ORLANDO, Fla.--The HTC Flyer was one of the more interesting gadgets we saw last month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Even in a show full of tablets, the Flyer stood apart due to its sleek aluminum body, and nifty 7-inch display, and innovative Scribe technology.
We left Spain wondering when it would arrive in the United States, and this week we're glad to see that CTIA 2011 provided an answer. Not only did Sprint rebrand the Flyer as the WiMax-equipped Evo View, but also Best Buy announced that it would start selling a Wi-Fi-only version … Read more
There are essentially three major U.S. carriers now: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint Nextel. T-Mobile's presence here is minor. Carriers need more wireless spectrum.
To the first point: AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA was announced just this past Sunday and it still needs to go through a stringent regulatory approval process. But judging from the CTIA show, the No. 4 U.S. Wireless carrier seems largely left out of the industry discussion.
Large-screen smartphones are proving a hot commodity among more consumers, according to a report released yesterday by NPD Group.
The share of sales of the iPhone and other smartphones with screens of 3.5 inches to 3.9 inches has stayed about the same over the past year, according to NPD's Mobile Track report. But new smartphones sporting screens 4 inches and larger have gobbled up share at the expense of their smaller cousins with screens under 3.5 inches.
To back up its findings, NPD pointed to a range of different smartphones by screen size. The overall share … Read more
Here's what I can tell you about the drinking water situation in the tiny Rwandan village of Mwite. The few closest spring catchments--basically cement basins with a pipe of flowing water--are working, but not producing as much water as they should. The catchment further to the west, a handmade system nearly a century old, is no longer functioning, so the best bet will probably require a walk to the northernmost safe water source in the area, the newest cement-encased spring catchment, built in 2007.
I didn't speak to anyone in Rwanda for this story, or to anyone who had recently been to Mwite, north of the capital city of Kigali, but I can confidently relay details about the water situation in that far-flung rural village thanks to...what else? An Android-based app.
The agencies and nonprofit organizations that work to ensure that places like Mwite have clean drinking water will tell you that infrastructure is just one challenge, among others being highlighted today on World Water Day. After the pipes and pumps are installed, there's the never-ending task of monitoring and maintaining thousands of sites spread across the challenging terrain of places like Rwanda, Liberia, or Bolivia.
For years, teams would go into the field with pounds of paper questionnaires, cameras, and maybe an expensive GPS, and gather data on individual sites--all of which would then be stuffed in a file cabinet somewhere back in the capital city, spending most of its time collecting dust.
Today's high-end smartphones combine all those monitoring tools into a single, inexpensive, convenient device that not only collects data on water projects but can also analyze, map, and share it--tasks that would have in many cases taken an unthinkable amount of time just a year ago.
That's when Water for People, a Denver-based nonprofit working on water and sanitation projects in 11 countries, started thinking about an easier way to monitor its projects. The group brought in developer Dru Borden of Gallatin Systems to design an application that could handle survey results, photos, and geolocation data in a single package. The result is Field Level Operations Watch, better known as FLOW. Water for People deployed a team equipped with smartphones loaded with FLOW for the first time in Rwanda last August. … Read more
ORLANDO, Fla.--Sprint kicked off its stay here at CTIA 2011 by announcing the HTC Evo 3D. The handset continues the Android experience you've seen in previous members of the Evo family, but adds Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a 3D camera.
The slim candy bar design will be familiar to HTC fans. Its shape and size is very similar to the original Evo and a gorgeous 4.3-inch QHD display dominates the front real estate. The touch screen is wonderfully bright and responsive and the handset has a sturdy feel. In addition to Gingerbread, the Evo 3D runs HTC's Sense UI, Leap (see all seven home screens by pinching your fingers), and Friend Stream (social media updates). And it's all powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.
Turn the handset around, however, and you'll notice the biggest change from the first Evo. The Evo 3D has two 5-megapixel cameras for capturing the 3D video, with a flash sitting in between. The design is very similar to the LG Optimus 3D, which we saw at Mobile World Congress last month. When taking 2D still shots and videos you'll use only one lens, but both kick in to record 3D content. … Read more
ORLANDA, Fla.--After a slow start, the gloves came off at the CTIA panel of wireless CEOs hosted by CNBC's Jim Cramer here today.
Cramer, who was hosting the panel as part of the morning keynote at the CTIA 2011 trade show, started off the quick-fire discussion with AT&T wireless chief Ralph de la Vega, Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead, and Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse by addressing the "elephant" in the room: AT&T's $39 billion proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, which was announced Sunday afternoon--two days before the big industry event … Read more
At long last, the BlackBerry PlayBook is finally available for preorder. The Wi-Fi-equipped Playbook will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions, which will be $499, $599, and $699, respectively. Notably, this mirrors the iPad 2's pricing exactly, at least for the Wi-Fi-only models. The PlayBook will be in Best Buy stores starting April 19 in the U.S. and in Canada. The tablet will also be available in Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S. and Future Shop stores in Canada. If you want to get a head start, you can start placing your preorders today beginning … Read more
Even though police are tapping into the locations of mobile phones and implanting GPS bugs thousands of times a year, the legal ground rules remain unclear, and federal privacy laws written a … Read more
LG has just announced the T-Mobile G2X, which is the much-awaited U.S. version of the LG Optimus 2X. It appears that T-Mobile and LG are going after a G prefix naming convention with their higher-end devices, the first being the T-Mobile G-Slate tablet.
Like the Optimus 2X, the T-Mobile G2X has very impressive features. It has the coveted 1.0 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, a beautiful 4-inch WVGA display, 8GB of internal memory plus the option of up to 32GB with microSD, HDMI mirroring, DLNA support, an accelerometer, a gyro sensor, 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and … Read more