A team led by India-born technologist Sriram Subramanian has unveiled a concept for what will be the world's first shapeshifting mobile phones, called Morphees. The handset adapts a new shape on its own according to the context of the user--such as an ATM keypad or a gaming console--in order to improve the user's experience, noted a report Tuesday by India Today. "We are introducing the term 'shape resolution', which adds to the existing definitions of screen and touch resolution," Subramanian, professor of computer science at the University of Bristol, said at a conference on humancomputer interface in Paris on Monday. His team had also published a paper, "Morphees: Toward High "Shape Resolution" in Self Actuated Flexible Mobile Devices". Morphees were developed using advanced shape changing materials such as dielectric electro active polymers and shape memory alloys. Shape memory alloys have the ability to return to a predetermined shape on cue such as an electrical impulse. They … [Read more...] about World’s first shapeshifting mobile phone unveiled
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Once again, Hillary Clinton and messaging technology are both in the news. And once again, something Secretary Clinton is doing is being portrayed as skirting the edge of the law. While not quite at the "I didn't inhale level," a recent Bloomberg article implies her campaign is dancing around the spirit of the law. I'll cut to the chase and tell you I don't see a smoking gun here. My analysis doesn't turn up any wrongdoing. This isn't another email server controversy. Investigating Hillary Clinton Which secretaries of state violated the Federal Records Act? Albright, Powell, Rice, Clinton, Kerry: Who flunked digital record-keeping? Read More This is, however, an interesting story about how innovative approaches to apps and mobile technology are solving some problems and campaign challenges that were, not coincidentally, introduced through our growing reliance on apps and mobile technology. Let's start with the law. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act 47 U.S.C. § … [Read more...] about Texting for votes: How Clinton campaign uses legal loophole to reach mobile phones
Western Australia has introduced holiday double demerit point penalties for using a phone while driving. We know it's illegal, but where do you stand on a state-by-state breakdown of the law? A 2011 study of road accidents in New South Wales and Victoria found that only 0.9 per cent were attributed to using a mobile phone, but with more and more Australians using smartphones, this number could easily rise. In the United States, recent research from the Center for Disease Control found that driver distraction kills 9 people and injures a further 1060 people on American roads every day. Although driver distraction isn't just defined as mobile phone use (eating and the use of "in-vehicle technologies" such as navigation systems are also bundled into this category), it's still a sobering statistic. There are a number of public awareness campaigns across the country trying to call drivers up on their use of phones in the car, including the cheeky "Get Your Hand Off It" campaign from … [Read more...] about Get your hand off it: Australian law on phone use in the car
Eight-year-old kids with mobile phones might sound like a crazy idea, but according to a report carried out last year, that is the average age of a child owning their first mobile phone. The age is expected to drop to five years old this year -- but why are we buying mobile phones for our young children? The answer is peace of mind, according to the report, which was carried out by the Dhaliwalbrown consultancy. One company that has picked up on the concerns of parents is Disney Mobile. Disney Mobile was set up in the US this June and provides families with mobile phones specifically designed for "tweens, young teens and parents who want to keep an eye on them", according to the Disney Mobile Web site. Unlike standard mobile phones, these handsets feature software that allows parents to limit texts, calls and downloads, restrict phone usage and even locate their children via GPS. Their latest phone, pictured on PhoneArena, is the Disney D100 (pictured), which features a Mickey … [Read more...] about Mobile phones for children: Do we want them?
Mobile phones, eh? Once the brick-sized preserve of city-slicking business types, every Tom, Dick and Harry has one nowadays, and there are more different models knocking around than ever before. Choosing which phone is the one for you can really do your nut in, so we've put together a comprehensive buying guide for your delectation. Without further ado, let's get into it.Entry-level phones When buying a mobile phone, there are many things to consider. First of all, you've got to ask yourself what's most important to you in a phone. Are you just looking for a simple handset with which to make calls and send the odd text message, without access to the Internet? If so, there are a number of cheap and simple pay as you go phones available from the major networks or from your local supermarket. Typically, these are priced between £10 and £60. These phones come in a range of different designs. For example, the Nokia 1616 (right) has a candy-bar layout with the screen at the … [Read more...] about Mobile phone buying guide