The folks at GM's China R&D division have been hard at work thinking up new ways to connect drivers, and the by-product is a prototype app called DiDi Plate for Android smartphones. With the app, drivers can snap a picture of someone's license plate, which is then used with an identification database to send that driver unsolicited text messages.
Facebook is looking to connect as much of the world as possible, and that includes emerging markets where connectivity and access to hardware is still in its infancy stage. To make sure these markets have access to the social network, Facebook rounded up some of its team and took a trip to Africa.
Have a device that isn’t working right? Maybe the power button is busted, or the screen has a crack. You could have it fixed, but that might end up costing more than you’d like to spend. It could be time to sell it, but who wants a busted phone? Swappa is introducing the Boneyard, a place to buy and sell those phones you can’t sell elsewhere.
If your iPhone 5's cable is acting up and you're considering ordering a replacement from a third-party vendor, you might want to reconsider that decision. Repair firm mendmyi has identified an issue that it says is affecting many iPhone 5 handsets, and they all concern the use of third-party chargers.
At its event today, T-Mobile has announced that interested consumers can take the carrier's network for a spin through its new T-Mobile Test Drive program. Under Test Drive, prospective subscribers are given an iPhone 5s with unlimited service to use for up to seven days, sans cost.
Allegations that the Chinese government is using smartphones to spy on other nations have been around for a while - back in October 2012, for example, US lawmakers expressed concern over potential espionage. Despite the White House having found no evidence to support the concern, many have still proceeded carefully with the use of Chinese handsets, and now one has been spotted with pre-loaded spyware.
Remember the "Netflix of books" that launched last autumn? Oyster was originally only available for the iPhone, eventually also becoming available for the iPad, and though we knew that Android would eventually arrive, the time frame for such a launch was anybody's guess. That waiting came to an end this week.