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.
Sun Digital is stepping up its campaign to bring the concept of recycling electrical goods, including, old cell phones, to the population of Marion County in the United States. To this end, the company has teamed up with the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County to stage just such an electronic recycling event.
Brunswick Memorial Home is getting into the cell phone recycling business by joining forces with the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. Cell Phones for Soldiers has become well known all over the United States by reusing or recycling old cell phones which are donated by the general public in order to give soldiers who are serving in foreign countries the opportunity to make cell phone calls to their loved ones back home.
Apple’s new and much anticipated iPhone 5 may not be being released until fall, according to speculation. Take it with a pinch of salt if you will, but it seems the rumour mongers have been in overdrive thanks to the fact that Apple’s iPad 2 event, which was held earlier this month, featured not so much as a mention of the iOS 5. Rumours then circulated that a preview of the heavily hyped device would finally be given sometime in April, but the people at TechCrunch are now claiming that the first look at that device will now not be given until the summer, probably in June. If that turns out to be the case, then it would seem the actual release date for the item would not be until the fall.
The Rainbow District School Board in Canada has teamed up with Greentec Recycling Solutions in order to offer the local community a chance to drop their old cell phones and other electronic items off so that they can be recycled rather than end up as landfill. Drop-off depots will be organized throughout “Earth Month” in April, starting off in the parking lot of Manitoulin Secondary School from nine o’clock in the morning to three o’clock in the afternoon on the third of April, with other times and locations on offer on the sixteenth.
The United States government is developing a “panic button” system to help freedom campaigners in foreign countries ranging from China to numerous places in the Middle East, by allowing them to receive alerts and wipe out their entire address books should security forces take their cell phone.
A new malady known as “Blackberry Thumb” is striking cell phone users. It could even lead to litigation against employers, according to The Daily Telegraph. “Blackberry Thumb”, as the condition has been termed, refers to a repetitive strain injury caused to the thumb by too much use of cell phones to send mail and text messages. It is now becoming so common that at least one law firm believes it is only a matter of time before employers that demand the constant use of cell phones as part of the job start to get sued by workers who develop the malady and are looking for compensation.
I was reading on NorthJersey.com about how residents of Bloomfield are upset about a cell phone tower being placed on Broad Street. While I, like the article’s writer, understand the concern, it is a big and unsightly piece of construction, I cannot help but wonder and which is really the worst evil in people’s minds: an eyesore of a cell phone tower or poor cell phone connections?