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  • Sexting Linked to Sex in Teens, Study Shows

    10/08/2014 11:35:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 8, 2014 | By Dr. Anshu Abhat
    “Sexting” — specifically, sending sexually explicit photos — among teens may also be an indicator that they are more likely to engage in the real thing later, according to a new study. University of Texas researchers embarked on a first-of-its-kind study to survey 1,042 high school students about their text and sex lives over a one-year period. Teens who admitted to sending nude pictures of themselves were 32% more likely to report a year later that they had had sexual intercourse when compared to those who said they did not sext, according to the research, published in the Oct. 6...
  • Talking to your car can be dangerous, studies say

    10/07/2014 9:40:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 2014 10:44 AM EDT | Joan Lowy
    Just because you can talk to your car doesn’t mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message, or make a phone call while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel, but many of these systems are so error-prone or complex that they require more concentration from drivers rather than less, according to studies released Tuesday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the...
  • Future Smartphones Won’t Need Cell Towers to Connect

    09/30/2014 10:44:32 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 40 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tom Simonite
    A new feature being added to the LTE protocol that smartphones use to communicate with cellular towers will make it possible to bypass those towers altogether. Phones will be able to “talk” directly to other mobile devices and to beacons located in shops and other businesses. Known as LTE Direct, the wireless technology has a range of up to 500 meters, far more than either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It is included in update to the LTE standard slated for approval this year, and devices capable of LTE Direct could appear as soon as late 2015. LTE Direct has been pioneered...
  • Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

    08/18/2014 12:15:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 15 Aug 2014 | By Simon Sharwood,
    Windows Phone cracks, Blackberry's out of juice and even Apple's squeezed The Google spawn's market share is up a third compared to the same quarter in 2013. Every other mobile operating system is not even eating Android's dust – they're so far back on the road they can see the plume of dust Android throws up are falling behind and don't even look to have a chance of choking. We offer that analysis because, as the chart below shows, Android's nearest rival – Apple's iOS – now has just 11.7 per cent market share.Top Five Smartphone Operating Systems, Worldwide Shipments,...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-06-22 : Bureaucrats Should Keep Their Hands Off Our Smartphones

    06/22/2014 6:58:26 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 13 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-06-22 | Newt Gingrich
    . June 22, 2014 Newt Gingrich Bureaucrats Should Keep Their Hands Off Our Smartphones Does a week go by without news of federal bureaucrats outrageously extending their tentacles of authority over more of society? Earlier this month it was the EPA, announcing its plan to introduce on its own the carbon dioxide limits that Congress specifically rejected. Then it was the FDA, insinuating itself into the centuries-old process of aging cheese. Last week it was the IRS trying to shed at last the inconvenience of congressional oversight. Now the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is claiming sweeping authority over our...
  • Minnesota passes nation’s first smartphone ‘kill switch’ law

    05/15/2014 3:53:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/15/2014 | NIRAJ CHOKSHI
    Minnesota on Wednesday passed the nation’s first law requiring smartphones to have the ability to be remotely disabled. The law requires smartphone manufacturers to introduce so-called “kill switches” in devices to allow users to make lost or stolen phones unusable. In so doing, the state hopes to remove the incentive for such robberies, which are on the rise. A Consumer Reports survey released last month found that 3.1 million Americans had cellphones stolen in 2013, nearly double the 1.6 million thefts reported the previous year. Some of those robberies can become violent, as was the case for a Minneapolis mayoral candidate who received nine...
  • Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which is the best Android phone in the world?

    04/22/2014 11:50:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    bgr.com (Boy Genius Report) ^ | 4/17/14 | Zach Epstein
    For smartphone fans around the world, things really started to get interesting over the past couple of months. First, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone in late February, revealing a smartphone that was quite impressive and touted a number of great new features, but failed to live up to the hype stirred up by dozens of rumors. Then, HTC unveiled its own flagship phone, the HTC One (M8), and launched it the very same day.
  • James Clapper Giving Speeches To Students, Begging Them To Stop Thinking Of Ed Snowden As A Hero

    04/21/2014 4:12:15 PM PDT · by opentalk · 32 replies
    techdirt ^ | April 21, 2013 | Mike Masnick
    A few weeks back, I read a Washington Post story "Inside the admissions process at George Washington University" and noted this interesting tidbit towards the end: GW also asks students to list a role model and two words to describe themselves. As for herself, Freitag said, she would list “Martha Stewart/Tina Fey” and “sassy/classy.” This year, she’s seeing a lot of Edward Snowden citations. I had thought about writing it up, but decided it was a pretty small thing, really. It's not secret that, as a group, younger people have a much more favorable impression of Snowden than older people....
  • 'Kill switch' may be standard on U.S. phones in 2015

    04/16/2014 4:01:05 PM PDT · by kingattax · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | Doug Gross
    (CNN) -- The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players. Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, along with the five biggest cellular carriers in the United States, are among those that have signed on to a voluntary program announced Tuesday by the industry's largest trade group. All smartphones manufactured for sale in the United States after July 2015 must have the technology, according to the program from CTIA-The Wireless Association. Advocates say the feature would deter thieves from...
  • Technology is not Wisdom

    03/20/2014 5:06:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Americans now have more computer power in their smart phones than did the Pentagon in all its computer banks just 30 years ago. We board a sophisticated jet and assume that the flight is no more dangerous than crossing the street. The downside of this complete reliance on computer gadgetry is a fundamental ignorance of what technology is. Smart machines are simply the pumps that deliver the water of knowledge -- not knowledge itself. What does it matter that millions of American students can communicate across thousands of miles instantly with their iPads and iPhones if a poorly educated generation...
  • BlackBerry to bring back function keys to win back former fans

    02/24/2014 7:22:06 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 12 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Feb. 24, 2014 | SEAN SILCOFF
    BlackBerry Ltd. is seeking to win back once-devoted customers by bringing back a popular set of command keys that the company had abandoned with the launch of a new family of smartphones this past year. Sources familiar with the company say chief executive officer John Chen will announce Tuesday at a mobile industry conference in Barcelona that the Waterloo, Ont.-based company will restore its trademark “belt” of five function keys that sat between the screen and keyboard. This includes a trackpad and other keys that allowed users to easily navigate between different applications. The belt will appear later this year...
  • Qualcomm Is Working on Eight-Core 64-Bit System-on-Chip.

    01/31/2014 9:34:20 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | [01/27/2014 04:23 AM] | by Anton Shilov
    Apple has managed to leave everyone behind with the world’s first 64-bit ARM architecture system-on-chip. However, if the rumours about Qualcomm’s forthcoming application processor is correct, then the world’s largest supplier of chips for mobile devices may be preparing something that will blow away not only Apple’s A7, but even Nvidia’s Tegra K1. Qualcomm is reportedly working on Snapdragon 810 system-on-chip that boasts up to eight 64-bit custom cores with up to 4MB of cache and up to 2.50GHz frequency. The app processor also packs Adreno 430 graphics core with up to 500MHz clock-rate, LPDDR3/LPDDR4 memory controller and various...
  • New Android app warns you when you’re being tracked

    01/31/2014 6:27:25 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/31/14 | Guiseppi Macri
    A group led by a Rutgers University professor just created an Android smartphone app that notifies users when their location data is being tracked and transmitted by another app. Assistant professor Janne Lindqvist’s new app displays a banner across Android screens saying, “Your location is accessed by [app name],” when said app is transmitting location data, taking advantage of technology already present on the Android operating system that few users were aware even existed. “People were really surprised that some apps were accessing their location, or how often some apps were accessing their location,” Lindqvist told MIT Technology Review of...
  • How many Americans will be using an iPhone when the US Smartphone Market Saturates? [68% in 2017]

    12/16/2013 8:02:05 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 84 replies
    Asymco [Analyst] ^ | December 13, 2013 | Horace Dediu
    As previously noted, the US smartphone market has followed an almost perfectly logistic growth. The measured data (via comScore, in green below) follows a predictive logistic function (thin blue whose formula is discussed here). The other notable market observation is how closely the iPhone follows the same pattern as the market. The red line representing the iPhone above is almost perfectly parallel to the green and blue lines which represent the overall market. The reason for this seems to be that consumers are absorbing the product in similar way to how they are absorbing the technology.[1] The “learning model” which...
  • San Francisco rail commuters on phones didn't notice gun before killing, police say

    10/09/2013 5:02:37 PM PDT · by Flag_This · 20 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10/09/2013 | FoxNews
    SAN FRANCISCO – The man drew the gun several times on the crowded San Francisco commuter train, with surveillance video showing him pointing it across the aisle without anyone noticing and then putting it back against his side, according to authorities. The other passengers were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't notice the gunman until he randomly shot and killed a university student, authorities said.
  • Running Into Facebook

    10/05/2013 7:49:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    As the baseball playoffs approach, beware: As some fans in Boston found out the hard way, snapping too many cell phone photos may be bad for your camera. Or at least your beer. Still, despite the chance of losing your phone or your beverage, we love to snap and share. Everything. It was that noted wine drinker Socrates who opined that the unexamined life is not worth living. But how many friends would he have had on Facebook, anyway? Americans don’t have Socratic problems. Our lives are over-examined. Few of us go anywhere without a smart phone these days. Whether...
  • Packers’ star QB tackles ‘conflict minerals,’ but is a solution right here at home?

    10/04/2013 9:07:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-4-13 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON – Aaron Rodgers has faced some of the most ferocious defensive linemen the National Football League has ever unleashed on professional football fields. The Green Bay Packers quarterback has passed his way to the top of his game, becoming among the most accurate, respected and highest paid players in NFL history. Now, Rodgers is taking on a much more brutal enemy: The murderous warlords of the Democratic Republic of Congo in command of a civil conflict that has claimed more than 3 million lives. Green Bay’s QB has signed up as a celebrity front man for Raise Hope for...
  • Report: NSA can access most smartphone data

    09/08/2013 6:09:55 AM PDT · by John W · 48 replies
    AP via knoxnews.com ^ | September 8, 2013 | Frank Jordans
    BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. National Security Agency is able to crack protective measures on iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices, giving it access to users' data on all major smartphones, according to a report Sunday in German news weekly Der Spiegel. The magazine cited internal documents from the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ in which the agencies describe setting up dedicated teams for each type of phone as part of their effort to gather intelligence on potential threats such as terrorists. The data obtained this way includes contacts, call lists, SMS traffic, notes and location information, Der Spiegel reported....
  • Links 17 Aug: Your iPhone Uses More Energy Than Your Refrigerator

    08/24/2013 3:49:39 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/17/2013 | Tim Worstall
    That’s the claim at least from this new paper. That your iPhone, or more exactly your smartphone, uses more electricity than a refrigerator does. Do note though that it’s not actually the phone that does this: it’s the entire infrastructure that supplies it with the ability to be smart that does. All those data centres, running the WiFi and mobile networks and so on. In fact, the claim is that IT now uses 10% of the world’s electricity: The global digital economy, also known as the ICT system (information-communications-technologies), sucks up as much electricity today as it took to illuminate...
  • Children and Smartphones: What’s the Right Age?

    08/19/2013 3:15:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    Laptop Magazine ^ | August 15, 2013 | Daniel P. Howley
    One of the biggest and most divisive debates among parents of young children and preteens deals with the age at which children should be allowed to have their own smartphone. The advent of kid-friendly apps and the ability to watch streaming videos in the palm of your hand have made the decision even more difficult for parents. A recent survey conducted by mobile service provider Zact found that 56 percent of children ages 10 to 13 have a smartphone, while a shockingly high 25 percent of children ages 2 to 5 have a smartphone. But should children so young have...
  • Panasonic makes a 10 micron thick carbon phone heatsink--PGS is the new wonder material for devices

    08/15/2013 8:37:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Semiaccurate ^ | Aug 15, 2013 | by Charlie Demerjian
    Panasonic was showing off one of the most incredible heatsinks on the market, 10µm ‘thick’ carbon sheets with 95% the conductivity of diamond. If you think that is impressive, the sandwiches they make with it were even more interesting.At first the Pyrolitic (Highly Oriented) Graphite Sheet or PGS looks like a bit of dull grey cloth with no more sheen than an average cheap suit. If you pick it up it feels more like a lint-free screen cleaning cloth, quite soft, a bit slippery, but with none of the weight found in a screen cleaning mat. It really weighs nothing...
  • Bloomberg Pledge $80,000 to Ubuntu Edge Campaign

    08/08/2013 5:46:49 PM PDT · by sitetest · 17 replies
    Techweek Europe ^ | August 8, 2013 | Steve McCaskill
    Bloomberg has become the first major corporate backer of the Ubuntu Edge, pledging $80,000 towards the project to build a crowdfunded smartphone, but this is unlikely to be enough to help Canonical reach its ambitious funding goal of $32 million (£20.8m). Canonical says the pledge is a huge boost for the company and other backers who want to get their hands on the world’s first “truly converged computing device”, but at the time of writing, the Ubuntu Edge has achieved just $8,544,097 of its target with just 14 days of fund raising left. Bloomberg has signed up for the ‘Enterprise...
  • Professor says kids no longer need to learn spelling and grammar because of smartphones

    08/04/2013 11:13:50 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 119 replies
    Professor says kids no longer need to learn spelling and grammar because of smartphones The Daily Caller 4 hours ago Education Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion,...
  • Obama Administration Vetoes Ban on Sale of Some Apple Devices

    08/03/2013 12:06:20 PM PDT · by Monty22002 · 61 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8/3/2013 | BRENT KENDALL
    The Obama administration on Saturday vetoed a U.S. trade body's ban on the sale of some Apple AAPL +1.28%iPhones and iPads, a rare move that upends a legal victory for smartphone rival Samsung Electronics Co. 005930.SE +0.47% U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman made the decision to veto the ban on the Apple devices, citing concerns about patent holders gaining "undue leverage." He said Samsung could continue to pursue its patent rights through the courts.
  • 1 in 10 Americans admit to using smartphones during sex

    07/13/2013 9:55:59 AM PDT · by varyouga · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/12/13 | Mike Flacy
    <p>Detailed within a study conducted by Harris Interactive, approximately nine percent of American adults admitted to using a smartphone while engaging in sexual intercourse with their partner.</p> <p>Of the more than 2,000 survey respondents, the largest percentage of adults that admitted this fact were split between Generation X and Millennial ages. Specifically, 20 percent of adults between the ages of 18 to 34 grabbed their smartphone during sex. Included within the 2013 Mobile Consumer Habits study, this survey was commissioned by Jumio; a company that offers payments and ID scanning solutions.</p>
  • DUmmie FUnnies 06-25-13 (DUmmie Suffers Smart Phone Culture Shock)

    06/25/2013 6:35:40 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 32 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | June 25, 2013 | Dummies and PJ-Comix
    Some DUmmies have discovered Smart Phones and they are puzzled by the technology as you can see in this THREAD, "I finally got a smart phone." Guess what? Your humble correspondent also got a smart phone a couple of months ago. An LG Motion. So why did I wait so long? The main reason is that I wanted a cell phone with HD quality video and since the LG Motion has excellent 1080 HD video, I went for it. You can see for yourself the quality from this VIDEO recorded recently on my LG Motion. It features my niece...
  • 23 Pictures That Prove Society Is Doomed (the smartphone generation)

    06/20/2013 7:27:36 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 148 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | June 19, 2013 | Dave Stopera
    HEAD FOR THE HILLS.
  • Samsung loses $12 billion in market value as analysts slash Galaxy S4 sales forecasts

    06/09/2013 4:54:37 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 40 replies
    National Post ^ | JUNE 7, 2013
    Samsung Electronics Co lost $12 billion in market value on Friday, hit by brokerage downgrades that have underscored concerns about slowing sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. The shares fell 6.2%, the most in more than nine months in Seoul after analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut profit estimates. Orders for the S4 smartphone, which went on sale last month, are slowing on weak demand in Europe that may impact profit margins, analysts led by JJ Park said in a report dated yesterday, citing supply chain checks. JPMorgan cut its share- price estimate for Samsung by 9.5% to...
  • Samsung Trouncing Apple Gangnam Style

    04/26/2013 7:16:01 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/26/2013 @ 8:36AM | Peter Cohan
    Gangnam style is trouncing Cupertino’s when it comes to high tech pre-eminence. You may remember the wild popularity of Psy’s video celebrating the upscale Gangnam shopping district of Seoul, Korea. And a look at Samsung’s latest financial report suggests that Cupertino-based Apple is falling behind fast. After all Samsung — the world’s leader in computer memory chips, televisions, mobile handsets and LCD panels — took a huge chunk out of Apple’s hide in the first three months of 2013. How so? According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung took about 33% of the global smartphone market in the first quarter to Apple’s...
  • Facebook unveils new smartphone ‘Home’-- puts new ‘skin’ on Android smartphone from HTC

    04/04/2013 1:57:37 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | April 4, 2013, 3:19 p.m. EDT | Dan Gallagher, MarketWatch
    MENLO PARK (MarketWatch) — Facebook Inc. unveiled a new user interface for mobile phones on Thursday, along with a new smartphone from HTC designed to showcase the software. >The new software, called Home, is designed to make the social network a more central part of the mobile phone experience. Facebook FB +0.14% has seen a significant number of its users shift to mobile devices from desktop PCs over the last two years, but ads over mobile platforms don’t yet bring in the same level of revenues as more traditional Web advertising.
  • Apple to begin iPhone production this quarter ( I thought they just did one?)

    04/02/2013 2:08:12 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | Updated April 2, 2013, 2:21 p.m. ET | By Lorraine Luk, Jessica E. Lessin and Eva Dou
    Apple Inc. AAPL +0.21% plans to begin production of a refreshed iPhone similar in size and shape to its current one in the second quarter of the year, according to people familiar with the device's production, teeing up a possible summer launch for the next version of its flagship device.
  • Texas Instruments Battery Management Chip Cuts Charge Time in Half. ( Mobile Devices IC )

    04/02/2013 11:54:18 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 03/27/2013 11:35 PM | Anton Shilov
    Single-Cell Battery Charger ICs with I2C and USB OTG Achieve Highest Efficiency and Cut Charge Time in Half Texas Instruments has introduced lithium-ion battery charger integrated circuits (ICs) that reduce charge time by 50% in smartphones and tablets compared to other charger solutions.The TI bq2419x family of 4.5A output, 20V input-rated switch-mode chargers with I2C interface and USB on-the-go (OTG) support delivers faster and cooler charging to a wide array of applications ranging from power banks and packs to 4G LTE routers, Wi-Fi speakers, portable medical and industrial designs.  Consumers continue to want faster battery charging in portable electronics. New...
  • Taking Swipes at the Smartphone Generation

    03/29/2013 12:38:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    The digital age continues to confuse and confound a generation of adults who have learned to participate in it, but lack the ability for what Ethel Merman as Annie Oakley called "doin' what comes naturally." We still think a microwave is for heating coffee and thawing frozen food, never the name of a computer game. We weren't born to researching on Wikipedia or Googling for facts. Our fingers can text, but often strike two letters on the Android, making for some strange communications. We despair of catching up with the tools at hand and wonder what it all means...
  • Your Next Smartphone Screen May Be Made of Sapphire

    03/20/2013 2:47:11 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 3/20/13 | Kevin Bullis
    Your Next Smartphone Screen May Be Made of Sapphire Manufactured sapphire is incredibly strong and scratch resistant. Now falling costs and technology improvements could make it competitive with glass. Why It Matters Gorilla Glass is great, but iPhone screens can still shatter. Crystal clear: These unpolished, uncut boules of manufactured-sapphire crystal weigh 130 kilograms (left) and 100 kilograms (right). Manufactured sapphire—a material that’s used as transparent armor on military vehicles—could become cheap enough to replace the glass display covers on mobile phones. That could mean smartphone screens that don’t crack when you drop them and can’t be scratched with keys,...
  • Samsung plans to welcome first Tizen ( Open Source OS) phone no later than September

    03/16/2013 12:23:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    techradar.com ^ | March 15th , 2013 | JR Bookwalter
    High-end device expected as early as August Samsung may be making big Android bucks, but it's also working to wean itself off Google's mobile OS at the same time.Samsung launched its new Galaxy S4 smartphone this week, but the company isn't putting all its eggs in Android's basket, revealing plans for additional high-end devices running the open-source Tizen platform.Bloomberg reported Thursday that Samsung Electronics Co. plans to parlay its success with Android into a rival operating system viewed as less restrictive than Google's own.Known as Tizen, the open-source platform is being developed by Samsung and 11 partners - including Intel...
  • Firms see smartphones as weak link in cybersecurity

    03/04/2013 9:14:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04 March 2013 | Jeremy Fleming
    The explosion in smartphone use is leaving businesses vulnerable to cyberattacks since almost half of their employees’ mobile phones can become a target, according to new research. The 2012 Cyber Security Risk Report—published by Hewlett-Packard at the recent RSA security conference in San Francisco—found that mobile phone vulnerabilities rose significantly (68%) from 2011 to 2012, mirroring the growth of mobile applications and the use of smartphones. Of the mobile applications tested by HP, 48% of them were found to be vulnerable to unauthorized access. The European Council and Parliament are to consider a Commission-proposed cybersecurity strategy in the coming months....
  • The Public Has Spoken – 100,000 Americans Sign WH Petition on Cellphone Unlocking

    On January 26, 2013, the Librarian of Congress issued a ruling that made it illegal to unlock new phones. Unlocking is a technique to alter the settings on your phone to use your phone on a different carrier. Doing so could place you in legal liability for up to 5 years in jail and a $500,000 fine (specifically the Librarian of Congress allowed the existing exception to lapse). This prohibition is a violation of our property rights, and it makes you wonder, if you can’t alter the settings on your phone, do you even own your own phone? The ruling...
  • How the Lytro Camera Works

    12/31/2012 12:14:03 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    howstuffworks.com ^ | by Jonathan Strickland
    1 Introduction to How the Lytro Works 2 Focusing on the Problem 3 Fields of Light 4 Faking Depth Lytro cameras have a simple touch-screen interface and LCD display. Courtesy LytroTaking the perfect photograph is part art and part science. In the old days, when film was the only medium you could use, you had to make sure you had the right lens, lighting and type of film for the shot. As digital cameras took center stage, lens choice and lighting remained important. Equally as important was a familiarity with editing software. The right tools can help you adjust...
  • Intel Spills Details on 3D Transistor Port to Smartphone Chips

    12/12/2012 9:51:18 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Dailytech ^ | December 11, 2012 5:18 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Processors can be up to 65 percent faster thanks to novel new design Intel Corp. (INTC) has a long way to go to be a strong competitor to the coalition of ARM Holdings Plc (LON:ARM) licensees who today dominate the smartphone and tablet industries.  The company, long the dominant force in the personal computer CPU market, is working diligently to catch up.  Its first smartphone effort -- Medfield was surprisingly capable, although not giving Intel a clear win over rival ARM-based offerings. I. Tri-Gate is Crucial to Intel's Mobile Ambition But Intel has a trick up its sleeve for the next round...
  • Republic Wireless Now Offering $19/Month Unlimited Smartphone Service to All

    11/26/2012 1:47:21 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 25 replies
    Prepaid wireless carrier Republic Wireless has been offering its $19 per month, unlimited everything, prepaid smartphone plan since about this time last year. At the time, though, there were a few catches; you had to buy a very low-end smartphone from them, you had to use its Hybrid Calling technology for most of your calls, and you could only get in if you were lucky enough to be accepted to an exclusive "beta wave." Since then, Republic Wireless has upgraded to the slightly more modern Motorola Defy XT as its flagship smartphone model, and has changed to allow unlimited calling,...
  • Cinemagraphs: Tuesday Night Visual Fun (Graphic Intense)

    10/09/2012 5:27:13 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 17 replies
    Tripwire ^ | 10/9/2012 | Web
    I use these as backgrounds on my Galaxy S III...
  • ARM submits Mali-T604 for OpenCL conformance

    08/03/2012 8:04:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 03 August 2012 12:42 | Slobodan Simic
      To get full profile OpenCL 1.1 conformance ARM has submitted its Mali-T604 GPU to Khronos in order to get Full Profile OpenCL 1.1 conformance, bringing desktop GPU computing features to the mobile, embedded and smart-TV markets. ARM is actually the first GPU supplier to submit its GPU for Full Profile OpenCL conformance with Khronos, an organization that handles Full Profile and embedded profile OpenCL 1.1 certification. According to ARM, GPU computing is a growing trend that uses the performance of the GPU in order to augment the CPU for certain applications where the GPU is more effective thus providing...
  • Why Apple is the Top Smartphone Maker

    06/10/2012 10:38:56 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/09/2012 @ 5:15PM | Larry Magid
    Nielson is out with some new statistics on the iPhone, pointing out that — as of March 2012 — about 1 in 3 smartphone owners globally are using iPhones. Earlier this year, Nielsen reported that smartphones account for half of all new mobile phone purchases in the U.S. Nielson also said that Apple is also a top destination on the web, with 72 million unique US visitors to their site during April 2012 and “has been among the top 10 web brands overall.” Visitors to Apple’s website spent nearly 1 hour on average during the month. The analytical firm also...
  • Prospects Dim for BlackBerry Maker

    05/29/2012 7:39:13 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 29, 2012 | CHIP CUMMINS
    Research In Motion Ltd. RIMM +2.09% warned its business is deteriorating and will likely lose money for the second straight quarter, underscoring the uphill battle to turn around its flagging BlackBerry smartphone business. The dire outlook comes as RIM scrambles to cut costs ahead of the rollout of its next BlackBerry expected this year. RIM is depending on this phone and a new mobile operating system to rescue the business, yet it still hasn't provided a date for the debut. Analysts have been marking down their earnings estimate for the quarter for weeks, but most had still figured RIM would...
  • Smartphone Shipments to Reach 1.7 billion in 2017 and Android to Dominate as OS

    05/07/2012 9:44:26 AM PDT · by bigbob · 18 replies
    Wireless Design and Development ^ | 5/3/2012 | anine E. Mooney
    Smartphones will outperform the overall market for mobile phones, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.9% for the period 2011–17 to reach 1.7 billion units, according to Ovum. Predictions show Android as the dominant operating system over the next five years as handset vendors rush to make it their primary smartphone platform. In its latest forecast*, the leading telecoms analyst house reveals global annual mobile phone shipments will grow at a CAGR of 6.3% between 2011 and 2017, driven primarily by demand from emerging markets where connection growth will continue to fuel handset shipments. New shipments in...
  • Windows Phone's many problems: Should Microsoft give up?

    04/11/2012 2:53:15 PM PDT · by fellowgeek · 21 replies
    ZD Net ^ | April 11, 2012, 3:25am PDT | Zack Whittaker
    Microsoft’s Windows Phone is in trouble. While HTC and Samsung have fallback plans, so does Nokia. Can Microsoft continue its lead as the third leg in the mobile two-horse race?
  • Nokia Windows Phone sales may explode this summer: ~4 million new Lumia models, China Mobile deal

    03/12/2012 11:18:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Unwired View ^ | 03/12/2012 | By Vlad Bobleanta
    Sales of Nokia’s Lumia smartphones haven’t been stellar so far. Perhaps that’s to be expected when a company switches its main smartphone platform seemingly overnight. Perhaps that’s to be expected because the operating system powering these devices is quite young. Though for a company of Nokia’s former size and prowess, the 500-700K Lumias sold in the fourth quarter of 2011 are nothing to write home about. While the first quarter of 2012 will surely improve on those numbers, it appears that Q2 of this year is when Nokia’s Windows Phone sales will really start picking up. That’s when Compal expects...
  • No more excuses -- Girl Scouts now accept credit cards

    02/04/2012 8:23:32 AM PST · by Daffynition · 39 replies · 3+ views
    LAT ^ | February 3, 2012 | Deborah Netburn
    When Girl Scout cookie season starts up in your neighborhood, those earnest young saleswomen bearing boxes of sweets may be armed with a new secret weapon: a mobile credit-card reader attached to their smartphones. That's right people. The Girl Scouts have firmly entered the digital age, and our waistlines may never recover. Think of the implications: Before, if you saw a tempting table laden with Samoas and Thin Mints outside the grocery store, being low on cash could prevent you from buying a box or two, or five, or 10. Not anymore.
  • Cleaning up with Windows: Leaked video claims Microsoft's new phones could run the same apps as PCs

    02/03/2012 7:10:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 3, 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Leaks from within Microsoft have revealed a suite of hi-tech new features for Microsoft's Windows Phone - including new software that will let the phones share apps with Windows PCs. A video, of Windows Phone chief Joe Belfiore, and supposedly for consumption by Microsoft's partner Nokia, lists a variety of hi-tech features due in a forthcoming update to Windows Phone software. The key feature is that apps can be shared more easily with Windows PCs, in the same way as software is shared across Apple's iPhone and iPad.
  • Gangs using social media to spread violence

    01/29/2012 5:42:47 PM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies
    CHICAGO SUN-TIMES ^ | January 26, 2012; Updated January 27, 2012 | BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter
    SNIPPET: "Chicago gangs are still spray-painting their graffiti on alley walls, train cars and viaducts — but they’re also using their smart phones and computers for “cyber-tagging,” according to the Chicago Crime Commission, which released an updated book on the city’s street gangs Thursday. They’re provoking their rivals with Internet graffiti and using social media to keep in touch with their associates, according to the commission. “They’re tagging websites with information that is provocative and incites violence,” said Jody Weis, former Chicago Police superintendent and president of the commission." SNIPPET: "Web chatter is a valuable tool for law enforcement officials...