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June 30, 2012

Smartphones hardly used for calls

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People spend more time using their smartphones for surfing the web, checking social networks or playing games than making phone calls, new research has found, reports The Telegraph.

quotemarksright.jpgWhile smartphones are replacing more of our gadgets, such as alarm clocks and digital cameras, actually using one to make a phone call is not that common, according to mobile network O2.

The average smartphone owner spends more than two hours each day using the device. During that time, smartphone owners spend an average of 25 minutes using their phone to browse the web, 17 minutes on social networking, 13 minutes playing games and 16 minutes listening to music.

Making phone calls with the smartphone was only the fifth most popular use for the gadget, only slightly more time than they spend writing and checking email (11 minutes) and text messaging (10 minutes).

While the survey found that people spend just three minutes a day taking photographs, photography was the most popular thing to use a smartphone for, with 74 per cent saying that they had taken photos with their handset.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 10:35 AM | permalink

Mobile app revenues were a little under $3.5 billion last year

iphone-apps-billion-tbi.jpeg Despite how much attention it's given, the mobile app economy isn't as big as you might think. Based on an aggregation of data points from iSuppli, Forrester Research, company releases, and our own estimates, mobile app revenues were a little under $3.5 billion last year.

quotemarksright.jpgApple announced at WWDC earlier this month that the App Store had paid out $5 billion to developers since its inception. Apple takes a 30 percent cut of App Store transactions, which means it has generated cumulative revenues of $7.15 billion since its introduction in 2008.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article in Business Insider.

Related: - The brutal truth? Most apps sink without a trace

emily | 10:26 AM | permalink

US Weather alerts coming soon to smartphone near you

Millions of smartphone users will soon begin receiving text messages about severe weather from a sophisticated government system that can send a blanket warning to mobile devices in the path of a dangerous storm. Users won't have to pay for the messages and can opt out, according to USA Today.

quotemarksright.jpgThe new Wireless Emergency Alerts system gives the National Weather Service a new way to warn Americans about menacing weather, even if they are nowhere near a television, radio or storm sirens.

Beginning Thursday, the system will notify people about approaching tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards and other threats. When a warning is issued for a specific county, a message of no more than 90 characters will cause late-model smartphones in that area to sound a special tone and vibrate.

... The system does not yet work with all smartphones or in all areas. It is part of a broader alert network the Federal Emergency Management Agency launched in April that can also send public-safety warnings from the president and participating state and local governments. But the weather service estimates that more than 90% of the messages will be about storms.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 9:44 AM | permalink

UK Prisons to be given mobile phone jamming devices

LowdhamGrPris.jpeg According to The Telegraph, prisons in the UK are to be given gadgets that block mobile phone signals in order to stop inmates committing more crimes while behind bars.

quotemarksright.jpgThe Ministry of Justice says that handsets smuggled into jails are being used by offenders to harass victims, organise gangs and deal drugs on the outside. It has already carried out trials of jamming equipment, which is illegal if used in public, and is about to give portable devices to some prison governors.

And next week the Government will back a Bill proposed by a Conservative MP that would allow the authorities to track mobile calls attempted by criminals as well as stop them getting through to their associates.

... Trials have demonstrated that equipment can be capable of denying signals to illicit mobile phones within the prison perimeter as required by law and Ofcom regulations, but that this is not a quick, simple or cheap solution,” said Crispin Blunt, the prisons minister. One expert claimed it would cost £250,000 ($392,000) to block signals at a single jail.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Related articles on cell phones and inmates blogged by textually over the years.

emily | 9:16 AM | permalink

Texting Promotes Recovery After Breast Reconstruction

For women undergoing breast reconstruction after mastectomy, text messaging between the patient and surgeon leads to improvements in some key postoperative outcomes, according to a study in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery(R), the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

The study is the first to show potential benefits of text messaging between surgeons and patients undergoing a specific surgical procedure. The lead author was Dr. Roshni Rao of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

Read full press release from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

emily | 9:08 AM | permalink

From Sunday (1 July) mobile roaming prices across Europe will be reduced

airplanephone.jpeg On Sunday, Europeans, or anyone travelling within the EU for that matter, will see reductions in the price of roaming voice calls and text messages, a price cap on data roaming and transparency for roaming outside the EU. Silicon Republic reports.

quotemarksright.jpgEuropean ministers in May agreed to the new EU roaming regulation that will reduce the cost of data roaming in Europe.

New roaming charges from 1 July

The maximum charges that apply to consumers when roaming in the EU from 1 July are:

-- Voice calls made – maximum charge of 35.67 cents per minute (reduced from 43.05 cents).

-- Voice calls received – maximum charge of 9.84 cents per minute (reduced from 13.53 cents).

-- SMS – maximum charge of 11.07 cents per SMS sent (reduced from 13.53 cents). To receive an SMS is free.

-- A new data price cap – a maximum charge 86.10 cents per megabyte (MB) of data.

Transparency rules

Under the transparency measures, when a consumer travels in the EU they must receive an SMS from their mobile operator advising them of the costs of roaming.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 8:47 AM | permalink

June 28, 2012

Making It Easy To Bring Cell Phone Apps To Africa

ResizedLogo.png In many parts of the U.S., you can’t turn a corner without bumping into someone talking on their smartphone. In developing nations, this isn’t the case; cell phones are pervasive (57% of adults have cell phones in Sub-Saharan Africa), but few people have the iPhones and Android phones that are popular elsewhere. FastCompany reports.

quotemarksright.jpgHere’s the problem: Cell phones provide unprecedented opportunities for communication, but the basic phones used by people in, say, Kenya, don’t have the apps that many of us are so fond of. That might seem trivial, but the Internet penetration rate in Africa is only 10% to 15%--and that means there are a lot of people missing out on things that smartphone users routinely access, like email, mobile money transfer, and the Internet’s wealth of information. But while smartphones may have slick interfaces and app stores, there are plenty of ways to bring the functionality of apps to basic phones.

Africa’s Talking, a startup that’s currently incubating at Hub Ventures, wants to make it easy for developers to bring apps to cell phone users in Africa--something that isn’t so simple right now. "We have 700 million mobile phone users in Africa, spread out in 50 countries. Each country has mobile companies, and when you build an app that relies on mobile, you need to somehow connect to the mobile company," explains Eston Kimani, CEO and co-founder of Africa’s Talking. "Right now you have to deal with intermediaries and jump through hoops." A developer can put an app in Apple’s app store and forget about it, developing a product for Africa’s mobile market requires dealing with individual telecommunications companies.

The solution: An automated process that makes it possible for developers to easily disseminate their SMS-based apps via Africa’s Talking’s API. quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 12:59 PM | permalink

Mobile messaging service Kakao Talk introduces virtual currency in Korea

img_main02.jpg Korean messaging Kakao Talk has launched its own virtual currency called ‘Chocos’, taking a lead from the country’s top social network Cyworld, and its ‘acorns’ profit model. The new service is live today, following an announcement earlier this week. TheNextWeb reports.

quotemarksright.jpgChocos’ are Kakao Talk’s cyber money which users can buy to pay for premium services on the mobile messaging app. These services can already be bought using other payment options, but the idea of the virtual currency is to reduce the inconvenience of having to pay separately each time – effectively allowing users to bulk up on credit.

As of now, ‘chocos’ can only be used to pay for the company’s own emoticons in Kakao Talk, as external gifts and icons are not yet supported by the new cyber money. However, that is likely to change and we expect that more items will become available going forward, particularly when the service introduces its game center in July.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 12:48 PM | permalink

Cellphone Companies Will Share Your Location Data With Cops and Ads - Just Not With You

Cellphone companies hold onto your location information for years and routinely provide it to police and, in anonymized form, to outside companies. Propublica.org reports.

quotemarksright.jpgAs they note in their privacy policies, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile all analyze your information to send you targeted ads for their own services or from outside companies. At least tens of thousands of times a year, they also hand cellphone location information to the FBI or police officers who have a court order.

But ProPublica discovered that there’s one person cell phone companies will not share your location information with: You.

ProPublica staffers and one friend requested their own geo-location data from the four largest cellphone providers. All four companies refused to provide it.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Click here to see how they responded.

emily | 8:07 AM | permalink

June 26, 2012

Mobile phones are changing the world of retail – at a remarkable speed

Barclays-Pingit-app-runni-007.jpeg The retail industry is experiencing a revolution on a par with the introduction of plastic payments in the 1950s or the launch of the internet and e-commerce in the early 1990s. The mobile device, a gadget we check more than 200 times every day, is changing the way we discover and buy products and services. The Guardian reports.

quotemarksright.jpgPayPal predicts that we won't have physical wallets by 2016. Visa Europe predicts that 50% of all its transactions will be made via mobile by 2020, and retailers are already reporting that up to 12% of their traffic comes from mobile channels (eDigitalResearch, May 2011). There is no doubt the market is buzzing with expectation and retailers are starting to catch-on.

... The mobile is a highly personal device. It is smart, always connected and capable of two-way interaction. Mobile retail isn't just about moving your wallet to your device or delivering internet sites to your mobile; it has the potential to revolutionise the entire retail experience. For example, the way we search the internet, the way we receive marketed, make buying decisions and pay for things.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 3:23 PM | permalink

June 25, 2012

NextDrop alerts families via SMS when it's time to get water

NextDrop.jpg In cities where the water coming from pipes is anything but reliable, a new service alerts people so they don’t have to sit at home all day waiting for the tap to turn on. FastCompany reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIn many cities in developing countries, residents have piped water supplies. But there's a catch: the water is only available through the pipes for a few hours at a time, and people have no way of knowing when that will be. As a result, residents (mostly women and the poor) spend their days just waiting for the water to arrive. NextDrop, one of the winners of the Knight News Challenge, has a solution.

Here's how the system works: Utility employees call NextDrop's interactive voice response system when they manually open neighborhood water valves. The system generates text message updates for local residents (most of whom have cell phones) 30 to 60 minutes before water delivery. Residents are also contacted by the system randomly to verify the accuracy of the information given by the valvemen. Updates from the utility employees are also turned into Google Maps-based streaming visual data so that engineers can track valve status throughout the city in real time.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. View videos on both C/net and smartplanet.

emily | 1:07 PM | permalink

SMS for Life: saving lives through improving access to malaria treatments

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Using SMS and mobile mapping technology, the SMS for Life initiative simplifies the process of monitoring the availability of drugs in remote health centres. The Guardian reports.

quotemarksright.jpgMalaria continues to be a significant health problem, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 216 million people are infected every year and approximately 655,000 die from malaria, mostly children under five and pregnant women.

A key challenge in the fight against malaria is to ensure medicines reach those who most need them: patients living in remote rural areas with poor access to health services. Yet, stock-outs of medicines at the health facility level are a big and persistent problem in many sub-Saharan countries. Once drugs reach the country and enter the supply chain, there is little or no visibility on what happens. This makes it extremely difficult to manage the supply chain and to anticipate stock-outs of life-saving drugs.

SMS for Life pilot in rural Tanzania yields positive results.

Using short messaging service (SMS) and mobile mapping technology, a public private partnership called SMS for Life between Novartis, IBM, Vodafone, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Tanzania developed and piloted a solution to this problem. The program has now been rolled out countrywide in Tanzania to all 5,097 health facilities with support from Medicines for Malaria Venture and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

21-week pilot study was undertaken during 2009-2010 in three districts of rural Tanzania, involving 129 health facilities and covering a population of 1.2 million people. It confirmed the effectiveness of the approach in reducing stock-outs for ACTs. Stock data was provided in 95% of cases, and data was very accurate, with an error rate of 7.5%, most of which were corrected.

At the start of the pilot, 25% of all health facilities had no ACT in stock, but by the end, 95% had at least one ACT dosage form in stock. Furthermore, at the end of the pilot, 300,000 more people than at the beginning had access to ACTs.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 10:53 AM | permalink

The Affordable African Smartphone Battle Begins

Most mobile analysts in Africa have come to the consensus that the future of Internet access on the continent lies in mobile. Over the next decade, mobile devices will serve as the vehicle for delivering Internet access to millions of Africans. For this to happen, the devices will have to be highly affordable.

TheNextWeb Africa reviews the options available today by the companies that have been anticipating the African smart phone revolution

emily | 9:44 AM | permalink

June 21, 2012

June 20, 2012

NY city’s controversial ban on cellphones in schools has persuaded kids to leave their devices at a stranger’s home

New York city’s controversial ban on cellphones in schools has persuaded some kids to leave their devices at home — a stranger’s home! The New York Post reports.

quotemarksright.jpgDozens of students at the former Bushwick HS campus have been paying $1 per day to store their phones at an alumnus’ apartment — just down the street from the Brooklyn campus.

Academy of Urban Planning graduate Giovanni Monserrate — known affectionately as either “Gio” or “The Mayor” — has padded his income as a Broadway usher by serving as a cellphone-storage site for between 30 and 100 teens daily over the last seven years.

He said that he used to provide the service for free when he was a student but that he had to start charging after the operation got too unwieldy.

... The fly-by-night phone-storage industry — which includes trucks, bodegas and a number of private homes and apartments — leaves students on the hook for more than $4 million per year.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

Previously: - Storing schoolkids’ banned cells is big biz

emily | 8:44 AM | permalink

Privacy Star App lets you block calls and texts

PrivacyStar.png Coolest Gadgets reviews PrivacyStar, an app and paid solution that lets you block calls and texts, receive call and text ID information, lookup dreaded unknown calls or texts, file an FTC complaint, and more.

emily | 8:17 AM | permalink

China's 'Twitter' introduces fees

sinnnnnn.jpeg Sina Weibo, China's biggest Twitter-like microblogging platform, has introduced a membership charge for premium features.

quotemarksright.jpgFor a monthly fee of 10 yuan ($1.57) its 300 million users can add personalised pages, voice posts and better security, among other services.

The move could help return the firm to profit. It posted a $13.7m loss for its first quarter in May.

One analyst called it a "bold move", adding Twitter was unlikely to follow.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 7:39 AM | permalink

Ethiopia's new bill which criminalizes the use of VoIP services such as Skype

skype01.jpeg According to the BBC, users in Ethiopia face up to 15 years in jail if they use Skype or similar internet call services.

Netizens are especially furious over the country’s state owned Ethio-Telecom, which proposed the new bill in May and went mostly unnoticed around the world until now. Meles Zenawi's government claims that the new bill is meant to prevent external security threats.

According to Al Jazeera via 2OceansVibe, there seems to have been a perceived threat to national security, and a concern that Skype was hurting the state-owned, and sole, telecommunications carrier, Ethio Teleco.

quotemarksright.jpgBasically, the new legislation empowers the state-owned telecom to prohibit the use of VoIP services, video chatting, social media, e-mail, and any other data transfer service capable of communicating information.

The law will also give the government the right to examine any imported voice communication equipment.quotesmarksleft.jpg

[GlobalVoicesOnline via @jranck. Image credit.]

emily | 7:18 AM | permalink

June 19, 2012

Hitachi Develops High-Speed Text Messaging Technology

According to Nikkei.com, Hitachi Ltd. has come up with a high-speed method for handling large volumes of text data sent from mobile phones and other devices.

quotemarksright.jpgText messages tend to be delayed when demand balloons, such as when natural disasters strike or at the beginning of a year, when many people send greetings at once. The new technology will offer stable text communications service even in such congested situations, according to the firm.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 9:50 AM | permalink

Will Text-Message Fundraising Revolutionize the Political Cash Game?

About a decade ago, the Internet revolutionized political fundraising. Could text messages be poised to repeat the feat? The Atlantic reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe FEC's decision last week to allow fundraising solicitations via text message is a critical money-raising permutation for candidate scrambling for cash.

... Text-message solicitations have the potential to not only tap into a deep pool of small donors, political consultant from both parties say, but also cultivate a community of supporters who otherwise wouldn't be involved in the race.

"It's a sea change in campaign finance; at least it could be," said Mark Armour, a Democratic strategist whose political-consulting firm proposed the change to the FEC. "The challenge is to operationalize it."

Raising money with text messages isn't a new phenomenon outside of politics: After the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, donors contributed tens of millions of dollars using the phone service. Everyday consumers use the technology to buy services on their smartphones: It amounts to about $2 billion in transactions annually, according to Alan Sege, vice president of m-Qube, a company that serves as a messaging and billing gateway for phone carriers.quotesmarksleft.jpg

In a related article, Bloomberg specifies that the final FEC ruling would limit the total amount of any text-message contributions to $50 per phone number in a monthly billing cycle.

Read more.

emily | 9:35 AM | permalink

June 18, 2012

Phones gain ability to learn by touching

Tiles.jpg There's a form of extra-sensory perception called psychometry, whose practitioners claim to learn things about objects by touching them. Smartphones set to be released this month by Samsung and Sony will have some of that ability: they'll learn things when you touch them to pre-programmed "tags." USA Today reports.

quotemarksright.jpgFor example, you can program a tag with your phone number, and stick it on your business card. When someone taps their phone to the card, the phone would call you. Or you can put a tag on your night stand. Place the phone there, and it goes into "alarm clock" mode, holding your calls until the morning.

Samsung Electronics announced this week that it will be selling these tags in the form of stickers it calls "TecTiles" — $15 for 5 of them.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 8:32 AM | permalink

Storing schoolkids’ banned cells is big biz

New York city’s ban on cellphones in schools is taking an amazing $4.2 million a year out of kids’ pockets, a Post analysis has found.

quotemarksright.jpgThe students — who attend the nearly 90 high schools and middle schools with permanent metal detectors — pay $1 a day to store their phones either in stores or in trucks that park around the buildings.

The cottage industry has become so profitable, it rakes in $22,800 a day from some of the city’s poorest youngsters, whose families would rather shell out the money than risk their children’s safety.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

Related links to articles on the ban of cell phones in New York Schools blogged by textually over the years.

emily | 8:19 AM | permalink

June 16, 2012

Death of a Ringtone: The Rise and Fall of Nokia

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An interesting and insightful article by Jordan Weissman for the Atlantic, on Nokia's rise and fall. [via @jranck]

quotemarksright.jpgNot so long ago, the 13-note ringtone of a Nokia handset was the de facto soundtrack of the mobile revolution. The world's largest cell phone maker for more than a decade, the company was a leading innovator in both design and technology that helped bring wireless life to American high schoolers and rural Africans alike.

These days, though, it seems as if that iconic jingle is in danger of being switched to silent. ... And Business Insider's Henry Blodget had begun speculating that Nokia might face bankruptcy in the near future.

... Before it became a dominant player in mobile, Nokia was a shapeless conglomerate that had manufactured everything from paper pulp to rubber boots to cables. In the 1980s, its CEO decided to try and latch onto the boom in consumer electronics, including handsets, which led it to team up with a pair of Finnish telecoms on an undertaking that would change its fortunes, as well as the future of the cellular industry.

That project was the first digital telecommunications network, known as the GSM.

All of this might just sound like neat history for tech nerds. But the change to digital had profound impact on phone technology. Perhaps most importantly: It enabled text messaging. Because Nokia had invested so much money and research into digital networks, it was ready to dominate markets where it was adopted. The old mobile champion, Motorola, had grown up in the analog era and was caught flat-footed by the switch. By 1998, Nokia was the leading handset maker in the world, with more than 22 percent of the global marketplace. It would peak at around 40 percent in 2008. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 5:23 PM | permalink

Philippines fights dengue with text messages

Snapz Pro XScreenSnapz001.jpg Philippine government officials joined their counterparts in 10-member countries of the Association of Southeast Asia (ASEAN) in a campaign to fight the spread of mosquitoes that cause dengue or hemmorhagic fever, to stop the disease from spreading to the entire region, sources said, reports Gulf News.

quotemarksright.jpgHealth and social workers began a campaign urging residents to send text messages through their mobile phones to alert health centres nationwide about people suspected of having dengue. This will help government agencies extend early assistance to suspected dengue victims.

... The regional campaign, called ASEAN Unity for Dengue-Free Community, is an awareness programme simultaneously undertaken by all local government officials in ASEAN countries.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 5:06 PM | permalink

NCAA: Texting, Social Media Now Big Part Of College Recruiting

basketball-player-on-cell-phone-stack1.jpeg Division I men’s basketball coaches are now able to send unlimited texts and make unlimited calls to recruits who have wrapped up their sophomore year of high school, reports AtlantaBlackStar.

quotemarksright.jpgThe NCAA also will also allow coaches to send private messages to prospective players through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The NCAA is allowing coaches to text, tweet and talk to their hearts’ content because, as Missouri athletic director Mike Alden put it, the organization “recognized the evolving nature of communication with students".quotesmarksleft.jpg

Back in 2007, the NCAA approved a ban on text messaging.

emily | 8:46 AM | permalink

Mobile-Phone Radiation Safety to Be Reviewed in U.S. by FCC

According to The Washington Post, the U.S. FCC plans to ask whether its standards protect people from mobile-phone radiation, a question it hasn’t posed in 15 years, as people use smartphones for longer, more frequent calls.

quotemarksright.jpgThe FCC last updated its guidelines setting maximum radiation-exposure levels, which are based on the amount of heat emitted by mobile phones, in 1996.

“Any changes in the rules will have an impact on handset vendors,” said CW Cheung, the Asia-Pacific head of consulting for telecoms at Ovum, which advises companies in the telecom industry. “As most vendors are based outside the U.S., it could also become a trade issue.”quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 8:39 AM | permalink

June 15, 2012

Rock the Vote Goes Mobile to Register 1.5 Million Young Voters by Smartphone

ScanToVote-QRcode.png Rock the Vote, the nonprofit group focused on engaging young voters, is kicking off a joint effort with PromoJam, a Los Angeles-based social media promotions startup, with the goal of registering 1.5 million new voters for this fall’s presidential race - and challenging restrictions on voter registration. ReadWriteWeb.

quotemarksright.jpgThe mobile-focused campaign, which starts today, will enable anyone with a smartphone to fill out an entire voter registration form directly from their device. At the same time, that new voter can email themselves a copy of their registration, then print it out, sign it and send it to their local elections office.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 9:44 AM | permalink

Umbrella uses solar cells to charge your phone at festivals

Vodafone-Booster-Brolly.jpeg British mobile phone giant Vodafone has just unveiled a special umbrella aimed primarily at festival-goers. Called the Booster Brolly, the eco-friendly concept device charges your handset battery, boosts the device’s signal and, of course, keeps you dry in the event of a downpour. Digital Trends reports.

quotemarksright.jpgDesigned by Dr Kenneth Tong of University College London, the unique umbrella also features an LED torch for night-time navigation and a hands-free cellphone cradle. A USB port for connecting your phone or mobile device is located in the umbrella’s handle.

The Booster Brolly’s power is generated through its special canopy which incorporates a number of flexible solar panels, enabling it to fully charge a phone in less than three hours.

“The custom canopy has been fitted with 12 lightweight….solar cells that have the ability to convert light into electricity,” Tong explained. “The current generated is then transferred….to the handle of the umbrella where it is stored safely in high capacity rechargeable batteries, or used to directly charge a mobile device through a USB port.”quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

Other articles related to cell phone charging concepts for festival goers bloggged by textually over the years.

emily | 8:55 AM | permalink

Federal Judge rules Apple must face location tracking lawsuit

iphone_apps_logo_aug09.jpeg A federal judge in California has ruled that Apple must defend itself against a lawsuit filed after its devices were found to track users' activities. The BBC reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe plaintiffs allege that Apple's apps were enabled to secretly record the movements and other actions of millions of iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users.

The case wraps together multiple lawsuits that have been filed against Apple.

The firm had argued that user agreements shielded it from liability.

But federal judge Lucy Koh said there was "some ambiguity" as to whether all the information that was collected had been permitted.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 8:29 AM | permalink

More Cubans Own Cell Phones

1_241263_1_9.jpeg According to Reuters, the number of mobile phone users increased to 1.3 million in 2011, up from 1 million in 2010, the government said. Cubans do not have Internet connectivity on their phones.

quotemarksright.jpgCuba's population is 11.2 million people.

Cell phone usage has grown by leaps and bounds since 2008, when the government first allowed all Cubans to buy the phones. That first year there were 330,000 users.

Mobile phones are available only in a local dollar-pegged currency and sending even a Twitter message from a mobile phone can cost more than the average daily earnings of many Cubans.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

Related articles on Cuba and cell phones blogged by textually over the years.

emily | 8:11 AM | permalink

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