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Binatone's Brick mobile phone (Photo: Gizmag)

In what is surely the mobile phone handset story of the day, UK electronics company Binatone has unveiled the aptly named Brick (strictly speaking, The Brick) mobile phone which boasts up to 3 months of standby time, 28 hours of talk time and an integrated flashlight, all wrapped up in an extremely compact form factor … for 1991.  Read More

Company President Offir Remez tells Gizmag his technology can increase the battery life of...

Israeli graphics company Lucid looks set to announce that its software has been licensed by Samsung, and will extend the battery life of the the new Galaxy Note 10.1 considerably. Company President Offir Remez tells Gizmag his technology can increase the battery life of mobile devices between 50 and 100 percent when used for gaming.  Read More

Is your data is safe on open public WiFi? (Photo: Shutterstock)

There are plenty of opportunities to connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots when you're on the go these days. Coffee shops, hotels, restaurants and airports are just some of the places where you can jump online, but often these networks are open and not secure. Whether you're using a laptop, tablet or smartphone, you'll want to connect your device securely to protect your data as much as possible. Here's some simple steps you can take to help make sure your data is safe on open public Wi-Fi.  Read More

Nvidia's Ira demo running on the Logan mobile chip

With its new Project Logan mobile system-on-chip, Nvidia has not so much raised the bar as blown the roof off expectations of computer and game graphics on mobile devices. In an impressive display of Logan's "oomph," the company has shown it running Ira, an incredibly detailed and effects-heavy demo of a human head animated in real time. The demo was itself unveiled in recent months, and previously shown running on Nvidia's super-heavyweight GeForce Titan graphics card.  Read More

The 5G millimeter-band transceiver has been developed by Samsung Electronics

LTE may only be wiping its feet on the proverbial doormat, and yet Samsung has already announced a significant breakthrough in the development of 5G mobile communications. The company says this will pave the way for next-generation mobile networks offering transmission speeds in the tens of gigabits per second, hundreds of times faster than LTE.  Read More

Tonke Explorer 1 getting unloaded

The Dutch-built Tonke Camper is a more stylish version of mobile home than those found in the average trailer park. It features a wooden home set atop a Mercedes Sprinter platform and can be used like an RV or removed off its vehicular underpinnings and planted on firm ground.  Read More

KATHO Catholic University in Courtrai, Belgium has developed a modular and mobile student ...

Thinking outside the box, KATHO Catholic University in Courtrai, Belgium, has developed a modular and mobile student housing prototype that will have many wanting to return to the books. Gone are the days of pokey dorm rooms, grimy communal kitchens and substandard shared bathrooms, as this student residence features state-of-the-art facilities. Designed by architectural studios dmvA Architecten and A3 Ontwerpburo, Hub_01 boasts several modern flexible living zones and private mobile "sleeping units" that students can take with them as they complete their education.  Read More

KAIST researchers have developed an indoor positioning system based on 'Wi-Fi fingerprints...

Researchers at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a new indoor positioning system that makes it possible to build a Wi-Fi radio map that does not require GPS signals. It's claimed to be an improvement on Wi-Fi Positioning Systems, that rely on both GPS and Wi-Fi signals.  Read More

ViSi Mobile unit with blood pressure readout

Dr. McCoy’s tricoder isn't looking too futuristic these days. Not only are real life versions of the Star Trek device under development, but some new medical devices are making it look a bit old fashioned. Take, for example, the ViSi Mobile vital signs monitor built by Sotera Wireless of San Diego, California. This wearable sensor pack uses Wi-Fi technology and is claimed to allow doctors using a tablet or smartphone to remotely monitor patient vital signs with the accuracy of an intensive care unit.  Read More

We break down the all-time best Android games

For years, Android's gaming library was subpar. Fragmentation, app size limits, and fears of piracy kept many of the best titles out. Though it still has room for improvement, today's Android has grown into a legit gaming platform. Read on, as we break down some of the all-time best Android games.  Read More

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