Archive for February, 2007

National Geographic cut cost of global conversation

National Geographic cut cost of global conversation

As adults and young people alike grow more dependent on their cellphones with each passing day, I know of a fair few cases where the lowpoint of a holiday abroad has been returning to a sky-high bill, fulsome with roaming charges.  Often unbeknown to users (at least on that first trip - they tend to be wary after that), when outside of your normal network you're charged for the international portion of any call made to your cellphone.  While those in the US are used (if not happy) to paying for incoming calls, this isn't the typical business model in Europe and so can come as a shock.

Apple and Cisco Settle iPhone Trademark Lawsuit

Apple and Cisco Settle iPhone Trademark Lawsuit

Late last night, Apple and Cisco announced that they have resolved their dispute over the “iPhone” trademark.

Under the agreement, Apple and Cisco are free to use the trademark on their products however and where they want. This means that both companies agree to play nice and everything is water under bridge with no further actions regarding the iPhone trademark.

In addition, Apple and Cisco have plans for interoperability between their products in the area of security, and consumer and enterprise communications. Everything regarding the agreement was kept confidential.

Apple and Cisco come to an accord over ‘iPhone’ trademark [My iPhone]

Jalopnik’s DIY attempt at nine-lives of road safety

Jalopnik’s DIY attempt at nine-lives of road safety

If there's one thing we should all remember not to forget, it's to take road safety seriously.  With the toll of crashes, mangled bumpers and casualties small and large growing, some analysts are predicting that one day the highways will be so full of corpses and scrap metal that we might as well get used to the idea of transporting ourselves in hot air balloons.  Something must be done, and who would've thought that the JC Whitney catalogue would be the salvation to our pile-up happy lifestyle.

 

Jalopnik's Murilee Martin revisited some adolescent lusts and decided to recreate Winky The White Cat, a feline safeguard protecting against tailgaters and those for whom normal lights just aren't furry enough.  Winky, sat on your parcel-shelf, used his flashing eyes to give turn-signals and indication of braking, with all the style and panache unique to an acrylon-like fluffy conductor wearing a satin bow.

Is your home getting enough Fiber?

Is your home getting enough Fiber?

Just ten measly years ago the height of home networking technology was a length of drainpipe full of mice that ferried noughts and ones between binary distribution points.  Now gigabit ethernet is fast filtering into domestic installations, heavy with promise for all the VoIP, multi-room audio and video and high-speed broadband we can't live without.  So what does a rabid early-adopter decide on when being first is key?  Well, how about your own fiber-optic home network.

Bill Stone’s bathtub sub

Bill Stone’s bathtub sub

Back when I was having swimming lessons at school, one of the tasks we had to complete in order to get a certificate was collecting a rubber brick from the deep-end of the pool.  I'm not sure exactly what this was designed to prepare us for - working for a miserly and slippery-fingered brick layer as he constructs a river-spanning bridge, perhaps - but I now know that I should have called upon the services of DepthX, Bill Stone's awesome autonomous underwater robot.

 

Helio Dual-Slider Messenger handset leaked on FCC

Helio Dual-Slider Messenger handset leaked on FCC

I’ve got a lot of love for Helio, and even more now with this SICK QWERTY-ready messenger handset (just need to remind myself not to call it a phone!).

While the official name is still unknown, it’s internally being called Pantech PN-810. The phone sports a similar design to Samsung’s F520 which – a dual slider. So basically when sliding the top layer up, in landscape view reveals a QWERY keyboard. And while in portrait view, sliding the top layer up reveals the number keypad. This is a very nifty design; and it’s about damn time Helio offers something this cool!

So what are the specs you can expect on this bad boy? First of all, EV-DO radio, 2.1-megapixel camera with built-in flash, and a 260k TFT LCD.

Dual-Sliding Messenger Phone for Helio Spotted on FCC Site [PhoneScoop]

Nokia 6110 Navigator – The Navigation-enabled phone

Nokia 6110 Navigator – The Navigation-enabled phone

I have no sense of directions, so any phone with built in GPS or navigation system are welcome. Nokia announces a new phone called Nokia 6110 Navigator. The Nokia 6110 Navigator combined GPS (Global Positioning System) and AGPS (Assisted Global Positioning System) functionality with always-on mobile.