Smartphone Kill Switch: A Solution or Just a New Problem?
Lawmakers believe they have a solution to the widespread dilemma of cell phone theft: a mandatory “kill switch” feature that can turn a hi-tech phone into an inoperative paperweight. What could possibly go wrong?
Gifts for the Future with the Timeless Box
Do you remember what it feels like to be a kid on Christmas Eve? The magic. The anticipation. The expectation. Feeling like time has slowed down and you’re lying awake and you’ll never ever be able to fall asleep and then you open your eyes and it’s Christmas morning—do you remember? That’s the power of anticipation…and Timeless Box has, amazingly, figured out how to gift-wrap it.
Coin and Bitcoin: The Change in your Wallet
In an unusual turn of events, there were more coins in the headlines this week than there are in the average 10-year-old’s piggy bank. Between the announcement of Coin’s all-in-one credit card and the skyrocketing value of Bitcoin currency, one thing is certain: change is coming.
Ericsson Radio Dot System: Where No Cell Signal Has Gone Before
When it comes to cell phone service, the average office building might as well be Superman’s Fortress of Solitude—hardly anything gets in or out. But the frustrated cries of office workers in cellular distress have not gone unheard; Swedish telecom giant Ericsson is flying to the rescue with a solution. They call it the Radio Dot System.
Phonebloks: the LEGO-like Modular Smartphone
Innovator Dave Hakkens became an overnight sensation this past week with his concept video for PhoneBloks, the customizable snap-together smartphone. Touted as “a phone worth keeping,” the Phonebloks idea could potentially revolutionize the cell phone industry and begin to dismantle the dominant perspective that tells us cell phones are a disposable commodity. (more…)
Amazon Aiming for Apple?
Members of the rumor mill can pat themselves on the back—as many suspected, online retail giant Amazon has been quietly developing a smartphone of their own. In fact, a new report from the Wall Street Journal says they’re working on two of them, and one will be 3D. (more…)
New Xbox (Infinity? 720?) Reveal Coincides with CTIA Kickoff
Gamers have long speculated about the successor to the Xbox 360, nicknamed the “Xbox 720” by fans and codenamed “Durango” by developers, and it seems they’ll finally get some answers on May 21st at the Xbox Reveal event. But, as those in the wireless industry will have noticed, May 21st is also Day 1 of CTIA 2013. Coincidence? Maybe not. (more…)
The Boston Marathon Explosions: “Look for the Helpers”
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” – Mr. Rogers (more…)
Facebook Wants Your Soul (But Will Settle for Your Phone’s)
“Your home screen is really the soul of your phone…and we think it should be deeply personal,” announced Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, just before revealing the new Facebook Home. And by “personal,” he means “owned by Facebook.” (more…)
Death of the Cool, Dawn of the Weird?
The strange unveiling of the Galaxy S 4 might be just the latest entry in the Theater of the Bizarre that has overtaken mobile marketing recently. If this peculiar trend continues, then cell phone advertising could get very interesting in coming months. (more…)