Sick of the battery going dead in your cell phone? Worried by the environmental impact of batteries? Both concerns could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a radical device that uses nanotechnology to allow you to power your cell phone and other electrical devices with your own body. The Georgia Institute of Technology has come up with a way to charge up cell phones with a flick of your own finger.
A bungling police officer ‘accidentally’ erased all the evidence contained on a cell phone belonging to a murder suspect, it was revealed yesterday. At the trial of Brad Cooper in Raleigh in the United States, who has been charged with the murder of his wife Nancy, Detective Jim Young has admitted that after gaining a court order from AT & T in order to access the password protected phone, he received instructions on how to access the material from an AT & T representative whose name he did not record, and then attempted to do so some time later based on the memory of those instructions.
Boone County High School in Cincinnati in the United States is getting on the idea to recycle cell phones in order to save the gorillas. To this end, the high school has joined forces with Cincinnati Zoo to run the program to recycle old cell phones, which has been given the name of Eco-Cell.
We don’t know about you, but while the saying is that “less is more”, we kind of think that a little goes a long way. This is the main problem with all the hype over the web OS 3.0, due for release by HP. We were ‘teased’ by this impending device with the TouchPad last year, if you consider being teased to be quite the right word for being given so little information as to be a fairly pointless exercise.
Manchester Town in Carroll County in the United States continues to increase its efforts to “go green”. The Manchester Town offices, which introduced a printer cartridge recycling and a cell phone recycling scheme last year, is now expanding its operations to accept all rechargeable batteries for recycling, including but not limited to ones used in old cell phones. Even the town’s newspaper will now be published electronically rather than on paper, though hard copies will still be available for residents who do not use the internet.
Dr Devra Davis is a visiting fellow at Harvard University and a leading scientist on the dangers of cell phones. The scientist believes that cell phone radiation is in fact far more dangerous than most people believe, although in many cases the danger is increased by the fact that that ignorance prevents people from taking the precautions that could reduce the risk considerably.
People will be able to help the wild ape populations of Africa and Asia just by recycling cell phones at Brookfield Zoo. The Chicago Zoological Society, which runs Brookfield Zoo, is holding ape awareness weekends on the second and third and then the ninth and tenth of April. This is designed to both enable people to learn about the three species of ape contained in the zoo. They are the orangutans, western lowland gorillas and white cheeked gibbons. There will be educational and fun activities making them aware of the cell phone recycling scheme being run by the zoo, whereby people can donate their old cell phones in order to help apes, which live in their natural habitats in Africa and Asia.
The Blackberry Playbook is finally being released in the United States on the 19th of April after many months of increasingly tiresome speculation. The Playbook will be the first such tablet device from Research In Motion. The Playbook should, considering some of its specifications, be a reasonable enough contender in the marketplace, yet Research In Motion have taken what appears to be a worryingly slapdash approach to some of its features – namely, native applications.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and senior vice president of government affairs Vonya McCann are not impressed by the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile and are saying that the company intends to fight in the courts to prevent it from actually happening, but does he have a leg to stand on? Hesse reckons the merger will hurt consumers by reducing competition and certainly, Sprint makes some good points in their official statement on the matter.
Plans are afoot to turn cell phones into a ‘one size fits all’ replacement for all credit cards but the development of the idea is being stymied due to all the big corporations who are fighting to be the first ones out of the gate. Everyone from banks to credit card companies to cell phone carriers all want to be the ones in charge of the technological innovation with billions of dollars at stake.