5630 XpressMusic and more proof that Google is taking over the world

Nokia today launched the 5630 XpressMusic. The new mid-range phone in the company’s media-focused lineup centers around a rare voice recognition system that will play artists, songs and other music content just through speaking its name.

The 5630’s music emphasis comes through dedicated side controls, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSDHC slot that comes with a 4GB card as well as room for up to 16GB. Nokia expects the UK and certain other countries to get a Comes With Music version that offers a year’s worth of unlimited yet permanent music downloads for a higher price.

A 3.2-megapixel camera with flash, Wi-Fi and software N-Gage game support are also supplied with the handset.

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In other new tech gadgets, Sony Ericsson has launched a pair of handsets that both have features often left out of non-Japanese cellphones. The Cyber-shot S001 has the 8-megapixel camera still rare for the company but centers on an extremely sharp, 854×480 OLED display with enough color saturation to help previewing photos or watching 1Seg digital TV. The camera itself also has features closer to dedicated cameras with shooting up to the equivalent of ISO 1,600, image stabilization and detection of both faces and smiles.

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Joining Google’s Android, Calendar, Docs, Mail, Maps, Reader and a few dozen other products today is a new application, PowerMeter. It’s not launched yet, but when it is, it will help you keep track of your home power usage by tapping into information sent from your devices to your electrical meter, and from there on to the “smart grid”.

What Google is showing of PowerMeter looks a bit like a line graph, with the X-axis representing time and the Y-axis showing both the amount of power used and which device used it. The theory is that if people can see how they’re wasting electricity, they’ll change their behavior. As its motto for PowerMeter, Google is using a Lord Kelvin quote: “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.”

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