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Category Archives: Mobile and Unwired

Bric+ Case for iPhone 5 / 5S Aims to Provide Users with 2.5X Extended Battery Time

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Those of you who’re not happy with the battery time of your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S should give Bric+ Case a look, which is compatible with both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. The case is manufactured by Sudong Cho and Bricwave and aims to provide an extended battery life, almost 2.5 times more than the original battery, thanks to the Li-ion built into the protective case. According to the company, the case can provide up to 25 hours of talk time compared to 10 hours on the original iPhone 5. Additionally, the case also comes with a Lens at the back, giving users 3.5 times optical zoom to help you improve your photography capabilities. The project is currently on Kickstarter with a $65000 funding goal, before they can start production of the case. If you think this is a good idea, head over to Kickstarter and make the pledge.

[Kickstarter] via [Geeky Gadgets]

LG GW990 – The First MeeGo Smartphone

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By Gaurav Kheterpal

A few days ago at the 2010 Mobile World Congress, Intel and Nokia announced that they are joining hands to launch a new hybrid mobile operating system named ‘MeeGo’. MeeGo will inherit the best of both worlds from Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Mobilin operating systems and will join the crowded war of mobile operating systems including the likes of Android, Symbian, iPhone OS and the recently launched Windows Phone 7 Series.

LG has announced that its GW990 would be the first ever smartphone to run on the MeeGo platform. For a start, the LG LG990 will be available in Korea during the second half of this year. It is expected to be available in other countries by end of this year.

[ Techtree ] VIA [ Intel ]

Video VoIP Calling Comes To iPhone

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Somewhat old news here, but you should know that Apple has removed all restrictions that prohibited making Video VoIP calls on 3G networks using the iPhone. The iPhone SDK has also been modified in order to give developers access to the Video VoIP APIs. This means you can use either iCall or Fring (which supports Skype) to make Video VoIP calls on your device and the only catch is that your carrier must allow VoIP calls to work on 3G in addition to WiFi (good luck). While stability of video is an issue with both these apps, it’s still a welcome move by Apple.

Video calls are fun, make sure you try it out on your iPhone!

VIA [ Daemon News ]

iVideoCamera Adds Video Capabilities to Old iPhones

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Before the iPhone 3GS was launched, Apple drew a lot of flak from its customers over the lack of video capabilities. Though the iPhone 3GS came out with the best in its class video capabilities, old iPhone users were still disgruntled about the lack of video on their phones.

Although not the only such app (we’re thinking Qik as well), and it’s been out for a bit… but you might want to know that Apple has given its blessings to iVideoCamera – an iTunes Store app that can add video capabilities to any iPhone – new or old. iVideoCamera can shoot short videos, save them on your iPhone and even export the videos to popular websites like Facebook and YouTube. You can also change the point of focus during recording, something the native 3GS application can’t do. While the video quality of iVideoCamera is no match to that of iPhone 3GS, it is reasonably good at 320 x 426 and a recording rate of 10 frames per second.

After all, some video is better than no video at all on your old iPhone.

[ Laan Labs ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

Google Voice Finally On iPhone But Without Apple’s Consent

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By Gaurav Kheterpal

There is some good news - Google Voice is finally available on the iPhone. However, the bad news is that it runs on your iPhone’s browser and not as a native application. Google has been trying hard to convince Apple to allow Google Voice on iPhone but, no dice.

Google then simply decided to take the matter into its own hands and developed a web version which can be accessed by any HTML browser running on the iPhone. It is recommended to add shortcuts to your home screen for the most important features such as Dialer, Compose SMS, Inbox and Contacts. Something is better than nothing and Google Voice running on the browser is certainly better than no Google Voice on your iPhone.

[ Google Voice ] VIA [ CSMonitor ]

Samsung Unveils Phone Made From Plastic Bottles

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Article courtesy of John Beck, from The Processor.

Have you ever wished your phone was a little more environmentally friendly? I haven’t because I’m a thoughtless oaf, but for tech-savvy eco warriors who have, Samsung has launched the Blue Earth handset.

The touch screen eco-phone is made from material extracted from water bottles, and is free from nastiness like bromine-based flame retardants, PVC and phthalate esters. It also sports a built in solar panel to take advantage of what Samsung helpfully points out, is one of the most eco-friendly energy sources.

The Blue Earth ships with a “unique user interface designed to draw attention to preserving our fragile environment.” Less impressive than it sounds, this basically amounts to the option of switching to energy efficient settings for screen brightness, backlight duration and Bluetooth at the touch of a button. For the environmentally conscious app-addict, there’s even a built in pedometer, which allows users to smugly calculate the number of trees they’ve saved from an untimely death by walking instead of driving.

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Verbatim Wireless Mouse Goes Nano

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By Shane McGlaun

The only time I like wireless mice are when they are for notebooks. When it comes to my desktop computer for gaming, I want a wired mouse. Wireless mice need to be charged too frequently for my tastes when used with desktop computers.

One of the biggest things that bugs me about wireless notebook mice are the big USB adapters that you have to plug into the notebook for connectivity. Those long adapters stick out so far from the side of the machine that it can be easy to break them off when it comes time to pack up your notebook and go.

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MS Arc Mouse Reviewed. Verdict: An Excellent Travel Companion

By Ian Chiu

For road warriors going on a business a trip, the second most important thing other than a notebook is a mobile mouse, which can greatly affect productivity. Having said that, Microsoft has had numerous laptop mice over the years that are both functional and portable, but none of them is more eye catching as the Arc Mouse. The aptly-named Arc sports a hinged semicircular shape that allows it to close to nearly half-size for travel, and to unfold to a full-sized mouse. The mini USB dongle is also hidden in a crevice on the underside of the folding wing, which becomes the mouse’s palm rest.

After Everything USB spent nearly two weeks with the Arc, surfing the web and checking emails, they found the mouse to be spot-on for most tasks while preventing fatigue. The rubberized sides also allow you to get a good grip since the surface of the Arc is in gloss paint with a glass-smooth finish. In the end, while there are certainly some minor flaws in usability and set-up, the Arc mobile mouse is praised as “an excellent travel companion” that is well worth the price.

[ Full Review @ Everything USB ]

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By Jonathan Kimak

So you want a portable charger for your phone or mp3 player but the solar powered iPod is years away from reality. Instead you could try the Dance Charge.

A company called GotWind worked with music company Orange to create the Dance Charge. Weighing 180 grams the charger wraps around your arm and uses the kinetic energy from your body’s movement to power the battery. You can then plug in your phone or other electronic device to the charger to power it up.

The Dance Charger isn’t available for sale yet, but a prototype is being used at the Glastonbury Festival and will hopefully survive the mosh pit.

When it does come out and you use this and can only charge your phone up to 1 bar of power after a day’s worth of movement, it’s probably a sign that you need to get out of the office more often.

VIA [ Crave.Cnet ]