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September 04, 2012

iPhone 5

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iPhone 5 is on its way to the world of technology, so get the lowdown before you wait in line for the new phone. If you are techy and you believe that technology matters, then check out this blog.
 

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March 16, 2008

Most Expensive iPhone

phones iphone peter aloisson Can you ever pay enough for an iPhone?

Austrian luxury designer and jeweler Peter Aloisson, creator of one of the world’s most expensive cell phones, has broken new ground—sort of. Sure, there’s nothing new about the whole diamond-studded phone thing, but the iPhone Princess Plus has the distinction of being the world’s most expensive iPhone.

 

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September 21, 2007

Noise Pollution Inc.

phone ring tone Rating cell phone ringtones.

A few days ago, Richard Burkard of Burkard’s Blog of Columbus suggested that we run a sampling of our cell phone ring tones for public opinion. It came in the form of a comment to a post we had run regarding cell phones (ours) and the genuinely stomach wrenching ringtones that came native to them.

 

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September 10, 2007

T-Mobile The Mobile Search Leader?

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I knew that T-Mobile was using Medio Systems as I tested this new mobile content search service in August. A full review has already been written in The Mobile Search analyst and I have also discovered that T-Mobile offers not one but five mobile search providers on its Internet portal. I thought this was a gimmick - but it isn't - now even t-zones and Web 'n' walk are strangely inter-linked.

 

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September 08, 2007

Who's There?

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This is one of the weirdest proposals we think we have ever heard. Researchers Dale Joachim, an MIT electrical engineer and biologist Eben Goodale are proposing giving cell phones to owls.

 

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Powering Up InFlight

phone inflight You might not be able to use your cell phone on board, but now you can charge it.

This gizmo is the Inflight USB Power Unit , a gadget that plugs into the armrest headphone jacks found in most commercial airplane seats to power iPods, cell phones, and similar devices through their USB connections.

 

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August 08, 2007

Hyperlocal Informatics

phone cell pictures Cell phones with cameras and Internet connections are changing journalism.

Cell phones, coupled with their built-in cameras and the ability to post to a blog or website from anywhere, have made it so “citizen journalists” beat the major media outlets in breaking a story by several minutes and in some cases, several hours. Who better to report on an event that someone who actually saw it happen?

 

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April 30, 2007

Adobe Flash Lite For Cell Phones

Click through for the latest on how to run Adobe Flash light on your cell phone.

Writing (simple) programs and games for mobile phones has gotten a whole lot easier thanks to Adobe/Macromedia's Flash Lite technology. It basically extends their flagship Flash presentation engine to the realm of mobile handsets by providing a player, similar to that which is installed on desktop PCs, to many of the mobile phones.

 

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February 03, 2007

10 Most Popular Cell Phones

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Wirefly is the #1 seller of cell phones and plans in the US. They recently announced their Ten Most Popular Cell Phones of 2006. I've provided the list below and, as usual, the ProductCritic scores associated with each phone.
 

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January 24, 2007

Naomi Campbell Not A Witch

phones naomi campbell cell phone Keep your hand on your cell phone, and no one will be hurt.

Am I the only who missed the rumor that she was a witch? Could you imagine if she joined that religion? There would be cell phones magically hitting people for no reason.

 

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December 12, 2006

Mobile RSS

phones podcast list Maybe podcasters have some hints for useful RSS applications for cell phones.
More specifically, are there certain RSS feeds or pushed data normally found on the desktop that are appropriate for the phone?
 

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December 08, 2006

How to Unlock Your Cell Phone

phones sim card Links to information on unlocking your cell phone.

This applies to Cingular Wireless, T-Mobile and Nextel phones; Sprint, Verizon Wireless and Alltel subscribers are out of luck, for reasons I’ll explain below.

 

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June 19, 2006

Cell Phone Cinematographers

phone cell phone cinema Watching and making video on your cell phone.

Very neat and could possibly create a whole new sub genre of cinema veritae. These guys made an entire documentary with cell phone video. Although studies have shown that people actually want less features on cell phones, photo and sometimes video capability just come standard on even base models and likely will in the years to come.

 

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June 18, 2006

Orgonite

phones orgonite tower buster From a post on the uses of orgonite.

You can use it simply to neutralize the harmful effects of EMF’s in the house — computer, TV, and other electrical appliances, cell phones, microwaves, etc. But usually people also notice other positive effects even if they weren’t looking for them. I started out gridding my house with the small “towerbusters,” and my interest grew from there. I own quite a few larger personal devices that are quite beautiful and powerful.

 

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May 27, 2006

Star Trek Future

phones star trek A list of inventions from Star Trek:

Isn’t it a great world that we live in? I watched a “documentary” on Discovery on Friday that showed how Captian Kirk changed the world. It seems that people who watched Star Trek got some cool ideas and set on a life adventure to make them come true. Cell Phones, ION pulse engines, transporters, and warp travel are all things that were inspired by some actors making shit up. Awesome.

 

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April 28, 2006

Northern California Judicial Conference

phones cell phone gps map Very interesting post on some of the problems with the state of the law, handhelds, and cell phones.

Today people have telephones, cell phones, email, instant messenger, web sites and e-commerce. These activities leave a digital trail, not just of phone numbers, but the contents of communications, what we buy, what we read, even our physical location is revealed by cell phone records.

 

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April 02, 2006

The Toll Of Unplugging

phone death valley Getting away from it all is great ... until you plug in again.

Anyway, I didn’t take my laptop. The cell phones didn’t work in Death Valley, and there were no Internet cafes. Yeah, it is nice to totally unplug for a while, to not be a slave to the e-mail monster for at least a brief period, and to be blindly ignorant to news headlines (by resisting the temptation to glance at newspaper headlines in the gift shops). But the price paid upon plugging back in is awful. I’ve spend a big chunk of today slogging through my inbox, and I’m not even close to reading everything (or deleting it) and dealing with the important stuff.

 

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April 01, 2006

No Internet!

phones old office Imagine what it must have been like when there was no Internet and no cell phones!

What did people used to do to pass the time at work when there was no internet?! Oh right, they actually got their work done! So my latest client does not have internet access for us. I feel like I am in the stone age. Haha. It really isn’t so bad, but I don’t think I am any more productive than when we did have internet access. I think I end up spending the extra time thinking about what might have possibly hopped into my Inbox while I was at work. And when we contact people that we need to reach immediately, we actually have to use *gasp* our phones! We use our cell phones though because there isn’t a land line in our room. Luckily, I get in touch with the present when I am back in the hotel room. Free wireless internet - huzzah!

 

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March 29, 2006

Apple iPhone?

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The Apple iPhone rumor is played out. Unless you’ve got something real to show us, shut up about it. We’ve hit the point where even year-old rumors are getting recycled, and “analysts” are piling on with their own predictions in an attempt to look with it.

 

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February 18, 2006

We've Moved Again

It used to be you could just send out a change of address card, but now you have to let everyone know what modes of communications you will be using at a new address.

The phone will be connected next Thursday and we’ll let people know via email that number. In the meantime you can reach us on our cell phones, though we’ve had some trouble using them in the new apartment. There is no longer a phone at our old place since we brought the phone and such with us. So, if you really need us, email is going to be your best bet.

 

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February 03, 2006

Another Substandard 911 VoIP Solution

On regulations, markets, and successful services.

If there had been this sort of rigid, unyielding regulation when cell phones were first coming out, I can guarantee that the US would have never developed a cell phone market, and we’d be even further behind the rest of the world in our cell phone technology than we are today (we’re only a half decade or so behind Europe and Japan with our current cell phone tech). Now, the US is going to fall drastically behind the rest of the world in its VoIP technology, too.

 

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January 27, 2006

Mobile Phones Are Good For Hospitals

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Earlier in the week, a story came out of Singapore about a hospital that was allowing its staff to carry mobile phones after tests showed they had no impact on medical equipment. Many hospitals have held to their bans on phones in fear they’ll interfere with equipment, but another new study says there’s actually a big benefit in letting people use them (via Textually). Researchers at Yale have found that the use of cell phones in hospitals reduces their error rates since it allows for more timely communications — and the incidence of interference is lower than the incidence of error caused by delayed communication. Looks like that long-held ban might be hurting things more than it helps.

 

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January 18, 2006

Drinking Companion

Your cell phone can double as your drinking companion.
Be the hit of the party with Drinknation, a new mobile application which brings the breadth and depth of a Bartender�s Bible to the palm of your hand. Whether you�re in a bar or planning a house party, mixology 101 is only a flip (phone) away.
 

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December 18, 2005

The Lonliest Highway

phone nevada highway Highways in Nevada are even lonelier without cell phone signals.

Well, tonight we’re in Eureka Nevada - s till 7 hours from Sacramento. Weather has been kinda scary and we didn’t realize how much mountain driving there would be. My first appointment is 11:30 Tuesday so we have some leeway. Cell phones have had no signal here. More tomorrow night.

 

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November 29, 2005

Cell Phones With TV

phone cell phone with video Lots of emerging technologies for mobile TV including FLO, DMB, and DVB-H.

I’m not an engineer, and I’m sure there are a great many reasons for not building a TV receiver into cell phones. Multiple standards does not a standard make. Lets just hope the cellcos choose their “standard” with the people (as opposed to their pockets) in mind.

 

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November 05, 2005

Guest Appearance on Redboy

I missed that podcast!

I had the pleasure of being a guest on our arch nemesis’ show - The Redboy Podcast. Fun and merriment were had by all. Cell phones, Aussie Tom, and general geekery were the mainstays of the evening.

 

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Familial Relations

A rant on relationships in a wired (and wireless) world.

I believe it’s quite possible to love someone but not like them very much. I wonder if the cause of so many people’s dissatisfaction or distance from their families comes from the high divorce rate in modern society, like the traditionalists claim. Or, despite the conveniences of cell phones and e-mail, if it’s more possible for a modern person to keep a certain degree of emotional separation from family members now, simply because we were not raised on a farm, all performing chores together, where our group survival depended on each member doing their share. this emotional distance may also be a symptom of our high tech world–so many other options for communication or amusement. Parents split up, working late, spending more time at the office than at home, and at home they’re often busy with their Blackberry or shopping online or watching digital cable. Kids on their cell phones, or im’ing friends, or at the mall or soccer practice or hanging out somewhere in a pack.

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October 28, 2005

Hallowe'en

Funny story from a Halloween costume clerk on some differences between girl shoppers and boy shoppers.

I have learned to not ask questions of the girls who are desperately searching for fishnet stockings. . .and to be helpful but internally disapproving of the girls frantically looking for short plaid skirts and children’s size white button-down shirts. I am not sympathetic to the girls that come in chatting on their cell phones and make me feel like I am interrupting them while they are asking me for help. And I try to be as helpful, low-key, and friendly as possible with the guys making their first foray into the wild and frighteningly complex world of women’s hosiery. Because, after all, it has always been my experience that the closer that a holiday becomes, the ruder women become and the kinder men act. Woo-hoo…go men!

 

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October 18, 2005

Samsung SCH-a970 Announced

phones samsung sch-a970 It's not a very catchy name for a phone, but the Samsung SCH-a970 packs a punch.

Verizon and Samung announced the availability of the new Samsung SCH-a970 cameraphone. This is one tricked out multimedia phone with tons of features including:

 

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August 28, 2005

Katrina VoIP Radio Feeds

Electronic communications always seem to default back to morse code and ham radios.

As you may know, Amateur Radio has historically played an important role during disasters. In many cases it’s the only reliable means of communications when normal communications, such as landline telephones and cell phones, are not operational (sometimes for weeks). Check out the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), eHam.net, or send me an e-mail if you’re interested in Amateur Radio.

 

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August 27, 2005

Sacrificing National Security And Privacy For Cell Phones

Security is about trade-offs.

However, there have been rising concerns that cellular coverage underground may aid terrorists in striking subways. Besides allowing them to communicate through mobile devices, cell phones have been a favorite tool among terrorists to detonate remote bombs; as may have been the case in the Madrid commuter-train bombings that killed 191 last year.

 

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August 22, 2005

Engadget 1985

This is a really good engadget article.

Engadget 1985 is by far the funniest piece of computer geek humor that I’ve read all day. It took me right back to the day I got my first modem—which was actually back in 1991. Cell phones have definitely come along ways since their brief case-sized ancestors debuted. And thank goodness GPS receivers have come down in size and price. Gadgets that cost more than your house just don’t seem like a wise investment no matter how cool. Catch it all and the trendytapecast over at Engadget.

 

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August 17, 2005

Mobile Device Study

Good checklist of features to look for in this mobile feature study.

I was reading Oliver Star's Blog today and I saw this.

It turns out that Parks and Associates did some research on what features users wanted to use on mobile devices…

 

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August 02, 2005

Pay As You Go

A European trying to buy pay-as-you-go mobile service in America.

I've been having to make calls back to the UK for the last couple of weeks, and I didn't want my phone bill to be through the roof with roaming charges, so last week I decided to go hunt for a pay as you go phone or SIM (whichever was easiest, and cheapest to come by). First stop was Best Buy, where they had Virgin Mobile pay as you go phones and Moto Boost. Neither are GSM and you have to buy the phone (there is no SIM card), whilst this was appealing I didn't really want to carry 2 phones around, so I asked the sales assistant if they did SIM cards, and his reply was that you just can't get them over here, and that I'd have to buy a Virgin or Moto phone. So disillusioned and concerned for the US mobile phone market, I wandered out and 2 doors found a Cingular store. So I wandered in, asked if they did prepaid SIM cards, and the answer was yes (It's nice to know that I still have the ability to find the incompetent sales assistant in a consumer electronics store (Best Buy) regardless of country).

 

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July 24, 2005

Life Before Cell Phones

Remember when no one had a cell phone and we all survived anyway?

Tonight I’m home alone with my honey (that’s a happy thing) and the animals, who now outnumber us (not so happy.) Nick is in DC on his way to National Scout Jamboree. (Happy for him, not so happy for me.) Katy is somewhere nearing Japan, where she will land at Osaka Airport in a few hours. (Really, really not happy for me but thrillingly happy for her.) I am a little bit distressed as I have no way to contact her (nor she me, apart from a very prohibitively expensive collect call which I would totally take if she needed to call me) and she’s half a world away. I keep reminding myself that there was a time when there weren’t cell phones and we still managed…I just miss my kids.

 

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July 20, 2005

Update From 39,000 Feet

It is economical to run a small business like accounting from anywhere in the world.

Many of you know that when I am not fulfilling my duties as a “Professional Traveler”, I also do some tax consulting as a backup. Ok in all fairness, I do enjoy my tax work & have worked hard to make it a global tax practice, unfettered by cables and anything else that restricts me to one location. Thanks to the wonders of laptop computers, wireless internet access, international cell phones, and Adobe Acrobat, I can (and do) run my practice from anywhere in the world. Even 5 years ago I think this was not possible. Now I roam free and make a living at the same time!

 

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July 18, 2005

Location-Aware News In The Age Of Terrorism

Information can be used for good purposes and bad purposes.

We know that real-time geographic information is here: weather and traffic are examples. We know that remote sensor technology provides these data and can display them on maps. And we know that access via the internet and cell phones is providing anyone who will pay for it the ability to see it. We know that a shop keeper in Shanghai can see traffic congestion in Chicago...but why would he? We just know that he can.

 

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July 06, 2005

Windows Powered

phones windows mobile phone Click through for a full review of a windows-powered phone.

It hanged, just like any other windows powered devices. Been using the phone for almost a week now and I must say I like the features and the clever functions put into it. Being new in the market, it still does have some minor issues I wished they would fix.

 

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Taj Mahal Trip

phones taj mahal No mobile phones at the Taj Mahal. Not much of a surprise since cell phones are used so often to trigger explosives.

When we finally arrived we had to go through airport like security. No food is permitted, including gum, and they only thing electronic you can bring is a camera. No cell phones because of security issues. Upon entering the grounds there is still a good little walk through another entryway to the actual tomb.

 

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July 02, 2005

Fear Segment

Paranoia is so easy when everyone is watching you.

The newsletter is a hub of information, or at least is meant to be. The writers, again, focus too much on the fear of the newsletter rather than keeping in mind the need to inform and not scare the crap out of. In the last issue, it was suggested that cell phone usage is a high risk security issue and we’re all better keeping them off except when needing to place a call. The newsletter’s writing suggested there are individuals staked out all over the city, waiting for your cell phone to log on to your provider network so they can steal your credentials. Even better, the newsletter suggested that our cell phones are at risk to becoming “microphones”. I found this to be humorous… “We don’t know where, we don’t know when, but someone is going to hack your cell phone and use it as a mic. That is all…” I understand these are real issue, but c’mon! Do you honestly think somebody wants to listen in on your calls just to hear how your shitty day at work went?

 

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June 30, 2005

Skype Bridging Technology

Very cool.

A Norwegian company has developed bridging technology that links cell phones with Skype Technologies’ VoIP service in a configuration that enables users to make worldwide calls at local rates.

 

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June 27, 2005

New Age Slaves

Someone told me there was a time when there weren't cell phones, but I didn't believe her.

can you remember what we did before cell phones, pda’s, and other bullshit electronic gadgets we really don’t need?

 

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June 21, 2005

Residents of Alexandria Will Pay More On Cell Phone Tax

What keeps residents from buying their cell phones in jurisdictions without this tax?

Alexandria City Council has approved a new tax on cell phones as part of its fiscal 2006 budget. Residents will pay $3 a month on cell phone bills of more than $30. People on lower-cost plans will be charged ten percent of their monthly bill.

 

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June 12, 2005

The GPS Shopping List

Pam Ludford is developing a new technology called Place Mail for GPS-enabled phones.

“GPS-enabled cell phones are now mostly a curiosity, Ludford said. However, such technological obscurities have a way of worming themselves into everyday life, which is why researchers are already working on applications.

Place Mail stores the latitude and longitude coordinates of the users’ favorite spots - Washburn Library, Bayer’s Hardware, Discount Video or the Wedge - into the cell phone’s memory. The user also programs in location-specific reminder notes.”

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June 05, 2005

Treo 650 vs. Blackberry 7100

phones blackberry 7100 Good comparison of the Treo and the Blackberry products:

I love the lightness (4.3 oz) and size (large candybar) of the Blackberry. It works as a phone, no questions asked. I'm doing pretty well using the Suretype QWERTY and think it's a boon to solving a key problem with big pdas trying to be cell phones.

 

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June 04, 2005

Before There Was Technology ...

phones covered wagon This just in from the Pleistocene Era:

I started my sales and marketing career in 1977 as a sales trainee for ASG Industries. My tools were a legal pad, a couple of Bic pens and a secretary named Darlene, who typed everything on an IBM Selectric typewriter. I sat at a Steelcase desk actually made from steel and painted gunmetal grey. This was before fax machines (at least reliable ones), FEDEX, email, cell phones, desktop publishing, the Internet, and all the other tools and technologies available to marketers today.

Kidding aside, click through for the good, the bad and the ugly of modern technology.
 

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Changing The Way We Live

phone video over phone I'm not convinced video on phones will be a huge driver of handset or service sales, but it sure is cool.

Cell phones really have changed the way we live. Sometimes I feel like I got into a time machine and landed in the future. Do you know that in Japan and Korea, you can actually watch TV on your cell phone? What else is coming, I wonder.

 

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June 02, 2005

I Hate My Cubicle

On the list of things to hate about cubicle living, item number 7:

7. Inconsiderate people leaving their cell phones on audible ring mode. The ridiculous ring tones (for example, the Sanford & Son theme song) are distracting and irritating, especially when some individuals’ cell phones ring ten to twelve times per day.

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Calling Larry Flynt

I hope the FCC doesn't get involved, but I think this post may be prescient:

So, will cell phones be next on the feds' censorship wish list? You better believe it. I'll make a prediction now: Within the next two years, legislation will be introduced proposing the extension of the FCC's current clear-as-mud indecency rules to mobile content and devices.

 

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Nuke the Messengers

What happens when government can't control the message? They get angry:

Yet it's the press that the Bush entourage continually wants to hold responsible for its failures. Rumsfeld, at a recent speech to the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, said that a globalized press in this digital age can instantly spread damaging information. He lamented "a global Internet with universal access and no inhibitions, e-mails, cell phones, digital cameras wielded by anyone and everyone," and "a seemingly casual disregard for the protection of classified information, resulting in a near continuous hemorrhage of classified...

 

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Learn How To Drive!

I agree with this point of view: trying to regulate cell phone use while driving is great politics and poor public policy.

As someone from a smaller city with large-city driving habits, one of my pet peeves is the constant whining about people who talk on their cell phones while driving (usually from people who don’t own cell phones). I came across this article today, and just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to rant. The article is documenting efforts by an increasing number of states to regulate the use of cell phones while driving. From the article (emphasis mine):

 

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Atari Guy Speaks

Neat concepts do not necessarily good products make.

Games based on location. Now that is intriguing. I don't know if it would interest ME, per se, but it does sound like a neat concept and something perfect for cell phones.

 

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May 30, 2005

Geek-wear

They sell pocket protectors as accessories:

Eleksen announced a deal with outdoor apparel manufacturer O'Neill to incorporate the fabric in its H2 apparel line, which includes a backpack with a built-in solar panel and coat with a control panel for cell phones or MP3 players. The coat will also contain built-in headphones and microphones, so you won't have to take your coat off to speak or listen to music. A built-in Bluetooth module handles communications and also switches feeds from the MP3 player to the phone and vice versa.

 

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May 29, 2005

Privacy and Security

Good question:

Millions of people carrying camera cell phones or portable instant messaging devices are being encouraged to share what they see, hear, and think as it happens -- and by Google, no less. Think about that: the owners of the world's largest data storage and retrieval system are gathering audio, video, photos, and text messages from all over. Should we be pleased? Or worried?

 

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Favorite Cell Phone Features

Another good question:

Anyone who has heard me gripe about cell phones, (and most people who know me have,) might be surprised at this, but cell phones do come in handy at times. I’m thinking about this because I’m really liking my Nextel phone I got with my new job. The walkie-talkie feature is really pretty handy. Of course, with a company phone, you don’t always get everything you want. Two features I’d love to have are text messaging and a camera. I can see where both would be very handy in the everyday working world, (I’d love to be able to take pictures of broken parts I need to order,) but both my last employer and my new one do not allow them. What are your favorite cell phone features? What new ones would you like to see invented?

 

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May 28, 2005

Theater Time

I. hate. cell. phones. in. theaters. too.

I. hate. stupid. people. I have very little patience with people who don't have common sense, that's one of the reasons I can't stand my SIL. The other big pet peeve I have is people in movie theaters that put their feet on the seats, talk, play on their cell phones, kick your seat, and rattle packages during the whole movie. I actually have contemplated not going to the movies anymore and just waiting for things to come out on dvd because the general public annoys me so much. It all comes back to the common sense.

 

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Mobile Phone Tone Becomes Top Single

I love that cell phones now drive the singles market.

Coldplay had hoped to go straight to No. 1 on this Sunday’s British singles chart with its new song, Speed of Sound. But by today, it appeared that Crazy Frog Axel F - which is available for digital download and as a compact disc single in retail stores - would prevail, said Castaldo. The ring tone was expected to replace the Oasis tune Lyla as the No. 1 hit on the list released Sunday by the Official UK Charts Co. The weekly singles chart, which has been released since 1952, is based on the sales of 5,600 retail shops across Britain. While...

 

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May 23, 2005

Skype In India

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All of this week i've been in remote villages in India, which had no electricity, a smattering of landlines that donot work, a few cell phones. And i have been able to chat with friends in the US and UK on Skype and beam pictures to my blog from there. LIVE !

At several levels - the most basic is the invitation to call when you see someone is 'online', or the knowledge that you shouldn't be disturbing someone right now. This doesn't happen with landlines, and unless you send an sms in advance, not on cell phones either. I personally still prefer to send a small chat ping before I call someone, unless I know them really well, in which case, I call them any which way.

- What is it replacing in your basket of communication products both online and off ... IM clients? Landlines? Cell phones?

The team at Skype has done a great job in helping a new generation become aware how easy it is to communicate using VoIP. But before any of us can talk about a true communications revolution, we need to take a hard look at the communication habits of this segment of the "always on" generation and see how much, if any, of their core communication needs is being replaced by the advent of services like Skype rather than depending upon their cell phones and/or other communication products & services.

 

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Electronic Monitoring Survey

If big brother isn't watching, your boss might be:

This survey of 526 U.S.companies has found that 5 percent use GPS technology to monitor cell phones and 8 percent use GPS to track company vehicles."When it comes to workplace computer use,employers are primarily concerned about inappropriate web surfing,with 76% monitoring workers’ website connections.Fully 65% of companies use software to block connections to inappropriate websites".Further,"26% have fired workers for misusing the Internet.Another 25% have terminated employees for e-mail misuse.And 6% have fired employees for misusing office...

 

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Backpackers And Homeland Security

Excuse me, but how do you get this again:

Rheingold writes about the phenomenon of mobile phone users -- whose devices weren't designed to support community uses -- doing it anyway. In what I choose to interpret as yet another affirmation of Stephenson's Law #1(when you have a problem, look for a solution to someone who suffers from it but to the nth degree), Jeff Axup, Mobile Community Design specialist at the University of Queensland's Information Environments program, studied how one ad-hoc group of phone users -- backpackers -- use their cell phones to build community. ...

 

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May 22, 2005

Face To Face

The power of face-to-face is strong:

–Dean Landsman has written an essay on the history of ubiquitous connectivity, from cell phones to email to instant messaging and its ramifications. For those of you who are unnerved by this trend, take heart, I suspect that none of these technologies will ever replace the power of the face-to-face (F2F) encounter.

 

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May 15, 2005

A Dog's Best Friend

This is a cell phone service I'd never, ever thought of.

South Koreans hoping to communicate with man's best friend could be getting help soon from their cell phones. KTF Corp., a South Korean mobile phone operator, said Thursday it will begin offering a service that will enable dog owners to know whether their pets are feeling happy or sad.

 

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May 14, 2005

HTC Universal Will Run Windows Mobile 5.0

phones htc universal pc pocket phone This sounds pretty close to a real PC!

The Universal, HTC’s nicely spec’d out new 3G Pocket PC Phone (this thing has a built-in QWERTY keyboard, UMTS, a large VGA touch screen, 1.3 megapixel digital camera, 128MB of RAM, 520MHz Intel XScale processor, WiFi, and Bluetooth), is anything but a secret, especially since T-Mobile Deutschland introduced it as the MDA IV earlier this year, but HTC, a Taiwanese manufacturer which usually stays behind the scenes, took the unusual step yesterday of formally announcing that the phone will be available globally in the 2nd half of the year. The announcement, which coincided with yesterday’s unveiling of Windows Mobile 5.0, also answered one of the nagging questions about the Universal/MDA IV—namely whether or not it would run on the newest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS (it will). So when is Cingular going to get this?

 

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May 09, 2005

Princess Pager

phones decorated pager A great alternative to a cell phone and fun to personalize, too.

I can't believe I haven't posted about decorating my pager yet! About a month ago, I bought 2-way pagers for myself and Blake. The idea was that they would be a cheap alternative to cell phones. We can send each other text messages, send and receive email messages, and exchange text messages with anyone who has a cell phone. It's quite handy, and about half the cost of cell phones per month. The pagers themselves were $9 each, and are plain back used models. I wanted to make mine cute, so, inspired by Sara's Handbling over at Going Jesus, I decided to paint it and then stick on some "jewels." I found some spraypaint especially for plastic and some acrylic crystals at JoAnn's. I decided not to ante up for the real Austrian crystals, since they cost three times as much. I didn't want to spend $20 on crystals for a $9 pager.

 

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iTunes Mobile Set for July

I think this is a killer combo, cell phone and iPod.

Gizmodo is reporting that Motorola is confirming a July launch of iTunes Mobile for cell phones.

 

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Annoy with Napstertones

If you didn't know about it, here's Napster for your ring tones:

Napstertones - buy ringtones for your cell phones ($1.99 USD) with (some of) your favorite songs and annoy all those who wished for simpler days when phones just rang.

 

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May 07, 2005

Support The Troops...

This is a case where maybe it's ok to use your cell phone in class.

Cell phones are allowed on campus but may not be used during school hours. When a teacher told him to hang up, he refused. He said he told the teacher, "This is my mom in Iraq. I'm not about to hang up on my mom."

 

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May 05, 2005

Google SMS

Maybe this new google service will get Americans to adopt SMS:

Google SMS, while still in beta, is nothing new and yes, we have all already heard about it. It’s great to use Google via our cell phones without actually paying for internet access. I was at a party and some people were debating the age of Micky Mouse. I send a text message to 46645 (GOOGL) and types “how old is micky mouse”, and a couple seconds later, I received a text message that said “Did you mean MICKEY Mouse Date of birth 1928” - kind of cool. It may be worth the time to actually learn how to use Google SMS...

 

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When 'Dicta-phones' Rule the Earth!

I'm not sure VoiceMode will change things too much. After all, voice recognition software has been available inexpensively for PCs and it's not flying off the shelves. Also, there are a lot of SMS conversations I'd rather say out loud!

You may have noticed something called VoiceMode quietly making its way into cell phones --the speech-to-text solution for text messaging and email on the road. More on this later, but suffice to say that it is way too time consuming. The few tumb typers I know in Sri Lanka would beat voicemoders to a punch!

 

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May 03, 2005

Battery of the Future

phones toshiba lithium ion battery The lithium ion battery Toshiba announced recently is great ... charges up to 80% of capacity in one minute!

Of course, I don’t like the idea that it won’t be released for two more years, nor than it will find initial applications in things other than cell phones, portable electronics, etc. But when I think about what this will mean for portable electronics in the next few years, I feel the warm, fuzzy, engineer’s appreciation of technological advance.

 

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April 26, 2005

Faking The Call

The only problem is when your phone rings while you are faking a conversation. Oops.

A number of people make fake phone calls on their cell phones just for the benefit of those around them. Someone who's late for work may enter the office talking to "an important client" to cover her tardiness. Others pretend they get a call when they don't want to talk to someone who's standing right in front of them. Not surprisingly, some of those big deals you hear people negotiate on the phone are just done to impress those within earshot. Men will pretend to be on a call as they walk over to hit on a woman. Women will pretend to be on a call to avoid getting hit on by men.

 

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April 23, 2005

Blackberry OS 4.0.0.319

phones blackberry 7250 The new Blackberry OS includes a web browser.

BlackBerry Handheld Software v4.0.0.319 is out. It's an upgrade to the existing OS. Some of the highlights of the upgardes includes the addition of a passwork keeper and a HTML Browser!!! Note: The HTML browser that magically appeared on my 7520 after the .319 upgrade was suggested by forum members that what I have is the BES browser and not the HTML browser that Nextel is rolling out on May 16th. How that happen? The Blackberry itself still mystifies me.

 

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Blackberry HTML Browser Myth?

phones blackberry man in factory Here's another take on the Blackberry browser. It seems to be a confusing situation, whether Nextel is providing the browser or the browser is in an OS upgrade.

Apparantly a LOT of people are saying that they do not get the HTML browser. Many called Nextel and was informed that the HTML browser will be available on May 16th, the offical launch date. While it is only 3 weeks away, I am happy that somehow I was able to get the HTML browser.

Further speculation suggests that the browser I have on my 7520 (see photos in blog below) is the HTML browser available to BES clients and not webclients. see my blog on 'BES and WebClient' for further explanation. Nextel reported that the icon for the May 17th HTML browser (web client) is different than that to what I have...which is the BES one.

I attempted the software uprade and it corrupted by blackberry 7520. Right in the middle of the software upgrade, the upgrade stopped (died) and left my blackberry useless. All attempts to reload the software failed. So I had to go down to a Nextel store and pay $35 to swap out a unit I'd only had for a week.

 

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April 20, 2005

Yahoo 360 Suggestions

I've seen bloggers doing this with Flickr for a while, but that doesn't mean it's any less cool with Yahoo.

Yahoo 360 users can email photos from their camera phones to their Weblogs (though I had trouble with this because pictures sent from my phone come from a Sprint provided email address).

 

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April 19, 2005

Young Americans Spend on Cell Phones

These numbers are kind of staggering:

According to their research there are 50-million cell phone owners under the age of 25 and will collectively shell out $20-billion on their cell phones. They are spending their money on the latest ringtones, music, games and the latest and greatest new handsets.

According to another study released last March by mobileYouth an outstanding $1 out of every 10% spent by children and young people are now spent on their cell phones.

 

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Sesame Street on Your Cell Phone

phones sesame street on cell phones Having trouble entertaining the kids. Hand them the cell phone.

Coming soon to a cell phone near you: Sesame Street. Cell providers are teaming up with popular children’s media companies to develop programming for kids on cell phones. This “high tech pacifier” would work like a mini-television: parents can subscribe to a service for a monthly fee, and receive phone fare with kids’ favorite characters.

 

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April 15, 2005

SMS Costs Too Much

SMS costs too much and high costs are limiting SMS adoption. When WiMax and WiFi become more available, the carriers will have to compete ... finally.

With the high cost of the SMS brokering services (especially now that providers are forcing all commercial senders to have shortcodes!), products that use SMS heavily are going to have to pass the cost to the user. This severely limits adoption.

A big part of the problem here is that mobile providers are just making too much money off of text messaging. An article in Knight-Ridder Tribune Business News (2005-03-15) had some unsurprising statements:

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Unlocking Phones

Be careful when trying to unlock your phone!

After a quick Google search, I found several websites that advertised unlocking services for Motorola V551’s and other phone models. Many of these websites charge $10 to $20 for a code that they will give you via email that will unlock the phone. BE WARNED! I have found out that this only works for certain Nokia phones. Usually all other phones require firmware updates, and that cannot be done by typing in a code. Most phones have to be connected to a computer via USB cable and have the firmware replaced by an unlocked version.

 

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April 14, 2005

More and More Numbers

Someone is happy about dialing more numbers!

Add one more consequence to the proliferation of cell phones. Manicurists rejoiced when it was announced that, starting in June 2006, everyone in the 514, 450 and 819 area codes will have to dial 10 numbers (instead of the usual 7) to make a local phone call.

 

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Small College Town

I guess the image of a sleepy, quiet college town has gone out the window.

One difference I have noticed since I was a student here oh-so-many years ago (actually, only 2) is the obscene proliferation of iPods and cell phones. Now, I'm no technophobe, but the presence of these things on campus can be very irritating. The students working the B.C. front desk now tune out all around them with iPods, and everyone seems to be in their own MP3 world walking to class. Do you really need your iPod to walk a few yards? We're not that big of a campus. And yesterday I almost got run over by a driver talking on a cell phone (this time a staff member), and instead of the usual apologetic wave that's customary in our one-traffic light town, the person continued talking, never having stopped to acknowledge the fact they almost run me down.

 

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April 12, 2005

At Least As Of Today, They Don't Make Your Head Explode

We seem to be doing a real world study of cell phone dangers for free. Everyone I know is a participant, except my parents.

Another entry into the annals of does-it-or-doesn’t it. In this case, cell phones. Do they cause brain tumors or don’t they? Evidence seems likely, and then it doesn’t.

The problem with these studies, however, is that they cannot positively rule out a link between the two. They just couldn’t establish one in this study, and that’s a big difference from saying that “cell phones do not lead to brain tumors” or that “cell phones are completely safe.” The scientists who did this study do admit that; that even though they couldn’t establish a link between tumors and cell phones, they could not rule out the possibility that mobile handsets may cause long-term health problems,...

 

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Television Coming To A Cell Phone Near You

csi on the phone CSI on the phone? How cool is that!

He said CBS also is beginning to explore ways of utilizing a wide array of new technologies for distributing CBS' programming, including cell phones.

"There's even been talk about doing a one-minute 'CSI'" on cell phones, Moonves told the ad executives. "Someone gets killed the first few seconds. The crime gets solved in the last few seconds."

 

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Posted on April 12, 2005 11:22 PM by cell p392.
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