Archives for February 2009
February 28, 2009
This seems to be a first. On Friday, the LG Spyder 830 cell phone was recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission because it "presented a hazard to the public by not holding a connection and had poor voice quality during 911 emergency calls".
What surprises me is the fault has been penned on the phone maker and not the mobile operator.
Mobile applications company Cortado has announced the development of a range of practical business applications for the iPhone. The solutions will be rolled out over the next six months and will enable iPhone users to print, fax, scan, copy and access corporate networks and databases via their iPhone.
Mobile phones are becoming more visible in reclusive North Korea following the launch of a new network by telecom company Koryolink, reports the IHT.
The Koryolink system, named for an ancient Korean dynasty, started operating in December. It had more than 6,500 North Korean users as of mid-February, according to Koryolink officials.
-- Links to all articles on North Korea and cellphones rounded up in textually.org.
This is not Maxwell Smart, but Paul Gardner-Stephen, a post-doctoral fellow in bioinformatics at Flinders University in Adelaide who has put together a wearable shoe phone that can place and receive calls wirelessly. Spotted on Crave.
Other than demonstrating the potential for the integration of wireless technologies into items of everyday use, the concepts behind the shoe phone have potential for the development of biomedical devices, such as use in home nursing and aged care facilities.
According to IntoMobile, Visa is being sued by a small US business for infringing a patent which covers the use of SMS messages used to alert spenders of transactions.
Charge Notification Services Corporation (CNSC) out of Miami, Florida has taken exception to the service that Visa and some of their partners have recently been offering.
TechSpot reports that UK operators Orange and O2 are reportedly threatening Nokia over the decision to include a Skype client on their N97 handset.
Essentially, Orange and O2 are convinced that offering a Skype client on a phone leaves an avenue for customers to pay less to their cell providers, which they see as hitting their bottom line. As a result, it seems they are threatening to refuse to carry the N97 on their networks unless Nokia agrees to pull the application.
February 27, 2009
You can turn your iPhone into a walkie-talkie with a new Push to Talk app.
How it works:
- Simply choose a group name and password and share it with your friends
"We alert. You call. They listen." That's the idea behind the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union 's announcement today of a new technology -- text messaging -- the group will use to activate concerned citizens nationwide on important matters of fiscal policy at the federal and state levels. Taxpayers can opt in to NTU's service by texting "FIGHT" to 54608. NTU unveiled its system today at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
After signing up for NTU's service by texting "FIGHT" to 54608, subscribers will receive an automated confirmation message with more information and opt-out instructions.
A round up of iPhone apps featured this week in textually blogs:
Personalized Voodoo doll torture app.
Turn your iPhone into a walkie-talkie with Push to Talk.
Anyone out there? app.
The Keeper for military grade iPhone encryption.
iHappyBirthday app. Blow out the candles.
TV.com let's (US users) watch full episodes of CBS TV series.
Entertainment trade paper Variety gets an app.
for top line U.S. box office results.
Presidents of the USA's app streams their music.
A turn-key solution for artists.
Ringtone Recorder app.
But the most popular edition of this book isn’t on paper or the PDF file that O’Reilly Media also sells. It is the downloadable application for the iPhone, according to Tim O’Reilly, the chief executive of O’Reilly Media.
February 26, 2009
Even nongeeks are finding ways to cash in on the craze for iPhone apps. Joy Kovaleski and Jeff Muncy have launched Psyclops, a tween-oriented music and dance app that sells for $1.99 a pop. With no employees or special programming skills, they used independent contractors to write their app and angel investors to fund it. "I think it's such a great business model that Apple has set up for us creators," Muncy said.
[via Smart Brief]
The world's top cellphone maker Nokia is eyeing entering the laptop business, its Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said in an interview to Finnish national broadcaster YLE on Wednesday.
I'm a day late with this, but it was released in time for Steve Job's birthday on February 25th, the iHappyBirthday app.
You can chose a cake, light the candles with your fingertip and blow them out. While "Happy Birthday" plays in the background.
Don't bother going for the Lite version, it only displays a cake and plays music.
February 25, 2009
The iPhone 3G is available in 500 Mobily and affiliate retail locations throughout Saudi Arabia and through Etisalat in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Unlike in the US the iPhone in these countries is sold with pre-paid and subscription based services.
SMS Landscape Big Keyboard app is just that, a landscap large size SMS keyboard, making it easier to write text messages.
Before writing, you select your country and provider, select a phone number from your contacts or type in a number. You can also send SMS messages to multiple recipients at the same time.
What we needed.
A&E Television Network has tapped Moderati (known for its virtual Zippo Lighter iPhone app) to launch its first application for the Apple iPhone - a meter to measure levels of paranormal activity - to the international market.
The Paranormal State iPhone application turns your device into a simulated EMF meter. Paranormal investigators use EMF meters to check for electromagnetic fields, which are emitted by nearly everything in nature, and could be a sign from the beyond.
You can scan your surroundings for suspicious activity.
Lord Ahmed, a Labour peer in the House of Lords has been jailed for 12 weeks following a conviction for dangerous driving which lead to a fatal crash. He was involved in an accident on Christmas Day 2007 when it hit another motorist who was killed instantly.
He had been accused of sending text messages on his mobile phone whilst driving at 60mph in the dark, just moments prior to the crash.
[via Cellular News]
Mobile applications are now proving to be a big moneymaker with reports showing that the 17 percent of mobile users spend approximately $100 a year each on downloads. ABI Research surveyed 235 Smartphone users and 16.5 percent responded that they spend between $100 and $499 last year on mobile apps.
The newly released VooDude app lets users create and manipulate their own personal, portable Voodoo doll on an iPhone or iPod Touch.
Users can use any photo for the head of the doll and then use the accelerometer and touch screen to shake, poke, burn and toss the doll.
The voodoo doll is cornered in a dark setting. He reacts to poking, burning or pricking by writhing in pain with sound effects. It's actually quite disturbing - or effective, depending on how you see things.
February 24, 2009
The Archdiocese of St. Louis is claiming the first use of text-messaging technology to share news of the naming of a new archbishop.
After a new archbishop for St. Louis is announced in Rome — typically 5 a.m. St. Louis time — the archdiocese will send a text message about the new appointee to anyone who has registered on its Web site.
The concept car has adaptive space, meaning the car's cockpit is capable of reconfiguring itself depending on how many people are travelling. The one-man car becomes a three seater at the touch of a button.
Police say teenagers stoned a 22-year-old man to death in southern Mexico because they believed he had stolen a cell phone and a bicycle from one of their friends.
[via Cellular News]
February 23, 2009
In a speech to college musicians, Mr. McBride said smart-phone apps “will radically change the business.” From the WSJ.
Upcoming smart phones from companies like Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, are likely to create new business models, he said. He was speaking in Boston in a lecture series on music management at Berklee College of Music, a 4,000-student college.
Kyte has just launched its iPhone Apps Framework - a turn-key solution that allows Kyte partners to create applications that can include video, live chat, and monetization options with a minimal amount of development costs. The Washington Post/Tech Crunch reports.
Alongside the launch of the new platform, Kyte is announcing five artists from IGA records who have already released their iPhone applications, including the following free apps [all iTunes links]: The All American Rejects, Keri Hilson, Lady Gaga, The Pussycat Dolls, and Soulja Boy Tell 'Em.
A concept posted on YouTube by svdomer09.
As elegant as moving Apps is in the iPhone and iPod touch interface is, I always find myself frustrated that there's no easy option to manage this inside iTunes. This is the interface I'd love to see on iTunes.
Apple's app store is doing for music promotion what the company already did for music sales: making it portable, desirable and easy to access. [via Blogs Wired]
Forget about ringtones and Rhapsody; these apps let you subscribe to artists. Unlike the Presidents of the United States of America app launched last week, Kyte's iPhone apps for Universal Music Group artists don't give you full tracks, but they do keep fans updated with new information through exclusive videos -- mostly filmed on cellphone, of course -- a chat room, and a Twitter-style news feed.
Variety gets an app.
All the latest news, reviews, videos and photos from Variety, the weekly entertainment trade newspaper.
Including last night's Oscar coverage.
According to TechRadar, a new chip can tell if we're drunk or have lung cancer.
Middlesex-based Applied Nanodetectors has come up with a chip that can analyse anyone's breath and look for indicators of health problems, including carbon dioxide, ammonia and nitrous oxide, as well as alcohol.
Related links to other Alcohol detectors and breathalyers cell phones
Thousands of elephant fans have registered on an on-line site promising live footage of the first birth of an elephant in Belgium, reports The Sydney Morning Herald .
Surfers logging on to www.baby-olifant.be can already watch the baby's kicks inside the belly of its mother, Phyo Phyo, an Asian elephant at the Antwerp zoo.
Related sort of, how SMS technology is being used to track elephants: