Posts Tagged ‘smartphones’

More Snowden leaks – now we find NSA is scraping data from mobile games

// January 28th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The Guardian and New York Times revealed today that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart, GCHQ, have been working to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps, such as the popular Angry Birds game (which according to the report, was used as a “case study” in smartphone surveillance). According to top-secret documents leaked by […]

Do a lot of “streaming”? Scientists discover way to charge smartphone using urine

// July 17th, 2013 // No Comments » // Futuristic Technology

Don’t flush that valuable energy source down the drain! Scientists have announced that they have found a way to charge a smartphone using urine. Researchers from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory passed the urine through a series of microbial fuel cells, which contain tiny microbes that consume and metabolize the liquid into small amounts of energy […]

New EMBRACE+ provides wireless smartphone notifications using flashing light, color, vibration on wrist-worn bracelet

// March 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Mobile

EMBRACE+ is anxious to get to market and we’re itching to get our hands on one. EMBRACE+ provides customizable notifications for incoming calls, texts, email, calendar alerts, alarm and timer, social media apps (Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype) and more via lights in a stylish, space-age looking bracelet. Users can choose different colors, light […]

Samsung announces the new Galaxy Xcover 2 smartphone – rugged smartphone for adventurers with nifty outdoorsman features

// January 25th, 2013 // No Comments » // Mobile

Samsung today announced its new Galaxy Xcover 2, a ruggedized smartphone designed for outdoor adventurers. It is dust and sand proof and water resistant up to a depth of one meter. It features a 4-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, VGA front-facing camera, and 5-megapixel rear camera. It will include 4GB of internal memory, expandable to […]

The unique design of Casio’s upcoming dual-screen Android smartphone opens up a world of possibilities

// January 22nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Mobile

NEC Casio’s upcoming Medias W Android smartphone will have two 4.3-inch touch screens arranged back-to-back on a hinge. When unfolded, the rear screen swings up to form a single 5.6-inch touch screen (with the line in the middle). In normal usage patterns, the main screen will be used with the phone folded but when both […]

Latest Sony Xperia Tablet Z rumors

// January 16th, 2013 // No Comments » // Mobile

Undoubtedly the Sony Xperia Z smartphone is going to rock and the Xperia Tablet Z looks to be lining itself up quite will with its smaller sibling. We’ re fairly certain the device will sport Sony’s highly touted waterproof and dustproof casing and Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 running on a quad-core processor is quite likely […]

Tegra 4 leak hints at 72-core graphics chip in next generation mobile processor

// December 18th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

Chinese website, Chip Hell, has leaked what could be the specs of Nvidia’s next-generation Tegra processor, codenamed “Wayne” (following Nvidia’s superhero naming scheme). If the leak is true, Qualcomm and Samsung better stay on their toes. The Tegra 4 will apparently follow the same 28nm process (battery saving) as its rivals and according to the […]

Oppo launches 5-inch, 1080p, quad core smartphone beast with 441ppi display

// December 12th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

China’s Oppo puts the best of everything into one tiny and beautiful package. The Find 5 includes a 5-inch 1080p display with retina burning 441 ppi, Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chip clocked at 1.5 Ghz, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, a 2,500mAh battery, and Android 4.1.2. It features a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera and a […]

Wired South Korea plan to stem digital addiction – start training kids at 3-years-old

// November 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

South Korea is one of the most wired countries in the world with an estimated 98% of the population connected with broadband Internet and 2/3 of the population owning smartphone devices. But being ultra-wired does have its drawbacks. Officials estimate that 160,000 children between the ages of 5 and 9 are addicted to the Internet. […]

Researchers design onboard smartphone charger that charges by shaking your phone

// November 14th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

Researchers at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg are designing an emergency onboard smartphone charger that draws energy from the piezoelectric force generated by your fingertips clicking the keypad, your voice, or by giving the phone a good shake. It doesn’t generate a lot of power but in an emergency, you could shake the phone for a […]

HTC and Verizon announce HTC Droid DNA with stunning 440ppi display and 1.5GHz quad-core processor

// November 13th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

HTC and Verizon today announced the HTC Droid DNA smartphone featuring a retina-searing 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 full HD Super LCD 3 edge-to-edge display at a record-breaking 440ppi pixel density. The device features Qualcomm’s 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, 8 megapixel camera, 2,020 mAh battery, and runs Android […]

New Windows Phone 8 feature saves cellular costs by automatically logging in to free Wi-Fi hotspots

// November 6th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

One of the new features introduced in Windows Phone 8 is a technology called DataSense. In the new “pay for the data you use” age, DataSense not only helps you keep an eye on your usage but also compresses information being transferred to help reduce data costs. But taking it one step further, Microsoft has […]

Trend Micro has revealed a new Trojan that secretly steals pictures, rather than text, from your smartphone

// November 6th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Trend Micro has revealed a new Trojan that secretly steals pictures, rather than text, from your smartphone. Named Pixsteal-A Trojan, the Trojan steals .jpg and .dmp picture files from the user’s smartphone via FTP, uploads them to a control server. The ramifications of this new trend are important for smartphone users.

Intel has prototyped a 48-core CPU chip for smartphones that could revolutionize computing as we know it

// October 30th, 2012 // No Comments » // Futuristic Technology

Computerworld is reporting that Intel is working on a 48-core processor for smartphones and tablets. They have a working prototype and expect the revolutionary CPU to hit the market in 5-10 years. “If we’re going to have this technology in five to 10 years, we could finally do things that take way too much processing […]

Google introduces new Nexus 4 smartphone device with screaming quad-core processor and stunning 320ppi display

// October 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

After cancelling its planned launch event in respect for Hurricane Sandy, Google instead announced a line of new products via their blog today. The leaks we began reporting last week turned out to be true – the Nexus 4 from LG, will feature a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS+ LCD HD display with 320 ppi, […]

Librarian of Congress says OK to jailbreak smartphones but illegal to jailbreak tablets

// October 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The United States Librarian of Congress has ruled that jailbreaking tablet devices is illegal (but jailbreaking smartphones is OK). The closed nature of the devices with respect to eBooks in particular, sparked the exception that made jailbreaking smartphones legal. However, the Librarian said that the definition of a tablet device wasn’t specific enough to allow […]