So this is as old as the world (as can be seen from the top notch
brick cellphone in question) but still kind of fun to watch. Yeah… don’t put cellphones in a microwave.
Phew… that’s a lot of vertical pixels. 3,962 to be exact. And in that towering graphic you have Japanese communication company NTT Docomo’s depiction of 25 years’ worth of cell phone evolution. They made this because they’re celebrating their own 20th anniversary and have concocted an exhibition for the occasion, which is on display at Tokyo’s Designers Week. The picture above is one thing, but if you hit the jump you can see a bunch more pics of vintage cellphones. Out here we’ll just say… we’ve sure come a long way.
Those SIM cards… God are they annoying. They went from regular SIM cards, to Mini SIMs, to Micro SIMs, and to Nano SIMs, all in the name of ever smaller cellphones. Here’s the thing: most of the time, the smaller ones have the same metal contacts as the larger ones, just more plastic around them. So instead of getting a new card from your mobile company, why not cut your own down to size?
The Nano SIM Cutter takes any regular or micro size and trims the excess off to provide you a precision cut nano SIM. It’s simple, you insert your SIM card with the contacts facing downwards, push the SIM card all the way in, and push down on the lever. The cutter will provide you with a perfectly cut nano SIM card every time! These Nano SIM Cutters are built from hi-quality stainless steel to ensure high precision cutting.
It comes with “with Nano SIM to Micro SIM, Micro SIM to Standard SIM, and Nano SIM to Standard SIM adapters.” And yes, it’s $5 on special.
Yeah, we know the Blendtec “Will It Blend” stunt is getting old. But considering the particular objects up for wanton destruction in the above video, we think it’s worth a look. See, Apple fans are quick to point to the iPhone 5’s “superior materials” and to Samsung’s plastic construction as part of their justification for selecting one over the other. But is Aluminum really stronger than plastic? (it is, it is) Does it matter in a phone, though? Does that add to its ability to survive the spinning blades of a Blendtec Total Blender? Does the use of stronger materials automatically mean a stronger phone?
Watch the video and find out.
VIA [ Gizmodo ]
Proving that money will be made whenever the opportunity arises, some enterprising NYC truck owners have converted their vehicles into temporary cellphone lockers for NYC school kids. It seems that bringing mobiles to class is forbidden in all public NYC schools but unless there’s a metal detector, the policy is unenforceable. For those schools that do have them, however, the trucks have been seeing brisk business from kids eager to bring their cells with them and have them available just as soon as they step out of class. So the trucks just park in front and the kids drop them off before class, for a fee. This fee can go up to $180 per year, which most students who use the service are happy to pay. Or rather, have their parents pay. And while the cellphone valets themselves are trustworthy, they are not immune from theft; 200 lost their phones last June when one such truck was held up in the Bronx.
Apple’s Maps application is garbage. Haha. We sure like to beat a dead horse, on the Internets, but we do it because some things stay funny even when they’re not. That is, they’re funny until someone makes a left turn off a bridge… But to be perfectly honest, the Maps application from Apple is very pretty and does at least one thing better than Google’s: it is much more data efficient. This means that you’ll use up to 7 times less data on it for the same actions on the other one. From the folks at Onavo:
Our data experts performed an identical series of activities on Google Maps and Apple Maps that included searching for several US cities, addresses and airports and zooming in and out to locate specific locations. On Google Maps, the average data loaded from the cellular network for each step was 1.3MB. Apple Maps came in at 271KB – that’s approximately 80% less data! On some actions, such as zooming in to see a particular intersection, Apple Maps’ efficiency advantage edged close to 7X.
Why the difference? Mostly because the Apple Maps app uses vector graphics that can resize infinitely without having to reload any new data. But if you’re on a limited data plan and need to use this application a lot, we suppose that it’s some kind of silver lining.
The same thing that happens to any other cellphone, of course! But if there’s one tradition that seems to have held up over the last few years is the filming of gratuitous and wanton destruction of every new iPhone with as creative an arsenal as possible. We don’t find lasers particularly creative, to be honest, but it’s just one level of sophistication above guns, so we’re going to write about it. Above is a video of five of WickedLaser’s Spyder III Arctic 1.25W blue lasers (regular pointers are about 5 mW) pointed at the iPhone 5 all at once. The phone from Cupertino doesn’t enjoy the heat but keeps on ticking, despite the melted spot on the screen. But it’s done in completely by the company’s Torch, a 4,100 Lumen behemoth flashlight that eats through its batteries in 5 minutes of operation.
It’s an obvious marketing ploy, but we don’t care so much when we’re mildly entertained.
VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]
So it finally happened. The product above is being made, being sold, is real. We’re sad because it doesn’t look like it’s some kind of joke. These are actual gloves that connect to your phone through Bluetooth and that have microphones sewn into the fingertips so that you may talk while, you know, looking like a giant tool. The tips of the fingers are even capacitive to allow smartphone operation whilst your hands remain toasty. Battery operated, the Hi-Call gloves, as they’re called, will standby for 24 hours and last for 20 hours while conversing.
€50 buys you the privilege of being the laughing stock of the slopes, and you can pre-order them now from Hi-Fun. If you thought Bluetooth earpieces were bad, this… this just kicked things up a notch.
Chalk this up as yet another Japanese fad, although this time we aren’t freaked out at all but rather amused. What you’re seeing is a set of headphone jack plugs featuring the heads of Mexican wrestling “Luchadors.” Aside from serving as an ornament for your mobile, you could make the argument that they also prevent dust from entering the jack and gumming things up in there. So whether you buy these for the look or the utility, at $8 a pop, you won’t break the bank doing so.