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Citing a post from Hackintosh, the iPhone Atlas is starting to uncover the dark side of iPhone unlocking, namely the allegedly explosive nature of some of the devices.Here's an tidbit from the original post, spelling errors and all: “We were so happy, all the software part was done, so we started opening the iphone. The antenna cover was a bit tricky but eventually it came off. Then we started to open the metal cover (after taking out the 3 screws) and PUFF, up it went in smoke, I think my collegue must have touched something. It literally went up in black smoke. I was so hot that when I tried to pick it up I burnt my fingers. So, this is for sure the most difficult part of the whole process.... Read more...
Here comes a set of headphones that readily lets you know if your kids have raised the volume to an unsafe level (most likely this product will go over like a lead balloon with teens). The Guardian HA-31 headphones, by Hamilton Electronics, has red and green LEDs on the earcup. If you can't guess, red means "too loud". Hamilton Electronics, a leader in electronics for the education market since 1933, is now introducing The Guardian Wired Headphone with SLM (Sound Level Monitor) technology. The Guardian has green and red LED lights so parents can visually monitor listening levels. A green light indicates a safe listening volume and a red light indicates that the sound... 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...
TV broadcasts are going digital. That's fine. Their  former broadcast spectrum, at 700 MHz, is going to be available for other things. That's great. That spectrum is very useful, as the signal can penetrate walls. That's terrific.The head of the FCC, Kevin Martin, thinks that the spectrum should be turned over at auction to wireless broadband services, but only if the services are offered to the consumer using any device.  That's ... hey, that might get expensive. The proposed rules would apply only to the spectrum being auctioned, not the rest of the wireless business, which still makes most of its revenue from voice calls. But Martin's proposal, if adopted by the FCC, could reverberate... 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...
Almost any time that a new product is released with enough hype to virtually guarantee a first-day sellout, there will almost always be someone there who plans on putting the item(s) on auction.  They might not be too vocal about who they are since they don’t want any competition, but there’s a fair chance that they’re there. So what happens when the item doesn’t completely sell out?  Those auctions don’t get (m)any bids: “Immediately, some trends were obvious - the most obvious of them being that users were largely selling just the 8GB model, with only 13% of listings being devoted to the 4GB model. The other obvious (and more substantial trend) was that many of... 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...
LG electronics announced they've got an answer to that touchscreen phone wonder, Apple's iPhone. Instead of making it cheaper, they're making it available in February in Europe, and they're charging even more for it than an iPhone will cost. How? By teaming with fashion giant Prada LG's Prada Phone is being produced in partnership with the Italian fashion brand. It is set to go on sale in late February for 600 euros ($780) at mobile phone dealers and Prada stores in Britain, France, Germany and Italy, and comes to Asia in March. The no-button interface with the entire phone face covered by a touch-sensitive screen resembles the... Read more...
Skype, which has popularized Web telephone calling, on Monday marked progress in extending its low-cost calling services beyond computers to new types of phones. At the Consumer Electronics Show here, Skype, a unit of online auctioneer eBay Inc., said it was introducing 12 new phones and related phone accessories in conjunction with telecommunications equipment suppliers. The models include a dual-mode phone from Netgear Inc., the SPH200D, which enables users to place and receive both traditional phone calls and Skype Internet calls from a single cordless handset. The device connects both to a standard telephone wall jack and a broadband Internet router. Unlike many existing Skype-ready phones... Read more...
TeleSky and 60 SkypeOut Minutes Now Available With Purchase of Two New ASUS Motherboards Taipei, Taiwan, - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today announced that the ASUS TeleSkyTM telecom adaptor will now be included in the package of the M2N/TeleSkyTM and P5B/TeleSkyTM motherboards. The TeleSkyTM telecom adaptor converts ordinary house phones into multi-functional SkypeTM phones. It is a highly integrated application for traditional PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) and Skype VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) calls. The Skype VoIP system enables users to make free calls online or to dial low-cost calls to external landline and mobile phone numbers... 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...
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...
All the goodness that is Google maps can now be accessed from your cell phone. Location searches, maps, satellite imagery, all of it's there, and there's also the new feature of real-time traffic information. Click here for the details. "Combining directions, maps, and satellite imagery, Google Maps is a free download that lets you find local hangouts and businesses across town or across the country - right from your phone."... 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...
The world's largest cellphone maker Nokia will unveil new multimedia phone models, including an N73 camera phone, at an event in Berlin next week. With its new N-series phones Nokia will take a step toward more stylish and lighter models, but it is still a long way from rival Samsung's and Motorola's thin models, sources said. "With the current N-series models, we've done some back-to-back tests with models from competing vendors. Nokia's size, weight, bulk is significantly bigger, while the key features such as the camera match up," said one source at a large telecoms operators who declined to be named.... 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 fingernail (12mmx14mmx1.1mm), the new MMCmicro will provide the highest transmission speed of any removable... Read more...
Any gamer or audio enthusiast will tell you that Sennheiser makes some of the best headphones and audio equipment around. The Sennheiser HD 435 features a detachable, single-sided cable that has an integrated volume control. You can use this headset at home with a mini hi-fi system, on your PC, and even with portable players.Sennheiser is a name most are familiar with even if you don't own any of their products. I know I've seen more than my fair share of people recommending their headphones on various forums as well as countless positive reviews of Sennheiser products as well. Since I'm apparently one of the few people who doesn't own a pair of Sennheiser headphones of my own, I was eager to... Read more...
Looking for a new phone in 06? Sony Ericson has some cool looking models coming out in the 2nd quarter of this year. CNet has the scoop, providing a list and some details of what you can expect to see later on this year... assuming carriers decide to use them. "2005 was arguably the year of the Walkman phone for Sony Ericsson, thanks to its release of six different flavors for all segments of the consumer market. Here in the United States, we saw the W600i and the W800i, and now, the company has rolled out the W300i, which is designed for the mass market. Inside the sexy flip design are all the usual elements you'd expect in a Walkman phone,... Read more...
Hardware Zone has posted an article in which they preview Sennheiser's 2006 line of consumer headphones. Given the amount of money enthusiasts spend on the latest graphics cards, processors, and sound cards to improve their overall gaming experience it seems easy to justify spending a few extra dollars on a quality set of headphones. For those looking for pure audio bliss and realism from a set of headphones, you'd be hard pressed to do better than Sennheiser for the price. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser focuses on microphone technology, RF-wireless and infrared sound transmission, headphone transducer technology, and most... Read more...
Penstarsys has published a review of the Icemat Audio Siberia Headphones. Given the success Icemat has had with their mousepad business, there seems to be a good chance that these headphones are a quality product. Let's just hope listening to music through these headphones sounds better than the product's name.Now I'll tell you what I really think of the Siberias. They are excellent and that's basically all I have to say. They are comfortable, have some unique styling (I walked over to Ace's Hardware a few days back and the guy working the counter said something to the effect of "What the hell are those? Oh, headphones, cool."), sound excellent on most any material you throw their way, and almost... Read more...
These things aren't cheap, but according to techFEAR, the SteelSeries SteelSound 5H Headphones are a nice set of heaphones. They're geared towards gamers, so you comfort and sound quality should be excellent for the $140-$100 asking price."Gamers' headphones require three things to compete: Long-term comfort, impeccable sound, and a quality microphone. The SteelSound 5H headphones may have addressed all three. Read on to find out."... Read more...
CrossFire! You'll get caught up in the... CrossFire! Yeah, I know some of you remember that game:) Today is different though, as it's ATI's CrossFire we're talking about. The reviews are in, and HotHardware's own Marco Chiappetta takes a look at ATI's answer to SLI. Check back later tonight for some CrossFire coverage in our news post. Thermaltake Bigwater SE Water Cooling Kit Review @ Tweaknews.net "Some time ago, Thermaltake entered this market with a complete system they called Bigwater. Recently, Thermaltake introduced their next generation successor to the Bigwater liquid cooling system. Dubbed the Bigwater SE (I assume this means Second Edition), Thermaltake has added/subtracted/changed... Read more...
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