the cup are some baby carrots you can't see.

I quickly ran out of room in the main container, so I used small side containers for the last strawberries of the season, fresh from Saturday's farmer's market. (I was going to pack some baby bananas, too, but they were all eaten up; they are "like the bananas in Uganda", I was told.)

Well, the Choir is on the way to Spokane now, so I won't really know how they like their lunches, but I hope they do. It was so much fun to meet them, to listen to them singing and playing, and to watch their amazing performance this weekend. (I think they burned like 8 million calories up there!) If the choir is coming to your town next, don't miss it.

Nokia Phone Works With Water

Here’s a concept phone with has Nokia written all over it. I don’t think it’s the phone we’re going to see next week since it proposes quite an interesting idea. As you can see it’s a phone that immediately makes you think it comes with a touchscreen. Indeed it does. The other features aren’t clear right now but we don’t actually need them right now.We are more interested in the touch experience.

HTC T8290 Will Support WiMAX and GSM

Clearly, Taiwanese mobile manufacturer HTC is having an excellent year. After bringing the HTC Diamond to users out there, it moved directly to making the first Google Android phone, the G1 for T-Mobile. Now, recently leaked information has it that HTC is working on a HTC T8290 phone that, apparently, supports not only GSM but also WiMAX.This is now the latest, hottest, and most debated topic

Google’s Android Could Signal a Tipping Point in Smartphones

If Google’s ambitions for its recently-launched Android smartphone operating system are fully realized, the new OS will represent a tipping point in attitudes towards the whole concept of a smartphone. This tectonic shift will affect consumers, handset manufacturers and, most critically, mobile network operators.According to ABI Research director Kevin Burden, “If Android is to become the

AT&T's Samsung Propel, a Phone for Texters

In one of our latest articles, we talked about AT&T lineup of Samsung phones. It seems that, for this fall/winter, the mobile operator relies heavily on Samsung to offer users all the mobility they need, at all prices, from expensive to cheap, depending on the customer.Among the Samsung Omnia, the Eternity and the Mirage, we also mentioned that the so-called Samsung Propel (the name is yet

BlackBerry Curve 8350i Close to a Sprint Release

The latest Blackberry iDEN smartphone presented by RIM, BlackBerry Curve 8350i, will soon be released in the US by Sprint, the third largest North American mobile carrier. Of course, we already new this, since RIM and Sprint have announced the future arrival of the device about one month ago. But recently, Sprint has come up with a webpage that showcases the Curve 8350i, which means that it won't

Maple Syrup

One of the things that struck me right away about vegan cooking was the amount of maple syrup called for in many recipes. It seems that a lot of vegan cooks rely on maple syrup to take the place of honey and sugar in recipes, particularly in baked desserts.

I love me some Fruit Butter Bars in the fall, but with the price of real maple syrupgoing up and up (along with most everything else), I just can't afford to use that much of it anymore.

So, I devised this recipe for Homemade "Maple Syrup".

It's very simple, made with brown sugar, a bit of cornstarch for thickening, and a spoonful of natural maple flavor.

I bought 2 ounces of the maple flavor at my local health food store for $2.49; at one teaspoon per recipe the little bottle will make 12 batches of syrup. I know it's not the real thing, but in these trying times it's sure a tasty alternative, and with none of the chemicals and preservatives of storebought imitations.

Nokia Releases Beta 3 Email Service

The Nokia Email Service has been around for some time. Also, it has been in beta version for a considerable period, but now, as it turns out, we’re one beta closer to alpha. Should you happen to be interested in beta or pre-beta application testing, then this will come as good news to you. Today, Nokia released the Beta 3 version of the Nokia Email Service, bringing new goodies for all.Beta 3


Chilly nights ahead for plants, dropping into the 30's by Friday night.The stockpile of things I have to share with you has been growing and.. ahem... and I will get the one in the works posted soon! (and work towards being more frequent).Aiming to plant cover crops this weekend, make more mulch, plant some veggies, and I have some new compost ideas I'm getting feverishly excited about... also

Motorola Officially Announces MOTO Q11 Smartphone

With an affordable price and without 3G support, Motorola has put up the MOTO Q11 smartphone on their product list. The slim MOTO Q11 comes with integrated WiFi, is ideal for people who want a high-speed connection for Internet browsing. Just like other Q-series Motorola smartphone, it has a QWERTY keyboard for fast and easy messaging on-the-go and the integrated GPS for navigation support for

Depression Cooking

How's that ol' economy treating you? I thought right about now you all might find Depression Cooking with Clara inspiring. Clara is a charming 91-year-old great-grandmother who lived through the (first?) Great Depression. She demonstrates some of the meals that she and her family ate and tells stories of the times:

You might note that the cheap staples she uses in most meals -- pasta, potatoes, onions, etc. -- are vegan. In fact, except for the cheese sprinkled on at the end, this first meal is entirely vegan.

In other economic news, people are cooking at home more and packing more home-made meals to save money. Let's hear it for home cooking!

LG Launches LG-KC780 Slim 8 Megapixel Slider Phone, Available in November

Already mentioned in their previous LG KC910 announcement, LG announced today the launch of its LG-KC780, a slim 8 megapixel camera phone with special features that make it ideal for shooting portraits. The LG-KC780 has about the same thickness as Samsung Pixon at around 13.9 mm (it was previously announced as 13.7mm by LG), comes with a 2.4-inch display screen and a slider form factor phone body

Motorola VC6096: UMPC with GPS

Motorola has come up with an Ultra Mobile Personal Computercodenamed VC6096 that has a wide range of features, starting with the many connectivity options, and ending with the good extras.The device has transportation services as the main target, and comes with a fixed mount so it stays steady on a vehicle. In terms of connectivity the VC6096 boasts WiFi (802.11a/b/g), 3.5 GSM, HSDPA, WWAN, and

Samsung YP-P2: BMW Edition

Remember the Samsung YP-P2 that was launched on the US about one year ago? I bet you do because it is a slick portable media player. The good news is that BMW will launch an exclusive edition of the device.This promotional strategy can be considered good and bad at the same time: on one hand you’ve got the BMW and PMP lovers that will surely enjoy the product, on the other hand you’ve got the

Mozilla to Announce Firefox Mobile Alpha in a Few Weeks

Chief Executive of Mozilla, John Lilly has revealed in an interview that the company is ready to release Firefox Mobile in few weeks time. “We want to make sure that the Web on mobile is more like the Web than what the mobile industry offers today, which is closed, separate networks and not a very good information-getting experience for the user. The first thing is to bring Firefox to mobile

Samsung Lavender, developed by a 16 years old designer

What do you say to a 16 years old wannabe designer who invites you to make a review on his latest cellphone design, his favorite so far, which, by the way, looks absolutely amazing? You’ll be speechless, that’s what, because when you were 16, you barely had the chance of using such a device. Let’s face it, children grow up in a different environment nowadays because they have access to great

Verizon Wireless and Vodafone Announces BlackBerry Storm Officially

Verizon Wireless, Vodafone Group and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced that the BlackBerry Storm will be available later this fall, exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers in the U.S. and Vodafone customers in Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand. It is also confirmed that the BlackBerry Storm will supportssingle-touch, multi-touch and gestures for intuitive and efficient application

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 shows up on FCC minus 1700MHz support

Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1 smartphone has shown up on the FCC's website recently. According to the documents available, the device was tested only for AT&T's 1900MHz UMTS network band, with no mention of the 1700MHz and 850MHz bands found in the filing. The original specs for the device at launch time listed two quad-band UMTS versions: 850/1700/1900/2100MHz and 900/1700/1900/2100MHz. The lack of

Verizon launches Motorola VU204

Verizon Wireless has announced the Motorola VU204, a new clamshell cell phone that is slated for October 14th availability. The VU204 packs a VGA-resolution camera and up to 64MB of internal storage for photos. The rounded edges of this cell phone should make it easy to slip into your pocket when it's time to hit the road.The Motorola VU204 features built-in A-GPS support for Verizon's VZ