Technology

Google Buzz to Take On Facebook and Twitter

Google is flexing its big boy muscles once again in an attempt to rule the playground. It has already conquered the search engine battle, gained considerable ground in the operating system stakes and even launched itself into smartphone war, so what’s next on the list? Only one of the fastest growing online engagement tools, Social Networking. Google Buzz is the company’s challenger to Facebook and Twitter, integrating directly into Gmail. It will work in the same way as every other online community allowing users to post status updates, share content and comment on friend’s posts. Taking key elements from the […]

Google Android (will attempt) Translation

Brace yourself for shoals of Babel fish references and a galaxy of Universal Translator callouts, as Google announce that they’re only years away from equipping Android phones with voice-translation software.  Unfortunately the incredible optimism with which most services are reporting on this is unfounded, but it’ll still be a useful tool. Google Translate is already online, a service converting phrases and websites between languages – and whose results range from “missing the point” to “absolutely hilarious.”  It’s simply not possible for a machine to include all the nuances and slang in any translation, and won’t be until computers are so sophisticated we have […]

More Rumours of Windows Phone 7 Appearing at MWC Circulate

We’ve been following the Windows Mobile 7 story with interest for a while, along with every other mobile phone fan we imagine, even going so far as to give the oft-delayed OS an award for its tardiness at then end of 2009.  The last we heard, there was a chance we would see Microsoft’s next incarnation of its mobile OS at MWC, a rumour which has not only gained momentum, but a few more interesting possibilities too. What will be revealed at Mobile World Congress is likely to be the user interface of the next Windows Phone, apparently codenamed ‘Metro’.  […]

Mobile Phones become Mobile Wallets

For many, the mobile phone is the core of communication – why not add the bank and shops to your contacts?  New technology can convert your phone into a credit card for cashless payment, at least if you live in Singapore.  The Network for Electronic Transfers (NETS) has just launched iNets - the third phone-cash service in the city after DBS’s AXS and Singpost’s SAMs. The critical aspect for any cashless service launch is convincing companies to accept it right from the start – if people find they can’t spend with your system, they won’t.  Ever. iNets has secured an intelligent line-up […]

Femtocells are Back, and This Time They’re Cheaper!

The Femtocell, an indoor mobile base-station for improving cell reception, has not really been pushed as an option in the UK, despite its stronger following in the USA.  In the middle of 2009, Vodafone starting selling their Access Gateway, a £160 Femtocell, but hardly marketed it at all to the general public, thus it never caught on. This may be set to change though, as the Access Gateway has been re-branded to become the Sure Signal – a far more fitting title given its function – and has had an all important price drop.  The original £160 price tag was […]

Nokia vs Apple Allegations Escalate

Nokia and Apple are locked in an ever-increasing legal dispute based on the fact that there are only a finite number of ways to build a phone, and they’re not going to leave the billion dollar US mobile phone market because someone else did it four seconds earlier. The personal electronics patent battle continues, and the only people anywhere near winning so far are the lawyers. Nokia sued Apple in October last year, alleging the iPhoners were infringing on ten of its patents. Apple countered by claiming Nokia was infringing thirteen of theirs, so Nokia knew they could only do […]

GSM Encryption Code Cracked?

Yesterday Luke blogged about Karsten Nohl, the German engineer who claims to have hacked the 64-bit A5/1 encryption algorithm used by GSM technology. Here’s what it all means… Before the GSM network was introduced in the late 80s, mobile phones used an ‘analogue’ network to communicate with each other and it was anything but secure.  Phones could be cloned and conversations could be intercepted with surprising ease, however when the digital GSM age arrived, these security issues were addressed and gossiping on your phone was a far more private experience. But things change and what was considered secure 20 years ago probably isn’t today, […]