Archive for August, 2010

  • New technology makes mobile phones 'loss-resistant' New technology makes mobile phones 'loss-resistant'

    An East Sussex-based company has developed an anti-loss system designed to let users keep track of their mobile phones. The i-migo is a keyring-sized stick that can be connected via Bluetooth to a mobile phone and will let off an alarm if the phone gets more than 30 feet away. The device can also...

  • New O2 list rates eco-friendliness of handsets New O2 list rates eco-friendliness of handsets

    Britain's biggest mobile phone operator, O2, has published a list rating the environmental friendliness of mobile phones on the market in the UK. Sony Ericsson's Elm handest emerged as the most eco-friendly phone currently available, after being judged on factors including the corporate r...

  • Phone-happy farmers in Philippines offered new service Phone-happy farmers in Philippines offered new service

    Mobile phone coverage in the rural Philippines has become so commonplace that one scientist is now launching a text message advisory service that offers farmers help with how they grow their rice. The computer scientist behind the project, Weng Castillo, said it was a very effective way of getting ...

  • Work progressing on 'deaf' mobile phone use Work progressing on 'deaf' mobile phone use

    Researchers in the USA are developing a practical system through which deaf people would be able to 'talk' on a mobile phone. The scientists at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle hope to effectively transmit American Sign Language via compressed video over a 3G cellular network...

  • Tesco launches cheapest monthly SIM-only tariff Tesco launches cheapest monthly SIM-only tariff

    The UK's cheapest monthly phone contract will provide people with unlimited texts and 100 minutes of free calls for just £6-per-month. Supermarket giant, Tesco, launched the SIM-only deal this week on a rolling tariff, aiming it squarely at teenagers. They aim to capitalise on the overw...

  • Consumers angered by HTC Desire updates Consumers angered by HTC Desire updates

    People with HTC Desire mobile phones on Vodafone contracts are protesting the operator's forcing of new applications on the devices. Many users have lodged official complaints with Vodafone, after loading an update on the Android-operated handset that they cannot remove and which some people ...

  • BlackBerry launches new Torch 9800 BlackBerry launches new Torch 9800

    BlackBerry has unveiled its newest and most hi-tech handset, which it says will be serious competition for the iPhone. Manufacturers, Research in Motion (RIM) revealed the Torch 9800 at a glittering event in New York this week, displaying a model that combines both a touchscreen and a key pad. RIM...

  • UAE BlackBerry ban likely to spread through Arabia UAE BlackBerry ban likely to spread through Arabia

    A ban on BlackBerry smartphones in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) looks likely to spread throughout other Arabian states, industry observers are predicting. The UAE has banned the use of email, instant-messaging and web-browsing services on the handsets, following a long-running security spat with...