ABC gets head start in mobile TV race

ABC gets head start in mobile TV race
ABC is set to steal a march on its commercial rivals when its catch-up TV service is made available to mobile phone users in Australia. It is set to spark the beginning of the so-called mobile TV revolution, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The corporation confirmed it is putting the finishing touches to the technology of its iview service that will allow the 3.7…

Mobile phone users prompted to activate tracer

Mobile phone users prompted to activate tracer
Mobile phone users are being urged to make use of applications¬†that can help trace their device when they purchase a new handset. Consumers are often presented with a plethora of applications designed to prevent theft or allow the tracking of a device should it fall into the wrong hands. According to Stawell Police, Victoria, not enough mobile phone users are taking the time to activate…

Fujitsu tech ‘can tell when you’re stressed on mobile phone’

Fujitsu tech ‘can tell when you’re stressed on mobile phone’
Japanese technology giant Fujitsu claims to have developed a system that can determine when someone is stressed out or being conned by a mobile phone scam. The company stated that together with Nagoya University, Japan, it has combined two technologies to detect when someone is being duped. One way is through audio analysis software that tracks the pitch of a potential victim's voice during a…

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…