When disasters strike and take down AT&T's cell towers, they generally bring in big trucks that serve as temporary replacement towers. But they now have an even more portable solution: towers in suitcases.
If you see someone with one of those bad boys above, you probably want to keep your phone as far away from it as possible. That's the UFED Physical Pro, and it's capable of pulling literally everything off your phone, even if you "deleted" it.
The generally accepted wisdom at the moment is that the next iPhone, the iPhone 5, will essentially be exactly the same as the iPhone 4, but with a faster processor, more RAM and a better camera. But former Engadget editor Josh Topolsky hears otherwise.
In order to avoid the whole guy-losing-the-new-iPhone-in-a-bar fiasco from last year, Apple is now handing out iPhone prototypes that have new guts but look exactly the same as the iPhone 4. They're calling it the iPhone 4S.
One way to improve just about anything without spending too much money and/or effort on it is to just make it less inefficient. There's a lot of inefficiency in our wireless networks, and researchers at MIT have been able to use simple GPS tricks to reduce dropped calls and improve data rates.
Over the next few months, there's going to be a ridiculous amount of jockeying for the title of "World's Most Powerful Cellphone." This week's contender is the long-rumored HTC "Pyramid," which is now officially the HTC Sensation, coming from T-Mobile sometime this summer on its HSPA Plus 4G network. I got a look at it briefly yesterday.
Is using technology addictive? One study, titled "The World Unplugged," asked 1,000 youngsters from ages 17 to 23 in 10 countries to give up the gadget and go a full day without one's phone, computer, TV, etc. Turned out it was "a horrible day," a Chilean said.
While wandering around midtown Manhattan last Thursday afternoon, I was attempting to keep track of the Yankees opening day game versus the Tigers via the MLB.com At Bat 2011 app on my iPhone. As you can imagine, data reception sucked; several times, the app told me it couldn't access the network. Thanks again, AT&T. I thought for a second about using my iPad by connecting to a local Wi-Fi network. But first I would have had to have identified a public network, then hope Safari could handle the interstitial sign-up pages (which it often can't). Even if I connected successfully, once I wandered out of that particular hotspot coverage area into another I'd have to go through the entire Wi-Fi hotspot location, identification and sign-up rigmarole. Feh. I pocketed my iPhone and just poked my head into the varying bars along my walking route to keep track of the action. Perhaps once the HSPA-Plus "4G" iPhone 5 likely coming later this summer might alleviate some of AT&T's data network problems. In a year, however, local Wi-Fi hotspots could be as easy to connect to as a cell network, thanks to an almost ignored announcement last month concerning a new set of Wi-Fi specifications.
Did you know that you've been using your touchscreen phone wrong this entire time? Yes, apparently you need Nu-Screen, a chapstick-like goo that you're supposed to rub on your screen. Mmhmm.
Sometimes less is more. In the Triple Flip smartphone concept's case — we'd happily take a dumb phone over this mishmosh. For the love of ponies, let's hope Nokia's partnership with Microsoft to make Windows Phone 7 smartphones doesn't end up anything like this.