Mobile tech could make a difference to Africa’s water

Many mobile apps are at best a small measure and convenience and at worst a mere gimmick. But mobile technology in Africa could be a genuine lifesaver. Researchers at Oxford University have developed a system that will allow water hand pumps in rural areas to automatically report a fault when they break down. The BBC […]

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“T-ray” technique means ultra-fast wireless

Wireless connections over an ultra high frequency range could mean data transfers at up to 20 times current speeds. Newly published research into the “T-ray” band shows there could be huge potential for the frequencies, which is particularly intriguing as they are currently unregulated by broadcasting authorities. The T in the name stands for terahertz, […]

Nokia targets developing world… and cheapskates

Nokia is targeting what it is calling the “next billion” smartphone users with a couple of handsets that start from $45 without a contract. The specs on the phones won’t wow many buyers in major markets, but the handsets do just about qualify as smartphones. The phones are targeted mainly at locations such as India […]

New smartphone tech: firms are on the case

Traditionally smartphone cases have been largely decorative, with their only practical function being to protect the phone against damage (or, in a certain instance, to allow users to make calls while holding the phone.) Now two different companies have come up with ways to make better use of a case. A company called Freedom Pop […]

MB LED : A LED-Based Interactive Puzzle

Last year, we told you guys about GLiP, an interactive LED puzzle that was made by by 4 French students as part of their embedded systems architecture course at Télécom ParisTech. Basing themselves on the old project, 3 of these students have taken GLiP to a new level. Check it out: It is inspired from […]

TU Me brings free calls to you

A major cellphone provider has decided it’s not worth the effort of trying to block subscribers from making calls via VOIP services such as Skype. Instead it’s launching its own VOIP service. Telefonica, which offers services in Europe and South America, has dubbed the service TU Me. It’s available initially as an iPhone app with […]

Google Teases a First Look at Project Glass

Google has always been innovative and coming up with the future before we are ready for it. There was talk about a project featuring a device that would deliver the power of the internet in a wearable device and today I tripped over this video on Google’s channel that spills the beans on what they […]