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When the HTC Touch Pro2 initially became available, it was one of the best business-class smartphones on the market. Fast-forward to today, and we've seen quite a few new phones hit the market since the Touch Pro2 was released. Despite the availability of competing phones, however, the case could be made that the Touch Pro2 is still a worthy contender in the smartphone space. We'll be taking a closer look at the Sprint variant of the Touch Pro2 in this review, but keep in mind similarly equipped models are also available from Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and other carriers... HTC Touch Pro2 Review... Read more...
According to a new poll published by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, American families are just as, if not more, tight-knit than in previous generations. Part of the reason for this? Technology.Instead of weakening family ties as was feared, technology has brought us closer together by letting us chat, email, and text family even when we’re away from home."There had been some fears that the Internet had been taking people away from each other," said Barry Wellman, a sociology professor at the University of Toronto and one of the authors of the report. "We found just the opposite."In the poll, 60% of the adults surveyed did not feel that new technologies had any effect on the closeness... Read more...
While the international press and Olympic athletes complain about the environmentally-unfriendly air quality in Beijing, Samsung plans to bring a little green to the games today with its new E200 Eco bioplastic cell phone. Unlike traditional plastics, which are derived from (non-renewable) petroleum-based products, bioplastics are derived from (renewable) biological sources, such as corn. The E200 Eco is actually not the first bioplastic phone from Samsung. This last June, Samsung released the W510 and the F268 phones in Asia. However, the W510 and F268 phones both use traditional plastics and biolplastics in their designs; but the E200 Eco is Samsung's first phone "in which the entire case is... Read more...
Those looking forward to the July 1st introduction of a teenage cell phone ban in California should start looking elsewhere for comfort. An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study released on Monday, which took a look at the results of a 2006 North Carolina ban for drivers younger than age 18, showed that teenagers were just as likely to chat on the phone after the ban went into effect as before.Targeting inexperienced motorists, several states have passed laws during the past five years restricting cell phone use by teenage drivers.But an insurance industry study being released Monday that looked at whether teens are ignoring such restrictions contends enforcement and parental influence... Read more...
OpenID is an service which allows users to log on to many different web sites using a single username / password. This eliminates the need to create and remember a strong username / password for each site. The assumption, of course, is you create a strong OpenID.Of course, if that information is lost or stolen, you're in big trouble.  What if there was another level of authentication, however.The new system, CallVerifID, uses your mobile phone to perform an extra security measure before it will authenticate you on its service. It works like this: When you want to authenticate a site using MyOpenID, first you sign on as usual, with your user ID and password. Then the service calls your phone... Read more...
Here's an idea that - well, read it, then you decide.Indian manufacturer Spice Mobile on Tuesday introduced a phone with a built-in optical disc player, the first of its kind, here at the Mobile World Congress trade show.VMedia produces a 1.2", blue laser optical disk that holds one gigabyte per layer. Current discs have one layer, which is good enough to hold a 3.5-hour Bollywood movie in H.264 format at 720x576 resolution, Packman said. The company is working on a 2GB disk for next year, he said. In an era when everyone's talking about moving to online media, physical media still has a commanding presence in sales, Packman said.About that online media - while streaming to a cell phone isn't... Read more...
Well, Jack Bauer would like us to believe that nuclear terror is just around the corner, and with this system, we could just possibly prove it.Researchers at Purdue University are working with the state of Indiana to develop a system that would use a network of cell phones to detect and track radiation to help prevent terrorist attacks with radiological "dirty bombs" and nuclear weapons.Such a system could blanket the nation with millions of cell phones equipped with radiation sensors able to detect even light residues of radioactive material. Because cell phones already contain global positioning locators, the network of phones would serve as a tracking system, said physics professor Ephraim... Read more...
How many times have you been annoyed by a cell phone user, practically shouting into his or her phone on a bus or subway?  Or been annoyed by someone's phone ringing in the theatre?  More than you can count, right?  Unless, of course, you are of the offenders.  Ever wish you could rip the phone out of their hands, or just tell them to knock it off?  Some are doing more than that, illegally, however.One afternoon in early September, an architect boarded his commuter train and became a cellphone vigilante. He sat down next to a 20-something woman who he said was “blabbing away” into her phone.“She was using the word ‘like’ all the time. She sounded like a Valley Girl,”... Read more...
Wow, soon we won't even need to show up. Oh wait, we still have to show up so we can be searched, x-rayed, prodded, and take off our shoes.Major airlines have agreed on a standard that will allow travelers to check in using a bar code sent to their cell phones, the International Air Transport Association said Thursday.Passengers will register their cell-phone number when buying a ticket and receive a bar code by text message, the group representing most commercial carriers said.That's actually very cool, and we understand the IATA wants to completely phase out paper tickets, but what happens if you leave your phone at home?... Read more...
Who would have thought of a cell phone that could double as health monitor and inspirational trainer?  Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc., that's who.So what all does a cell phone/fitness trainer do for you?It's probably a shorter list of things it won't do for you:“The sensor can tell whether you're walking, running, climbing stairs, or resting, and counts the calories accordingly to tally daily totals, Tobita said."It's with you wherever you go, like a portable personal trainer," he said.Like Nike Inc.'s +Nike technology, the handset also keeps track of jogs, letting users set targets and keeping track of time, distance, and calories burnt — all while listening to music through headphones.Hold the... Read more...
Once again, no one (except maybe cellular carriers and those supplying the content) should be surprised. Europeans' interest in watching mobile television is as tiny as cell phone screens, a new study showed on Monday, even though the industry has been buzzing about offering TV on handsets for years. Mobile operators hope that mobile TV could encourage users to spend an extra 5 to 10 euros a month, compensating for declining revenues from voice calls, but mobile television and video downloads ranked close to the bottom of consumer interest in a Gartner study in Europe. Honestly, why would anyone be surprised at a lack of interest in watching TV on a tiny screen?!  Or, more to the point,... Read more...
Sprint Nextel has begun offering customers a device called a femtocell, for both boosting cellphone reception in the home and routing captured calls over your existing Internet connection. It lets you have unlimited calls at home for a monthly subscriber fee, using your existing cellphone. The femtocell device, called an Airave box, is made by Samsung. "Subscribers who spend $50 on the Airave box can pay an additional monthly fee of $15 - or $30 for a family - to make unlimited calls to anyone on their cellphone at home. The fee comes on top of the regular monthly cellphone bill. Those who simply want improved coverage can just buy the box. "Is there demand... Read more...
Sprint Nextel announced today that you can shop online or compare prices for up to 7 million products from 30 retailers, using their Mobile Shopper Service. The service is offered free as an enticement to get Nextel customers to use up those precious web access minutes. "It said it will not charge mobile users extra subscription fees for the service, but it will charge them for Web access. "The big opportunity for Sprint is the potential increase of data usage," said Sprint product manager Charnsin Tulyasathien. Sprint, along with its rivals, has been pushing data services such... Read more...
All cell phones have the ability to make a 911 call even if the service on the phone is disconnected.  This is a requirement of the Federal Comunications Commission, and while this is an obvious safety measure, it's also being mis-used by some to make prank calls to 911. Emergency dispatch operators say they're getting an increasing number of prank calls and hang-ups made by children playing with disconnected cellular phones that can still be used to make 911 calls. "Kids call us and swear at us because they know we can't do anything about it," said Clearfield Dispatch supervisor Wendy Brimhall. Brimhall said dispatchers are helpless such calls come in because emergency-call-only... Read more...
According to a new report compiled by Informa Telecons and Media, a leading provider of business intelligence in the telecommunications realm, global cell phone subscriptions have reached an unprecedented 3 billion. The report declares that the actual number of users is far less than the number of subscriptions, which suggests that many people have more than one phone. The estimated number of users is about 2.3 billion worldwide, which translates into 1.32 subscriptions per user (there are about 6.6 billion people in the world today). As we approach 2009, the actual number of users will hit 3 billion, whereas number of subscriptions will have exceeded 4 billion. Experts believe that the number... Read more...
We know what you're thinking. "it's about time somebody stepped up with this idea".  We couldn't agree more but just think of all those poor unsuspecting cheesy mall vendor cart retailers that might get put out of business with the complete lack of inventory selection.  Can I get an ahmen? "SHANGHAI — China will start to enforce a compulsory universal cell phone charger standard this month. Some see it as a benefit, while others are grumbling that it will add cost and cause hassles in the supply chain. All cell phones designed after June 14 must adopt the universal charger interface, based on USB, otherwise they will not be approved for sale in China, according to the Ministry... Read more...
As cell phones have gotten smaller in recent years, it is a bit of a paradox to say that a cell phone boasts a "big screen." Nonetheless, Fujitsu's F904i features a 3.1 inch 16:9 widescreen display (big compared to other cell phones) and is scheduled for sale on Friday. "The F904i is equipped with a 3.0 megapixel camera, music player, document viewer, GPS, browser, mobile Internet capability, and others.  The F904i measures 108-x-50-x-22mm and weighs 138g. Fujitsu says the battery will provide up to 190 minutes of talk time and up to 550 hours on standby." Unfortunately, cell phone enthusiasts overseas will have to wait since the device will only... Read more...
Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday that it will soon be bringing select videos from YouTube to its customers. A smaller than expected number of users have signed up for Verizon's advanced services, and this deal is a way for Verizon to spur interest in its streaming video service. The videos should start arriving sometime this December. "Under the YouTube agreement, consumers who pay a $15 monthly fee for Vcast will be able to use their cell phones to view consumer-generated content posted on YouTube's Web site. Chan also said customers would also be able to post videos from their phones to YouTube more easily than before by using a five-digit... Read more...
DALLAS and BEIJING, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- During a summit of wireless industry leaders held today in Beijing, China, Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) announced a new OMAP-Vox(TM) single-chip solution to foster development of lower-cost multimedia-rich feature phones. Codenamed "eCosto," the new single-chip platform is leveraging TI's innovative DRP(TM) technology which is successful with the "LoCosto" value platform in volume production today. The "eCosto" platform also leverages the multimedia capabilities of the OMAP-Vox platform in volume production today with the OMAPV1030 solution. The first product in the new "eCosto"... Read more...
Everybody has a cell phone. And since everybody has a cell phone, people will drive right past you on a lonely road when your car has broken down, and figure you're just waiting for a lift. And they won't know that your cell phone battery is dead and you have no way to charge it. It's a long walk to the nearest payphone these days. Why make that journey carrying a dead cellphone and a pocket full of quarters when you could just keep a mobcharger in your glove compartment? Mobcharger is an emergency mobile phone battery designed to provide instant power to a depleted phone battery. Just plug it into your mobile, then continue talking, texting, taking photos and playing games. Mobcharger... Read more...
It's highly unlikely that cell phones will give you brain cancer, but that still doesn't mean the little devices are harmless. A few reports of exploding cell phone batteries have circulated around the web in the past couple of years, which is more the result of poor battery usage rather than a design flaw. "Several phone battery explosions have been registered in the last two years. Most of them were caused by Motorola devices with counterfeit batteries. In the United States at least 83 people were burned from cell phone battery explosions during this period. Most caused by inadequate use of batteries and recharges, according to the... Read more...
Hey folks, welcome back.  We're winding down the work week and ringing in the weekend here at HH.  It looks like we're not the only ones as the hardware reviewage is a little lite this morning.  Don't fret, we have a lot on tap for you, so be patient, we've got a nice line-up coming your way soon: LiteOn 8x DVD±R/ 4X ±RW SOHW-812S @ Bjorn3D: "Isn't it amazing to look where we are today with optical storage? It was not long ago when my Philips 2x CDRW drive was 'hot,' and the true proof of what a hardware geek I was. True, it took 30 minutes to burn a CD, and if you sneezed at the computer while it was burning, you got a coaster, but so what? I could burn baby burn! Today,... Read more...