What if talking more often and talking louder on your cellphone could actually charge it? Would you stop texting so much? Electrical engineers at the Institute of Nanotechnology at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul are working on converting background noise, music and voice calls from a cellphone into electricity.
At this point the only feature missing from the ever-changing category of smartphones like the iPhone is durability. Now this new Paper Phone prototype may mean the beginnings of a new phone paradigm for the future of mobile devices.
RIM just announced BlackBerry 7, the new mobile OS that's coming to the BlackBerry Bold Touch.
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.