Items tagged with Mobile Phones

Mobile phones charged with energy taken out of thin air. What sounds like a modern take on a very old magic trick is actually the Unique Selling Proposition of a smartphone case developed by Nikola Labs and presented for the first time on Monday at the TechCrunch Disrupt event taking place this week in New York City (the Ohio-based company was selected to pitch to the crowd "after being selected by the TechCrunch editorial team and the audience").  According to its developers, the Nikola Labs case is able to use its proprietary energy harvesting circuit to capture the 90 percent of waste... Read more...
That was fast. Less than a week after Re/code broke so-called news out of China that Nokia was returning to the phone manufacturing fold via its patent licensing division Nokia Technologies, the Finland-based company has issued a statement via their website denying its intent to re-enter the cell phone space in which they for so long ruled. "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive. Nokia reiterates... Read more...
Leaving the realm of science fiction behind, the super-fast charging mobile phone is inching its way ever more closer to science-fact. As reported in Stanford Magazine in advance of publication this week in the journal Nature, researchers at Stanford University have developed a high-performance aluminum-ion battery that can recharge in about a minute and do so thousands of times without significant loss of capacity. And along with being faster to charge and more durable, the new battery is also much safer than the lithium-ion batteries so many of us currently carry around these days in the mobile... Read more...
If you're using applications on your Android phone to store or transmit sensitive data (like your bank account), you might want to rethink that. A recent analysis of Android as implemented in HTC's Droid Incredible discovered 359 bugs of which 88 are considered critical. These include memory corruption, resource and memory leaks, and uninitialized variables. The analysis was conducted by Coverity, a company that makes software quality assurance products. Android was the general subject for the Coverity Scan 2010 Open Source Integrity Report but researchers looked specifically at the HTC Droid Incredible... Read more...
Chinese device manufacturer TechFaith is creating a mobile phone that will also function as a motion gaming platform. The bad news is that the device will initially be available only in China. The situation reminds me of a line from Back to the Future, which I'll paraphrase as: "All the good stuff comes from China." For many reasons, all of them having to do with cost (and cost of living, and, perhaps, a certain lack of interest in human rights), Chinese manufacturers are growing into old fashioned conglomerates of the kind the U.S. used to have in the 1970s and '80s. TechFaith is one of those.... Read more...
It might be difficult to believe, but 17 different mobile phone manufacturers and mobile service providers all agree on something that will actually make your mobile life a little easier in the coming years. Unfortunately, it is nothing as earth shattering as agreeing on a standard mobile operating system or reducing handset or service costs industry-wide, but more of a gesture of convenience, energy efficiency, and less environmental impact: they have all agreed to adopt a "universal charging solution for mobile phones" by January 1, 2012.One of the problems that this initiative aims to address... Read more...
Samsung has just introduced a product that Al Gore should love. Actually, anyone who cares about the environment and wants to wear their "green" concern on their sleeve--or in this case, in their hand or next to their ear--should find Samsung's new solar-powered, "Blue Earth" touch-screen phone an appealing way to stay connected in style, while producing less climate-damaging CO2 in the process. The Blue Earth phone includes a solar-charging panel on its backside, which Samsung claims "can generate enough electronic power to call anytime anywhere." While this sounds promising, Samsung has yet to... Read more...
With the iPhone, HTC G1, and Palm Pre garnering all the mobile phone headlines lately, sometimes it's easy to forget that these aren't the only smartphones in existence (actually, the Palm Pre isn't even available yet). The number-crunchers over at AdMob have just reminded us of this fact with the release of its latest AdMob Metrics Report, which gives an overview of which are currently the most-used phones for getting Internet access. They also report on where geographically mobile users are using Wi-Fi to get online. Before we delve into the numbers, it is important to note that the data here... Read more...
Google Maps has been able to display your approximate location since November of 2007. Starting today, Google's location feature has been expanded to allow you to also see where your friends and family are as well with Google's new Google Latitude feature. As this can be seen as a potential privacy issue (stalkers need not apply), Google has made this feature an entirely opt-in service, and users have "fine-grained" control over who can see their location information and what specific location information others can see, including the ability to manually override your location information--in other... Read more...
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that at the beginning of 2007, mobile phone expenditures exceeded that of expenditures for residential landline phone services. This marks the first time ever in the U.S. that consumers had spent more for mobile phone services than for traditional landline phone services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2001, 75 percent of consumer expenditures for telephone services were spent on landlines, with only 23 percent of expenditures on mobile phone services (the other two percent was devoted to things like phone cards and pager services).... Read more...
It was only last year that many of the major U.S. mobile phone service providers eventually settled on a rate of $99.99 per month for unlimited, nationwide voice calls. This has been a boon for heavy users of mobile phones as it has brought down the cost of their monthly phone bills. But folks who also use their phones for data access usually have to pay an additional fee for that service. A few smaller service providers, such as MetroPCS and Cricket, are able to undercut the big companies by offering nationwide, unlimited voice calls at about half of what the major providers charge; but unless... Read more...
The number-crunching-happy folks over at the Nielsen Company recently released a report of popular trends in the U.S. for 2008 in the form of the ever-popular Top 10 Lists format (PDF). The data shows what were the most popular PC games, game consoles, mobile phones, Websites, and more for 2008. The data is informative, but the one caveat we want to point out is that most of the data doesn't actually cover the entire year--most of the trends reflect data culled from January to only October 2008. While it is unlikely that the missing data from the last two months of the year will skew the results... Read more...
Israeli mobile phone technology company Modu has announced their modular mobile phone system, the modu. By including only the components necessary to send and receive voice and data, their module is designed to be integrated into "modu mates," and "modu jackets": mobile phone skins and various electronic devices that need mobile connectivity.  Leading mobile network operators (MNOs) with a total of tens of millions of subscribers have already committed to modu, signing strategic partnerships that will see the first modu products available in the fourth quarter of 2008. The MNOs are Telecom... Read more...
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced today that it has developed a 2GByte MultiMediaCard (MMCmicro) that combines four 4Gbit NAND flash devices. This is the smallest, fastest and highest capacity memory card for mobile phones, developed only three months after Samsung led the industry by launching a 1GByte MMCmicro. "The 2GByte high-performance MMC is a powerful indicator of Samsung's expanding efforts to embrace the widest possible range of multimedia applications including mobile video," said Don Barnetson, Director, Flash Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. Despite being the size of a... Read more...