Smart Devices Monitoring Us and Predicting Our Needs

Our smart phones can tell not only when they’re being used, but how you’re holding them, if you’re walking, how many steps you take a day and obviously know your phone call patterns and even your calendar.  How far are we going? Now, developers are looking at including biometrics and cameras to monitor us even more.  This will let these devices provide us with what we need, when we need it — kind of like a...

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Bad Cell Coverage No More!

Who hasn’t had trouble with cell phone reception?  There’s a new cell phone being developed that will also use your WiFi, but did you know that you can get your own “Micro Site” from the major carriers that will get rid of those dead zones in your home or office? If you’ve got Verizon, here’s the inside scoop on the hardware from Tom’s Guide.  This device specifically provides a signal for...

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iPhone 4 Antenna Problems Are the Beginning of the End of Apple

Image via CrunchBase We’ve been watching the popular iPhone 4’s technical problems over the past few weeks with its antenna design.  The iPhone 4’s DeathGrip is so common that anyone who owns and uses an iPhone on the road has experienced its propensity to dropping calls. As a radio technician (Advanced-Class HAM license), I have to say that it’s impossible that competent design engineers missed this potential...

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eMail Stress Level Fixed at 50 Per Day

eMail was very handy when I first started using it in 1981.  Back then you only got eMail that really mattered and you were happy to get it. We wern’t getting bills from the utility companies, bounce notifications from the bank or SPAM from thousands of Nigerian Princess who can’t get their jiggy on. And it’s still become worse. Harris Interactive‘s study of eMail stress levels shows that almost everyone thinks...

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Apple’s iPhone 4 Connection Problems: Thoroughly Reviewed

Apple‘s iPhone 4 has problems with dropped calls and slow data rates.  The blame’s been cast on everything from left-handed users holding the phone incorrectly through the signal strength display not being correct.  (They’ve got to be kidding, right?  How can the signal strength meter on a digital phone cause the phone’s modems to mess up?) Well, I’ve found a great reference, photos included, as to what...

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