There's a Google Video for mobile devices, but not from Google. Independent developer Scott Robbin has created the unofficial version of Google Video for mobile phones. It lets people search, download and view content off Google Video directly from their mobile phones. All you need is a phone that has an XHTML-compliant browser and enough storage to hold large video files. It helps if the Internet connection is fast and if the phone has an application capable of playing AVI or MP4 files.
We've heard about the coming Motorola i880 from Nextel, but the carrier has yet to announce a formal release date for the phone. But now that ads for the phone have been appearing online, including on CNET, we can only guess that the handset is right around the corner. As a reminder, the i880 should offer dual color displays, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, push-to-talk connectivity, stereo speakers, and a digital music player. The phone isn't a hybrid CDMA/iDEN device; those handsets should launch by early next year. The i880 flip phone isn't packed in the usual … Read more
Machine won out over man in a text messaging competition at a mobile-communications industry event this week in Orlando, Fla.
The John Henry of the event was Ben Cook of Utah, the Guinness World Record holder for texting, who lost to Nuance's Mobile Dictation software that converts human speech into text on a mobile phone. The losing round used the same text message that Cook typed to win his record title: "The razor toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."… Read more
Samsung is taking the offensive in the battle for Cingular 3G supremacy with its new SGH-A707. Announced today in Korea and destined for America's wireless carrier, the A707 offers support for Cingular's HSDPA network, a 2-megapixel camera, a digital music player, and stereo Bluetooth. From what we can tell, it looks like Samsung is hoping to make a more respectable showing on the 3G front than it did with its recent Samsung SGH-ZX20.
Though the ZX20 was perfectly functional, its dull design didn't complement its high-end features. What's more, while the ZX20 was announced at this … Read more
Here at Crave we talk about plenty of cool cell phones and PDAs that will make your life complete, or at least help your ego. But just like beer ads rightfully remind you to drink responsibly, we'd like to remind the male readers of this blog to talk responsibly. Because, as you may have read already, new study results are showing that heavy cell phone usage might render men infertile.
We'll spare you the oodles of corny sperm jokes that could potentially penetrate this blog post. We'd just like our male readership to keep this in mind (… Read more
You can get just about anything on your cell phone these days--ESPN, the latest Green Day video, a game of "Resident Evil: The Missions." Now you can add the Pauline Epistles to that list.
South African company ChristianMobile (tagline: "Powered by God") has announced what it says is the world's first Christian mobile-phone chat application, CmChat. The app lets mobile-phone subscribers send text or SMS messages, but adds in Christian news feeds, daily prayers, devotionals and Bible verses, plus information on new Christian publications, weather and sports reports.
Christian Mobile says it created CmChat, in … Read more
When it's time for Nokia to pick teams for its cell phones, it's usually good about not making any carrier feel left out. So while smaller carriers may have landed the appealing Nokia 6126, Nokia spread the love by choosing T-Mobile for the very similar Nokia 6133. The new handset is available today.
Like the 6126, the 6133 sports a sleek, flip-phone design that includes a gimmicky but cool hinge-mounted button that flips open the phone automatically. The color displays are the same as well--the internal screen supports 16 million hues--but the 6133's keypad and navigation have … Read more
We've seen hybrid cars, motorcycles and even planes. But hybrid trains?
Pink Tentacle, our favorite Japanese blog, reports that East Japan Railway Company just completed a dry run of the world's first fuel cell hybrid train. "With two 65-kilowatt fuel cells and six hydrogen tanks under the floor and a secondary battery on the roof, the clean train emits only water and runs without receiving juice from power lines," PT says.
Thirty passengers were aboard for ride, which supposedly will be just as comfortable as that of a standard train. Unless, of course, its riders must … Read more
Like most people my age, I guard my cell phone number closely--so closely that I cut myself off from people with whom I might otherwise want to talk. Some new services, like GrandCentral, give me control that the phone carriers don't by putting a second phone number between callers and me. GrandCentral will let me screen calls and determine who can reach me and when. That's great. But as soon as I call somebody from my cell phone, Caller ID gives me away--and my privacy and control evaporates.
At first glance, this Samsung phone might resemble an old transistor radio. Its silver flip design has little pizzazz, especially for an EV-DO handset, despite its unique circular external display.
But never judge a phone by its casing, we always say. Inside the Samsung MM-A960 (SPH-A960) you'll find features that are more impressive than its appearance, such as Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera with PictBridge photo printing, a digital media player, a Micro SD card slot, a speakerphone, and speech-to-text dictation. So far our experience with the last feature has been mixed, but we're eager to test it … Read more