Posts tagged mobile phones

Waterproof iPhone details ‘leaked’.
Website TodaysiPhone has revealed details from a source ‘well-placed in one of the UK’s top independent phone retailers’, who claims that both the next generation of iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S devices will have a waterproof coating from company HzO.

The Liquipel coating covers both inside and outside the phones to make it water repellent, making them less susceptible to liquid/moisture damage.
He stated “both will have had liquipel treatment as they’ll be altering the wording on insurance.”

While the source was not revealed, the website claims the person was correct about the launch dates of both the white iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.
8 Bit Future covered a similar technology last month called Liquipel, check out that story here.

Waterproof iPhone details ‘leaked’.

Website TodaysiPhone has revealed details from a source ‘well-placed in one of the UK’s top independent phone retailers’, who claims that both the next generation of iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S devices will have a waterproof coating from company HzO.

The Liquipel coating covers both inside and outside the phones to make it water repellent, making them less susceptible to liquid/moisture damage.

He stated “both will have had liquipel treatment as they’ll be altering the wording on insurance.”

While the source was not revealed, the website claims the person was correct about the launch dates of both the white iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.

8 Bit Future covered a similar technology last month called Liquipel, check out that story here.

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8 Bit Future Android App now available.

Get the new 8 Bit Future app free, here at the Android Market, for all the latest stories straight to your mobile. The new app completely replaces the previous version, which you will need to manually uninstall if required.

Samsung Galaxy S3 to be delayed.
Samsung have confirmed to Techradar that the next Galaxy S mobile phone won’t be shown at this months Mobile World Congress, as many had hoped. Instead, there will be a separate event slightly later to show off the much hyped device.

"Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012.
"The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product."

It’s unclear if the delay is due to a manufacturing hold up, or perhaps an attempt to release the phone around the same time as a rumoured iPhone 5 launch in July - the Galaxy S series phones have come to be seen by many as a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone.

Samsung Galaxy S3 to be delayed.

Samsung have confirmed to Techradar that the next Galaxy S mobile phone won’t be shown at this months Mobile World Congress, as many had hoped. Instead, there will be a separate event slightly later to show off the much hyped device.

"Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012.

"The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product."

It’s unclear if the delay is due to a manufacturing hold up, or perhaps an attempt to release the phone around the same time as a rumoured iPhone 5 launch in July - the Galaxy S series phones have come to be seen by many as a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone.

Largest ever malware outbreak discovered on Android Market.
Security company Symantec has unearthed an Android malware campaign that may have affected up to five million users.
In previous attacks, apps had been sourced from the Android Market, had malicious code inserted, and repackaged for sale under a slightly different name, hoping to dupe users into downloading and installing the software. The new attack consists of at least 13 custom made apps, mostly games or entertainment software, coming from at least three different publishers.

Android.Counterclank is a Trojan horse that when installed on an Android smartphone collects a wide range of information, including copies of the bookmarks and the handset maker. It also modifies the browser’s home page.
The hackers have monetized the malware by pushing unwanted advertisements to compromised Android phones.

Largest ever malware outbreak discovered on Android Market.

Security company Symantec has unearthed an Android malware campaign that may have affected up to five million users.

In previous attacks, apps had been sourced from the Android Market, had malicious code inserted, and repackaged for sale under a slightly different name, hoping to dupe users into downloading and installing the software. The new attack consists of at least 13 custom made apps, mostly games or entertainment software, coming from at least three different publishers.

Android.Counterclank is a Trojan horse that when installed on an Android smartphone collects a wide range of information, including copies of the bookmarks and the handset maker. It also modifies the browser’s home page.

The hackers have monetized the malware by pushing unwanted advertisements to compromised Android phones.

New App hopes to rival Siri, available now for Android, iOS and online.
True Knowledge claims to have built the “world’s first AI question answering machine”.
After a play with the Android App, I’m pretty impressed. Not only can it answer every question I threw at it, the Google voice recognition it’s based on managed to understand my New Zealand accent. The app reads aloud answers and presents them on screen.
While Siri works mainly to help you use the functions of your iPhone, the True Knowledge Evi app pulls answers for questions based on its databases of facts, provided both by the company and also by end users.

The crucial difference between our technology and sites like Wikipedia is that, whereas their users create and edit documents in natural language, here the information is in the form of discrete facts. Unlike natural language, these facts are in a form that computers can understand and process.

Apple users need to pay 99c for the app, most of which is paid to licence the voice recognition technology on the iOS platform - download that version here.
Android users get it free, as it uses the open source Android voice recognition - download here.
The technology is not only voice based, users can also enter plain text questions in the Apps, or on the website here.

New App hopes to rival Siri, available now for Android, iOS and online.

True Knowledge claims to have built the “world’s first AI question answering machine”.

After a play with the Android App, I’m pretty impressed. Not only can it answer every question I threw at it, the Google voice recognition it’s based on managed to understand my New Zealand accent. The app reads aloud answers and presents them on screen.

While Siri works mainly to help you use the functions of your iPhone, the True Knowledge Evi app pulls answers for questions based on its databases of facts, provided both by the company and also by end users.

The crucial difference between our technology and sites like Wikipedia is that, whereas their users create and edit documents in natural language, here the information is in the form of discrete facts. Unlike natural language, these facts are in a form that computers can understand and process.

Apple users need to pay 99c for the app, most of which is paid to licence the voice recognition technology on the iOS platform - download that version here.

Android users get it free, as it uses the open source Android voice recognition - download here.

The technology is not only voice based, users can also enter plain text questions in the Apps, or on the website here.

Graph: The rise and fall of PC’s.
This shows just how quickly tablets and iPhone/Android devices have taken off. Note that the left side of the graph is on a logarithmic scale, making the achievement even bigger for these devices.
Also interesting to note that although the PC line has risen to dominate all others, it’s actually levelled off at the end of the graph. Will we see the smartphone/tablet market rise to overtake it soon? Or will those lines start to level off just like the PC?
Check out the source link here, which has a bunch of similarly interesting graphs on the subject, plus a larger version of this picture.

Graph: The rise and fall of PC’s.

This shows just how quickly tablets and iPhone/Android devices have taken off. Note that the left side of the graph is on a logarithmic scale, making the achievement even bigger for these devices.

Also interesting to note that although the PC line has risen to dominate all others, it’s actually levelled off at the end of the graph. Will we see the smartphone/tablet market rise to overtake it soon? Or will those lines start to level off just like the PC?

Check out the source link here, which has a bunch of similarly interesting graphs on the subject, plus a larger version of this picture.

Technology predictions for 2012.

(Click here to jump straight into the predictions)

While 2011 saw a few great new consumer technology products come to market, there did seem to be a bit of a lull after the huge year that was 2010. Having seen the release of the iPad in 2010 starting an almost non-existent tablet market, along with the iPhone 4 which again set new benchmark levels for cellphone specs, 2011 turned out to be much quieter for Apple when they released only updated versions of both devices (and no revolutionary iPhone 5, as many hoped).

In the gaming market 2010 had also been a big year with the Kinect becoming the fastest selling consumer device ever, and along with the Playstation Move many new types of gamers started spending money on consoles, while starting the decline of the previously chart topping Nintendo Wii. 2011 however, saw little new innovation, with the main highlights of the gaming year being updates of proven big sellers like Call of Duty.

But several technology highlights deserve a mention - especially as many of them may not have been noticed for how important they were. 2011 saw social media and smartphones used to start revolutions and topple governments. A supercomputer was able to win a round of the TV show Jeopardy! - a technology which may see use by doctors as a clinical decision support system within the next two years. And despite releasing a phone which looked the same as last years model, Apple set a new standard for voice control with Siri on the iPhone 4S, which leads me into my tech predictions for 2012…

'Self Healing' iPhone case announced.
Nissan has unveiled its new Scratch Shield case for iPhone 4/4s. Made from ABS plastic, the case claims to be more rigid and robust than other cases, with no chance of it accidentally slipping off.
The main feature of the case is Nissan’s Scratch Shield paint - featured on Nissan cars around the world - which it claims is “the world’s first paint technology that allows fine scratches to quickly mend themselves”

When damage occurs to the coating, the chemical structure is able to react to change back to its original shape and fill the gap, thus “healing” the blemish. The healing process takes between an hour and a week depending on the damage. The Scratch Shield is currently being beta tested in Europe, with the technology also being licensed to NTT Docomo for use on mobile phones. If Nissan is satisfied with the results from the beta test, we can expect to see the case released to the general public later this year.

'Self Healing' iPhone case announced.

Nissan has unveiled its new Scratch Shield case for iPhone 4/4s. Made from ABS plastic, the case claims to be more rigid and robust than other cases, with no chance of it accidentally slipping off.

The main feature of the case is Nissan’s Scratch Shield paint - featured on Nissan cars around the world - which it claims is “the world’s first paint technology that allows fine scratches to quickly mend themselves”

When damage occurs to the coating, the chemical structure is able to react to change back to its original shape and fill the gap, thus “healing” the blemish. The healing process takes between an hour and a week depending on the damage. The Scratch Shield is currently being beta tested in Europe, with the technology also being licensed to NTT Docomo for use on mobile phones. If Nissan is satisfied with the results from the beta test, we can expect to see the case released to the general public later this year.

Future Apple and Samsung phones may be waterproof.
Following on from this story about a new spray to keep your mobile phone water proof, it seems another company may be going straight to the source, and lining up deals with Apple and Samsung to coat all new phones in a water proof coating.
The company HzO has come up with a competing product called WaterBlock, which it claims “protects your devices on a molecular scale, so you can breathe easy”.
According to a report on PocketLint:

The company is hoping to sign big deals with all leading manufacturers. A spokesman for the company told Pocket-lint that it is in the process of signing up a major smartphone partner and a headphones maker in the very near future.
The plan for headphones is that they wouldn’t be damaged by sweat when running or water when swimming.
"We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung Galaxy S that we had coated with HZO and he couldn’t believe his eyes," a representative of the company told us. "Samsung is really excited by the tech."
The company has told us that they are also talking to Apple as well, hoping to be able to let Apple make the iPhone 5 waterproof.
"We expect HZO to be in next season’s phones," HZO told Pocket-lint rather confidently.

Future Apple and Samsung phones may be waterproof.

Following on from this story about a new spray to keep your mobile phone water proof, it seems another company may be going straight to the source, and lining up deals with Apple and Samsung to coat all new phones in a water proof coating.

The company HzO has come up with a competing product called WaterBlock, which it claims “protects your devices on a molecular scale, so you can breathe easy”.

According to a report on PocketLint:

The company is hoping to sign big deals with all leading manufacturers. A spokesman for the company told Pocket-lint that it is in the process of signing up a major smartphone partner and a headphones maker in the very near future.

The plan for headphones is that they wouldn’t be damaged by sweat when running or water when swimming.

"We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung Galaxy S that we had coated with HZO and he couldn’t believe his eyes," a representative of the company told us. "Samsung is really excited by the tech."

The company has told us that they are also talking to Apple as well, hoping to be able to let Apple make the iPhone 5 waterproof.

"We expect HZO to be in next season’s phones," HZO told Pocket-lint rather confidently.

Samsung mobiles to get flexible displays next year.
Samsung Electronics have said that they are aiming to have mobile phones with flexible displays on the market next year.

"The flexible display, we are looking to introduce sometime in 2012, hopefully the earlier part," said spokesman Robert Yi during an earnings call. "The application probably will start from the handset side."
Yi said tablets and other mobile devices with flexible displays would follow.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has been a huge success this year, selling 10 million units in five months.

Samsung mobiles to get flexible displays next year.

Samsung Electronics have said that they are aiming to have mobile phones with flexible displays on the market next year.

"The flexible display, we are looking to introduce sometime in 2012, hopefully the earlier part," said spokesman Robert Yi during an earnings call. "The application probably will start from the handset side."

Yi said tablets and other mobile devices with flexible displays would follow.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has been a huge success this year, selling 10 million units in five months.