Ubuntu Smartphone Finally On Sale


The first Ubuntu smartphone goes on sale next week. But it’s more of a publicity drive than a serious launch. The Aquarius E4.5 from Spanish manufacturer BQ normally runs on Android, but a new model will run on a version of Ubuntu developed by Canonical. Rather than go on full sale, a limited number will go […]

Google Cellphone Service: More Details Emerge


Google has reportedly made a deal to offer a cellphone service that uses both the Sprint and T-Mobile networks. It would combine this with use of currently unused frequencies to offer high-speed data in cities. A report by The Information says the project is codenamed Nova and describes a 2015 launch as likely. It would follow […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From July-August 2014)


Continuing our look back at the stories we covered in 2014 and subsequent developments, we turn to July. The Department of Homeland Security brought in new rules saying all electronic devices, including cellphones, had to be powered up for security checks for flights into the US; those with dead batteries and no charger would not […]

Fight Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks with this Glowing DIY Hobbit Sting Sword [Pic + Video]


Youtuber Spark IO has taken a toy Sting sword and combined it with a Spark Core to transform it into a tool that glows when there are unsecured wi-fi networks nearby. To celebrate the launch of the new Hobbit flick, we made a version of Sting that turns blue near unsecured Wi-Fi networks. And when […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From January-February 2014)


It’s time once again to take a look back at some of the news stories we’ve covered here at GaS in 2014 as well as following up on later developments. In January, AT&T started offering companies the chance to make “sponsorship” payments that meant they picked up the tab when users streamed or downloaded their […]

Wireless Charging Could Soon Get MUCH Faster


A company has unveiled a wireless charging system with three times the power of current models. It’s probably not quite enough for laptops yet, but shows the concept is scalable. At the moment, wireless chargers are usually limited to five watts, which is about the same as you’d get in a dedicated wired phone charger. […]

Deaf Man Hears Wi-Fi Networks

By Jeremy Keith (Flickr: Device pile) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A deaf man has modified his hearing aid so that he can “hear” the presence of wireless networks. Writing in the New Scientist, Frank Swain says it’s an experiment to explore the way tech works for deaf people. With the modifications, the hearing aid makes different sounds to indicate both the quantity and type of […]

AT&T Sued Over ‘Unlimited’ Data Throttling


The Federal Trade Commission is suing AT&T for allegedly misleading customers over its “unlimited” data plans. The FTC says reducing speeds for people who use large amounts of data counts as a limit, The case centers on what’s meant by “unlimited,” an issue that’s always controversial with mobile data. While some plans have a fixed […]

Hear: The App That Let’s You Anonymously Talk… and Stalk!


By Kazzie Ch – Robot Sucré Guest Blogger What if I were to tell you that you could listen to people’s conversations without feeling totally weird about it? Never mind eavesdropping on your table neighbor at Starbucks. We’ve done this already; it’s not exciting anymore. Also, I don’t care about your pumpkin-spiced latte. There’s a […]

New iPads Feature Multi-Carrier SIM


Amid all the usual hype for thinner screens and bigger resolutions at the latest Apple launch event came a genuine breakthrough for the iPad: a reprogrammable SIM card that can work with multiple carriers. The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, which will take over as the most expensive models in the range in […]

BlackBerry’s New Phone Has Square Screen


BlackBerry has released a new handset with some unusual features including a square screen and a touch-sensitive physical keyboard. It’s an attempt to recapture the business market but may serve as a test bed for the unusual physical aspects. The BlackBerry Passport is so named because it’s roughly the same size as the passports used […]

iPhone 6 Launch A Success Despite China Delay


Apple says it sold more than 10 million of the new iPhones in their first weekend on sale, a new company record. While that didn’t include sales to China this time round, it seems a fair number of handsets will be headed there anyway. The 10 million+ figure covers both the iPhone 6 and the […]