September 28, 2007

Apple update disables hacked iPhones

Permalink: Apple update disables hacked iPhones by Jan Harris

iPhone owners who installed unauthorised software to unlock the device, are now finding that the phone becomes inoperable when they install a planned update from Apple.
Earlier this week Apple warned that iPhone owners, who had installed software which enables the phone to work on any service provider with a standard GSM SIM card, risked [...]

September 27, 2007

Upload photos to web with KDev device

Permalink: Upload photos to web with KDev device by Jan Harris

Italian company KDev has developed a Linux 2.6 device which allows camera-phone photos to be easily and instantly uploaded to the web.
With its GSM/GPRS cellular modem card, KDev’s FoxBox MMS accepts photos sent via multimedia messaging service (MMS).
As MMS messages are usually free to receive, KDev suggests that it would be inexpensive for web [...]

September 26, 2007

Toshiba targets smartphone market

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Toshiba is building on its strength in the laptop market with an expansion into the smartphone arena.
The company is developing a sub-brand called Portege and releasing two slider phones for business users - the G500 and G900.
The phones are rich in features suggested by respondents to a survey of business smartphone users, and [...]

September 25, 2007

Giorgio Armani-Samsung phone announced

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Giorgio Armani and Samsung announced the new Giorgio Armani-Samsung luxury mobile phone at a press briefing during Women’s Fashion Week in Milan.
The device brings together high-fashion and advanced electronics. The exterior of the phone, its graphical user interface and audio user interface are designed with Giorgio Armani’s elegant and modern simplicity.
The phone features [...]

September 24, 2007

RIM BlackBerry 8310 Curve available in UK

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RIM’s BlackBerry 8310 Curve smartphone is currently available for free on a £35 per month contract from Vodafone.
The 810 is the first RIM Blackberry with 3G internet. It features email, and a built-in GPS receiver which makes travel easy with Vodafone’s sat-nav software.
The device also includes a music and video player, a 3.5mm [...]

September 21, 2007

3 offers Sony Ericsson K770 Cyber-Shot in purple

Permalink: 3 offers Sony Ericsson K770 Cyber-Shot in purple by Jan Harris

3 has secured an exclusive deal with Sony Ericsson to offer a purple version of the K770 Cyber-shot camera phone.
The Sony Ericsson Purple K770 is 15 mm thin, with curved edges and a soft-touch finish.
The 3G phone features a 3.2 mega pixel, Cyber-shot auto focus camera, photo album and internet access.
3 customers [...]

September 20, 2007

Nokia launches first UMA handset: Nokia 6301

Permalink: Nokia launches first UMA handset: Nokia 6301 by Jan Harris

Nokia has launched its first handset with unlicensed mobile access (UMA) technology, which combines the benefits of a landline and a mobile phone.
The Nokia 6301 can be used virtually anywhere, with worldwide triband GSM coverage combined with indoor WLAN coverage.
UMA technology enables the device to use either the GSM network or a broadband [...]

September 19, 2007

Motorola ROKR and RIZR release imminent

Permalink: Motorola ROKR and RIZR release imminent by Jan Harris

Motorola’s MOTOROKR E8 and MOTORIZR Z10 should be available before the end of the year.
The MOTOROKR E8 music phone has a touch-sensitive keypad which supports Haptic feedback, allowing the user to feel each keypress.
It has 2GB built-in memory, expandable through a microSD card slot, which supports memory cards of up to 4GB capacity. [...]

September 18, 2007

Nokia announces E51 business phone

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Nokia has added the E51 to its E-series of smartphones. The new model is designed with corporate users in mind and features both mobile internet access and Wi-Fi. In addition, the E51 supports Quad-band GSM/EDGE and 3.6 Mbps HSDPA networks.
The device is designed to integrate securely with office PBX systems. It includes a 2-megapixel camera [...]

September 13, 2007

Palm Treo 500v available on Vodafone in October

Permalink: Palm Treo 500v available on Vodafone in October by Jan Harris

Palm Europe has announced the availability of its latest smartphone, the Palm Treo 500v, on the Vodafone network in October.
The Windows Mobile 6 phone is available in Glacier White and Charcoal Grey. It boasts 3G / UMTS data and has a 2-megapixel camera with 2.5x digital zoom, 256MB of onboard memory (150MB for user [...]

September 12, 2007

Red Sony Ericsson W910 in Orange’s Christmas offering

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Orange has announced its Christmas mobile phone offering for the UK and the lineup includes the red Sony Ericsson W910i music phone.
The phone features a Walkman player and allows users to listen to audio books and podcasts. A tune can be changed with just a shake of the phone via the devices shake control [...]

September 11, 2007

Samsung rebrands Ultra F700 as ‘Croix’

Permalink: Samsung rebrands Ultra F700 as ‘Croix’ by Jan Harris

Samsung has named its new F700 smartphone ‘Croix’, which means cross in French, relating to the phone’s four-directional touch input.
Croix features a 2.78 inch colour display with 440×240 pixel resolution. The touch screen provides tactile feedback to the user via VibeTonz technology.
The device also features a Flash user interface, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5-megapixel [...]

September 10, 2007

CAP-XX develops high-power LED flash technology for camera phones

Permalink: CAP-XX develops high-power LED flash technology for camera phones by Jan Harris

Australian company CAP-XX has developed high temperature HS and HW series supercapacitors, which could enable high-powered LED flash in camera phones, providing cell phone pictures of a comparable quality to digital camera images, even in low light conditions.
The HS and HW supercapacitors feature a higher-boiling-point electrolyte. This extends operating and storage temperature from 75°C [...]

September 7, 2007

LG reveals KS20 touchscreen smartphone

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LG has officially announced the LG-KS20 smartphone, the company’s first Windows Mobile-powered device in Europe.
The LG-KS20 offers Windows Mobile 6 and HSDPA connectivity which allows music and video clip downloads at 3.6Mbps.
The secondary, VGA user-facing camera, and fast-connectivity facilitate video calls.
The LG-KS20 smartphone measures 99.5 x 58 x 12.8mm and weighs 95g. [...]

September 6, 2007

Image sensor market driven by camera phones

Permalink: Image sensor market driven by camera phones by Jan Harris

Recent research by In-Stat identified strong growth in the image sensor market in 2006, with camera phone sensors accounting for 75% of all image sensors shipped.
Fueled by camera phones, CMOS sensors were responsible for almost 80% of all image sensor shipments during the year.
Although CCD sensors remained strong in digital still cameras, camcorders [...]

September 5, 2007

QR code for camera phone decoding comes to UK

Permalink: QR code for camera phone decoding comes to UK by Jan Harris

When the DVD of zombie-movie ‘28 Weeks Later’ is released in the UK next week, it will be accompanied by an innovative marketing widget - the QR code.
The QR code, which is already widely used in Japan but is new to the UK, will be contained in a square box on the film poster. [...]

September 4, 2007

Photos published of new HP iPAQs

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Photos of iPAQ’s upcoming 614c and 914c smartphones have appeared on MoDaCo’s forums.
The 614c candybar phone is ideal for business use and features a 2.8-inch QVGA screen and a conventional keypad.
The 3G phone also includes Windows Mobile 6 Professional, GPS, HSDPA, WiFi, and a 3 megapixel camera. An innovative touch wheel replaces [...]

September 3, 2007

September date for new Palm smartphone

Permalink: September date for new Palm smartphone by Jan Harris

Palm has released a teaser page for its latest smartphone which is due to be released this month.
The page says “Sign up now and you will be the first to know all about the latest cool phone from Palm on 12 September 2007″.
The company hasn’t named the device, but it is widely [...]