There are plenty of battery-powered chargers on the market to top up on your smartphone during a long day's use. But a company called Intelligent Energy hopes to go a step beyond that with a $200 hydrogen fuel cell device called Upp.
The device has a detachable cartridge that has 25 amp-hours (25,000mAh) of charge -- more than 10 times the 1,800mAh to 2,300mAh common in today's smartphones. In practice, a single cartridge is good enough for five charges, the company said.
The company is aiming for emerging markets first -- it announced the Upp … Read more
The successor to the HTC One could arrive at all four of the big wireless service providers in early 2014, according to recent chatter.
A pair of tweets from the well-connected @evleaks Twitter feed suggests that HTC will release its next flagship across AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon within the next few months. It's not clear if this means that all four will carry the device on the same launch day, but it would be a big win for HTC no matter what the timing.
Operating under the code name M8, HTC's next big phone is … Read more
Facebook is a new member of the GSM Association.
The news, which was confirmed Monday by both Facebook and the GSM Association to FierceWireless, means the world's largest social network will now have a say in the regulations and issues affecting wireless carriers around the world. In a statement to FierceWireless, Facebook spokesman Derick Mains said that the membership "ensures our continued tight alignment with operators worldwide."
Facebook has been making a significant mobile push over the last year. The company has been building out its mobile apps and associated advertising services. Facebook also announced earlier this … Read more
Sure the Moto X isn't the most powerful Android handset money can buy. Neither is it a big-screen mobile monster like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Nor is the Moto X equipped with a ridiculously high-capacity battery … Read more
Mobile broadband speeds can vary widely, but now the Federal Communications Commission is turning to the smartphone community to get a more accurate picture of how wireless carriers compare.
The FCC is expected to hear a presentation this week on the FCC Speed Test App for Android, which will record smartphone users' data speeds nationwide for analysis by the commission, according to a meeting agenda reported Friday by the Wall Street Journal. The data gleaned from the project could help consumers determine whether they are getting the mobile data speeds they expect for their subscription costs.
"The statistically sound … Read more
If a just-published patent application from Google-owned Motorola Mobility is any indication, the company is actually more interested in devices that you're always touching, like permanently. The patent, filed in 2012, details a wireless microphone that can be tattooed onto the throat.… Read more
AMSTERDAM -- How does a national-scale carrier go from nonexistent to profitable in five years?
There's probably no single, simple path. But in the case of YTL Communications in Malaysia, the answer combines aggressive construction of a 4G network, a government boost for new network operators, and a business that embraces the services that many carriers don't like.
That's according to Chief Executive Wing Lee, who sat down to talk with CNET News' Stephen Shankland during a visit to Europe. Lee, who previously worked for 15 years at Sprint and Clearwire, was named CEO of YTL Communications … Read more
Android 4.4, aka KitKat, comes with an experimental technology called ART designed to speed up Android apps.
ART is a replacement for Dalvik, the "runtime" software that has the job of executing Android apps. Dalvik is a virtual machine -- essentially a software version of a computer that lets Android apps run on a variety of hardware -- that's closely related to Oracle's Java technology.
ART is geared to speed things up by reworking a core part of the process. Developers write apps in high-level languages such as Java, and when they build them, the … Read more
Android phone users may soon be able to see the Google+ photo of a caller due to a new feature in KitKat.
Google engineering director Attila Bodis announced in a Google+ post late Tuesday that the photo feature is part of the new Caller ID found in the latest flavor of Android. Once the feature launches in early 2014, Android users will be able to see who's calling them, and vice versa.
A couple of conditions do apply.
Users have to verify their phone number with Google and make sure that discovery is enabled.
Bodis didn't indicate if … Read more