Thursday, July 27, 2006

Mobile Phones Linked to Autism

You will get struck down by lightning if you use them, they will fry your brains. You can even cook your eggs with them. Now mobile phones have been linked to autism.

Dr Richard Lathe, a molecular biologist in the UK, has suggested in his recent report that the rise in autism in Europe can be linked to old mobile phone batteries. The heavy metals that seep from poorly disposed old batteries, correlates to the rise in autism. Are we doomed, is this the end of the personal telecommunication revolution?
Probably not. Oh, did I tell you that mobile phones can also cause hearing loss and blindness

Friday, July 21, 2006

50 Million Motorola V3 Razr's Sold

Since its launch two years ago in 2004 in Hong Kong the Razr has grown to dominate the mobile phone market.

It has been the slimmest, the coolest, the most colourful. It has brought functionality to the masses. With very clever marketing the Razr has never given way to the competition.

Constantly re-inventing itself first by bringing out new colours. Pink, lime-green and magenta are to name but a few. Then a leap by partnering itself with must have iconic brands such as Dolce & Gabbana.

Never only a mobile with a MP3 function, the Razr V3 iTunes has to be an Apple iPod. Sales have now topped 50 million units world wide. Where will it end I ask, will it ever end. Here is to the next fifty million. Long rein the Razr in what ever guise we see in the future.

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Samsung RAZR'ed

The Swedish giant, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, announced this week that its profits for the second quarter nearly doubled as global demand for its Walkman music phones soared. Shipments of handsets increased by 33 percent on the year to 15.7 million phones, cornering the greater part of the international market share as sales growth outpaced the industry average.

Along side this success, Sony Ericsson stated that it will concentrate more on selling lower-end mobile phones, a sector that is dominated by Nokia and Motorola. Sony Ericsson is planning to boost it's global market share on both ends of the spectrum.

The good times however are not shared by all companies in the business, pacifically in the last quarter. The South Korean, Samsung Electronics, reported on Friday that net profits fell 11 percent to only $1.59 billion in the latest quarter, its worst performance in three years, which it attributes to the heightened competition in the mobile-phone sector.

The world's third-largest mobile-phone manufacturer had been facing pressure in recent months from rivals including the success of Motorola's RAZR and the latest Nokia models that have cut into Samsung's market share.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

CarSpotter and Parker's SMS Price Check both offer vehicle price checks by sms/text message.

Parker's, a UK publisher of car pricing guides, introduced its SMS Price Check in 2004. To check the price of a car, users text the word 'price' and the license plate number to 80806. Parker's then texts back exactly what model and year the car is, and what the going prices are if purchased new or second-hand, in good and in bad condition, plus what the trade price is. The service is accessible on all mobile phones and all UK networks, and is charged at GBP 1.50 per valuation.

Dutch CarSpotter also offers consumers price information by sms to guide them through sales and negotiating. Besides year, make and price, CarSpotter sends users details on a vehicle's maximum speed, horsepower and acceleration. Although the service was meant to improve price transparency and the balance of information between dealers and buyers, it turns out that people also use CarSpotter for fun, texting their employer or neighbour's license plate to find out how much their car is worth. CarSpotter also works for motorcycles. CarSpotter valuations are priced at EUR 1.50, and the number to text to is 2020.

Both services are great examples of catering to consumers' infolust: making information available to them wherever they need it most, accessible through whatever channel or device they prefer, so they can get, in this case, the best possible vehicle for the best possible price. Or at least have something to pass the time while stuck in traffic. ;-)



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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Martha Jones? The Doctors New Assistant

On the heels of Billie Pipers retirement from being Rose, the able assistant of the Doctor from the beginning of relaunched sci-fi TV series. BBC Wales have announced that ex crossroads beauty Freema Agyeman as her replacement.

Those deicated fans of the series will possibly recognise the stunning Freema as she has already appeared in the series. Freema, 26, has appeared in the penultimate episode of the current series "Army of Ghosts", playing the character Adeola who was killed in the battle against the evil cybermen.

She joins the Timelord — played by David Tennant — as new his companion Martha Jones in the new third series. No more details about the character have been yet released.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Launch of the X-Ray Mobile Phone

Lock up your daughters. The dream gadget of all those FHM readers has eventually arrived.

Telecommunications is all well and good, but we all know that it is the add ons, the gadgetry, that really sells a mobile phone.

The new 5005X is about to be launched this month and it is already tipped to out strip any phone yet.

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Monday, July 03, 2006

McAfee Virus Warning for London Mobile Phone Users

McAfee has warned Londoner's using a Bluetooth service in the City of London to beware of Bluetooth transmitted mobile phone viruses.

IBM has fitted the trees in the City of London with Bluetooth applications so mobile phone users in the area can access the latest scores from the Wimbledon tennis championships. A similar initiative was available for the Helsinki World Championship, which resulted in hundreds off peoples mobile phones being infected with the 'Comm Warrior' virus after downloading Bluetooth information on the event.

The virus sent messages to other mobile phone users listed in the infected handset's directory resulting in recipients receiving an MMS from someone they thought they knew but actually was an infection.

With hundreds and thousands of people passing through the City every day the potential for a mobile cyber attack is huge. If they have the Bluetooth function turned on to receive Wimbeldon news they could instead be receiveing viruses. It then only takes one user to accept this unofficial invitation and malicious content could then be downloaded onto their phone and sent out to the users contact directory.

McAfee recommends that mobile phone owners refrain from installing or accepting applications or services contained in Bluetooth or MMS messages that come unexpectedly, unless validated with the supposed sender.

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Mobile Phones Excite the Brain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mobile phone emissions excite the part of the brain cortex nearest to the phone, but it is not clear if these effects are harmful, Italian researchers reported on Monday.

Their study, published in the Annals of Neurology, adds to a growing body of research about mobile phones, their possible effects on the brain, and whether there is any link to cancer.
About 730 million mobile phones are expected to be sold this year, according to industry estimates, and nearly 2 billion people around the world already use them.

Of these, more than 500 million use a type that emits electromagnetic fields known as Global System for Mobile communications or GSM radio phones. Their possible effects on the brain are controversial and not well understood.

Dr. Paolo Rossini of Fatebenefratelli hospital in Milan and colleagues used Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS to check brain function while people used these phones.

They had 15 young male volunteers use a GSM 900 mobile phone for 45 minutes. In 12 of the 15, the mobiles in the motor cortex adjacent to the mobile phone showed excitability during phone use but returned to normal within an hour.

The cortex is the outside layer of the brain and the motor cortex is known as the "excitable area" because magnetic stimulation has been shown to cause a muscle twitch.
The researchers stressed that they had not shown that using a mobile phone is bad for the brain in any way, but people with conditions such as epilepsy, linked with brain cell excitability, could potentially be affected.

"It should be argued that long-lasting and repeated exposure to EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) linked with intense use of mobile phones in daily life might be harmful or beneficial in brain-diseased subjects," they wrote.

"Further studies are needed to better circumstantiate these conditions and to provide safe rules for the use of this increasingly more widespread device." Medical studies on mobile phone use have provided mixed results. Swedish researchers found last year that using mobile phones over time can raise the risk of brain tumours. But a study by Japan's four mobile telephone operators found no evidence that radio waves from the phones harmed cells or DNA.

The Dutch Health Council analysed several studies and found no evidence that radiation from mobile phones was harmful.

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Don't Use Mobile Phones During Storms

Lightning poses a direct threat to people whilst using mobile phones out of doors during a thunderstorm, say UK doctors.

Dr Swinda Esprit and two other senior London doctors report a case study in this week's British Medical Journal of a 15-year-old girl who was struck by lightning while using her mobile phone in a large city park during stormy weather.

The girl survived but suffered an instant heart attack, luckily being revived in time. She lost all memory of the incident, although the lightning strike was witnessed by other people.

However a year later, the patient had become wheelchair-bound, suffering from physical, cognitive and emotional problems as well as a badly perforated eardrum in the left ear, the side where she had been holding the mobile phone.

The northwest London physicians, working at Northwick Park Hospital, say they have found three press reports of people being killed by lightning while using their mobile phones outdoors.

These incidents took place in China in 2005, in South Korea in 2004 and in Malaysia in 1999. However, no similar cases have ever been reported in medical literature, they noted. "This rare phenomenon is a public health issue, and education is necessary to highlight the risk," say Esprit and colleagues.

As lightning chooses the easiest route to the ground, someone standing up and using the phone (and possibly wet at the same time) may well offer the path of least resistance. Advice to the public from national safety authorities is either confused or nonexistent, the doctors claim.

Australia's Lightning Protection Standard says that neither mobile phones nor cordless phones should used, or even carried, outdoors during a thunderstorm. On the other hand, US National Weather Service says on its website that both are safe to use "because there is no direct path between you and the lightning".

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The UK Mobile Phone Throwing Championships

We have all done it. Some of us have done it better than others. If you own a mobile phone, you will have had an uncontrollable urge to launch it at some point.
Almost everyone who owns a mobile phone has thrown their contraption across a great distance, either accidentally or very deliberately. If you haven't done something destructive to your telecommunications unit, then you're simply not using it properly.
The urge to hurl is so potent, for safety reasons, the throwing of phones needed to be organised and managed. The Fins have taken the lead in this worldwide phenomenon and turned it into a sporting event. The first mobile throwing championships took place in Finland at the turn of the millennium and reached our UK shores last year.

This year, the annual event will take place in London on Sunday 20 August 2006. The Tooting Bec Athletics Track will be hosting the ultimate telecommunications trashing event, The UK Mobile Phone Throwing Championships from 2.00pm to 7.00pm.

Entry to the competition costs £5.00 and this allows you three attempts in the Championships as well as entry to any other competitions on the day. Do NOT throw your own phones, no matter how tempted you may feel - phones will be provided for all Championship events. However, anyone and everyone attending the day are encouraged to bring old and unwanted phones to donate to ActionAid Recycling, an organisation that collects ink and toner cartridges, mobile phones and PDAs for recycling to raise funds for the charity ActionAid.
The UK Mobile Phone Throwing Championships - Sunday 20 August, 2.00pm to 7.00pm, Tooting Bec Athletics Track. To enter, go to the website here.

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