US Retailer Best Buy had been unable to sell their stock of TouchPad tablets that it ordered from HP, and last week announced that they wanted HP to take them back. Similarly, deal-a-day site Woot offered TouchPads at a very aggressive price, and only managed to sell 612 of them. This is for a site that often sells out goofy tech widgets in hours. When the TouchPad was gearing up for release, there seemed to be a fair amount of interest among geeks. But what happened? David Adams from OSNews.comRead More
The first-ever service that allows users to pay for purchases via their mobile phone has been launched in the UK. Among shops signed up to the system are McDonalds, EAT, Pret-a-Manger and some Boots stores. Users wishing to use the system – dubbed Quick Tap – will need Orange and Barclaycard accounts as well as a handset set up for contactless payments. The service is made possible by Near Field Communication (NFC), the short-range wireless technology that underpins many wireless payment systems. The user “taps” their mobile phone to aRead More
A prototype flexible smartphone made of electronic paper has been created by Canadian researchers. The PaperPhone can perform the same functions of bulkier smartphones, such as make and take calls, send messages, play music or display e-books. Creator Dr Roel Vertegaal says, “Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years”. In a statement he has said, “This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages,Read More
[From my.opera.com] New research indicates mobile phone radiation does indeed affect the brain. A study which was published on Wednesday from the National Institutes of Health in the US has shown that although cellphones produce nowhere near as much radiation as they did in the analogue days, there is in fact some effect on the human brain due to the radiation. The report also indicates that there could be cause for concern for cellphone addicts. The scans conducted in the study consistently showed that activity was higher in the partRead More
[From bbc.co.uk] The 10 billionth download has been made from Apple’s app store, the company has announced. The world’s largest technology firm reached the milestone on Saturday night. The downloaded game was a free app called Paper Glider, developed by British company Neon Play, where users control a paper aeroplane. Of all the millions of Apple users from around the world, it was downloaded by Gail Davis from Orpington in Kent. Sources:  Sourced By: Roy w. Nash
[From crunchgear.com] The Kno is a clever single or dual-screen 14.1-inch tablet aimed at the education market and powered by Ubuntu Linux. The company needs to get the word out and so are turning to their potential customers for help. The Kno Student Ambassador Program is open to any US-based college student looking to gain a unique marketing and communication resume blurb, but also a deep discount on a Kno Tablet. The job responsibilities aren’t lite ;it doesn’t seem like something easily scammed. You’d be required to attend weekly meetings,Read More
Microsoft has confirmed that some handsets running its Windows Phone 7 software are sending and receiving “phantom data”.
[From bbc.co.uk] Microsoft has confirmed that some handsets running its Windows Phone 7 software are sending and receiving “phantom data”. The problem surfaced in early January with some owners of phones running Windows Phone 7, claiming that their phone was sending “between 30 and 50MB of data” every day; an amount that would eat into a 1GB allowance in 20 days. Microsoft said its investigation found that most problems were caused by an unnamed “third party” service. However, it said it was still looking into other potential faults. A spokespersonRead More