My TyTN 2 (Kaiser) Smart Phone Arrives Soon

HTC TyTN 2In Santa Clara last week I lost my phone (I think in a Taxi) so I decided to upgrade; those that know me will not be surprised 😉

My upgrade is, well, an impressive little beast. In fact it isn’t even widely available yet in Canada and when it will be it will cost at least 2x more than what I paid for mine thanks to some power searching on eBay.

Here is a wicked review of this phenomenal smart phone – the TyTN 2 (pronounced “Titan 2”). I can’t wait to get it!!

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The HTC TyTN II Review

Here are the specs for this rock’n device that IMHO redefines convergence (source: Wikipedia):

User manual (specification pages)[1]

  • Manufacturer: HTC
  • Type: Smartphone / PDA
  • Communications
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR with A2DP, A-GPS and GPS, USB 2.0
  • GPS: Qualcomm
  • CPU: 400 MHz Qualcomm 7200 (dual CPU, and integrates Imageon hardware 2D/3D graphics accelerator) Although the graphics hardware is without a Windows Mobile driver, so all graphics are done using the main CPU, therefore unaccelerated.
  • Operating System: Windows Mobile 6
  • Camera(s): 3.0(2048×1536) MP still/video camera with autofocus. VGA Video conferencing camera.
  • Memory: 128 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM
  • Memory card: SDIO, microSD, microSDHC[2][3] 4GB and up, TransFlash
  • Screen: 240×320, 2.8″ (42 x 57 mm) TFT-LCD
  • Weight: 190g
  • Size: 112mm (L) x 59mm (W) x 19mm (T)
  • Battery: Li-Ion 1350 mAH
  • Value Added Applications: HTC Homeâ„¢, TomTom navigation software (tester edition normally, but Swisscom now supplies this phone with the full TomTom navigation package included. Swisscom also pre-load the full Swiss train timetable and a translation program and Live TV including MTV and CNN. No SkySports yet though!!), Business card scanner also on some but not Swisscom.

Full TyTN 2 phone specs here.

Reviews from Authorities

Two words: Very Impressed. I don’t even care that I don’t have HSDPA or even UMTS support where I live. The TyTN II does it all. For me, the improved Bluetooth and consequently improved Voice Command via Bluetooth recognition capabilities are well worth it alone. Add on top of that a much improved GPS Navigation implementation (compared to the P3300), a slide out keyboard/flip-up screen, TouchFLO scrolling, 3MP autofocus camera, and a ton of memory… and there’s no turning back. The TyTN II truly is the ultimate mobile companion… at least for now.

OMG Civilization Revolution for the XBOX 360 – June 3 2008

Help! I don’t know how I am going to survive having Civilization on the 360… it has been a dream for a while now but now that it is coming to reality… OMG I might as well write off my social life. Here is the announcement from 2K Games of the impending June 3, 2008 release:

2K Games is proud to announce that Sid Meier’s Civilization® Revolutionâ„¢, the latest entry in the award-winning Sid Meier’s Civilization® franchise, will be in stores beginning June 3, 2008. Developed internally at 2K’s world-renowned and award-winning Firaxis development studio, Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution will be available for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Nintendo DSâ„¢.

Built from the ground up solely for console and handheld gamers, Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution features fast-paced, pick-up-and-play action involving strategic global domination and history’s most intrepid leaders, as well as a highly competitive multi-player experience. Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution brings the renowned Civilization franchise to consoles for the first time, delivering the vast re-playability and unmatched addictive gameplay that has become synonymous with the works of Sid Meier. New graphical touches and a streamlined interface will transport the Civilization franchise to a level that fans have never seen before.

SpaceShipTwo Animation – What it WILL be Like

Someday I hope to be one of those lucky space tourists because frankly space is one of the most amazing and incredible mysteries to me and I would absolutely LOVE to see earth from space. So, here’s hoping the price for a trip is within my grasp before I am too old to go 🙂

Now check out this beautifully created animation of SpaceShipTwo in action:

SpaceShipTwo in action

Images of the World Combine

This will undoubtedly stretch the limits of your imagination if you take even a few seconds to contemplate the impact this technology will have on the world as we know it:

Photosynth Technology blows the mind

This is rather old news from the perspective of the Internet but Brayden (StepForth’s new sales associate) sent me a link to this flick and it reminded me that I really needed to share it.

Here is Microsoft’s official site on Photosynth… pretty cool for them to have this technology. Between this and the table screen technology… their future is looking bright.