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Was Gizmodo punk'd by Apple? Photos of this iPhone appeared in February

Like most mobile tech enthusiasts I followed the Gizmodo iPhone story, but just finished reading a comment posted on Andy Ihnatko's Chicago Sun Time site that indicate Gizmodo may have been punk'd by Apple and the device may just be one of many prototypes floating around and have no relation at all to the upgraded iPhone we all except this summer

April 20, 2010 by

Tracking and analyzing your whereabouts with mobile devices

At the Where 2.0 conference in San Jose, Calif., Deborah Estrin, a professor of computer science at UCLA, says the capability of GPS mobile phones to record location over time creates a new wealth of analytics. For example, new opportunities will exist where information is gathered from multiple users that better enables the accuracy of local traffic conditions.

April 6, 2010 by

Blockbuster to bring movies to Motorola phones in the future

As a daily train commuter and a person who travels on airplanes about once a month I do enjoy occasionally watching movies on my mobile phones. The iPhone is great for iTunes rental or purchases, while the Nokia N97 and Nokia 5800 are excellent Amazon Video On Demand devices. According to the Chicago Tribune Blockbuster made a deal with Motorola to bring an OnDemand movie application and service to future Motorola handsets. There are no details yet on when the service will launch or on what phones, but we do know that Motorola plans to release Google Android devices later this year or in early 2010 so the service may launch at that time.

August 18, 2009 by

What's this? Nokia showing US buyers some N97 love

Today is a happy day for me and tomorrow should be even better, thanks to Nokia. I read a Tweet by Chris Ziegler, Engadget Mobile editor, where he stated, "I am literally beside myself that I’ll have an N97 NAM tomorrow. what an unexpected surprise!" I asked if this was a preorder or a review unit and he told me that the N97 NAM was going to be in the Nokia Flagships stores (in Chicago and New York) today! I then contacted Nokia and found out that pre-orders made through the Nokia USA store will also ship out today and since I paid for overnight shipping with my order I should receive it tomorrow, 10 June.

June 9, 2009 by

AT&T updates wireless plans, prohibits Slingbox

Public Knowledge's Robb Topolsky reports that AT&T Wireless quietly changed its service terms after a Chicago AT&T subscriber received a $28,000 mobile bill after watching a Bears football game on his notebook computer via Slingbox.The customer was waiting for his cruise to depart from Miami when his AT&T wireless data card inadvertently picked up an international signal resulting in massive roaming charges.

April 3, 2009 by

Tinkering around at TechFest 2009

At TechFest, Microsoft stages a science fair to show its "other" projects such as using still images to create a 3D effect, creating higher level cell phone video streams, and using mobile sticky notes.

February 25, 2009 by

WSJ: Dell eyeing smartphone biz

Dell is preparing to enter the increasingly crowded smartphone business, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cites anonymous sources. The report says that a team of engineers in Chicago have developed prototypes that work on Windows Mobile and Google's Android operating system.

January 29, 2009 by

Sign language over cell phones in the U.S.

Thanks to University of Washington (UW) computer scientists, hearing-impaired users might soon be able to use sign language over a mobile phone, like in Japan or Sweden. The research team received a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to start a 20-person field project next year in Seattle. Of course, deaf people were already able to use text messages for communication. But as said the lead researcher, 'the point is you want to be able to communicate in your native language. For deaf people that's American Sign Language (ASL).' Now the researchers have to convince a commercial cell phone manufacturer to integrate their MobileASL software before this service becomes widely available. But read more...

August 26, 2008 by

Cell phones tracking nightlife activity

A Columbia University computer science professor has co-founded a New York-based company named Sense Networks to sell tracking software to other companies. It is also distributing a free version of this software named Citysense, which shows on your cell phone where the wild things are happening in your own town. Citysense 'uses advanced machine learning techniques to number crunch vast amounts of data emanating from thousands of cell-phones, GPS-equipped cabs and other data devices to paint live pictures of where people are gathering.' Citysense is available today in San Francisco before being soon deployed in Chicago and five other U.S. cities. But read more...

June 29, 2008 by

LiSA, a robot assistant for life sciences

We've all read for years that mobile assistant robots would help us to take over repetitive and boring work. Surprisingly, there are very few robots able to do this. This is why the German government has launched an initiative to develop safe and cost effective robotic assistants. For example, LiSA will help life science workers. It is being built at the Fraunhofer Institute and will 'interact with technicians in the labs of life science companies and autonomously take over routine tasks such as transporting multiplates and setting up and stocking stations.' LiSA should be ready by March 2009, but read more...

January 7, 2008 by

Honey to the B(oom)

I'm not in the habit of reprinting people's press releases verbatim, but this practically demands it. My favourite bit comes at the end: "The mobile fume cupboard supplied by Air Science Technologies will help bees to be trained ‘on-the-fly’".

May 17, 2007 by

Get hands on with Nokia and Motorola devices at retail stores

Mobile device geeks everywhere will now have to add a stop to Chicago on their next itinerary to visit Motorola's Destination Q store and Nokia's new Flagship store. Destination Q opened up on June 8th and is located at 666 North Michigan Avenue. Nokia's Flagship store will be opening on June 24th and is also located somewhere close by on Michigan Avenue.

June 19, 2006 by

Reflections: Husin Jazri, NISER

The trend towards mobile access of information using a personal digital assistant/smart phone type device will further push the thin client concept to a higher level. -- Husin Jazri, director of National ICT Security and Emergency Response Centre, Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation, Malaysia

December 20, 2005

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