After more than 15 years reviewing several hundred phones for CNET, only a handful burn brightly in my memory. Mobiles like the first iPhone, the Nexus One and the Motorola Razr V3 will forever rise above a churning sea of black rectangles that have blended into each other. My relationship with the Razr is particularly complicated. I remember it not just because of its groundbreakingly slim profile, but also because I was initially so wrong about it. Years from now, when I'm annoying my nephew to help me use the whatever phone has been invented by then, I will admit that I didn't foresee the thin phone tsunami that followed the Motorola Razr's release. Now playing: Watch this: So Retro: Designing the original Motorola Razr 5:38 Like I said, I was wrong Motorola's Razr press release first landed in my inbox in early July 2004, a few days after then-CEO Ed Zander displayed the handset during an investor's conference (few companies announced phones at flashy launch events … [Read more...] about I was wrong about the Motorola Razr
When was cell phones first invented
Imagine a world where cell phones and laptops can be charged in a matter of minutes instead of hours, rolled up and stored in your pocket, or dropped without sustaining any damage. It is possible, according to University of Delaware Professor Thomas H. Epps, III, but the materials are not there yet. So, what is holding back the technology? For starters, it would take more conductive, flexible and lighter-weight batteries, said Epps, who is the Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UD. The batteries would need to be more impact-resistant and safer, too. In May, an e-cigarette exploded in Florida and killed a man. Evidence reportedly suggests that this unfortunate accident may be due to battery-related issues, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Similar problems have plagued devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and auxiliary power units of the Boeing … [Read more...] about New Invention Aims to Improve Battery Performance
By Patrick May | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group August 30, 2018 at 9:19 am As word spread this week of a San Jose family hit with a crazy $13,000 phone bill they said was bogus, a chill went up the spine of every single cell-phone user on the planet: This, they all realized, could happen to me. The report on Bay Area TV station KGO-TV told the frightening tale of the family’s ill-fated trip to Vietnam. Somehow, the couple’s son rang up a bill from T-Mobile for $13,740.19 of internet use, even though the family swore everyone had put their phones on airplane mode upon arrival in Vietnam. That setting, as most of us have painfully learned over the years, supposedly turns off roaming and internet charges, supposedly being the operative word here. For some reason, the kid was charged. With the help of a consumer advocate, the family persuaded T-Mobile to remove the disputed charge completely. But the story was just the latest in a decades-old veritable … [Read more...] about These $$%%^^&^*% phone bills are eating us alive!
Fresh from church on a cool, overcast Sunday morning in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, Alex Glover slides onto the plastic bench of a McDonald’s booth. He rummages through his knapsack, then pulls out a plastic sandwich bag full of white powder. “I hope we don’t get arrested,” he says. “Someone might get the wrong idea.” Glover is a recently retired geologist who has spent decades hunting for valuable minerals in the hillsides and hollows of the Appalachian Mountains that surround this tiny town. He is a small, rounded man with little oval glasses, a neat white mustache, and matching hair clamped under a Jeep baseball cap. He speaks with a medium‑strength drawl that emphasizes the first syllable and stretches some vowels, such that we’re drinking CAWWfee as he explains why this remote area is so tremendously important to the rest of the world. Spruce Pine is not a wealthy place. Its downtown consists of a somnambulant train station across … [Read more...] about The Ultra-Pure, Super-Secret Sand That Makes Your Phone Possible
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court decided that law enforcement generally needs a warrant to collect and access phone location data. The decision reversed and remanded the Sixth Circuit court’s decision. At the heart of the case is whether phone location data falls under Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. In a win for privacy advocates and a blow to law enforcement officials, the Supreme Court ruled that the police generally need a court-approved warrant to gather phone location data as evidence for trials.The 5-4 ruling fell in favor of Timothy Carpenter, who was convicted in a string of armed robberies of Radio Shack and T-Mobile stores in Ohio and Michigan. In addition to witnesses, prosecutors also relied on months of data obtained from Carpenter’s phone provider. According to the data, Carpenter’s phone was close to where the robberies took place. However, his lawyers said his phone provider turned over 127 days of records, … [Read more...] about Supreme Court says police must obtain warrant to get phone location data