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Mobile phones go wingardium leviosa
October 9, 2014 | 2:25 pm

For those wanting to take the Harry Potter approach to controlling and interacting with your mobile device, there are some welcome developments on the horizon. Already there is the Amazon Fire Phone, which, although it hasn't exactly set the ... ahem ... world on fire, does incorporate gesture control via its four forward-facing cameras. However, there is also Elliptic Labs, which seeks to make mobile devices gesture-capable via ultrasound. Elliptic's Touchless Gesture Recognition Engine is already implemented in a Windows 8 suite and an Android SDK. According to the company's materials, "ultrasound signals sent through the air from speakers integrated in smart...

Why library e-book posters should go on the walls of check cashing stores
September 22, 2014 | 2:26 pm

What if the walls of check cashing stores and other establishments serving poor people did not just carry the usual commercial ballyhoo? Suppose colorful posters also promoted cell phones as a way for the poor to find books to read themselves---or read to their children....

UK print media still so not ready for mobile
June 19, 2014 | 10:25 am

CanadaThe Opera mobile web browser has been around for 14 years, the 2G standard dates back to 1991, so it really shows how on top the mobile revolution and internet stuff in general UK print media are that after all this time, at least according to a survey by cross-platform advertising firm Vibrant Media, nearly half of the top titles don't have sites that work properly on mobile devices. And this despite, according to Vibrant Media, a 90 percent expected increase in money spent on mobile advertising in the UK, to  £2.26 billion ($3.84 billion). Daily news publications are the best optimized for...

Ericsson Mobility Report shows mobile broadband, smartphone penetration escalating
June 6, 2014 | 12:02 pm

Ericsson has just released its June 2014 Ericsson Mobility Report on the state of the planet's mobile communications, available in its entirety as a PDF here. And the Report not only puts the planet on course for one phone connection per head, with 100 percent penetration at least 7.2 billion connections by 2015, it also shows that smartphones and mobile broadband are taking up an ever greater share of that penetration....

comScore U.S. rankings give Android OS lead, Apple still leading devices
June 5, 2014 | 3:11 pm

The latest numbers from comScore, Inc., "a global leader in digital measurement and analytics," showing U.S. mobile phone market share for April 2014, reveal that Android is now well entrenched as the Number One smartphone OS, with 52.5 percent of market share by platform, followed by Apple with 41.4 percent. Apple, however, continues to hold the lead in market share by device manufacturer, with 41.4 percent of the market, while Samsung comes in second at 27.7 percent....

Mashable, Mophie diagram our digital distractions on the move
December 26, 2013 | 2:25 pm

digital distractionsMashable has just shared an infographic from mobile accessories and services company Mophie on mobile data consumption - the data that mobile device users use while ... well, mobile. According to the article, almost 83 percent of leisure travelers say that they use their smartphones all the time while on the move, while a typical user checks the device 34 times daily. As it happens, none of the activities listed in Mophie's infographic include reading ebooks. This is obviously going to be the case in a breakdown of "exactly how — and how much — data we use while we're traveling." After...

Grandpa commits suicide over poor smartphone skills?
July 28, 2013 | 2:22 pm

smartphoneThis is not a funny story, but it's comes right from a vernacular newspaper in Taiwan, a Chinese-language tabloid called Apple Daily, which has nothing to do with that other ''Apple'' company where we often see headlines such as "Apple  faces fresh questions after another apparent suicide by factory worker in China." No, this is a sad and tragic story, and while not all the details are in yet, we cannot really say the middle-aged man committed suicide—despite leaving a suicide note in his car after drinking pesticide and burning coals in the cab of his truck. There might have been other...

Why Yahoo’s Flickr Expansion Might be Too Late
May 21, 2013 | 10:30 am

FlickrLifehacker has a great analysis of why Yahoo's recent Flickr tweaking is a little but underhanded—paid users, who never had a storage limit in the first place, suddenly do, and there are ads now... Briefly mentioned, but not fully explored, is the bigger issue: How many of us really care about the service Flickr offers these days? I used to use Flickr as a place to park photos so I could share them in a blog post or via a link. Now, I can snap the photo directly on my phone and share it from my camera roll, via email or blog...

Rumor: Amazon’s First Smartphone to Have 4.7-Inch Display
March 27, 2013 | 4:30 pm

AmazonIt’s been really only a matter of time before Amazon begins branding their own smartphone line. Although the project is still unconfirmed from the source, a DigiTimes report came out on Wednesday that believes the company’s introduction to the phone world will come in the form of a 4.7-inch display high-ender. At first, Amazon was allegedly leaning towards a phone with a 4.3-inch display but with other top-tier smartphones entering the market, the company may opt for the larger screen. (The competition being: HTC’s One will have a 4.7-inch screen, Apple’s iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will have a...

Google Nexus 5 Now Rumored To Be Compact 4.5-Incher With CCD Camera
March 26, 2013 | 3:26 pm

Google Nexus 5Shopping for a high-end smartphone these days is surely not easy, with so many ever-so-slightly different devices battling it out for a place in our hearts. But what about six or nine months from now? Well, it’s about to get even more crowded and more crazy-competitive in the mobile market. Aside from the mystery Motorola X Phone, whose most recently leaked spec sheet is a real doozy, the Nexus 5 should also give Samsung, HTC, Sony, Apple and BlackBerry a run for their money. The alleged LG-made new Nexus leaked out for the first time last week, but now another source debunks basically everything the...

An overview of site specific literature
July 17, 2011 | 10:05 am

We've all seen tech demos of location aware augmented reality apps in recent years, but what else can be done with this "format"? The writing on a gravestone is also an example of site specific literature, writes Andrew Wilson at The Literary Platform, because it depends on its physical location to create a memory. He continues, "Of course all books make memories, but site specific literature uses 'here' to help make them." Wilson then goes on to examine other possible characteristics of this largely experimental concept of writing, such as it's non-linear, it relies on the real world for world building,...

Japanese company shows off ebook vending machine
July 17, 2011 | 9:37 am

Japanese company Glory recently unveiled a new ebook vending machine concept aimed at customers with smartphones. The Digital Reader writes, "You select and pay for the ebook on screen. The machine will print a receipt with a QR code and other info you’ll need to download the ebook." Here's the full post....

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