mobile devices

  • With 300 Kiosks In 20 States, Device Recycler EcoATM Secures $40M In Debt Financing To Go Nationwide

    With 300 Kiosks In 20 States, Device Recycler EcoATM Secures $40M In Debt Financing To Go Nationwide

    You know those mobile devices that everyone keeps raving about? Turns out it’s a huge business. Shocker, I know. Strategy Analytics recently estimated that about 1.6 billion mobile phones shipped in 2012. What’s more, according to Canalys’ report today, the tablet market grew by 75 percent in the fourth quarter to 46.2 million units, with total shipments hitting 114.6 million… Read More

  • Smarter TV: CrestaTech Grabs $13M To Bring Region-Free TV Reception To Any Device

    Smarter TV: CrestaTech Grabs $13M To Bring Region-Free TV Reception To Any Device

    Broadcast TV, set top boxes, IPTVs, DVRs and PVRs are going the way of the Dodo, and today’s connected TVs have to be able to take advantage of the same smart processors and dynamic OS tech that powers smart consumer mobile devices today. This is the thinking being employed by a Silicon Valley-based startup called CrestaTech, which has been quietly designing a portfolio of… Read More

  • In Mobile Advertising, Does Size Matter?

    In Mobile Advertising, Does Size Matter?

    It’s the motion in the ocean that counts, right? Wrong. Well, at least that’s how it looks when it comes to mobile advertising. (Look out, inneractive infographic below!) If you take Google at its word, then 2011 has been the year of the tablet. Or in their words, this year tablets “went mainstream”. Sure, Google would say that, as the creator of a… Read More

  • Sony's One Wire Technology Might Pave The Way To "Better" Mobile Devices

    Sony today announced the development of the “single wire interface technology”, which is aimed at simplifying the internal wiring system of mobile devices. It essentially makes it possible to transmit both data and power through a single cable made of copper. Sony says that it can replace the up to 22 different wires currently being used inside some mobile phones. Read More

  • Sharp unveils world's first 3D HD camera module for mobile devices

    Sharp really believes in 3D, it seems. In the past weeks the company presented a new 3D touchscreen for mobile devices, then the world’s first four-primary 3D display, followed by a 3D e-book reader. And today Sharp in Japan unveiled [press release in English] the world’s first 3D camera module that can be used in mobile devices such as cell phones, cameras or portable gaming systems. Read More

  • Video: No-touch, mid-air 3D input interface for mobile devices

    A lot of sophisticated, portable gadgets nowadays have a touchscreen, but what if you could operate those gadgets with your fingers – without touching the display or any part of the device itself? A research team led by Masatoshi Ishikawa, a professor at the University of Tokyo, has developed a way to operate mobile devices by moving your fingers in mid-air. Read More

  • Sanyo rolls out "eneloop Stick Booster" for charging mobile devices

    I know this thing looks like a …curling iron, but it’s not. The so-called Stick Booster [press release in English] is Sanyo’s newest addition to it’s ever-growing series of green, “eneloop”-branded products. You can use it to battery-charge your mobile devices. Read More

  • New OpenMoko handset coming soon

    DigiTimes is reporting that OpenMoko “plans to launch the second version of its Neo open source handset in the March-April period this year,” according to company president Sean Moss-Pultz. Moss-Pultz also said that the company will start producing devices in cahoots with other vendors in order to beef up the OpenMoko platform and its manufacturing base. It’s already… Read More

  • 'iPhone-like products' coming sometime next year

    Here’s what’s coming out of Taiwan. Asustek, BenQ, and a few other lesser-known brands are currently "developing iPhone-like products" and that the first out of the gate will likely be something from Asustek that’ll be available "as soon as the first half of 2008." The devices will run Windows Mobile and be marketed to business users with GPS and 3G… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6 Gets One More Thumbs Up


    If a device running Windows Mobile is in your near future, it looks like you’ll definitely want to get one running the newest version. LAPTOP magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer gave the newly minted version 6 a thorough testing and not only survived, but actually likes the update to the OS. Spoonauer gives it props for being faster and more stable than its predecessor… Read More

  • The Futurist: MacWorld's-A-Comin' or… The Perfect Musicphone


    MacWorld is just around the corner, and with it endless speculation that 2007 will not only be the year Apple finally throws its hat into the mobile phone ring, but also the year that the promise of a musicphone that can actually substitute for your digital music player of choice finally comes true. Of course, it’s all déjà vu to us. I’m pretty sure 2006 was supposed the year of… Read More

  • Google and Orange Readying GPhone?

    As much of the tech world prepares for a mysterious iPhone announcement, speculation has started to swirl regarding a possible Google phone built by HTC with service provided by Orange. According to a report released today by The Observer, Orange executives recently made a trip to the Googleplex to start hammering out details of the jointly branded device. Read More

  • WildCharge Makes Tesla Proud


    Chargers are one of the banes of being a tech dork. It’s a necessary evil, but they’re a pain in the ass to keep track of. That goes doubly if you travel a lot. I really can’t even begin to express how many chargers I’ve left in anonymous hotel rooms, never to be seen again. And what woe there is when you discover your charger missing miles away from home as your… Read More