There's nothing worse than buying a fancy new gadget, covering it in an expensive protective case that makes it unscratchable, and then realizing ten seconds later that somehow it's all scratched up already. A new type of coating is now in commercial production that can repair minor scratches by itself in under 10 seconds.
It's not completely illegal for law enforcement to get your cellphone records from wireless carriers without a warrant. So, they do it. And wireless carriers seem happy to comply, perhaps because they get to charge lots of money every time someone asks for something, and the ACLU has found out how much money this is.
I love tattoos and I love my cellphone, but I'm not sure how I feel about the two of them being combined. That's exactly what Nokia is seeking to do with its new patent application — to create a ferromagnetic ink that when placed on your skin would communicate with your phone.
Wireless charging has a bit of a dinosaur-and-egg problem: there are few products for it because nobody uses it, and nobody uses it because there are few products for it. Duracell hopes to make it easy and cheap for anyone to retrofit their phone to be completely wireless with a skinny little pad called the Powermat WiCC.
The smartphone business is no longer about fun and games, it's possibly the toughest part of the tech business right now. But that hasn't stopped Sony's new CEO, Kaz Hirai, from rolling the dice on smartphones, again.
Thin has been in with cellphones ever since the Motorola Razr, but thin and waterproof? It boggles the mind, but Fujitsu has done it here at CES. I asked the Fujitsu rep under what circumstances you'd need a phone or a tablet that's waterproof and also very very thin, and he couldn't think of any. But I can.
A solar-powered cellphone sure sounds like a great idea: use the power of the sun to never have to charge your phone again, woo! For the last six months, Nokia has had some prototype solar phones out in the wild to see how well this actually works, and the results are in: the sun kinda sucks for charging phones.
Some people might cringe at the idea of losing cellphone signal or feel withdrawal symptoms when a carrier outage happens. For when you do need to quickly take your cellphone off the grid, these bags and cases by MIAmobi should do the trick.
Intel doesn't really make cell phones, but they made this one: it's a reference design built around their newest "Medfield" mobile chipset, and Intel wants manufacturers to steal this design and turn it into a phone you can buy.
Dual-booting your smartphone usually requires a little technical know-how to pull off. What do you do if you want to run every major mobile OS from one cellphone? Go to China and buy a bootleg Nokia N9 apparently.