Samsung A637, AKA Samsung ‘Milky’

Last week, a new phone, a funny looking Samsung, surfaced on the net. Until now nobody, knew its name or its specs. Today, we can finally give you more information on this little and weird looking handheld.As seen in the photo, the phone is a candybar type, all white and with big round buttons. It features a pretty small screen with no out of the ordinary graphics, which could be explained by

Sagem Porsche Design P9522 Goes Full Touch Screen

About one year ago Sagem and Porsche Design launched their first P9521 luxury phone, which is a clam shell phone selling at around 1200 euro. Sagem and Porsche Design has recently introduced their second phone called P9522, a full touch screen phone in candy bar form factor.The new Sagem Porsche Design P’9522 featuring a 5 megapixel camera, comes with built in WiFi for wireless internet access

flyPhone and glowPhone, the Handsets to Please Kids and Parents

Needless to say, when one has children, one’s life changes dramatically – sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. In order to make it a bit easier for parents, and offer kids a really cool and age-appropriate phone, Firefly Mobile has designed two new models, the flyPhone and the glowPhone."At Firefly, we put the same focus on ease-of-use and child safety into the design of our

ZTE Unveils U990 with HSDPA and TD-SCDMA Supported

ZTE Corporation announced the U990 device, the world’s first HSDPA TD-SCDMA mobile handset. The new handset was first unveiled last week and is ZTE’s third TD-SCDMA (China’s 3G Network) mobile handset model. The new model supports dual mode TD-SCDMA/EDGE allowing seamless transitions between the two networks. Its HSDPA speed is capable of reaching 2.8Mbps for downlink transmission and 384kbps for

LG Announces KP500 Affordable Touch Screen Phone

LG announces the launch of LG KP500 with an affordable introduction price. Slim-profiled and lightweight, the LG KP500 is a GSM phone which can operate in four frequency bands and supports 39 languages. LG did not reveal the selling price but said it will be affordable to most mobile phone users. When available, it will come in black, Vandyke brown, Anodizing silver, and Elegant gold, giving

Sony Ericsson G910 Concept Looks Hot, Feels Comfy

While LG are getting ready to announce the Prada II, the Sony Ericsson G910 would make a fine rival for the first generation of handsets branded with the fashion designer’s logo. Designed by J. Havrlant, this concept phone is both stylish and touch-friendly.Its navigational pad beneath the screen seems fairly easy to use, while the rest of the buttons surrounding it are (or seem) touch sensitive.

i-mate Jama 101 Launched in India, via Airtel

India's largest mobile carrier, Bharti Airtel, has recently announced the release of a new Windows Mobile Pocket PC: i-mate Jama 101. Not quite a great looker, i-mate Jama 101 runs on Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional, and is targeted at business users.The features of i-Mate Jama 101 include a 2.4-inch TFT touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels, tri-band GSM connectivity (900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz),

Lunch Box Contest Winner #5

Here is the phenomenal Amy, Winner Number Five in the Vegan Lunch Box Contest. Amy is fifth in honor of the FIVE lunch boxes she packs for FIVE of her children. How she manages to pack five lunches at all is a mystery to me, not to mention the fact that all the lunches look delicious, healthy, and fantastic!

Amy writes:
I love your blog and when I saw your contest I thought it would be fun. I have 6 children (the youngest is breastfed and doesn't need a lunchbox yet) so I'm sending in a picture of lunches I made for 5 of my children...


The bottom left has Southwestern Eggrolls on a bed of brown rice with diced tomato on the side. The inside of the roll is tempeh, spinach, corn, black beans, onion, red pepper, jalepeno which is left out for the kids, tomato, chili powder, and cumin. My recipe is a copycat of Chili's Southwestern Eggroll recipe except I substituted steamed tempeh for the chicken and just omitted the cheese. They are baked instead of deep fried like the original. The dipping sauce is vegan avocado ranch for the eggrolls. I used toffutti sour cream, veganaise, and soymilk in place of the dairy in the recipe. The top left has carrots and cherry tomatoes from our garden to use with the rest of the dipping sauce. The top right is mango and blueberries. The bottom right is an attempt at a vegan churro. I used a vegan donut recipe and it came out a lot flatter than I anticipated and looks more like a cookie.
The rolls and dip look delicious, and I love that they included my favorite soy food, tempeh. I'm so glad you took the extra time to photograph and share your family's lunch with us. Congratulations and thank you, Amy!

Global sales of LG Prada hit 1m

LG Prada - 1m sold!LG and Prada have announced that they have now sold 1m units of the touchscreen fashion device. This is in advance of the much-rumoured follow-up device.Hey I wonder if the original tagline for the device was “Touch Fashion” - probably not actually - it could well have been something far more obscure…..*update* well the only official site I could find said “Mobile Innovation

Sony Ericsson's New Cybershot Rumors

For some time now, leaked information about Sony Ericsson working on a new Cybershot model has been circulating on the Internet, and it seems that this fall, besides the Xperia X1, the Swedish-Japanese giant manufacturer also has a couple of mid/high-end devices in store for us. Apparently, the company is working on a k750 successor, codenamed Kate.Of course, there's little information available

Samsung Reveals Yet Another 8MP Camera Phone

Five megapixel camera phones are now becoming passé. The new "in" is 8 megapixel and the competition is getting extremely fierce. LG has two phones with 8MP cameras and a bunch of other features, Sony Ericsson has their C905 and Samsung already has the i8510 INNOV8 slider, but it seems that was just not enough. Samsung has revealed the next 8MP model - the M8800 - but reports are a bit unclear as

Apple iPhone 2.2 OS shows off refreshed iPhone Safari

Unless your a bona-fide Apple iPhone developer, chances are you don’t have access to the latest iPhone OS beta and the changes hidden within. That’s where we step in.The iPhone 2.2 OS beta 1 that was seeded to iPhone developers earlier this week apparently includes a refreshed iPhone Safari UI. The picture you see here shows a new iPhone Safari design that does away with the magnifying glass icon

GIGA-BYTE GSmart MW702 & MS802 Available in Hungary with New Smart Touch II UI

GIGA-BYTE Communications showcases its new GSmart MW702 & MS802 in Hungary, and announced that the availability of MW702 in market from 26th September. GSmart MW702 and MS802 was introduced earlier this year in World Mobile Congress 2008, both pda phones will come with the latest version of Smart Touch II UI.GSmart MW702 and MS802 are PDA phones that aim to target at the business users. The two

New nokia N85 color revealed!

Finally, its almost here. In an internet article from dailymobile, colors for the upcoming Nokia N85 phone was revealed. The phone as seen on the picture would feature a dark brown and dark grey colors.Nokia unveiled the Nokia N85, the latest Nokia Nseries multimedia cell phone made to set new standards for mobile entertainment, gaming and sharing. Along with an eye-catching 2.6″ OLED screen and

Scartel WiMAX Concept Phone Comes from Art Lebedev

Remember the Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard? You know, the really cool one? Well that keyboard was designed by Art Lebedev. The same company has developed a WiMAX concept phone together with Russian carrier Scartel.The device looks like an iPhone clone from the pictures here. It will also have Apple like features if we don’t count the WiMAX support: WiFi, tri-band GSM and a 850×480 touchscreen.

Motorola Reveals New Candy Bar Handset : Motorola VE538

Motorola is out with a new candy bar handset. Although there doesn’t seem to be any official launch for it yet, the Motorola VE538 is quite evident on their website.The handset features a 2 megapixel camera with a Shozu client pre-installed for blogging or uploading images. Since it’s a 3G enabled handset with support for GPRS/EDGE, connectivity will be no problem for the Motorola VE538.Other

What You Didn’t Know About the Chinese iPhone 3G with No 3G and No WiFi

One of the most weird news I got to deliver this month was China Mobile’s request to Apple to strip down 3G and WiFi support. Like I said earlier, the WiFi seems rather a harsh method. Communism in the purest form? Well not exactly! But certainly weird.It’s understandable that a regular Chinese has no 3G support from its carrier. But to refuse WiFi is what I don’t digg. And Apple is going to

iPhone 3G to Launch in Russia on October 3rd

We’ve come a long way since we have first started talking about the iPhone 3G in Russia. Local carriers are ready to sell Apple’s device and, according to Reuters, the actual sales will start on October 3rd.All major carriers will have iPhone offers for their subscribers. MTS, Vimpelcom and MegaFon will all have the same pricing offers. The iPhone 8GB will sell for about $924 while the iPhone

Palm Treo Pro Now Available in US

Palm today announced that the unlocked Treo Pro smartphone is now available in the United States.Palm Treo Pro is the latest smartphone from Palm, comes with built in Wi-Fi, GPS and UMTS/HSDPA network capabilities. Treo Pro is unlocked, giving end users the flexibility to simply insert their existing active SIM card and immediately start using their Treo Pro anywhere there is GSM coverage,

Visa and Nokia working together to deliver payment applications

Visa and Nokia announced plans today to deliver Visa payment and payment-related services - including contactless payments, remote payments, money transfer, alerts and notifications - for Nokia’s next generation handsets beginning with the Nokia 6212 classic, expected to be available starting October 2008.The Visa applications will first be made available for trial use by interested financial

ASUS P565 to Hit the Stores in October

The mobile industry sure changed rapidly in the last few years. Today, more and more companies move to higher-resolution displays. So, in order to keep up with the evolution toward high-res displays, ASUS came up with a device that's called simply P565. As seen in the picture, it really doesn't look like much on the outside, but when powered up, the handheld shows its true face. It packs a never

IM-S380K – Stylish HSDPA Phone from Pantech

As it turns out, the South Korean company has a strong market share in its own country, since shortly after releasing the IM-S350, yet another phone was launched as part of the fall collection. Today, Pantech has introduced another Sky phone, the stylish slider IM-S380K. The handset is designed to work only with Korea's KTF, and it supports high-speed data transmission HSDPA. The fact that it's

Samsung SPH-M4800 Smartphone

Samsung has launched two new phones in the Korean market, one of this is the Samsung Bresson M8800 and another is the Samsung Ultra Messaging II SPH-M4800. This Ultra Messaging smartphone features a 2.55-inch LCD screen and 624MHz high-speed CPU with processing speed three times higher than its prequel. The smartphone include three kinds of input modes such as text-friendly QWERTY keypad, the

Motorola Q9h Silver- it's more than just a makeover

MotorolaQ9hMotorola Q9h had a makeover and the new Motorola Q9h Silver had sprouted. Many concluded that the Silver version is nothing but a makeover with no extra features that would make it stand out compared to the Motorola Q9h. Now, many were proven wrong. The new Q9h Silver did not just get a new paintjob but it has something that would make your life a little bit easier. Okay, that's a bit

Motorola Adds 3 Phones to 'Yuva' Range

Motorola has added 3 new phones to its 'Yuva' range - MOTOYUVA W388, MOTOYUVA A810 and MOTOYUVA ZN200."Our YUVA range of mobile phones offers Indian consumers a diverse range of affordable options," said Lloyd Mathias, senior director and head of Sales and Distribution, India and South West Asia, Motorola Mobile Devices. "The YUVA W388 is a multimedia candybar phone, YUVA A810 is a touch screen

Any carrier iPhone 3G handsets from Apple in Hong Kong?

It appears that Apple is selling unlocked iPhone 3G handsets on their website in Hong Kong with the promise the Apple iPhone 3G “can be activated with any wireless carrier.”Apparently you can purchase the IPhone 3G 8GB at KH $5,400 that’s $695 US, and the 16GB handset for HK$6,200, along with free shipping. The Apple store advertises the iPhone 3G as compatible with any carrier.The store actually

LG KC780 Will Have an 8 Megapixel Camera

LG KC780 will be LG's next cameraphone to be equipped with an 8 megapixel camera. This means good news for LG fans, since they will have yet another device that will enable them to take high quality photos.While the whole 8 megapixel camera is nothing short of exciting news, everything else about this phone doesn't seem to get people fired up that much. This happens mostly because LG didn't take

Sony Ericsson launches MBW-200 Bluetooth watches

Dear ladies, this is another stylish gadget for you. Sony Ericsson has announced the MBW-200, the female version of its MBW-150 Bluetooth watches. The Sony Ericsson MBW-200 wristwatches feature a small monochrome OLED display and connect to your cell phone via Bluetooth. The watch is then able to display your incoming caller ID, as well as alert you to new text messages, emails, and even

Samsung F480 reviews

Samsung is an innovative company, continuously meeting the diverse demands of the consumer. The five design centres worldwide, and the inspiration derived from the life style of today’s consumer, make it possible for models like the Samsung F480 TouchWiz to be invented. The Samsung F480 TouchWiz is a compact mobile phone with a touch screen that will certainly appeal to those users with a touch

Ann Cooper: Kickin' Butt and Takin' Names

Speaking of the school lunch program, blog follower A. Brown sent in this great clip of Ann Cooper, director of Nutrition Services for the Berkeley Unified School District and author of Lunch Lessons,at a 2007 conference:



Woo hoo! I love the passion and intensity she brings to this issue.

Samsung i900 Omnia launched in India

Indians will now have one more option if they are looking for good touchscreen device as Samsung has just announced the availability of Samsung Omnia i900 on the subcontinent.Sunil Dutt, Country Head for Samsung Telecom, stated, “Samsung Omnia is our flagship model aimed at users who desire a lot of functionality, a lot of style, a lot of usability, and a lot of entertainment in one innovative

T-Mobile G1 Reviews

T-Mobile announced the international launch of the world’s first Android powered mobile phone in partnership with Google. Available soon only for T-Mobile customers spanning two continents, the T-Mobile G1 cell phone combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a mobile Web experience that includes the popular Google products that millions have enjoyed on the desktop,

Nokia 6210 Navigator Reviews

Last year Nokia released its 6110 Navigator phone, the first in the company’s line-up to have dedicated sat-nav features and sport the Navigator branding. It came into my office along with a flurry of other mobiles and never quite made it to the front of my review pile but its successor, the 6210 Navigator, has. It isn’t widely available as I write this but I did find it from Vodafone for free on

T-Mobile USA showed off the G1,When and how much?

The first phone that harnesses Google Inc.'s ambition to make the Internet easy to use on the go was revealed Tuesday, and it looks a lot like an iPhone.T-Mobile USA showed off the G1, a phone that, like Apple Inc.'s iPhone, has a large touch screen. But it also packs a trackball, a slide-out keyboard and easy access to Google's e-mail and mapping programs.T-Mobile said it will begin selling the

Possible Launch Date for Nokia Tube Leaked

Nokia announced that it was working on a full touchscreen device as early as October of last year, but no further comments on it were made at the time. Later on, however, a teaser video surfaced on the net, showing the supposed Nokia XpressMedia 5800.August this year brought new info on the full touchscreen handset when Devinder Kishore, Nokia India's marketing director, said at a press

European Commission acts to cut cost of texting and mobile data services abroad

Mobile phone users can expect the cost of sending text messages from abroad in the EU to be much cheaper next summer. The European Commission today proposed to reduce the price of roaming text messages by 60% as of 1 July 2009. EU citizens travelling in other EU countries should pay no more than €0.11 per SMS compared to the current EU average of €0.29. The proposals will now be submitted to the

Sony Ericsson Announces PlayNow Unlimited Music Download Service

Sony Ericsson today announced the launch of PlayNow plus, a music download service for Sony Ericsson customers, available for use on both phones and PCs. The service is due to launch commercially with operator Telenor in Sweden in the fourth quarter of this year, with further roll-outs around the world beginning in early 2009. A special edition of the Sony Ericsson W902 Walkman phone will be the

BlackBerry Bold launches in Serbia and Spain

More BlackBerry 9000s are hitting the streets this week, now in Spain via Telefonica and Serbia through Vip and Vodafone. No word on pricing in Spain, but based on other European releases, you can count on spending upwards of 130€ for all the Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G and, above all, e-mailing goodness you can handle.Vip is also taking the occasion to launch the GPS BlackBerry Pearl, the 8110, which is a

Blackberry Storm with Slide-Out Keyboard?

Okay, so the Blackberry Pearl Flip didn't get too much attention since word got out about the Storm model. Until a few days ago, you could find a leaked video on the Internet, which presented Blackberry Storm as being available in North America only through Verizon, and that made a big fuss. Now, rumors have it that another device will be launched, at the same time with Storm, and that this

Blinged Out Palm Centro for Emmy

It seems being a TV star ain't half that bad, since, besides getting free clothes, you also get free gadgets along with other presents. This is the case of Emmy hosts, presenters and performers, all of whom will receive a blinged out Palm Centro at this year’s edition of the awards show.Granted, maybe the price of the phone isn't that high (about 100$ US) to start with, but when Palm teams up

Vertu Nautilus Concept Phone

After creating three different Nokia concept phones, Austrian designer Tobias Hornof decided to try his creative hand at Nokia’s elite Vertu line. This new concept called the Vertu Nautilus takes more than just a page from the classic, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and looks classy enough to join the Vertu ranks. The back is also reminiscent of something that belongs in the ocean, like a

Nokia Beta Labs Releases Nokia Photos 1.5

Nokia Photos team has put up their new Nokia Photos 1.5 on the Nokia betalabs, the free application let you transfer and manage your photos or videos from your S60 phones. The Nokia Photos 1.5 will partially supported on all Nokia S60 devices and will fully supported on all Nokia NSeries devices.Other than manage your photos and videos from your mobile phone, you can use the Nokia Photos 1.5 to

BlackBerry Bold Going GSM in India?

RIM along with Reliance Communications have announced the launch of the BlackBerry Bold for Reliance Communications GSM customers in India. The Bold is expected to be available from Reliance by the end of October within India… and will sell for 34,900 rupees (roughly $760 USD by today’s conversion).When asked to comment, RIM’s Co-CEO Jim Balsillie, said: “Reliance Communications and Research In

Alltel Wireless Introduces the MOTORAZR VE20

With the similar Motorola RAZR flagship design, MOTORAZR VE20 is now available on Alltel network in US. The MOTORAZR VE20 features a large external screen with touch-sensitive controls to give the user easy access to recent calls, music and messaging, without ever having to open the phone. Users can connect and disconnect the Bluetooth function from the external touch screen. The VE20 also

Lunch Box Contest Winner #4

The fourth winner of the Vegan Lunch Box Contest is Candice, who sent in her entry all the way from her current home in Laos. Candice handily beat out all competition in the categories "Most Unusual Fruit" and "Funniest Lunch Box Logo".

Candice writes:
"In this lunch box that I bought in China (attached pictures for the humor -- there is 'Chinglish' on the lid) I have packed fresh spring rolls stuffed with bean sprouts, home made peanut butter, Thai basil, lettuce, and glass noodles (I cut one open in the middle so you could see inside. For the record, fresh springrolls do not photograph well!)

"In the red bowl is spring roll dipping sauce made from palm sugar, vinegar, water and chilies. The red bowl has a lid (Tupperware). In the blue bowl is ground peanuts that are sometimes dumped into the dipping sauce, but you can always just mash the spring roll down in there and get some peanuts on the end of it. The green stuff is bell peppers. The eyes on the spring rolls are hijiki seaweed.

"On the other tray are dragon fruit (about 1/3 of an entire dragon fruit), two rambutans, and home made roll-out vegan oatmeal cookies.
Best of all Candice was kind enough to send me her healthy
recipe for Roll-Out Vegan Oatmeal Cookies and I have posted it for all to enjoy.

Thank you so much, Candice! I hope I have a chance to try rambutan and dragon fruit someday. They look like crazy Dr. Suess fruit to me -- I love it!

Samsung Introduces M75500 Night Effect with Emporio Armani

Unveiled at a press event held in Milan, Italy on Sunday, Samsung and Armani introduces the Samsung M75500 candy bar with a nickname called Night Effect. The Samsung Armani Night Effect is the first mobile phone with Emporio Armani branding (it was Giorgio Armani last year) for Samsung. It comes with 2.2-inch AMOLED display screen, 3 megapixel camera, 120 MB internal memory, microSD card slot and

Reliance Introduces Prepaid BlackBerry Services

Reliance Communications and Research In Motion (RIM) have launched the first prepaid service for the BlackBerry wireless solution in India.This 'pay as you use' pricing model in India is in line with Reliance Communications' strategy to extend BlackBerry services to customers who are looking for cost-effective options."We recognize the needs of customers and believe a prepaid option enabled by

The iPhone Has a Safe Mode

The fact that the iPhone has a Safe Mode screen is funny in so many ways. We would have expected a Microsoft phone to pull a stunt like that from time to time, but an Apple device? After the AT&T PAYG iPhone trick, she managed to find an iPhone in Safe Mode.Here’s how you can get one yourself. First of all set your jailbroken iPhone to “fast respring” by turning on one of the SpringBoard

Live Call-In Interview this Wednesday

For those of you interested in hearing me yammer on about lunchtime (as I do so love to do), there is an upcoming opportunity to do so: I'm going to be interviewed this week by Dr. Melissa West on her internet radio show Returning to the Body Mind.

Dr. West is a "holistic lifestyle coach, psychospiritual energy worker and yoga and pilates instructor", and her show focuses on the connections between physical, spiritual, and personal well-being. She's interviewed some very interesting people, including vegan professional triathlete Brendan Brazier (scroll down to the 9/3/08 episode to listen to the archived show).

The show will be going out live online at Contact Talk Radio this Wednesday, September 24th, from 8am to 9am PST. Listen in live at the website, or download the recorded show later on itunes.

We'll be talking for a whole hour (can I really yammer on that long?) and will even take calls from listeners. So call and ask me your questions (be nice!) at 1-877-230-3062 while the show is going on.

HTC Touch Pro and HTC Touch Viva, Available Soon in Taiwan

Although Taiwan is HTC's home country, the company's Touch Pro Pocket PC has not been released there yet. But this is about to change in the near future, as the Windows Mobile handset manufacturer intends to strike a deal with Far EasTone, Taiwan's third largest mobile carrier, in order to start selling the Touch Pro across the South-East Asian country.Officially presented by HTC at the beginning

Touch 'Em for iPhone and iPod – Where Animals Meet Multi-Touch Technology

Those who are in continuous search of new and cool games for their iPhone or iPod Touch might be happy (or at least pleased) to find out that Play 'Em, a young company appeared out of nowhere, have just released their first game called Touch 'Em.Touch 'Em is presented as a one of a kind take on the popular icon-matching game genre. It makes heavy use of iPhone's multi-touch capabilities, luring

Window QuickPwn 2.1 Available Now

When it comes to freeing your iPhone or iPhone 3G from Apple’s iron-fisted rule, Windows users typically get the short-end of the jailbreak-stick. Over the past couple years, Mac machines have had the honor of getting first crack at iPhone jailbreak solutions, with Windows machines taking at least a couple weeks to catch up. We’d love to tell you that times have changed, but then we’d be

Quantcast LG Secret gets four new colors

The world’s thinnest 5 megapixel cameraphone, LG Secret aka KF750, will be soon available in new colors. LG has announced that users will be able to grab their DivX-enabled handset in either Titan Gold, Ruby Violet, Aqua Blue or Dark Silver. That’s in addition to the original black version, of course.The violet and gold versions should be already available across South Korea, while the device in

T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) $199 with a contract

T-Mobile G1 the same HTC Dream, which will become the first phone to support the operating system Android, will be sold in the US for T-Mobile customers with a contract for $199, repeating pricing tactics of iPhone. This was reported today by The Wall Street Journal.While it is not known what kind of contract will be offered for a new phone, which is manufactured by HTC. It is expected that in

The 8 Megapixel Samsung Bresson M8800 Is 'Coming Soon'

It seems that, as the year 2008 comes with rapid steps to its end, rumors are that Samsung is working on a new 8 megapixel camera phone codenamed Bresson, apparently after the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Quite a good codename for a phone with this kind of camera bliss, isn't it? Samsung M8800 could mean a very short lifespan for the newly launched Innov8 especially since the few

Super-slim Samsung M3510 Beat b unveiled

Samsung's latest music-centric candybar cell phone, the Samsung M3510 Beat b, was unveiled this morning. It sports a new Motion Play motion-sensing control system that allows users to silence the phone by simply turning it face down, or skip to the next music track by shaking it.The Samsung M3510 Beat b also sports a 2 megapixel camera with video capture and a microSD card slot for plenty of

Samsung M3200 Beat s slider hits the scene

Yesterday, Samsung announced a new music-centric slider, the M3200 Beat s. Sporting a row of dedicated music playback keys beneath its display, this cell phone also brings a standard 3.5mm audio port and a microSD card slot to the party. A Bang & Olufsen ICEpower amplifier and stereo speakers are also on board for a superior music experience.The Samsung Beat s is connected with tri-band GSM (850/

Apple Has Patent for Future iPhone Firmware?

We found some interesting pictures from a new Apple patent. It looks like the company is working on iPhone’s firmware. Are we getting something new soon or is this the future iPhone?Apple wants apparently to offer iPhone users a better access to applications and their settings. No more fishing for the settings option when one could do everything from the home screen right?I must admit I’d like to

Bling Software hopes to find its place in the ever-crowded mobile widgets market

Bling Software has recently launched Active-Phone-Top, what they say is the industry’s first widget based on-device-portal (ODP) solution for wireless operators based on the universal JavaScript authoring standard.Their idea is obvious - to rely on the open standards and make sure existing web developers have all the knowledge needed to quickly create widgets. In addition, Bling’s solution

XtremeMac Unveils Slew of Apple iPhone and iPod Cases

XtremeMac has unveiled a slew of cases for the new iPhone 3G and iPod models. The Verona Sleeve, made of hand-crafted leather, is for the fashionistas, while the Sportwrap armband is perfect for running. Made of lightweight neoprene, the Sportwrap ensures your iPhone/iPod stays in place while running or working out.The Tuffshield, for iPhone or iPod touch, protects the screen from dust/dirt and

Samsung introduces durable B2700 cell phone

Samsung recently launched the Samsung B2700, bringing another ruggedized candybar cell phone to the market. The Samsung B2700 uses GSM for 2G connectivity and supports 3G on the 2100MHz UMTS frequency band.Samsung B2700The Samsung B2700 is solid handset that provides all the basic features in a very durable anti-shock case. This candybar handset also boasts IP54 specs and can protect itself from

ROK Geniem Launches DIY Bluetooth Marketing Service for Advertisers

ROK Entertainment Group today announces the launch of ROK Promoter, a web-based application which allows advertisers to easily create and manage their own Bluetooth advertising campaigns, direct to consumers. ROK Promoter has been developed by Geniem, the Finland-based mobile applications development subsidiary of ROK.ROK Promoter enables advertisers to build, deploy and monitor Bluetooth

Sony Ericsson to Replace Windows Mobile OS in Future Xperia Phones?

If Sony Ericsson is considering changing the Windows Mobile OS which it is currently using for their upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, that must mean only one thing: Sony Ericsson won’t split up just yet and they will continue to create smarter phones.Earlier rumors about an Xperia delay were based on the issues Windows Mobile integration presented. Is that why Sony Ericsson is considering an

Nokia N900, the Next Internet Tablet?

If you are still playing around with your Nokia N800 or Nokia N810 internet tablet you should hear this. Nokia might launch a new version soon. The next generation tablet might be the N900 and it is said to have 3G connectivity, OMAP3 processors from T1 and high definition cameras with photo sharing. A new OS version is also coming soon.The N900 hasn’t been officially announced and people say

How could the cafeteria get any better?


The USDA wants to know!

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine recently sent out an alert asking concerned citizens to contact the USDA with our input on how the National School Lunch Program needs to change:
The Child Nutrition Act includes legislation for the National School Lunch Program, which provides federal assistance for school lunches. This act is being reauthorized in 2009, and the USDA would like your input on what needs to change. Submit your recommendations for improving vegetarian options by fax at 703-305-2879, or online. They are accepting comments until October 15, 2008.
PCRM has put together a list of recommendations that would make school lunches more veg-friendly and healthier for everyone, including offering nondairy milk alternatives, plant-based meal options, and more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Latest Cell Phone Ratings

Reevoo is an independent publisher from the United Kingdom that keeps track of impartial customer reviews of different products including cell phones. It works with companies like Vodafone and Orange and the site’s visitors can find a helpful resource of information helping them to decide what to buy according to their needs and the reviews displayed online.In its latest press release, Reevoo

GSMHelpDesk Previews the LG KC910 Renoir 8 Megapixel Phone

Other than Sony Ericsson C905 and Samsung Innov8 i8510, LG KC910 is the third GSM mobile phone that featuring a 8 megapixel camera module. The LG KC910 has a codename called LG Renoir, which came from a name of an artist. According to GSMHelpDesk hands on, the KC910 has implemented a similar interface as Samsung TouchWIZ UI. Unlike Samsung, which places the TouchWIZ bar at the side, LG has a row

Griffin Unveils AirCurve and Clarifi at Apple Expo Paris

Griffin Technology today unveiled the AirCurve, a new acoustic amplifier dock that amplifies and projects the iPhone’s sound without speakers or the use of electricity. Also introduced today, Clarifi is a protective case for iPhone that features a built-in lens for close-up photography.AirCurve collects and amplifies the sound from the built-in speaker of the iPhone and projects it into the room,

OtterBox Launches iPhone 3G Protection

Famous for its rugged protection, OtterBox releases iPhone 3G protection case in the semi-rugged, drop and scratchproof Defender Series design. iPhone 3G Case available now in black and coming soon in white, black/yellow and pink.The new iPhone 3G case allows access to the silence switch, provides an improved screen and better fit and feel. Sync/charge, home, sleep/wake, volume, camera and

Rumored: AT&T to Sell BlackBerry Bold Starting With the Last Week of September

We’ve heard about AT&T selling the Blackberry Bold since the beginning of time itself. Cut it out AT&T and start selling the device already! It’s available in Chile! Sure, you’ll say you don’t want any competition for the iPhone. Is that why you asked for the Blackberry Bold for yourself? To make sure it won’t compete against the iPhone? iPhone lovers will buy Apple’s handset no matter what other

HTC Touch HD, the real iPhone killer

While the Touch Viva turned out to be the low-end stalwart of the three new smartphones announced by HTC, the HTC Touch HD is a farcry from it and in fact has everything needed to pulverize the iPhone 3G (if it hasn’t succumbed already to the recent touchscreen onslaught). And we thought the Touch Diamond was the ultimate cell phone! Anyway, this handsome multimedia monster supports quad-band GSM

HTC Touch Viva aka Opal gets official

Standing by their belief that touch is the way of the future, HTC has announced three new cell phones catering to every segment of the touch-frenzied consumers of today. Of the three, the HTC Touch Viva, which we have already talked about, turns out to be the perfect product for any budget-minded consumer, with a few sacrifices in its specifications compared to the other splendid devices that HTC

Shmoo Review: The Sneaky Chef

Not long after I posted my review of Deceptively Delicious a reader brought to my attention the existence of another popular cookbook with an identical mission -- to sneak vegetables into children's food unawares. It's The Sneaky Chef,and the author Missy Chase Lapin has a pending lawsuit against Deceptively's author Jessica Seinfeld for stealing her idea.

It may be true that Seinfeld ripped her off, or it may be a case of two people coming up with the same idea at the same ripe time. The question for me isn’t who thought of it first (scores of parents over the generations have resorted to sneaking a bit of something into the mashed potatoes or muffin batter). The question for me is, which one does it better? If you're going to buy just one sneaking-mashed-vegetables book, which one should it be? After reading them both, I would recommend The Sneaky Chef.

The author has really done her homework and most of her advice is right on: find fruits and veggies your kids like "straight up" and serve them that way (Method Six, page 76); slowly incorporate more whole grains into the diet (Method Two, page 67); avoid frying (Method Seven).

Best of all, her purees actually sound yummy, with a touch of lemon juice and a wide variety of vegetables (the Green Puree, for example, includes broccoli, spinach, and peas). I actually want to whip them up and add them to meals, even in a not-sneaky way.

But still, the initial bewilderment that I had when reading Deceptively still hits me as I look through the recipes here. Are children really so resistant to eating any fruits and vegetables that a tablespoon of orange vegetables hidden in boxed macaroni and cheese is a triumph? Sneaky even excitedly proclaims on its cover, "Blueberries hidden in cupcakes!"

Blueberries? Really? Who needs to hide blueberries? I need to hide the fresh blueberries away from my son so he won't eat them all in one sitting.

But Lapin's personal story of mealtime struggle brought home to me just how hard it is to get some kids to eat healthy foods, and caused me to cheer for her when she finally hit upon stealth techniques that worked and brought her some relief. Hey, whatever it takes sometimes! More power to you, sneaky momma!

AT&T Launched the Samsung Rugby

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We Have iPhone Copy Paste… Kind of… Again

One of my unsettled iPhone problems is the copy paste issue. Sure Apple is thinking out of the box about a voice controlled copy and paste command but that’s going to be available in the distant future. By that time I would have already found a way to copy paste stuff. Especially since I kind of like to write a lot and therefore I would need it.I came across another application that sort of, kind

iPhone 3G sales strong and steady in UK

As we wait for Sony Ericsson, RIM, HTC, and Samsung to drop their latest wares on the entire world, the iPhone 3G has apparently been doing quite well for itself. With the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 rumored to go live at the end of this month (except for us Yankees, of course); RIM’s first touchscreen BlackBerry handset - the BlackBerry Storm - appearing on Verizon’s website; HTC unveiling the WVGA

Zenprise MobileManager 4.0 to Solve Your Blackberry Problems

Zenprise, Inc., a Californian developer of mobile service management software, has recently announced the release of MobileManager 4.0 for BlackBerry. The new application is created to monitor, troubleshoot and manage issues that end users might experience with BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server) environments. This way, enterprise Blackberry users can easily carry on with whatever tasks they might

BlackBerry Storm 9530 goes live on Verizon - sort of

RIM’s first BlackBerry smartphone to sport a touchscreen display is all but official at this point. We know what it looks like, we know what it’s called, we even know the selling-points that Verizon is using to sell the darn thing. And, now Verizon has gone live with the BlackBerry Storm - sort of.The BlackBerry Storm isn’t available for purchase or even pre-order, but Verizon has finally gone

The Email-Only Peek Handset Is Now Available

If you happen to want a smartphone-shaped handset that's not really a smartphone but just a device that lets you read and send e-mails while on the go, Peek might be a good choice. Freshly released across the US, Peek is a handset equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard and a large enough display (2.5 inches and 240 x 320 pixels), both of which should help you stay connected via your e-mail address(

Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Car Speakerphone HCB-108 Offers Long Battery Life

Unveiled today, the Bluetooth Car Speakerphone HCB-108 from Sony Ericsson offers an impressive 25 hours talk time and can be easily switched between vehicles. With the impressive 25 hours talk time and a standby time of up to one month, the Bluetooth Car Speakerphone HCB-108 lets you enjoy crystal clear conversations and superior true duplex audio quality with echo reduction, noise cancellation

HTC Touch Diamond Coming in White

If Apple’s iPhone comes in both black and white and if Samsung’s Omnia comes in black and white, why shouldn’t HTC’s Touch Diamond be any different? The hot phone was just released in the USA but the new color will be available some time in October. Except for the color nothing will be modified in any way. It’s the same phone you know and appreciate under a new coat, especially made for winter.So

Nokia Expands Nokia Media Network

Nokia today announced the expansion of the Nokia Media Network, a mobile advertising network that reaches more than 100 million consumers around the globe. The new European publishers join other flagship Nokia Media Network publishers such as Reuters, Cosmopolitan and AccuWeather, operators like Sprint and Airtel, and Nokia services including Nokia.mobi, MOSH and Widsets.The Nokia Media Network

AT&T Pay-As-You-Go iPhone 3G?

Here we go and spoil it all for you. We will all be picking up the story of a certain Erica Sadun of TUAW who managed to insert a pay-as-you-go AT&T SIM card on an iPhone 3G. Everything worked out perfectly. The phone calls and the data were there. The phone has been activated with AT&T, whom with else, and it hasn’t been unlocked. Or so she says. And instead of letting you enjoy it everyone will

Sony W910i MOBO Edition On its Way

Sony Ericsson has unveiled a new version of their popular W910i walkman phone - the Sony Ericsson W910i MOBO Edition. This announcement came a month before the 2008 MOBO Awards that will be held at the Wembley Arena in London. The specifications of the new phone, however, hasn’t been fully released to the public. But do know that the W910i MOBO should be on sale later this year, only across the

Rumored: Asus to Make an Omnia-like Smartphone?

We recieved first information about the new Communicator from ASUStek. The device is named ASUS Galxy7, perhaps this is the sames as o2 Xda Zest, which has already appeared on rumors. If our hopes come true, the new Galxy7 will be a decent competitor for communicator Samsung Omnia. Presumably, the model is equipped with 3.5 inch touchscreen with WVGA resolution (800×480 pixels), 5 MP camera, and

New Apple iPod touch

Apple introduced the second generation iPod touch featuring an amazingly thin contoured metal design, a gorgeous 3.5-inch widescreen glass display, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi wireless networking, integrated volume control buttons, a built-in speaker for casual listening, a built-in accelerometer and other advanced sensors, and Apple’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface. iPod touch, now available for

MapQuest Launches Free MapQuest 4 Mobile with BlackBerry Support

MapQuest today announced the beta launch of MapQuest 4 Mobile, a free, downloadable application that extends MapQuest.com capabilities to compatible BlackBerry smartphones.MapQuest 4 Mobile offers users an easy-to-use interface and the same accurate directions and maps they rely on from the MapQuest.com site. Local search is also accessible, enabling users to search for businesses by proper name

Lunch Box Contest Winner #3

This contest entry from Sherrila in California won my heart with a beautiful lunch container and a meal fit for a king -- or, in this case, a very hungry vegan husband!

I really like this Nissan Stainless Steel Lunch Totewith its nesting containers tucked into an insulated carrier. (I noticed in researching this lunch container that they have discontinued the current model and are coming out with a new one soon; I'm not sure what the changes are as it looks identical in the pictures...)

Let's start the description on the bottom left with heart-shaped melon salad with a trio of adorable strawberry mousies on top.

Next to it is a bell pepper filled with tofu salad and a salad of flower-shaped carrots, peppers, and zucchini, and a container of dressing on the side.

The hearty main course is a "Tuscan-inspired" pot pie filled with spinach, cannelini beans, and apple-sage vegan sausages from Field Roast. That pie sounds sooo good right now -- I love Field Roast!

For more pictures of lunch and lunch box, along with a more detailed description of contents, check out Sherrila's contest entry pdf.

It's so beautiful, Sherrila! You have one lucky husband. Keep up the good work!

Change Log for the New iPhone 2.1 Software Update

Here is a list of the changes for the new iPhone 2.1 firmware, which have been released last Friday. The update will decrease number of dropped calls, promise to give you better battery life and other bug fixes. To update your iPhone you can use the updater tool in your iTunes.iPhone 2.1 Change Log: * Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls * Significantly better battery life for

T-Mobile wins court case against VoIP iPhone app

T-Mobile Germany was putting the legal screws to VoIP provider sipgate for requiring its users to jailbreak their iPhones in order to enjoy cheap calling over Wi-Fi networks (which is really just a roundabout way of fighting back at competition which is undercutting them). Well, T-Mo, the contested King of Magenta, won the case, forcing the program out of iTunes App Stores Germany-wide. Of course

New BlackBerry Phone - BlackBerry Curve 8350i

By the end of this year, if you’ll be one of Sprint’s customers, you’ll have the chance to get the new BlackBerry Curve 8350i phone with built-in Wi-Fi module and Group Connect capability that allows you to start instant conversations with up to 21 subscribers simultaneously, via Push-to-Talk."Smart phones in general, and BlackBerry products in particular, have become more important to both

Ticketmaster Now Via BlackBerry Handsets

In a move bound to provide its users with greater freedom when it comes to buying (all kinds of) tickets, RIM has announced that the famous Ticketmaster service is available directly on BlackBerry devices.Ticketmaster and the Canadian smartphone manufacturer are also working together to develop a unique software app capable of providing BlackBerry users with instant access to searching and buying

T-Mobile USA Prepares a Sony Ericsson Christmas with the W760

US music lovers who are also T-Mobile customers will soon have a pretty cool (and relatively new) phone that might prove to be just the perfect thing for them. Sony Ericsson W760 is the handset in question and T-Mobile will offer it either as Sony Ericsson W760t or as Sony Ericsson Denna. The W760 will be the second device from T-Mobile's 2008 line-up to be built by Sony Ericsson, after the TM506

T-Mobile to Release BlackBerry 8120 in 3 New Colors

We’ve recently seen how much color matters when the new iPod nano generation was unveiled this Tuesday. Products are more appealing to customers if offered in more than one boring color.T-Mobile is going to release the BlackBerry 8120 in 3 new colors starting with October 15th. The colors have cool name of course. First we have Frost which is light blue, Indigo which is blue or purple and Black

Looks like Bold, this unique phone could work anywhere!

Just found a post about an unique phone which “could work literally anywhere on earth, without worrying about coverage limits”. Produced by a little known company called Elektrobit, its design strangely looks so much like the BlackBerry Bold or a Motorola MOTO Q.A little known company called Elektrobit has come out with a unique phone that could use GSM in the city, 3G or Wi-Fi when you need it,

Live photos of Samung's SPH-M540 Highnote for Sprint

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Official: Sony Ericsson W707 Alicia - alive

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Apple Patches iPhone Bugs, Early Response Positive

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LG Launches Lotus Clamshell for Sprint

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Web This Site Sep 11 iDEN BlackBerry 8350i Available from Sprint

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AT&T Has WiFi BlackBerry Curve Ready

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HTC Touch Pro Announced for Japan

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New Treo 700wx Updater 1.24 Available for Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade

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Motorola Z12 concept phone

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Palm Treo Pro available for pre-order for $549

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Dual Sim FLY DS400 and FLY DS500

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Lunch Box Contest Winner #2

Here is Winner Number Two in the Vegan Lunch Box Contest: the Amazing Aracelis from beautiful Puerto Rico! Aracelis had by far the most entries in the contest, but any one of her artful vegan lunches would have won it for her on its own.

To give you just a taste, here are my four favorite entries from Aracelis:

1. "This is 'Chinese Take-In'. Home made Szechwan eggplant, barbecued tofu stir-fry (with broccoli, tri-colored peppers, cauliflower and mushrooms), white rice garnished with pepper flowers and black sesame seeds; and to round off the lunch: more broccoli. This was a nice and decadent lunch."

2. "This has been my favourite lunch so far. The contents are: steamed broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas and tri-coloured peppers. Edamame; with a BBQ sauce container. Strawberry and vegan chickn bits; and lastly onigiri (omusubi) filled with mushrooms sauteed in hoisin sauce. I could eat this every day!"

3. "This is a simple lunch, but it really hit the spot. Lentil soup, rice, broccoli, watermelon, and black bean mini burgers. The soup was made by my mom, specifically to accommodate me. She's really sweet!"

4. I call this 'TGIF Bento'. Everything (except the tofu dog) was home-made. The contents are: sesame noodles, maki sushi (avocado, carrots and cucumber), char siu seitan steamed bun, broccoli, tofu octodog, mango, blackberries and a tomato. It was a really good lunch and good way to end the work week."

Congratulations, Aracelis! Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful creations with us!

Coming soon, iTunes for S60 smart-phones

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Motorola VE358 Phone Hits China

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Xperia X1 Launching on 30th September 2008

Sony Ericsson has finally announced that their much awaited Xperia X1 will make an official appearance on the 30th of September 2008. It will initially be available to consumers in the UK, Germany and Sweden. The handset will be available in other markets across Europe, Asia and Latin America throughout Q4 2008.To start the countdown to the launch of Xperia X1, Sony Ericsson will host a live

RIM Announces its First BlackBerry Flip Phone

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Mundu Heads Towards The BlackBerry - Mobile Phone Reviews

Geodesic Information Systems, provider of mobile and desktop solutions for instant messaging has joined the BlackBerry ISV Alliance Program and plans to offer its mobile services to support BlackBerry smartphones including the BlackBerry Curve, BlackBerry Pearl and BlackBerry 8800 series smartphones.read more | digg story

Mundu Heads Towards The BlackBerry

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LG KB770 cell phone with DVB-T tuner

I know I wouldn’t want to miss Prison Break’s latest episode even if it had too many shark jumps for my taste, but if I am ever stuck in a meeting during its air time, LG seems to have the perfect solution to keep me updated. The LG KB770 is a bar-style phone that integrates a DVB-T tuner that can pick up free terrestrial signals along with a huge 3-inch touchscreen display and TV-out feature.

Asus Unveils the P552W Smartphone

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G.ho.st Mobile Service Enable Mobile Access to Your Desktop

G.ho.st (the Global Hosted Operating SysTem pronounced “ghost”), which offers its Web-based G.ho.st Virtual Computer (VC), today launched its brand new G.ho.st Mobile service at the DEMOfall conference in San Diego.The G.ho.st Virtual Computer already allows users to access their desktop, files, settings and apps from any browser. Now the G.ho.st Mobile service allows the same users to access

Access All Your Contacts with SkyData Mobile Application

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Samsung Highnote Dual Slider Cell Phone

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Sony Ericsson unveils G705 and UMA capable G705u sliders

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Samsung T459 Breaks Cover for T-Mobile

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iTunes 8 and iPhone 2.1 Firmware Ready for Launch?

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Nokia UK - a selection of prices

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Nokia N96 & N78 Support fring VoIP Application Now

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New Nokia N95-1 Firmware v30.0.015 Available

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Sony Ericsson TM506 finally on sale

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Resuscitating mobile phones with a pen

Just when the cell phone dies in the middle of a crucial discussion we realize how much we need a mobile charger. Without this device, the mobile phone becomes useless and causes its owner the most unbelievable frustration of not being able to communicate.Cell phones come in packages with mobile chargers, which are small devices provided with batteries that you can plug a dying phone into. They

A Simple Cell Phone

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I am pleased to present you all with the First Place Winner and youngest competitor in the Vegan Lunch Box Contest!
"My name is Abraham and I am 9 years old.

"Like your son, I am homeschooled so I usually don't pack a lunch for school. My mother often shows me your pictures and told me about your contest. I decided to make one of my favorite vegan lunches and enter it.

"Like you, I have a blog. I put up a lot of pictures of the meal there: The Little Giant.

"I call this lunch 'Artist's Palate'.

"In addition to my bamboo spreader and a cloth napkin, I took rice cakes, peanut butter, raisins, dried coconut, two blackberries, a few cherry tomatoes, some sweet red pepper slices, and a few green beans.

"I also packed two tiny "donut" peaches that we found at the farmer's market. Everything was organic except the raisins and all of the vegetables are local, too."

Thank you so much, Abraham, for entering the contest and showing us the artistic side of fresh fruits and vegetables. Lunchtime at your house looks like fun!

Abraham's free autographed copy of Vegan Lunch Box is on its way. I'll introduce you all to the second place winner next week.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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