Those cute greeting cards that play a little tune seemed high-tech 20 years ago, but now an advertising campaign has taken the embedded tech idea to a whole new level. The ad, in this week's Entertainment Weekly magazine, has a screen that displays a live video feed, and it's powered by a complete working Android cellphone buried between the pages of the magazine.
Ever since I saw her open for Bob Dylan at Roseland just before or just after Tuesday Night Music Club hit, I've been a fan of Sheryl Crow. Everyday is a winding road. But earlier this week, Crow really did go out of her head on Katie Couric, when she claimed her cellphone could have been a contributing factor to the development of her meningioma, a benign brain tumor. Horse petooties. The odds of Sheryl Crow's cellphone causing her brain tumor are about the same as her on-stage ear monitors triggering it, or perhaps it was the one other product her head spends the most time against — her bed pillow. How do I know cellphones didn't cause her tumors? Science.
People are boring and predictable. We have routines that we follow, and even when we break those routines, we do it in the same ways over and over. Using tracking data from volunteers with cellphones and their friends, researchers are able to exploit this to predict where we'll go next, with an accuracy of 60 feet.
The International Olympic Committee has run into a bit of a spectrum bandwidth problem at the London Olympics. It seems that spectators at some of the Olympic venues are tweeting so much, that it's squeezing out the signals for essential event related communications.
Although some would have you believe that the worst is over in Japan regarding the Fukushima nuclear crisis, local residents remain concerned about the fragile power plant and the possibility of radiation contamination. To address this, Softbank has released the world's first radiation-detecting smartphone.
Seismologists predict that a major earthquake to rival last year's 9.0 magnitude event will strike Tokyo between now and 2016. During the last quake local cell phone service abruptly disappeared. Now Softbank has a solution in hopes of avoiding a repeat of that technology breakdown.
Here in the U.S., we're used to getting continually screwed over by our wireless providers. High cost for minimum performance and features is just the name of the game, take it or leave it. A new wireless provider in France has started offering an alternative, in the form of a "dumb pipe" that gives you everything you're getting now and more for just $25 a month.
Have you ever wanted the power to see through things? Maybe sneak a peak at that neighbor you've been crushing on? Researchers at UT Dallas might have figured out how to tap the terahertz spectrum with a special microchip that'll grant you Superman's X-ray-like vision (only it's T-ray vision).
We recently told you about how a study concluded that 50% of found cellphones are returned to their owners. That doesn't really speak to willfully stolen phones — a trend that's rising fast enough that major wireless providers are banding together to create a central database of stolen cellphones.
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.