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This Is How Much Carriers Charge for Cellphone Wiretaps [Privacy]

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties Union revealed that phone tracking was an extremely widespread phenomenon across US police forces. Now, another of their leaked documents reveals how much cell carriers charge for the services. More »


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USRobotics PalmPilot Personal review

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
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It’s 1996. You might have a cellphone, but it doesn’t do much more than make phone calls. You might have a laptop, but it’s likely too heavy to carry with you everywhere you go. Or you might only have a phone that’s plugged into a wall and a PC that’s confined to a desk. That’s the environment that gave rise to the Personal Digital Assistant (or PDA), a new type of product that first arrived in the late 1980s but really came into its own in the mid-90s.

1996 also saw the release of the first PDAs developed by USRobotics subsidiary Palm Inc., the Pilot 1000 and 5000, which had more in common with today’s smartphones than many of their contemporary devices. They had a touchscreen with only a few physical buttons at the bottom. They had apps you could download. They could sync data with your computer. And they were small and light enough to carry with you at all times. They just didn’t make phone calls.

A year later, Palm released the slightly upgraded PalmPilot Personal and PalmPilot Professional (with 512KB and 1MB of RAM, respectively), and the ensuing years would see a regular stream of new devices — not to mention an acquisition by 3Com, and a new spate of Palm OS products from Handspring, a company founded by the folks behind the original Pilot.

But it’s those first few devices that come to mind when someone mentions “Palm PDA,” and with good reason — they set a mold that wasn’t deviated from much until Palm made the jump into smartphones.

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USRobotics PalmPilot Personal review originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 01 Apr 2012 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Crapgadget: Spring Phling edition

Monday, March 5th, 2012
As winter recedes, the Crapgadgets emerge from their hibernation as they attempt to separate fools and their money. Today’s selection includes a ridiculous workaround to a ridiculous accessory, an iPad case that has lips like Jagger and a hook for, er, spinning your iPhone around like a Wild West gunslinger.

Read – Our biggest regret in life is not being able to spin our $600 cellphone around on a $20 sticky coat hook.

Read – We’re expecting the iPad 3 to be able to recreate the title sequence of the Rocky Horror Picture Show without the aid of this case.

Read – If you were into smartphones before they were cool and portable, you’ll love the ability to carry around your over-sized retro handset on your jeans.

Read – Nothing evokes the grace, beauty and power of Enzo Ferrari’s engineering than these decade-old-spec flip-phones that kinda resemble a Ferrari 966, if you squint from a distance.

Read – This “noiseless microphone” has two functions, and only one is to prevent your karaoke from annoying your neighbors.

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Crapgadget: Spring Phling edition originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Mar 2012 12:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rogers One Number service offers free computer-based calls and texting, unified inbox

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Got a Rogers wireless account? Then you can now take advantage of a new service that, for a change, won’t cost you anything extra. While it’s not quite a full-on Google Voice alternative, the company’s new Rogers One Number service will let you make phones calls, video calls, and send and receive text messages for free from your computer (Windows or Mac), as well as let you maintain a unified inbox and contact list across all of your devices (assuming you use Gmail or Yahoo Mail). You’re also able to switch a call from your cellphone to your computer without hanging up, and then turn that voice call into a video call if you choose, but your options are otherwise a bit limited on the mobile end; you can manage your contacts and such, but not use one number for multiple devices, or take advantage of free calling or texting. Rogers’ demo video can be found after the break, and you can get a more in-depth look courtesy of MobileSyrup’s hands-on at the link below.

[Thanks, Adam]

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Rogers One Number service offers free computer-based calls and texting, unified inbox originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nike+ FuelBand’s internals get splayed at the FCC

Friday, February 3rd, 2012
All of these wrist-mounted fitness gizmos are pretty nifty, but we always wonder how they get those rigid circuit boards into such an unsuitable form-factor. Well, thanks to those scalpel-happy boffins at the FCC’s underground bunker, wonder no more. Nike’s FuelBand was wheeled in on a trolley and torn (quite literally) to pieces, and we felt we just had to share the pictures with you. A long peruse of the user manual revealed that the two metal extender links (for bigger-wristed enthusiasts) have to be swapped out using a sizing tool — but the manual notes that if one isn’t to hand, a bent paperclip will suffice. The documents also revealed that it’s using a TI CC2564 Bluetooth radio and a stack provided by Stonestreet One. The monopole antenna is etched directly into the substrate of the flexible circuit board — ensuring it’ll bend around your bones and still operate. We also learned that once connected to your cellphone, it’ll sit in a low-power “sniff mode,” for two minutes and if there’s no further activity it’ll shut down. Of course, what’s interesting to you (and us, honestly) is all the pictures in the second gallery, so get looking!

Nike+ FuelBand’s internals get splayed at the FCC originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 03 Feb 2012 22:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Gaddafi Reportedly Flees as Cellphone Rebellion Spreads Across Tripoli [Libya]

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Cellphones are dangerous / not dangerous: cancer experts say ‘What, me worry?’

Monday, July 4th, 2011

If you haven’t already gotten whiplash from the ongoing cellphone-cancer debate, a freshly released scientific review might just do the trick. In the paper, published Friday, a panel of experts from Britain, Sweden and the US conducted a thorough survey of previous studies, before concluding that existing literature is “increasingly against” the theory that cellphone use causes brain tumors in adults. The researchers also questioned the biological mechanisms underpinning this hypothesis, while acknowledging some lingering uncertainties, since data on childhood tumors and longer-term research are still lacking.

The results come just a few weeks after the World Health Organization released its own literature review, in which it claimed that cell phones should be considered “potentially carcinogenic.” But Anthony Swerdlow, a professor at Britain’s Institute of Cancer Research and leader of the most recent investigation, said his group’s work doesn’t necessarily contradict the WHO, since the latter was simply seeking to evaluate cancer risks according to its own “pre-set classification system” — under which things like pickled vegetables and coffee are also considered “potentially carcinogenic.” Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that the debate will die down anytime soon, though Swerdlow expects more definitive conclusions within the next few years — assuming, of course, that all of our brains haven’t turned to oatmeal by then.

Cellphones are dangerous / not dangerous: cancer experts say ‘What, me worry?’ originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 04 Jul 2011 06:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP may bless webOS with cloud-syncing music store

Saturday, April 16th, 2011
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Rumor has it that HP is preparing to enter the cloud-based music storage fray. A reader at PreCentral sent in what purports to be a confidential PowerPoint presentation indicating the TouchPad will launch with an HP-branded music and movie store, as well as a smart syncing service that caches frequently accessed media for local playback. This may very well be the “Music Synergy” that SVP Steven McArthur mentioned to us. Amazon has already launched such an app and it’s all but official that Google is planning the same thing, so it only makes sense that the company would want to imbue webOS with similar powers. We can’t verify these claims ourselves and the slide above is clearly a wonky Photoshop job, but it’s would hardly be surprising after snatching up Melodeo and the streaming music service Nutsie. And, while webOS and Android are working to banish the quaint ritual of plugging your cellphone into a computer, we can only imagine what the Lala team is up to — maybe Jobs has them washing his turtlenecks.

HP may bless webOS with cloud-syncing music store originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 16 Apr 2011 18:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Massive Xylophone Constructed In the Woods to Sell Japanese Cellphone [Video]

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011
What does it take to market a cellphone in Japan these days? Try an immense xylophone contraption that slowly plays out Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire in the middle of a large, mossy wood. More »


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Six Months of Tracking Someone’s Cellphone, Visualized [Factoid]

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

UN: worldwide internet users hit two billion, cellphone subscriptions top five billion

Friday, January 28th, 2011
The UN’s International Telecommunication Union predicted last fall that the number of internet users worldwide would hit two billion by the end of 2010, and it’s now issued its full report that confirms just that — 2.08 billion, to be specific. As the ITU’s Hamadoun Toure notes, that number represents a huge leap from the mere 250 million internet users that existed a decade ago, and it means that roughly one third of the world’s population now has internet access of some sort — of those, 555 million have a fixed broadband subscription, and 950 million have mobile broadband. Just as impressive as that (if not moreso), are the number of cellphone subscriptions worldwide, which has now crossed the five billion mark. That’s up from 500 million at the beginning of the year 2000, although the agency notes that it’s only accounted for “subscriptions,” and not individual users. Any way you slice it, however, that’s quite a record of growth for the first decade of the 21st century.

UN: worldwide internet users hit two billion, cellphone subscriptions top five billion originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Jan 2011 17:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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