Archives for August 2007
August 31, 2007
Latest headlines from around the Web:
AT&T'S VideoPhone (below) was sold to the general public from 1992 to 1995.
Iraqi students are reported to have found a high-tech solution to prove their personal identity after several incidents where insurgents kidnapped students and confiscated passports and personal documentation issued by the new Iraqi government.
In order to avoid misidentification and in order to issue new passports the students are using a mobile social network, Mobixie to upload photos of their passports and other personal records so that they will be able to retrieve these documents from their mobile phone at any time or at check points in case the documents are confiscated or lost.
[via Cellular News]
Apple and AT&T have been sued for the third time for alleged iPhone battery flaw. Information Week reports.
"On Wednesday, attorneys for plaintiffs Zoltan Stiener and Ynez Stiener filed a class action complaint against Apple and AT&T in federal court in Oakland, Calif.
The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, fraud, and violations of California law. It charges the two companies with failing to inform iPhone purchasers that fees totaling more than $100 are required to replace iPhone batteries and to maintain service during battery replacement.
The iPhone's battery is designed so as not to be removable by consumers.
Apple maintains a Web page to educate consumers about how to prolong the life of the iPhone's battery. And the longevity of the battery was much written up by the press even prior to the phone's launch. "
Links to articles related to other two lawsuits:
Joopz is a free web site that lets you send SMS text messages from a web browser. Big deal, right? But check this out: You can send to groups, not just individuals, and reply to their replies. You can schedule messages. And you can forward conversations from the Web to your cell phone.
If you are interested in propaganda, you may already be following Propaganda III, a world art tour of the best poster propaganda art there is.
The tour accepts entries from all over and doesn’t discriminate as to content. Some exhibits are anti-war, left bent or virally anti-Semitic. The artist can be fascists, communist, or somewhere in between. All entries are based on their merit not content.
These fine pieces of art are now available to you on your mobile phone, by downloading from Propaganda III Mobile Widget.
Just browse to m.netvibes.com on your handset, log in with your usual netvibes details and all your feeds are neatly presented on-screen.
[via CoolSmart Phone ]
August 30, 2007
Using a mobile phone can trigger human cell division, according to a scientific study published in New Scientist, raising new possibilities of a link between handsets and cancer, reports Channel4 News.
"The research by Israeli scientists revealed that just 10 minutes of exposure to the radiation put out by mobile phones stimulated an enzyme which controls cell division and differentiation.
The effect was not caused by heating, the researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot said.
Scientist Rony Seger said: "The significance lies in showing that cells do react to cellphone radiation in a non-thermal way."
... Dariusz Leszczynski of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Helsinki, Finland, said: "It doesn't automatically mean that it will be harmful, but we will need to study it further."
Spotted on Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect, pictures of a mobile phone booth at the SAS lounge of the airport of Copenhagen, which conveys a "subtle reminder of the social norms for this space".
A cellphone with a touchpad used to write. The idea is to create a phone without all the bells and whistles for people who just want a basic phone to make calls and send text messages. Using hand writing recognition software, the touchpad translate your finger strokes into letters.
Designed by Sang-Hoon Lee.
Palm Island has become the first resort in the Caribbean to ban cell phones from one of its beaches.
"Elite Island Resorts, the owner of Palm Island, has told guests they will not be able to use mobiles, laptops or PDAs within a half-mile radius of the main Casarina beach", writes the The Telegraph.
[via The Raw Feed]
August 29, 2007
"Diebold said that the technologies will allow mobile phone owners to find ATMs, order cash withdrawals remotely, generate electronic checks, transmit wireless payments and conduct other transactions more securely and conveniently than they do now."
A system that lets you get the right look without the hassle of a make-up counter queue is currently sweeping Japan. At the moment it works in terminals placed in 30 department stores across the country.
The terminals use simulator software to asses the shape of a person’s eyes, lips and even eyebrows.
They then advise on make up ranges using a simulated facial image, giving an immediate view of how the make-up will look – saving time, money and embarrassment at the bar.
Cosmetics brand Shiseido is developing the technology to reach mobiles in the not too distant future.
[via Absolut Gagdet]
Google is rumored to be developing its own, Linux-based operating system for the upcoming gPhone, according to several reports.
Some of the rumors may carry more merit than others, history has shown that when news picks up, something is on the way. And while it may not be launching as soon as some rumors claim, a 2008 launch may not be out of the question.
[via ars technica]
About 150,000 people subscribe to cellphone service each month in Afghanistan and there's "no end in sight" to the growth, the country's communications minister said Tuesday, reports USA Today.
"... Like in other developing nations, cellphone service providers have been doing brisk business, bringing communication to poor villagers who until four years rarely, if ever, used a telephone.
So far, 12% of Afghanistan's 25 million people have cellphones. Coverage is generally available in all the country's 34 provinces."
The Brix concept phone designed by Seokwon Hong enables users to go from a small media player to a big screen TV.
Citing a fistful of studies that show teenagers among the most distracted and dangerous of drivers, the state of California Assembly on Monday passed a bill that would prohibit drivers under the age of 18 from using a cellphone, pager, text-messaging device or laptop while driving.
The bill, although outlawing the use of mobile devices, does not specifically address commercial systems such as OnStar, which allow drivers to communicate with operators to gain information on the mechanical condition of the car and its location.
Teenagers make up 6% of licensed drivers but 16% of auto accident fatalities.
August 28, 2007
Latest headlines from around the Web:
A stabbing incident Monday at CU Boulder was the first real test of the university's new emergency text messaging system reports The CW2.
"Junior Justin Kutner was sitting in class when his cell phone went off, letting him know he had a new test message. It read, in part, "Alert from CU PD, stabbing at UMC at 9:43. Suspect in custody." Kutner immediately told his professor and his 40 classmates what was going on.
... The text message went out about a half-hour after the incident started. University officials say they'll assess the system's performance and see what future improvements can be made.
The University launched the emergency text messaging system last week and so far only about 500 students have signed up. Campus officials say today's incident is a prime example of why everyone needs to take part.
The university also sent out an e-mail alert, about two hours after the incident."
LG Electronics signed famous British fashion designer Paul Smith to design the Crystal Edition LG-SV300S / LV3000S mobile phone. The silver colored clamshell phone features a fabric pattern decorated with crystals on the outside. Click here to view larger image
Spotted on I4U.
Three hackers named Dubbi, Ofir and Eli have claimed to have unlocked the iPhone independently in Israel.
If confirmed, this would be the fifth time that someone has unlocked the iPhone with a different method. The hackers say they made more progress in regards to the iPhone's user interface. Meanwhile, AT&T talked with Gizmodo about this unlocking efforts.
The teenage hacker who found a way to unlock the iPhone so that the device would not be restricted to use solely on AT&T Inc.'s cellular networks will be trading his reworked gadget for a new car. [via The Associated Press]
George Hotz, of Glen Rock, N.J., said he had reached the deal with CertiCell, a Louisville, Ky.-based mobile phone repair company.
Hotz posted on his blog that he traded his modified iPhone for a "sweet Nissan 350Z and (three) iPhones."
"This has been a great end to a great summer," Hotz wrote.
AT&T and Apple may face an uphill battle prosecuting hackers that untether the iPhone from the AT&T wireless network. Business Week reports.
"Much is at stake. AT&T has been hoping that as the exclusive provider of the iPhone, it will see a surge in new customers and monthly service charges of at least $60 from each one. Apple is supposed to get a cut of the revenues.
If iPhones are unlocked, they can be used on the wireless networks of rivals like T-Mobile USA—and AT&T gets zippo.
So will Apple and AT&T's legal action deter hackers? Hardly. Individual users are already allowed to unlock their own phones under an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that the U.S. Copyright Office issued last November. The exemption, in force for three years, applies to "computer programs…that enable wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telephone communication network, when circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of lawfully connecting to a wireless telephone communication network."
What's less clear is whether companies and hackers can legally unlock the phones and then sell them to others, or sell unlocking software. "The law here is unclear," says Jonathan Kramer, founder of Kramer Telecom Law Firm in Los Angeles. "There just isn't any case law in this area for us to figure out how it plays out."
August 27, 2007
This is devious. A phone that looks like a normal phone but actually spies on people in the room. [via productdose]
The Telespy is a motion detector that senses when someone enters your home then calls you to allow you to listen to what is going on while you're out of the house.
Current estimates reportedly suggest that "nearly 84-percent of the US population will have mobile phones by the end of 2007," and according to SNL Kagen, that figure should shoot to 100-percent in just six years.
... 100-percent penetration does not mean that every single American will own a phone, as it's estimated that some 18 to 20-percent of us will be using multiple mobiles."
[via Engadget Mobile]
The new version of Yahoo Mail comes out of beta on Monday, and it sports some spiffy new features, like the ability to send text messages to a cell phone--the first free Web-based mail provider to offer that function.
The feature will be
"This week, Nokia will revive N-Gage: The service will offer games from major publishers like Electronic Arts, as well as smaller developers like Digital Chocolate that focus on the mobile gaming market."
According to the WSJ, Nokia said it will start preloading Microsoft Internet applications onto handsets in 11 countries, as part of its plan to boost revenue by offering Web services.
The applications are Windows Live Hotmail, Messenger, Live Contacts and Live Spaces software for Nokia devices.
The mobile Internet applications will be available for download today to owners of five of its multimedia phones."