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Mobile Phones

  • A step above solar power with the energy harvesting mobile phone screens

    Love your mobile phone, but hate its capacity to run flat at the most inconvenient moments? This defining ethos for mobile phones is a global issue soon to be curtailed by the University of Cambridge. IEEE Fellow Arokia Nathan now promises a future where phones may never need to be plugged in, ever again. Nathan's group of resourceful scientists have cooked up a prototype device which takes ambient light and converts it into...

  • Gearburn’s BlackBerry Torch 9810 Review

    It feels like RIM’s current range of products is dwarfed by the melodrama of a flailing company desperately trying to reinvent itself. Pundits are looking ahead to RIM’s first OS 10 device, the “London”, hailing it is as the smartphone maker from Ontario's final chance at redemption. Meanwhile, oblivious consumers, especially in RIM's stalwart EMEA regions, continue to walk into carrier outlets and ask for the BlackBerry brand. If they want the best RIM has to offer, a sales representative will brandish a Torch 9810 and acquaint them with a line akin to: “it has the best of both worlds:...

  • Hands on with Nokia’s Lumia range

    To say that Nokia had a tough 2011 would be a massive understatement. There seemed, however, to be a glimmer of hope when the Finnish telecommunications giant announced two new phone ranges at Nokia World in late 2011: The Lumia and the Asha. The latter consisted of a group of devices designed specifically for emerging markets. The former meanwhile, in the shape of the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 were meant to restore some it kudos in the smartphone market. Gearburn managed to get some hands-on time both of these devices, as well as the Lumia 900 which made...

  • Getting to grips with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was pretty big news when it launched. It holds the honour, after all, of being the first phone to come preloaded with Android 4.0, better known as Ice Cream Sandwich. At CES International 2012 we managed to get our hand on it for the first time. First things first, it’s big. With a 4.5" screen, it’s a little bit smaller than Samsung’s hybrid phone tablet offering, the Note, but it’s still not what you’d call discreet. This small size difference will, of course, mean that comparisons with the Note are inevitable. Thing is, nearly everyone in the...

  • Intel announces smartphone play at CES

    Intel is probably best known for its pc and laptop processors, but the tech giant announced that it is making a play in the smartphone market here at the renowned Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Intel announced that its chips will first be available in the Lenovo K800 smartphone. As with most things in life, however, there is a catch. The phones will only be available in China. Well, at first anyway. At the launch event, Liu Jun, senior vice president of Lenovo joined Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini on stage to reveal exactly what we can expect...

  • Gorilla Glass 2 to debut at CES 2012

    Without it, your fancy smartphone would have been cast to the back draw of your gadget graveyard years ago. It’s installed in a half-billion phones globally. It’s Gorilla Glass and version two is coming out at CES 2012. Corning, the manufacturer of Gorilla Glass announced its latest iteration, Gorilla Glass two. Gorilla Glass protects against scratches and the floor, which it seems most smartphones are magically attracted to. There is no word on...

  • Ask Ziggy — Siri’s Windows Phone equivalent

    Siri was the saving grace of the iPhone 4S, and now there's a Windows Phone equivalent in the form of "Ask Ziggy". Ziggy, a free app available now for download from the Windows Marketplace, is one user's attempt to usurp Siri. Although impressive, Ask Ziggy does not have the vocal chops of Siri but makes up for it by offering many of the functions which iPhone 4S users have been privy to: status...

  • Gearburn’s top mobile phones of 2011

    It’s been a dramatic year for the mobile phone industry. Nokia leaped from a burning platform to became hesitantly convalescent with Microsoft’s aid. Google breathed new life into a floundering Motorola Mobility. RIM continued to bleed with its shares losing more than 70% of their value this fiscal year alone. Apple lost its visionary CEO, while HP killed its WebOS phones, and almost canned WebOS entirely, deciding at the last minute to Open Source it. Amidst all of this, just about every major handset manufacturer was tied up in some form of patent litigation, and topping it all off,...

  • Smartphone snooping firm denies snooping

    The California-based Carrier IQ, makers of the smartphone software that security researchers insist is snooping on users has been hit with a slew of lawsuits - and has stepped up defence of its creation. By Friday last week, lawsuits totalling hundreds of millions of dollars had been filed in three US states against Carrier IQ and smartphone manufacturers HTC and Samsung, accusing the companies of breaking privacy and wiretapping laws and demanding they...

  • Turn your Android or iPhone into a Windows Phone now!

    iPhone and Android users, feeling left out of the Windows Phone party? Fear not, for Microsoft has now launched a Windows Phone emulator which runs a browser-based demo on competing mobile operating systems. I tested it out on my iPhone 3GS and the experience is pretty much a flawless Windows Phone interface on the devil's phone. HTML5 powers the Windows Phone demo and allows users to tiptoe through the Metro-UI, enjoying basic functionality such as flicking through screens and selecting contacts. The primary feature of the...