Everyone gets frustrated with their mobile phones at some point, leading many of us to fantasise about throwing our shit into the ocean and just living without one. And back in the ancient world of 2007, that was a much more reasonable possibility. A Wired article from July 31, 2007 made the case that there were plenty of good reasons to ditch your phone. Many of those reasons still apply today.
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If you want your car to automatically brake for collisions, beep when you’re about to back into something, turn on its wipers when it rains and deploy its airbags during a collision, you’re going to need a lot of sensors. And when those sensors start being used for phone accelerometers, automated driving systems and aerial inertial navigation systems, you’re going to stretch your capacity pretty thin.
There are plenty of horror movies that trace the downfall of characters who witness an image or film so malevolent that its poison begins to seep into their own lives. The Ring and Sinister are two recent examples. Wounds is in that same cursed-image mould, but it manages to bring some freshness to the idea.
As far as gimmicky horror movies go, Countdown couldn’t be more of the moment: It’s about a hot new app that can supposedly predict the precise instant when a person will die. Is it all fun and games — or, as this new trailer suggests, is there something supernatural and murder-y at work here?
A new Chicago Tribune report on mobile phone radiation sure sounds alarming: Popular smartphones were found to emit higher-than-allowed levels of radiation. But while some of the findings are definitely worth investigating further, there’s no reason to be freaked out about health risks for now.
Before the iPhone came along, it was not uncommon for me to upgrade my mobile phone every few months. It was an addiction, I’ll fully admit it, but it was also a fun time when mobile phones didn’t all look like a feature-less slab of glass. Companies tried every hardware gimmick imaginable to make their devices stand out, and as the folks at Squirrel Monkey imagined, a ‘90s version of the Samsung Fold would have been a must-have upgrade.
On Friday, the US National Toxicology Program (NTP), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services, threw fresh kindling onto the smouldering debate over whether mobile phones are harmful to our health. It released two draft reports on its extensive, expensive efforts to study the effects of mobile phone radiation on both mice and rats. The verdict was decidedly mixed.
Video: We take for granted the ability to pull out our smartphones and watch almost any video imaginable in hi-def resolutions. But back in 1998, the Nokia 5110 represented the cutting-edge of mobile phone technology, and this is what it would have been like to watch YouTube and other videos on its terrible screen.
Today, Google announced its very own wireless network in the US. Just $US20 a month for unlimited call and texts, plus $US10 per gigabyte of data. No contracts or termination fees. Google will even refund your unused megabytes. Sounds awesome. So what's the catch already?
There's been debate for years about whether people should be allowed to use their mobile phones on planes. And with safety concerns diminishing, we've collectively moved on to other grievances: namely how annoying it will be to listen to five different phone conversations at once while trapped in a small, airborne pod.
Deep in your heart you know it: there are like two drivers out there on the road that are causing all the traffic jams, and one of those arseholes is the guy right in front of you. Well, new information collected from hundreds and hundreds of drivers' mobile phones actually backs that up. Sort of. It turns out that it takes very few jackasses to screw things up for everyone.
Microphones can't discriminate what they hear, which can lead to noisy conversations if you're careening down a snowy hill. But by picking up the vibrations in your skull while you talk, Buhel's new SpeakGoggle G33s promise to clearly decipher every word.