“Personal cell” tech could improve mobile broadband

The man behind WebTV and OnLive says he’s created a mobile broadband technology that lets you get maximum speed regardless of how many other people are trying to connect. Steve Perlman’s claims have, to say the least, raised skepticism in the mobile industry. The technology, originally called DIDO, is now being launched under the name […]

Amazon Deal of the Day: 65% Off HooToo TripMate Wireless N Portable Travel Router (Wi-Fi Mini Router + 5200mA Power Bank + USB Storage) – $39.99 + FREE Shipping

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the tiny HooToo TripMate Wireless N Portable Travel Router (5200mAh Power Bank, USB Storage Wi-Fi Media Sharing, Access Point, Wi-Fi Mini Router & Bridge) for just $39.99 plus free shipping. That’s 65% off on the router’s regular list price of $89.99. Instantly convert any wired […]

Google Glass to Take Prescription Lenses

Google has confirmed it will offer Google Glass in special frames for people who wear prescription lenses. It’s even found one healthcare insurer who will subsidize the costs in the same way as with traditional spectacles. It still won’t be possible yet to simply clip the gadgetry to the arms of an ordinary pair of […]

“Blackphone” Promises Total Security

The makers of a smartphone launching next month claim it offers complete security from snooping on all forms of communication. But full details of the Blackphone and how it maintains privacy haven’t yet been published. The Blackphone is a joint project of Geeksphone, a Spanish smartphone manufacturer, and Silent Circle, a US firm which already […]

Sprint abandons early upgrade program

Sprint has ditched a phone plan that let customers upgrade their handset midway through their contract. The One Up plan was only available for four months before the unexpected withdrawal. One Up was the Sprint answer to the other major carriers all adopting a model that took the “standard” deal of a two year commitment […]

AT&T to make “sponsored” 4G data free of charge

AT&T has announced a way for Internet content providers to pay for customers to get the content over 4G without it counting towards their data allowance. It’s being promoted as a sponsorship opportunity, though has raised questions over net neutrality. The system will be available to anyone accessing 4G through an AT&T data plan on […]

Facebook User Makes a Big Splash

A woman from Taiwan needed a police rescue after being so engrossed in Facebook that she fell off a pier. The unnamed woman was visiting St Kilda’s pier in Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, Australia. While clutching her cellphone, she fell off the pier at around 11.30 pm at night. The good news is that […]

Ubuntu Smartphone Confirmed for 2014

Canonical has confirmed a currently unnamed manufacturer will release an Ubuntu smartphone in 2014. It follows failed attempts to Canonical to produce the device itself. Canonical, which develops Ubuntu and operates commercially by charging for support and related services, first showed off the “Ubuntu Touch” system for smartphones at the start of this year. At […]

Ryan Seacrest spends $1 million on iPhone keyboard

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has invested a million dollars in a company that plans to sell slip-on physical keyboards for the iPhone. As well as funding the company, Seacrest is the co-founder alongside Laurence Hallier, chief of tech marketing firm Show Media. It’s reported that the company plans to raise $5 million to get […]

Global Stolen Phone Database Could Cut Crime

The four major US carriers have completed work on a joint database for registering and tracking stolen phones. It will integrate with international databases, which could cut down one form of organized phone theft. The database involves AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, and is overseen by industry group CTIA-The Wireless Association. It’s the final step […]

FAA Lifts in-Flight Gadget Restrictions

The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted a ban on most electronic gadgets on flights, even during parts of takeoff and landing. But passengers will still be banned from making voice calls on their cellphones. Although the new rules are in effect, it may be a few months before fliers notice the difference. Individual airlines must […]

Lego-style phone: Motorola already on the case

Yesterday we reported on a man with an idea to make modular mobile phones where replaceable and upgradeable components snapped together like Lego. It turns out Motorola has been working on just such a concept itself. Dave Hakkens, a Dutch designer, came up with the Phonebloks idea. He suggested a baseboard with an electrical circuit […]