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.
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.