My experience with the Sony Ericsson Xperia line of smartphones hasn’t exactly been stellar, but that doesn’t mean SE isn’t trucking ahead with new additions to the line. I have the Xperia Play in hand and will have that review posted soon, but there’s also the new Xperia ray and Xperia active coming down the chute too.
Bluebird Electric is scheduled to start speed trials at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, on July 2 and 3 in order to prepare for the breaking of the 500mph land speed record in 2013. The current record in the UK for electric cars is 137 mph.
The dangers of cellphone radiation have been a hot topic lately, particularly after the World Health Organization gave the sobering announcement that cellphone radiation could possibly increase the risk of brain cancer. Additionally, research came out that suggested cellphones are responsible for killing off bees. They aren’t getting a good rep right now. While I was scared for a few minutes and considered ditching my Blackberry and running into the woods to live in a shack, I realized I love convenience too much. They’re not going to turn nearby cell tower squirrels into radioactive freaks just yet, but there is some concern. So instead, here are some ways to keep your brain, and other body parts, safe from potentially hazardous cellphone radiation.
DashCam is an iPhone app developed by St. Edward Enterprises that allows drivers to track the route they are travelling on Google Maps and display speed and distance as well. To do this, the app uses the iPhone’s rear camera, Google Maps and the GPS. The recording can be used as evidence should an accident happen or for learning purposes. Users can share the video recording on various sites such as Facebook or YouTube, it also makes a pretty sweet HUD.
While many people consider things like video games, digital cameras, GPS and browsing pages and pages of Google results are a must for a mobile phone, there are others who just want to make a call, as simple and directly as possible. Obviously we’re talking about the elderly here, they usually aren’t concerned with being able to go on Facebook, download apps and twitpic self-portraits; although we have seen our share of savvy old timers.
The SwiftKey app for Android is supposed to be intelligent. It gradually learns your typing habits and your favourite words to help speed up your typing, then gives you a predictive text experience that is more personalized than that lousy autocorrect. The keyboard picks up all the special and uncommon words you frequently use and stores them in a library, then offers them up as word suggestions the next time you begin to spell the word.
When you have an Android smartphone, connecting with your friends via GChat is a pretty straightforward and seamless process. Microsoft wants to offer the same kind of idea, but within its Windows environment. That’s why they’re promising a “seamless, built-in texting and IM experience powered by Windows Live Messenger” on Windows Phone 7.
Today, Microsoft has given a preview of its latest Windows Phone OS update, known as Mango. According to Microsoft, Mango will deliver more than 500 new features to ensure a seamless integration of communications, apps and internet searching. Microsoft focused on developing three main things in Mango, which include a web experience that goes beyond the browser, a smarter approach to apps, and improved communication features that make it easier to connect and share with others.
Friday is an Android app that functions as a search engine for your life. The app allows you to find out where you were, what calls you made, what emails you sent and what song you were listening to on any given day. The app gives you analytics of your entire phone usage. Such an app would have come useful to the guys in The Hangover when trying to locate their lost buddy, since the app tracks GPS location too.
Uh oh. There’s a certain price that you have to pay for convenience and, in this case, it looks like that price is severely reduced security. It turns out that almost all the Android phones and tablets out there are vulnerable to a very easy attack.
The Ortsbo iPhone app is currently undergoing review to be available on the Apple App Store. The Commobility and Intertainment Media teams are also working on apps for platforms including Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, which are scheduled to launch summer 2011.
Oh Sony, how big and dangerous you have become. Many of you were excited with the latest news of PSN service coming back online shortly, but don’t jump up and down just yet, because Sony has just announced (as of May 3) that their Sony Online Entertainment PC games network was also hacked.
A cell phone is a highly personal product. It also contains a treasure trove of personal information that could be used against you in a court of law. The scary thing is that the police can strip your iPhone of everything it knows in 15 seconds flat using just one click of a mouse button.
Despite the departure of the brand that started it all, pocket camcorders are still going to stick around for a little while longer. Challenging other waterproof competitors like the Kodak PlaySport is the new Toshiba Camileo BW10.
Before you work up some crazy conspiracy theory, let’s get to the facts. It appears that the iPhone and iPad 3G automatically record your location data everywhere you go. Your movements are then automatically saved to a secret file on the device, and the file is automatically backed up on your computer when you sync up the device with iTunes.
You know, tablets look a lot like those fancy in-car entertainment systems, offering a similar size screen and even more functionality. T3 Motion recognized this last year when they plunked an iPad into the GT3. Now, they’ve integrated a Samsung Galaxy Tab into the new R3 series.
While I am certain there are a lot of people who feel otherwise, I’m still not sold on the whole “checking in” to places thing, whether it be through Foursquare, Facebook, or Google. That said, the newest release of Google Maps for Android devices might actually help with some work-life balance issues.
I’m not at all convinced that I would want a notebook computer that doesn’t have a physical keyboard, but I almost said the same thing about touchscreen-only smartphones not that long ago. Pushing this trend along is the dual screen-wielding Acer Iconia, which is now being put up for pre-order.
The Google Nexus S has a near field communications (NFC) chip in it, so you know that Google is interested in pursuing this technology for a variety of purposes. The most obvious application is mobile payments and it looks like the search engine has just made its next big move on this front, buddying up with MasterCard and Citigroup to make it happen.
A regular old digital picture frame isn’t exactly the most exciting thing in the world, but it suddenly gets a lot more interesting when you toss in a few more features and functions. In effect, that’s the appeal of the widget-happy display from Chumby Industries and they’re almost ready to let you buy it.
Considering how much we use our smartphones these days, I’m totally less inclined to get a standalone media player. Then again, something like the iPod touch really is just an iPhone without the phone part. The Samsung Galaxy Player is much the same and it’s almost ready for market.
Tonight Motorola will be updating the firmware on their Xoom tablets, installing the “required enhancements” to make way for upcoming Flash 10.2. That doesn’t mean you Xoomers will have the promised Flash capabilities just yet, but the company has announced on its Facebook page that 10.2 will be available for download as of March 18.
Watching TV is becoming a more social endeavour amongst British youth, according to a recent study by media consulting company Digital Clarity. Of 1,300 British mobile internet users below 25 years of age, eight of 10 responded that they use mobile devices to talk to friends about the show they’re watching.
In case you haven’t figured it out already, we live in an international world and, believe it or not, not everyone speaks English. Ortsbo by Interntainment is meant to break down some of those language barriers.
ViewSonic is announcing immediate availability of the ViewPad 10 tablet we heard about last November. The 10-inch slate will most notably dual boot between Android and Windows 7, the hardware on board is an Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, 2GB memory to make up for the lack of dual-core functionality, and the option of 16GB or 32GB SSD hard drives.
We’ve all met a person or two who never wants to be in a photo. No matter what these people look like or how good any photos of them turn out, they indiscriminately hate every picture of their own face. It’s often irrational and baseless in the eyes of those around them, but those people go on with only the default Facebook avatar all the same.
The iPad 2 live event is currently underway, the latest reports are showing both White and Black models will be available from the get go at the same amazing starting price of $499.
Well, that didn’t take very long at all. The Motorola Atrix 4G hasn’t even officially hit store shelves yet and it has already experienced a 25% price cut. Granted, the price cut isn’t an official one being offered through AT&T and Motorola, but it’s the next best thing.
No, the BamBoo was designed with the intention of being a fun, sun and sand delight for the social-media types and tech-savvy beach lovers. From its bread-box dashboard compartments to the throw-switch controls it conceals, it gives oldschool stylings and concepts a place in the world of high-tech transport.
Alongside the Galaxy S II monsterphone, Samsung has announced a new Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet. This release is announced in partnership with Vodafone Group, who will offer the new tablet to their customers “this spring.”
Sony Ericsson is expanding their GreenHeart collection of environmentally-friendly phones with an exclusive Canadian release of the Cedar. With post-consumer recycled plastics, a low-consumption charger and waterborne paint, the phone is being sold exclusively by Fido in Canada, aimed at consumers and businesses looking at a low-impact mobile solution.
The Kyocera Echo, to be sold exclusively through Sprint, is the only Google Android smartphone that comes with two touchscreen displays.
Well, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play is everything we thought it was going to be… except it comes with human thumbs.
When it came to media darlings at this year’s CES, it came down to the Motorola Atrix 4G and the Motorola XOOM. The latter will reportedly start selling at Best Buy on February 24. That’s less than three weeks away.
Good news for Android users! Touchtype, the creator of one of Android’s favorite keyboards has announced that SwiftKey will be coming to Android Honeycomb tablets.
Thumbs Up’s new Brick iPhone case, complete with mock antenna, gives the technological miracle that is your iPhone all the nostalgic stylings of 80s Wall Street yuppiedom, bringing us back to an age where the size of your phone – not the size of your truck – was the tell-tale indicator of overcompensation.
Jailbreaking your iPhone isn’t exactly a permanent thing. Every time that the boys and girls in Cupertino push out a new version of iOS and you choose to hit the upgrade button, your once jailbroken iPhone gets back behind its Apple-branded bars.
Fujifilm’s waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof, shockproof camera is about to get an upgrade: Embedded GPS for geo-tagging your photos and video.
Regular old television remotes might have cut the mustard when all we had to do was adjust the volume and change the channel. These days, you want your TV to do more, so you need a remote to do more. And that’s where the TiVo Premiere app is supposed to come into play.
CherryPal’s claim to fame came when they released the world’s first $99 laptop with a 7-inch screen back in 2009. The 400 MHz cpu with 256 GB RAM and 2GB of flash memory was by no means a workhorse, but it didn’t need to be. CherryPal makes devices a couple generations behind the current markets offerings, this is because they target lower income families, educational institutions and “emerging markets.”
The Nike+ GPS app tracks your speed and distance, maps your runs, and allows your friends on facebook and twitter to view your progress. It costs $1.99 on itunes and just got a fun new update; you can now play tag with other runners. You challenge someone with time or distance nearby. Whoever runs the […]
In addition to the new smartphones joining the BlackBerry lineup, Research in Motion also revealed some new features for its devices too. One of the most notable is something called BlackBerry Balance. No, the goal is not to help you balance your finances. Instead, it’s meant to help you better achieve a life-work balance.
Think Farmville is a joke? What about Mafia Wars? Well, do you think a billion dollars is any kind of laughing matter? It turns out that the social gaming market is being projected to be a million dollar business for 2011. That’s a lot of virtual farms on Facebook!