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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...

If you like to use Firefox as the browser on your PC then you might be interested to see that Mozilla has given out some information on the very first smartphones which will use this system. The first couple of phones running Firefox will be produced by a modestly sized Spanish company going be the name of Geeksphone. They will be aimed at getting the attention of developers first of all, before being unleashed on the general public. These phones will use the HTML5 language and one of the keys is that the platform will supposedly offer...

If there is one thing better than sitting relaxing in the bath it is sitting relaxing in the bath while using your smartphone. If you have spent time in Japan lately then you may have already enjoyed the undeniable pleasure of some bath time phone use but waterproof smartphones are scarce outside of the land of the rising sun. That’s all going to change though, as Sony has now announced that a new waterproof phone will be with us shortly. It has even been described as safe for use in the shower, for all of you who prefer a more continental...

Posted on Jan 21 2013 - 5:03pm by Robert
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If using real cash is a pain and pulling out your plastic cards is a drag then what about texting cash instead? That’s right; a new service coming to the UK means that you will be able to text money. You won’t be able to do it until the spring of 2014, though. The details have been released by the Payments Council and the new process will mean allowing your bank to add your mobile phone number to their database. 8 Financial Institutions Already Signed Up Eight of the country’s biggest financial institutions are confirmed as being...