Mobile

Wed
31
Dec
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Invention Makes Cellphones 12x More Power Efficient

Tired of reaching for that cellphone, only to find that your ensuing conversation is cut off because of a dying battery? Almost everyone knows the sinking feeling that accompanies a suddenly dead cellphone battery; in fact, consumers have been ... demanding a more efficient, longer-lasting device for ages. That might be on its way, thanks to the work of a doctoral student from Canada's national capital. PhD candidate Atif Shamim, an engineering student at Ottawa, Ontario's Carleton University, has reportedly built a technology capable of reducing the overall power consumption of mobile devices ... (view more)

Wed
17
Dec
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Intel Wants to Make Self-powered Cell Phones

Chip maker Intel wants to bring power to your mobile device. At a press event in San Francisco on December 5, Justin Rattner, the company's chief technical officer, unveiled Intel's vision for sensors that "scavenge" the environment for power ... sources. Called a Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform (WISP) the technology could continually scan the environment for possible energy sources. The WISP then takes in power through a variety of means, including solar and other light sources, body heat, radiation from cell phone towers, WiFi and television signals -- even the energy ... (view more)

Fri
05
Dec
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Mobile Phones Double As TiVo Remotes

Have you ever forgot to make the necessary arrangements needed to record your favorite TV show? Sometimes we know to record the show well in advance, yet we keep putting it off -- and eventually forget altogether. While this might not be one of the ... most crucial topics in the world, having to miss one week of a preferred television program can really become a nuisance. What do you do if you miss a show? Ask a friend what happened? They always leave out best parts of the story. Do you search the Internet for a quick recap? It's never the same as the real thing. If only you had been home to set ... (view more)

Fri
28
Nov
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Google and Apple Introduce Voice Recognition to iPhone

One of the most desirable features of the iPhone is its quickness via a mobile Internet connection. But how fast is the Apple iPhone? Users still have to take out the device, open up a search engine page and type out a desired question or keyword. ... This process may take several minutes, even with a hi-speed connection, because the pertinent information always seems to be buried under a sea of useless commentary. Wouldn't it be great if you could just ask the Internet a simple question and get a straight answer? Researchers at Google have added new technology in the latest iPhone software ... (view more)

Thu
20
Nov
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iPod Tiny Projector Unveiled: Optoma Pico

The popularity of the Apple iPod has produced some of the most innovative complimentary gadgets the world has ever seen. At a recent consumer electronics show in Berlin, onlookers were enthralled with the latest iPod sidekick that is sure to take ... personal entertainment to a whole new level. Meet the Optoma Pico Projector. The Optoma Pico Projector is not big and bulky like common projectors, but it does all of the same features and more. Think of it as a pocket projector. With its dimensions (2 by 4.1 by 0.7 inches) and a weight of about 4.2 ounces, the device looks more like a cell phone ... (view more)

Fri
07
Nov
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Free WiFi For iPhone Users

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Wed
05
Nov
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Use Your BlackBerry To Star In Your Own LIVE Reality Show

While the concept would have been unimaginable twenty years ago, the ability to snap pictures and record videos using a mobile phone does little to amaze us in 2008. So what makes shooting videos using the new Qik feature so different? Qik lets you ... record videos from your mobile phone while others watch the content live and in real time over the Internet! Qik has partnered with Research in Motion to allow the broadcast of live video feeds from select BlackBerry models that run operating system 4.5 or above. In other words, the BlackBerry Bold, Pearl 8120, and Pearl 8130 will soon be able to ... (view more)

Tue
04
Nov
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New BlackBerry Boasts Old-School Looks, New-School Functionality

Fans of the BlackBerry will be pleased to hear that a brand-new flip version of the popular device is now available. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 is Waterloo, Canada-based Research in Motion's (RIM) first foray into the flip sector of the ... cellphone market. RIM first announced the Flip 8220 in September, but failed to release any conclusive details about its ultimate release date. In fact, the company only ball-parked a late fall launch; thankfully for the many BlackBerry fans anticipating the device's release it appears to be ahead of schedule and should be available in stores today. Like ... (view more)

Fri
31
Oct
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New Sony Phone Uploads Directly to YouTube

Sony Ericsson plans to introduce the W595, a new-age mobile phone that will feature a "YouTube Uploader" button. The phone, expected to debut on the Italian mobile market first, will make videos shot on the W595 available to millions of YouTube ... watchers instantly, at the literal push of a button. Perhaps no other website is more recognizable right now than YouTube. For some, the popular online destination is seen as a bastion for anyone wanting to shape and create their own form of entertainment. For others, YouTube presents the perfect platform for some people to jump from "nothing special" ... (view more)

Thu
23
Oct
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New Mobile Phones 'Rub' and 'Tap' Users

You are walking along, listening to the sounds of nature when all of a sudden you feel a slight rub or a tap on your inner thigh coming from inside one of your pant pockets. Don't worry. You are probably not the victim of a pickpocket. It's only ... your mobile phone informing you of an incoming call. Microsoft Research is currently working on mobile phone settings that are a little more "hands on" than previous features used for identifying an incoming call. Among the traditional "silent" and "vibrate" modes will be two new additional methods of transmitting information: moving a small ball or ... (view more)

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