They say they're targeting seniors, children, and the vision- and hearing-impaired, but Just5's new mobile phone line is really best explained as a talking device for Luddites.
"We want to open mobile phones to specific populations that may have difficulty using the latest and greatest mobile gadgets, especially the current generation of 'baby boomers' who need a safe, reliable phone," Alex Petrov, vice president of operations at Just5 Americas, said in a news release.
Here's the setup. Just5 phones boast big buttons. They can be turned up louder than the average celly. An emergency SOS … Read more
On this week's show, we dive into the top-secret Best Buy handbook for the Apple iPad launch; take a closer look at Alienware's 11-inch M11x gaming laptop; and see if David Mamet's rules for TV drama apply to video games such as Just Cause 2 and God of War III.
Speaking of everyone's favorite video game of the moment, we're giving away a copy of God of War III this week, so watch/listen for info on how to enter. Here's a hint, it involves our Facebook Fan Page.
The original Just Cause game debuted in September 2006 and though it attempted to introduce some compelling gameplay, we were left wanting more. Three and a half years later, the same development team (Avalanche Studios) is back with promises of new improvements and tighter gameplay.
We were definitely impressed with the private demo we received in late February, so let's see if the final version of the game delivers.
Jeff: Just Cause 2 may not be heavy on story or character development, but it doesn't need to be. Why? The game is an absolute blast in its own … Read more
While we were perusing through CTIA's list of Emerging Tech award nominees, we noticed an interesting company called Just5. A company based in Europe, Just5 makes and sells basic phones for the elderly, in the style of both the Jitterbug and the Doro PhoneEasy handsets.
Just5 is currently only selling one model of their phones for the U.S. market, and that is the Just5 09 model. As you can see from the images here, the phone is really small and compact, with only one line of display text. The buttons are simply huge, which is great for those … Read more
This week on preGAME, hosts Jeff Bakalar and Mark Licea welcome special guest Russ Frushtick (MTV Multiplayer) as they take a first look at the Nintendo DSi XL! We have two units in the studio today and give a ton of comparisons, first impressions, and take live questions from our chat room. We'll also talk about the odd timing of Nintendo's 3DS announcement.
Also on today's show is a live demo of Just Cause 2, the open-world go-anywhere blow-up-anything action-adventure title. We'll chat with George Wright, the game's associate producer, about how the sequel … Read more
Just Checking is an incredibly easy-to-use program that lets users keep track of checking account transactions. Although it is not as full-featured as the big-name personal finance programs, it's a good choice for users who need a lightweight program to manage their checking accounts.
The program's interface is attractive and very intuitive. All of the program's features are arranged with graphical buttons across the top, making it incredibly easy to find what you're looking for. It's easy to add, edit, and delete transactions, as well as search for them. The program's built-in Help file … Read more
Do you constantly pick up your iPhone to check its display? Do you want to use your iPhone with one hand? Or perhaps you're always looking for something to prop up your handset so you can watch videos. If these circumstances apply to you, you need a stand for your iPhone.
Just Mobile's Xtand ($40), which I got to test this week, gives you a place to put your iPhone while making it readily available for one-handed operation or showing it off. I liked the concept, but I didn't find it useful since my iPhone spends most … Read more
Are you an active iPhone user? Or a Twitter and e-mail addict? Does your iPhone battery never lasting as long as you would like it to? Want emergency backup power? Regardless of the circumstances, you need a battery pack.
Just Mobile's Gum Pro, which I tested this week, gives an iPhone a little more than two additional full charges. I have no complaints about it and I'll never leave the office without it.
Just days after the news broke that EMI is suing Grooveshark, another contestant popped into my in-box. Today, it's Fizy, which offers essentially the same features as Grooveshark, Meuzer, and JustHearIt: search for a song name, and Fizy will compile audio and video results from public sources around the Web. Today, Fizy relaunched with a handful of new features such as the ability to save playlists and the ability to post all played songs to your Friendfeed account. (Friendfeed? Where's the Facebook app?).
The new features are nothing special, but in a quick test, I did find that … Read more