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Verizon iPhone Boosts Apple’s Ad Impressions Ranking

This is from an article on CNET, one of my favourite websites for technology and gadget news, and statistics are based upon ad impressions as tracked by Millennial Media and released in March 2011.

According to the article, while Android is still the leading OS on Millennial Media’s advertising network, Verizon’s adoption of the iPhone has helped boost iOS ranking – rising by 11 per cent since February.

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Lawmakers in Missouri Contemplate Extra Mobile Phone Tax

If seen to fruition, the new law will add a 75-cent monthly tax to Missouri resident’s mobile phone bills. However, while everyone hates new tax, the reasons behind it seem somewhat legitimate, as the tax will go to fund 911 emergency services.

Some taxes are already in place and according to St Louis, St Charles, and Jefferson county 911 call centres, the tax you are seeing goes to the wireless companies for infrastructure, not towards the support and maintenance of 911 services.

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The History of the Cell Phone in Three Minutes

If you have time, Google Vodafone’s “Evolution of the Mobile” video that was created to advertise Android – a video which takes an old chunky handset and morphs it into a modern smartphone.

The video was produced for Vodafone, one of the UK’s top cellular phone service providers. The technology behind the video is 3D projection mapping, where an object serves as the projection screen, rather than having the traditional flat projection screen hung behind it on a wall. For this video, the screen is a table on which a series of cell phones are placed. According to the write-ups, the 3D projection mapping techniques are being used on a small scale never seen before.

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Cash, Credit, or Cell?

According to an article by Scott Canon of the Kansas City Star, Sprint Nextel confirmed yesterday that it intends to lead the way in the US transition to NFC.

For those of you who don’t know, NFC stands for “near field communication” and is a technology that, when included in our cell phones, turns them into a type of mobile payment device. Using specially-designed checkout terminals or readers, a person can swipe their phone to pay for goods and services.

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First Cellular Phone Call on April 3rd, 1973

38 years ago, on April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper, and engineer for Motorola made the first public cellular phone call. The purpose of the call was to show the FCC the new and amazing technology they had developed; a technology that would need FCC approval and an allocated frequency band to see it put into practical application.

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Angel With a Cell Phone

In ‘s-Hertogenbosch, North Brabant, Netherlands at St. John’s Cathedral, a 12-year restoration project has come to an end. Among the many restored and cleaned statues sits an angel holding a cell phone to her ear. The phone has only one button; after all, the artist says, she only needs to phone God.

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HTC Announces Event

All HTC fans will be beside themselves with excitement at the news that the company has just sent out invites to an exclusive event scheduled for Tuesday April 12th in London. That’s next week for those who can’t read calendars, by the way. The Taiwanese company is, as yet however, giving no indications as to precisely what will be going on at the event, but we’re presuming it will be something exciting anyway.

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Hard to Touch or Get Excited By?

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.

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Blackberry Playbook Misses Out

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.