phones

  • Kytephone Officially Launches App To Turn Android Phones Into Kid-Safe Devices

    Kytephone Officially Launches App To Turn Android Phones Into Kid-Safe Devices

    Kytephone, the mobile app that transforms Android smartphones into kid-safe devices, is officially making its public debut today. The startup had previously been in beta, following its reveal at this spring’s Y Combinator Demo Day, where founders Renat Gataullin and Martin Drashkov first detailed their company’s vision. The idea behind Kytephone is simple. It addresses… Read More

  • Android Phone Owners Use Their Devices For An Hour A Day

    Android Phone Owners Use Their Devices For An Hour A Day

    Nielsen has found that Android users tend to spend over an hour a day on their phones. Sixty-seven percent of their time is spent “working” with apps while the rest is spent on the mobile web. Forty-three percent of those apps are top 10 Market apps while the top 50 apps are used 61 percent of the time. The rest of the apps – all 250,000 of them – are used the rest of… Read More

  • President Obama Wants A ‘Cool’ Phone

    President Obama Wants A ‘Cool’ Phone

    There’s a good chance that your office or home is more tricked out, tech-wise, than the Oval Office. President Obama complained yesterday, in what the AP calls “off-the-cuff remarks,” that what the Oval Office lacks is a “really cool phone.” Can someone get the president a Droid or something? Read More

  • Elfoid: Creepy Robot Cell Phone (Video)

    Elfoid: Creepy Robot Cell Phone (Video)

    When it comes to bizarre robots, you can always count on Hiroshi Ishiguro: the so-called Elfoid [JP], a mix between mini humanoid, telepresence robot and cell phone, isn’t exactly made by him but based on his Telenoid robot from last year. Developed by Japan’s Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR), the Elfoid phone is supposed to make remote communication more… Read More

  • Talking to People, So Over

    Talking to People, So Over

    We’ve killed a lot of things recently at Techcrunch: the phone call, cable tv, books, the mouse, and many more. Regrettably, I’m ready to kill off another one — talking to people. It’s so inefficient, slow, and old-fashioned. ‘Talk’ about something that been around for at least thousands of years and is ripe for disruption by new technology. The latest… Read More

  • Which Cellphone Did The Yemeni Terrorists Use?

    Which Cellphone Did The Yemeni Terrorists Use?

    If you look closely at this shot of the bombs allegedly sent from Yemen to Chicago you’ll notice what looks like a small camera up in the corner. Slide down the side and you see the volume buttons and I suspect the silver area is where the battery holder once stuck to the circuit board. It’s clear that this was a phone – probably of modern vintage – so which phone is it? Read More

  • London Underground To Get Wi-Fi To Prep For 2012 Olympics

    London Underground To Get Wi-Fi To Prep For 2012 Olympics

    The London Underground, commonly known as the Tube, will be getting Wi-Fi. There will be a six-month trial period beginning on November 1 at the Charing Cross station. Read More

  • Ewwwww… Your Phone Is Dirtier Than A Toilet Flush Handle

    Ewwwww… Your Phone Is Dirtier Than A Toilet Flush Handle

    According to a study by Stanford University students, your phone is covered with 18 times more germs than a toilet handle which means, in short, anyone who touches your phone will get your disgusting, disgusting germs. The study, published in July, found that: “If you put virus on a surface, like an iPhone, about 30 percent of it will get on your fingertips,” Julian said. In… Read More

  • Review: Powertel 500 Cordless Phone For The Hearing Impaired

    Review: Powertel 500 Cordless Phone For The Hearing Impaired

    My mom has some hearing damage in one ear. She doesn’t wear a hearing aid but she does go “Wha?” whenever you ask her something and then you have to scream what you just said, embarrassing everyone at the AA meeting. When Powertel, a subsidiary of a German company, Amplicom that has made devices for the impaired for years, offered to send over a Powertel 500 DECT cordless phone… Read More

  • New York City Subway To Get Wi-Fi, Cellphone Service

    New York City Subway To Get Wi-Fi, Cellphone Service

    You’ll soon be able to use your phone in the New York City subway system. It’s part of a $200 million renovation of the system, which, well, not to say that it’s falling apart, but it’s seen better days. There used to be a W train, for example. Memories. Read More