mobile phones

  • Using mobile phones for upskirts? Not as common in Japan as you might think

    Japanese sex offender busted by Japanese police and passengers in Tokyo (from Flickr) A number of blogs (this one, for example) picked up a posting of a Japanese journalist who reported that Apple added a specific function to the Japanese version of the iPhone: a shutter sound for the camera that is also active in silent mode. Shutter sounds in Japanese mobile phones (mostly a loud click or… Read More

  • Don’t forget your phone at the future store

    At Germany’s new grocery story of the future (already in use by residents of the present) shoppers can use mobile phones to check out while they shop. The store has created free software for your phone that allows you to use your camera to capture barcodes as you shop. Once finished, just press a button and all your purchases come up as a single bar code. Slide your phone under the… Read More

  • The cell phone of the future could be controlled with your eye

    NTT DoCoMo, a Japanese wireless carrier, is working on what they call the “cell phone of the future“. So far they have one prototype that looks like a freaky pair of headphones with wires and doo-dads popping out everywhere. Inside it’s packed full of sensors and chips (the ones you can’t eat) that track the electrical current produced by brain when the wearer moves… Read More

  • KDDI au releases 12 new cell phones in Japan

    Japan’s second biggest mobile phone carrier KDDI au yesterday followed DoCoMo and Softbank with their presentation of 12 new cell phones to be released this summer. The first models will be sold at the end of June. Here is the complete line-up:
    W62H from Hitachi
    (equipped with a 2.8 inch OLED display featuring 480×240 resolution) Read More

  • Google: Android for sure in 4th quarter of 2008

    There’s been waffling about the date Android handsets will become available. I’ve heard February, March (clearly wrong), Summer, late Summer, “second half of 2008″ and “late 2008.” Well, not surprisingly, it looks like the latest estimate is the most accurate. Google has decreed: “We’re still on track to announce Android-powered phones this year. Read More

  • NVIDIA's ambitious mobile phones take aim at pretty much everybody

    NVIDIA’s on a roll with their graphics hardware and motherboards, why shouldn’t they find success in the mobile and PMP market? They have the technology. Graphics-intensive applications like 720p video recording and playback are a breeze when you design the whole package from tip to tail with your own technology instead of piecemealing it from various parts. It looks like… Read More

  • Mini Bluetooth keyboard for cell phones

    Yesterday Japanese accessory maker I-O Data presented a cute little keyboard which can be connected to cell phones for easy typing. The CPKB-BT is equipped with Bluetooth 2.0 and is targeted at hardcore-users of mobile blogs and email. The wireless keyboard is just 151.5×92.1×14mm and weighs only 170g. It is powered by a pair of AA batteries, lasting a total of 2-3 months if the keyboard is… Read More

  • NTT DoCoMo to roll out 19 new cell phones in Japan

    NTT DoCoMo today announced two new cell phone series (906i and 706i), which will be launched in Japan over the next months. The company will offer a total of 19 handsets coming in 64 different body colors. The 11 models of the 706i series feature extra-slim bodies. The P706iμ, for example, is just 9.8 mm thick (iPhone: 11.6 mm), making it the slimmest handset compatible to One-Seg-TV on… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Sharp 922SH Internet Machine

    I had the opportunity to test Sharp’s newest mobile phone today (sold by Japanese telecom giant Softbank). The Nippon-only 922SH features an Aquos/ASV display, a One-Seg Digital TV tuner, a 2.0 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and a QWERTY key board.

    I was blown away by the quality of the screen (3.5 inch, 480×584 resolution, contrast ratio 2,000:1!). It’s great to watch One-Seg… Read More

  • Picoprojectors coming to handsets this year, says Samsung

    We’ve had a bit of talk lately about picoprojecters, the tiny, low-powered projectors that will someday be fitted into portable electronics. Samsung’s taking a lead in this field, claiming that it will debut phones this year with the tiny projectors included, courtesy of 3M. No word if we’re getting these or if it’s another “Asia has better stuff than us”… Read More

  • The mobile phone turns 100 years old today

    That svelte mobile phone in your pocket has ancestors that go back 100 years today, when a man named Nathan Stubblefield invented the movable telephone. It had a huge transmitter and needed power, but the idea he came up with echoes in all portable phones today. It was only recently that Stubblefield was recognized as the inventor, so we tip our hats to the man belatedly for helping start… Read More

  • Adobe selling Flash for mobiles for zero dollars

    Those jokers down at Adobe are making a play for more of the mobile market by launching what they call the “Open Screen Project.” Don’t get ahead of yourself there, Adobe. It’s a bit of an indulgent name considering Flash is hardly an open format. Still, it’s hard to criticize them for putting it out there for anyone to take — no charge. Very nice. They… Read More

  • Unreasonable Stance: Mobile phones can't be improved any further, so why bother?

    Welcome to the Unreasonable Stance, where our own Devin Coldewey takes the minority opinion on a tech matter and defends it with convenient data, spun numbers, fanboyism, and insults until he proves, without a doubt, that those that disagree with him are filthy mouth-breathers. It’s interesting that there is so much noise being made about every revision of every model of every phone… Read More

  • You are your own Wi-Fi hotspot

    Today, TapRoot Systems announced that you will soon be able to use your 3G Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device as a hotpsot. The WalkingHotSpot software will initially be available only on Windows Mobile and Symbian 60 devices. A free demo is forthcoming from TapRoot, but it will only support one Wi-Fi connection. The software will only be available from carriers and the purchased software will… Read More

  • Super 3G successfully tested in the field

    Success! NTT DoCoMo has successfully tested a Super 3G system out in the field and they managed downlink speeds at 250Mbps. Testing on the Super 3G system that consists of four MIMO antennas has been going on since February just south of Tokyo. The technology should be rolled out next year. Doug and I will grab more details on this field test next week at CTIA. If you’re unsure what… Read More

  • Samsung closer to opening mobile phone factory in Vietnam

    It looks like Samsung is getting closer to building a $670 million mobile phone manufacturing plant in Vietnam. Why the change of locale? Cheap labor, of course. Samsung submitted a proposal last month to authorities in the northern province of Bac Ninh, which is 19 miles NE of Hanoi and according to officials they’re close to sealing the deal. Nguyen Quang Thanh of the provincial… Read More

  • Samsung Ace: Hands-on and first impressions

    I’ve been playing with the new Samsung Ace from Sprint for a few days and have some initial thoughts along with some photos of the device. Full review coming soon. Read More

  • Nokia is diving further into the content biz

    It’s no secret that the first N-Gage was pretty weak. The follow-up, I’ve heard, is actually pretty nice and has a few decent games, but probably lacks the following necessary to make it a viable market for serious developers. An N-Gage-exclusive release would be developer suicide. But Nokia has faith in the mobile platform, and is focusing on getting content for its handheld hybrid. Read More

  • Motorola might be exiting mobile phone business

    If Nomura International analyst Richard Windsor knows what he’s talking about then Moto will be leaving the handset business to focus on being an enterprise and government company. It’s also being reported that some Chinese vendors might be interested in acquiring Moto, but they are not too sure how to fix Moto’s problem, which Windsor believes lies with their platform… Read More

  • Sony, SK Telecom to deliver VOD flicks to your phone

    Well, not your phone unless you and your phone reside in South Korea. Here’s another reminder that the Telecom industry in the US just flat out sucks. Pioneering the way is SK, again. Sony Pictures Television just inked a deal for four years to provide SK Telecom subscribers with full-length, VOD movies directly to their mobile phone. It’s fairly inexpensive at $1 to $2 for films… Read More