A look at some little-known systems at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, this week -- Many of them aren't even available in the U.S., although they may not be replacing an Android or iOS phone, some of these alternative phones have impressive features.
Many people use their smartphones to watch video, play games and wake them up in the morning. Some even use them to generate digital boarding passes to fly. So why not use phones to buy stuff at retail stores as well? A variety of mobile wallet systems store credit or debit card information on phones in encrypted form...
How's this for gall? Take away hundreds of dollars in subsidies that cellphone customers have enjoyed for years. Then pass it off as an improvement. The major U.S. wireless companies are doing just that. And many of their customers seem to like it.
The endless line of slabs stepping up to the frontlines of the smartphone spec wars has settled like a malaise across the land. The “bigger, faster” mantra of the OEM often brushes aside true innovation in favor of muscle. So when a phone like the LG G Flex came along with its attractive curve and “self-healing” finish, heads really turned. But once the afterglow subsided, what were we really left with?
Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores. The companies collecting the information say it's anonymous, can't be traced to a specific person and no one should worry about invasion of privacy. But consumer advocates aren't convinced.
The introduction of any new technology is almost always fraught with quirks and rough edges. When VHS and BetaMax first came out, snarled tape and long rewind times were to be expected. When CDs were first released, skipping on the new players was par for the course. Such is the case with mobile payments.
SocialRadar is a new mobile application that could become a cool way to find nearby friends and discover other interesting people living or working in the same neighborhood. Or it could just end up being another creepy example of how digital devices are making it easier for our whereabouts to be tracked by just about anyone, including strangers.
Sony has built a handsome, if somewhat smudge-prone, smartphone in the Xperia Z1S. If the Z1S is the kind of smartphone Sony can make now, it should be interesting to see what the company comes up with now that it’s putting even more focus on mobile.
A square inch on a smartphone homescreens is perhaps some of the most valuable advertising real estate available. A company called Slidejoy hopes to make that real estate a little more accessible to brands. Slidejoy, which recently launched on Android, offers users money for allowing brands to advertise on their phone's lock screen.
Although NBC has scaled back on a few fronts compared with previous years —and still refuses to show the opening ceremonies live — things have improved considerably since 2000, when online "video" meant still images grabbed from NBC's video feeds.
Verizon's recent demonstration of evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS) ahead of the Super Bowl was really showcasing the tip of the iceberg for a technology that could significantly improve how content is delivered over today's wireless networks.
After compiling a list of more than 100 CEO candidates, Microsoft settled on Satya Nadella a home-grown leader who joined the software maker in the early 1990s. That's back when Google's founders were teenagers and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in elementary school.
Mobile World Congress isn’t for every phone maker. Hyped-up standalone product events from big players like Apple and Samsung have discouraged many companies from using annual trade shows as a venue for product announcements. Still, a few struggling OEMs could use the boost a high-profile MWC turn can provide, and more will show off products just to parse out the sheer volume of devices they’ll be launching during the coming year.
Just three years ago, the name Facebook might have been filed under “Web-based” social networking service, conjuring pictures of a Facebook homescreen displayed on a desktop PC. Things have changed. It has most definitely taken Facebook awhile to realize its potential as a "mobile-first" company.
For many, it’s become a legitimate concern that many of the free TV stations simply won’t continue on after the broadcast incentive auction. In the last few days, the FCC has seen a considerable uptick in comments from frustrated citizens.