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Image of the Centenial Park Granite shown in the Kamra AR mobile browser

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have announced the availability of a developer preview of Kamra, a mobile browser based on open web standards. The first augmented reality browser for the KHARMA (KML/HTML Augmented Reality Mobile Architecture) development platform, Kamra offers users multiple simultaneous augmented content overlayed on top of a live video scene.  Read More

Cathay Pacific to offer broadband on flights by 2012

Passengers boarding either a Cathay Pacific Airways or Dragonair jet in 2012 will be able to make use of broadband connectivity. This week, the airline confirmed an agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corporation to provide broadband access across its entire fleet with download speeds of up to 50Mbps (to the aircraft – not individual passengers), as well as call and data access for cell phones.  Read More

Cisco has announced an Android-based 7 inch business tablet with front and rear cameras, 3...

Cisco is joining the tablet party, albeit with a device aimed specifically at business customers. The Android-based Cius has a 7 inch multi-touch display, weighs just 1.15 pounds and comes with cameras front and back. It's powered by an Atom processor supported by a gigabyte of RAM and 32GB of solid state storage.  Read More

iPhone 4G coming to Verizon in January 2011?

Citing two people familiar with the plans, Bloomberg is reporting that Verizon Wireless will begin selling the iPhone next year for the first time. The iPhone has been available exclusively on AT&T since the first generation device was released in June 2007.  Read More

A mobile phone tower provides 3G broadband access to those without a direct Internet conne...

Accessing the Internet while away from the home or office has never been easier. When there’s no Wi-Fi available users can jump on 3G broadband to get their online fix. And that’s the way it has generally been, with the two main mobile communications technologies acting as complementary services. But with the advent of Wi-Fi based municipal wireless networks some experts say there is a strong possibility that Wi-Fi will compete with the 3G cell phone network in city areas and perhaps even become a substitute.  Read More

Carnegie Mellon University's Minput system turns a mobile electronic device into its own m...

Mobile devices such as smartphones are truly amazing in what they can do, but are often frustrating to use - many people don’t particularly enjoy poking at tiny buttons, or obscuring the onscreen display with their own fingers. Newly-developed technology, however, is addressing these annoyances. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute have found a way of turning mobile devices into their own mice.  Read More

Huawei's E398 Modem Image courtesy:

Chinese telecommunications manufacturer Huawei has been showing its E398 modem at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and garnering a lot of interest. The E398 is the world’s first triple-mode LTE modem compatible with all three major network standards: LTE, UMTS, and GSM.
The triple-mode modem will enable high speed LTE access while seamlessly switching to other standards (UMTS or GSM) when LTE is not available.  Read More

Left: Joe Belfiore, corporate VP of Microsoft Windows Phone Program Management, demonstrat...

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has unveiled the Windows Phone 7 Series at Mobile World Congress 2010, saying it has been designed for "life in motion". The new phone will bring together Xbox LIVE games and access Zune music and video for the first time, with manufacturing partners already building handsets which should be available in stores by mid-2010.  Read More

iPhone app 'Pollen Radar' gives you the pollen forecast

Japanese company Up-Frontier has developed an iPhone application that will provide a pollen forecast for individuals prone to allergies and hay fever. Through working with the Japan Weather Association and their Weather API, the application can access the latest pollen count on their iPhone.  Read More

The QTC technology detects pressure touch inputs opening up the possibility of 3D interfac...

Touchscreens found in most mobile devices today use capacitance or resistance technology - fine for detecting input from a finger, but not so great when it comes to detecting how much pressure that finger is applying. However, this limitation could be about to change with news that Japanese touch screen manufacturer, Nissha, has licensed new technology that allows a touchscreen to detect pressure, even from a finger. This adds a third dimension to touchscreen interaction and opens up a raft of potential applications.  Read More

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