Samsung to upgrade Note to Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung to upgrade Note to Ice Cream Sandwich
Samsung has confirmed it will be upgrading its Note device to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at some point in the second quarter of 2012. The update will have features associated with the Android operating system and follows the recent announcement that consumers of the Galaxy S II will also be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich during this month. Samsung's Note, which attempts to bridge…

Samsung to cut dependence on Qualcomm

Samsung to cut dependence on Qualcomm
Samsung has reportedly stated it will be cutting its dependence on chip-maker Qualcomm for its next smart mobile phone in favour of using its own single-chip. This moves comes as the firm shifted its focus to more profitable and less-volatile non-memory chips. Memory chips such as DRAMs and NAND flashes are used to read and write data and because of this they are cheap when…

Nokia files vibrating tattoo patent in US

Nokia files vibrating tattoo patent in US
Nokia has filed a patent in the US that could one day see vibrating magnetic tattoos alert mobile phone users of calls and texts. The Finnish firm described the idea in a filing to the US Patent and Trademark Office. It suggests that tattooing, stamping or spraying "ferromagnetic" material on to a user's skin and pairing it to a mobile phone could be possible. Cambridge-based…

New iPad sales reach 3m inside first week

New iPad sales reach 3m inside first week
Apple has announced that sales of its latest iPad have reached three million, despite having only been on sale since Friday March 16th. Consumers in countries such as Australia, the UK and US have all been able to get their hands on the device, while people in nations including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Portugal will have to wait until March 23rd. These figures…

Nokia has hedged survival bets on Windows

Nokia has hedged survival bets on Windows
The future of Nokia continues to hang in the balance as the once dominant mobile phone brand tries to convince consumers to walk away from established smartphone operating systems like Android and Apple. Last year, the company posted a global net loss of $1.5 billion as its failure to grab the smartphone market with its Symbian range hit the firm hard. The company's Lumia ranges…

Mobile phones could control the home

Mobile phones could control the home
Such is the amount of work being put into mobile phones in Australia, they could soon be able to control everything in the home ranging from TV recordings to the thermostat. Using smartphones and tablets could allow people to control internet-connected cameras that would let people check on their house while at work or on holiday, the Herald Sun reports. In a connected home it…

Federal Court hopes to make swift TV rights decision

Federal Court hopes to make swift TV rights decision
The Federal Court is hoping to make a quick decision regarding the appeal by the nation's two biggest football codes and Telstra against Optus. Centred on the fact that Optus has been given permission to show near to live coverage of the NRL and AFL despite not being the rights holder, this case has been rumbling on for some time. The appeal case was wrapped…

Queensland students will need ‘licence’ to bring mobile phones to school

Queensland students will need ‘licence’ to bring mobile phones to school
High school students in Queensland will need to acquire a "licence" to bring mobile phones to their institutions under a plan to try and tackle cyber bullying. Education minister Cameron Dick says the Bligh government will introduce a range of measures recommended by renowned child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, the Australian reports. Some of these will include making pupils sit an online tutorial about the…