Standard Universal Phone Charger by the End of the World?

by Mark R

The main association of mobile phone manufacturers, GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) has recently announced a plan to standardize all phone chargers with a microUSB connector. What does that mean? It means that there will no longer be a myriad number of charging cords, with all those tips that are not compatible with each individual cellular phone manufacturer. One of the motivations of this new agreement is to stop the …

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Microsoft Stores Coming to You

by Mark R

It appears that Microsoft has found yet another way to dominate the market as they are starting their own line of retail stores. Some of you are probably looking at the picture here and can’t help but compare it with Apple stores. I mean, look at the minimalist décor, and the company logo emblazed in the glass. Should we have any problem with Microsoft stealing a page from Apple’s playbook? …

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Free BT Public Wi-Fi Hotspot

by Edwin

Sounds like a dream? Well, that offer is only available to business broadband customers, so make sure you’re part of that group before you take advantage of it. This is incidentally the first business broadband package from BT to offer free public Wi-Fi hotspots, offering a competitive advantage to virtually any business that signs up. Visitors are now able to use Wi-Fi a free service or purchase BT Openzone vouchers …

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Finger-Pressure Detection arrives from Stantum

by Edwin

Stantum Technologies is not a name that is known to all, but they are one of the pioneer developers where multi-touch sensing technology is concerned. Hence, it is no surprise to see them at the Mobile World Congress with a new finger-pressure detection capability which features their patented PMatrix, a “resistive multi-touch detection platform” which enables users to move an unlimited number of fingers, fingernails or utensils (such as styli) …

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Is Lego getting into the wireless phone market?

by James

It’s not to want a piece of the wireless market when there’s one cellphone for every 2 ½ people on the planet. That amounts to a lot of people with a cellphone. Course, if Steve Jobs had his way, they’d all have iPhones. But Apple doesn’t have global domination yet and there’s plenty pieces of the cell phone pie. So who wouldn’t want to break them off some of that. …

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Kindle 2 is now official

by Mark R

After many months of leaked photos and rumors, Amazon.com’s CEO Jeff Bezos finally unveiled the Kindle 2 today. Like the famous upgrade of the iPhone, the Kindle is slimmer as it is 0.36 inches thick (half as thick as the old one). Another upgrade of the Kindle 2 is the battery life. It is approximately 25 percent larger than before, and good for two weeks without charging. The memory has …

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Congress votes to delay digital TV transition

by James

Listening to the sage words of the wise one, Congress has stepped up and voted heed the Obama Administration’s council and delayed the proposed digital TV transition. Originally scheduled for next week, the digital TV transition in the United States would shut off most analog broadcast signals (except those from stations that are so small they can’t afford to make the switchover) and go completely digital. The plan, which has …

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India announces the $10 laptop … for $20

by James

NOT the computer, just an example

With great fanfare, the Indian government announced their $10 laptop, now known as the “Sakshat” and stated that the laptop would sell for twice the planned cost … $20. Still, not to bad. And although there’s no picture of this price breaking design at the moment, here’s an overview of what’s under the hood:

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