Mobile Phone

Huawei and Discovery partner for the Expedition rugged phone

Huawei and Discovery partner for the Expedition rugged phone

Huawei and the Discovery Channel have partnered up to produce a co-branded mobile phone that's true to the channel's spirit of outdoor adventure. The rugged phone is aptly named the Discovery Expedition and is ready to take on water, dust, and shock. Perhaps, we'll see Bear Grylls toting the phone in an upcoming episode of Man vs. Wild.

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Dell and Baidu are working together on tablet computers and mobile phones

Dell and Baidu are working together on tablet computers and mobile phones

In China, the Baidu search engine is the most popular and widely used. Google operates in China as well, but is second place behind Baidu. China is also one of the fastest growing markets for tablets and has one of the largest mobile phone using populations on the planet. Dell is teaming up with Baidu to make new mobile phones and tablet computers for the Chinese market.

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H2O Wireless can turn unlocked iPhone and Android devices into pre-paid smartphones

H2O Wireless can turn unlocked iPhone and Android devices into pre-paid smartphones

If you have an iPhone or an Android device that is unlocked and you are tired of the contract and the expensive rates that AT&T, Verizon and others are charging you H2O wireless has a solution for you. The catch for some users is that the pre-paid wireless carriers often don’t have any compelling smartphones. H2O has a new app that will turn your existing iPhone or Android device into a pre-paid smartphone.

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Gresso shows off extremely rugged mobile phone

Gresso shows off extremely rugged mobile phone

The last time we talked about Gresso was last year when the company showed off a seriously high-end iPad that had a wooden case made of 200-year old wood and an 18K gold Apple logo. Not everything that Gresso makes is packed with bling and wood though. The company has unveiled its new super rugged mobile phone called the Extreme X3.

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Thousands of California prison inmates are on Facebook while locked up

Thousands of California prison inmates are on Facebook while locked up

This story is disturbing on a bunch of different levels. It's disturbing to me that prison inmates are able to get on Facebook for starters. They apparently do it on contraband mobile phones that are smuggled in. I can only assume that the phones are hidden in the same manner Captain Koons used to hide Butch's watch. Apparently, the inmates are using the phones to update their Facebook profiles, typically with mundane things.

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Smartphone addiction diagnosed as users admit to stall-surfing

Smartphone addiction diagnosed as users admit to stall-surfing

Smartphone addiction is spreading through the UK at a phenomenal rate, regulator Ofcom claims, with increasing numbers of users turning to their handsets while at the dining table, in cinemas and in the bathroom. According to the new research, 47-percent of UK teens and 27-percent of UK adults now have a smartphone, with 81-percent keeping their handset on all the time and 47-percent of teens (22-percent of adults) admitting to stall-surfing.

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The Smartphone 70%

The Smartphone 70%

It’s quarterly earnings season, and while I don’t care much about differences in valuation multiples or whether a company beat EPS consensus by two cents a share – I’m a market analyst, not a financial analyst – quarterly earnings are a great place to find data indicating how the market is changing. Sometimes the best information is buried in the balance sheet and requires a bit of detective work and familiarity with how the company accounts for its products, divisions, tax strategy, and currency fluctuations. And sometimes you get lucky and the press release is all you need.

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Apple and Samsung take top smartphone sales spots; Nokia falls to 3rd

Apple and Samsung take top smartphone sales spots; Nokia falls to 3rd

Apple and Samsung have pushed Nokia into the number three position for worldwide smartphone sales, analysts have claimed, with strong Q2 2011 performance leaving Symbian devices significantly overshadowed. Apple is now the number one smartphone manufacturer, Strategy Analytics' figures suggest, with 18.5-percent of the market, while Samsung comes in at second place, with 17.5-percent. In contrast, Nokia has 15.2-percent in the last quarter, less than half the 38.1-percent in the same period twelve months ago.

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Vodafone 555 Blue takes Facebook mobile (with some cut corners)

Vodafone 555 Blue takes Facebook mobile (with some cut corners)

Vodafone has outed its new "Facebook phone", the Vodafone 555 Blue, a QWERTY featurephone that promises to be a low-cost way to access the popular social network while on the move. A QWERTY candybar, the 555 Blue has a 2.4-inch non-touch display and a dedicated Facebook button that can be preset to either sharing photos, links or something else. Best of all is the price, which Vodafone says should be under €100 (£88/$145) on a prepaid tariff.

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