CTIA, now more commonly known as The Wireless Association, held their annual wireless telecommunications trade show this past week, with a closing keynote from President Bill Clinton.
Since his departure from presidency, Clinton has continued to create and work with programs in countries all over the world that help economic growth and stability. He admits that much of the change that can be seen happening worldwide is credited towards wireless communication, with an emphasis on cell phones.
"In 2010, a UN report said that wireless technology is becoming a common medium and has done more to bring people out of poverty than anything else in history." Clinton used fishing families in Southeast Asian countries as one example: "If we gave every one of them a cell phone, they could immediately find out what the cost of fish was and increase their income 30-50% over a year."
Mobile phones have even had an effect on banking. In 2011, 80% of Hatians had access to a cell phone, which helped them more easily access their funds.
While much of Clinton's speech also dealt with politics, he made his point clear that cooperating together and using technology such as recent wireless innovations can easily steer countries toward better futures.
Sources: allthingsd (picture), engadget, mashable
October 10, 2011 22:34 by Jeremy
Three phone models (two by Casio, one by Hitachi) will be replacing their Sony-made batteries with KDDI Corp. batteries, the second-largest mobile phone operator in Japan. This is due to concerns about the batteries overheating.
Sony, a giant in consumer electronics, has had several recalls over the years, including several years in a row (starting 2006) of Dell laptop batteries. They're also known for their recent issues this past year revolving around computer hacks made against the company.
The phones in question were sold between 2007 and 2009. There have been customer complaints in both 2010 and 2011 of the batteries overheating, which may result in the battery melting.
While a change of batteries in three handheld electronic phones may not have a large effect on the company's monetary standing, it could definitely affect their reputation.
March 25, 2011 00:59 by Jeremy
I know what you're thinking: those look like the phone cases that envelop your whole phone. Right? Wrong. These are actually some concept phones brought about by Kyocera. The idea behind them is that the phones will change shape based on certain circumstances: some will bend to your hand's grip and size, while others will re-form depending on your mood.
According to Kyocera, "70% of how we communicate is through our non verbal body language. This means only 30% of our intended message is conveyed through telecommunications. Realizing the nuances of unspoken communication, these surfaces morph to physically convey emotions to the call recipient."
How would it actually change based on your mood? Better yet, where would the battery be if the phone will continue to mold based on certain situations? Kyocera's answer lies with their definition of Biomimicry: "a polymer battery laminated with polytronic technology, provides the structure of this device."
Check out a few of the nifty shapes these (hopefully real in the future) phones can mold into: