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If you are ever in the Mexican village of Villa Talea de Castro be sure to make a mobile phone call or three. This remote settlement has a population of 2,500 but has now set up its very own phone network, due to the fact that the country’s major networks don’t offer their services there. The villagers pay $1.20 each per month, which works out at under 80p, to get access to the Red Celular de Talea, with a bit more charged for making calls across the border to the USA. It is a radio network service on which calls have to be kept to...

Posted on Sep 3 2013 - 5:54pm by Robert
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With the world patiently holding its breath and waiting for the new Apple phone pictures have been released which might show it in its packaging. Or they might not. The iPhone 5C is expected to be launched as a budget version of the new iPhone 5 very soon. In fact, the 9th of September is the date pencilled in by industry experts as being when the new phones will probably be launched. Not too long ago there were some photos leaked which showed a packaging not too dissimilar to the iPod’s packaging. Now, these new pictures give us a glimpse...

Usage of the Bitcoin virtual currency on Android phones has run into a bit of trouble. A reported fault in the Android operating system has left users of the application open to the risk of having cash stolen from them. The news came out from the Bitcoin Foundation and the problem affects some of the users who use the wallet style apps such as BitcoinSpinner, Mycelium Wallet and Bitcoin Wallet.  The problem has come about because of an issue which Android has in generating secure, unique sequences of random numbers, while are needed for...

If a current crowdfunding project gets the backing needed we could be looking at the launch of an Ubuntu smartphone before too long. Canonical is the London based developer of the Ubuntu operating system and the idea they have is to preinstall their software onto a smart phone handset which would double as a PC. The ambitious project would smash all current records for crowdfunding start-ups, as they need a whopping £20.8 million in the next month in order to churn out 40,000 of the mobile devices. The Indiegogo site is where the project...

So, you like listening to music and you hate your phone’s battery dying on you? Hey, we might have come across the perfect little gadget for you. A designer from Glasgow has come up with the idea for a pair of headphones which can be used to allow your phone to get charged up using solar energy. The man with the plan is called Andrew Anderson and his headphones are called OnBeat. They are on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter and the hope is that they will be on sale by the start of 2014. A Battery in Each Ear They work by using a solar...

Have you ever wondered whether it is strictly necessary for plane passengers to wait until the plane stops before switching on their mobile phones? It certainly seems like a case of overkill and this perception isn’t helped by the fact that some airlines force you to do this while others don’t. Well, the good news is that British Airways is the first of the European airlines to make the move towards having their passengers being able to switch on their phones as soon as the plane lands. The 1st of July is the date this new rule will...

An interesting piece of research has shown how our mobile phones can be used to track our movements and find out more about human behaviour patterns. The study was published in the journal Nature and was done by a team which included Dr Marta Gonzalez, who is based in the Northeastern University in Boston. Their efforts included tracking the location of over 100,000 mobile phones and their users. Not a Lot of Travelling, and Usually to the Same Places The most interesting outcome of the investigation is that it confirms that we are creatures...

April 2013 is a historic month for the mobile phone. You might not know this already but the 3rd of this month was the 40th anniversary of the first ever mobile phone call. While most of us joined the mobile revolution long after this, it was on this day back in 1973 when a chap called Martin Cooper made history with a Motorola device. He was a senior engineer at Motorola and he called someone at another phone firm and said that he was making the call from a “real cellular telephone”. Last year a survey carried out by the International...

Just when you thought that there were no more new features which could be added to smartphones along comes the Samsung Galaxy S4. This phone has an impressively big 5 inch screen with 441 pixels per inch but that isn’t what we are interested in looking at today. The new device is a successor to the hugely popular S3, which sold more than 40 units all over the planet. In fact, this phone has been described as the biggest threat to Apple’s control of the mobile phone market. The S4 was launched in a blaze of glory at a presentation in...

Posted on Feb 1 2013 - 10:21pm by Robert
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What are the chances of you wanting to use your mobile phone in North Korea in the near future? They may be slim but, hey, it’s always nice to have the option, isn’t it? Well, now you have it, so you might want to start looking at prices for flights to Pyongyang after all. Previously, foreign mobile phones were of no use at all in North Korean territory. However, under a new scheme which has been approved by the government that it all about to change. When you land at the airport you simply need to buy a local SIM card and away you...