A special report from the CTIA cellphone convention in Vegas
By Lauren AaronsonPosted 04.13.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Few places are more materialistic than Las Vegas, with its grandiose hotels and stacks of cash. But at last week's CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association) convention-which showcased several acres of upcoming cellphone and wireless technology-the focus was less on material goods than on what you can do with them. The exhibits boasted no gotta-get-it-now phone, but they did promise many ways to do more with the phone you already have. From file-sharing to postcard-making, the latest possibilities go far beyond mere talk.
Increasingly powerful handsets are fast becoming the ultimate gaming consoles
By Gregory MonePosted 07.19.2005 at 12:00 pm 0 Comments
Now that you can play live poker with friends in other cities, trawl for cyberfish, or woo virtual girlfriends—all on your cellphone—calling someone seems almost passé. Mobile gaming is booming. The typical carrier already offers hundreds of downloadable games, and sales are expected to jump from $72 million (last year) to $430 million by 2009. With more than 140 million U.S.
A new breed of mobiles gets serious
about playing your digital music
By Susan Kantra KirschnerPosted 07.01.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
The next time someone asks who´s on the line, you can say it´s Bono, because 2005 is shaping up to be the year of the music phone. Previously, phones that played music had limited storage, and queuing up a song was cumbersome. But as carriers roll out MP3-friendly high-speed cellphone networks, phone manufacturers have been inspired to boost memory and design phones with dedicated play buttons, built-in speakers, FM transmitters and graphic equalizers. In other words, they´re functional MP3 players.
Technology may be ushering in a golden age of stalking, in which predators use GPS, cellphones and other devices to track and terrorize.
By Michael RosenwaldPosted 11.11.2004 at 12:00 pm 12 Comments
They fell for each other in grade school, in the sweetest of ways. In fifth-grade music class, she played saxophone; he played the snare drum. In high school biology, she held the frog while he wielded the scalpel. It was the sort of love story immortalized endlessly in romance novels and Top 40 long-distance dedications. “I thought when I married him it really would be ’till death do us part,’ ” she says now, still surprised that the marriage ended after 19 years. Ultimately, the romance had sputtered to a close, as so many love stories do.
Is the spread of cellphones, navigation systems, and other auto-based gadgets endangering motorists? We try our luck in a driving simulator–and crash.
By Dan McCoshPosted 12.05.2001 at 5:26 pm 1 Comment
My passenger in the Ford Taurus I'm driving suggests we skip through Bob Dylan's "Positively 4th Street." It's not my favorite song either. I start to fiddle with the CD player in the instrument panel. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I see that I'm running off the road into a ditch at 60 mph.