Only the most passionate cell phone geeks know that the Federal Communications Commission holds a treasure trove of information on upcoming handsets. Because the FCC has to certify every phone sold in the United States, not to mention test its SAR rating, the agency's online database offers a lot of sneak peeks to those who dig. And to save you the trouble, Crave has combed through the database for you. Here are a selection of filings from the past week on new and upcoming cell phones. Click through to read the full report.
SAN FRANCISCO--One area where Sun Microsystems' Java caught on was in mobile phones, but a leader of the project is working to eventually replace the mobile-specific version of the software.
Java Standard Edition (SE), geared for desktop computers, will gradually supplant Java Micro Edition (ME) as technology improvements let more computing power be packed into smaller devices, said James Gosling, the Sun vice president often called the father of Java.
"We're trying to converge everything to the Java SE specification. Cell phones and TV set-top boxes are growing up," Gosling said at a Java media event here … Read more
Maybe Motorola is onto something with this walkie-talkie stuff. After all, it's one of the few functions the iPhone doesn't have (yet). And unlike the T.J. Hooker-style units of years past, some of the new models are barely distinguishable from fashion-conscious mobile phones.
In fact, according to SlashGear, Motorola's new i425 handset serves as both phone and walkie-talkie, with GPS features thrown in for good measure, all in a black or white case that's a half-inch thick and weighs 3.88 ounces. It's available from Sprint's Boost Mobile service on a pay-as-you-go … Read more
Rob Enderle opines: Changing of the guard: Sony waxes while Apple wanes
Wouldn't that be "Re-changing"? And wouldn't that also be a load of crap?
OK, Rob Enderle has been skewered to death (sadly, not literally) by many an Apple blogger, but sometimes it's nice to fall back on a classic. Something tried and true.
Sort of like returning to an old friend.
Just one that you hate vehemently.
Enderle, as is his wont, throws about 150 unrelated items up on the wall in the hopes enough of it will stick to form the pattern … Read more
Porsche Design's mobile phone isn't just a piece of rubbish with a Porsche logo on it--it is in fact a rather nifty clamshell handset.
Crafted out of sturdy aluminium and mineral glass, the Porsche P'9521 isn't for the faint-hearted, weighing 137g and measuring a somewhat chunky 47mm wide, 90mm tall and 18mm deep.
Inside, this phone packs enough features to scare off any other car-inspired phones--including a fingerprint reader, which doubles up as touch-sensitive scroll interface for navigating through the menu or your pictures.
On the back, the Porsche P'9521 sports a 3.2-megapixel camera … Read more
Is your iPhone marred by fingerprints? Do your digits leave a gross smear of grease on an otherwise lovely display? Well, now a small company in Austria has just the solution for you. For just 9.90 euros ($14.16) these Phone Fingers will protect your precious iPhone (or any touch-screen phone for that matter) from nasty smudges. Made out of black latex, they come in four sizes, from small to extra large. They're certainly the most unique iPhone accessory we've seen, even if they'll make you look like a dominatrix. Check out this zany video for … Read more
Alltel landed itself a slick new cell phone today: the Motorola Rokr Z6m. A music-focused feature set gives the Z6m the Rokr name, but it is really just another Moto Rizr. It has the same (but still attractive) slider phone shape. Verizon Wireless released the nearly identical Moto Z6tv last month, but as its name suggests, that model is centered more on television.
Features on the Rokr Z6m include an MP3 player, a 2-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, an expandable memory slot, support for TeleNav's GPS application, and a standard 3.5mm headset jack. The phone is now on sale … Read more
WeatherBug has added the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch to the list of devices that can use its mobile weather service.
The weather data service provides users with information on temperature, wind speed and direction, forecasts, live weather views and even a video on the weekly outlook.
iPhone/Touch owners can download the application from this WeatherBug iPhone Web site.
Keep in mind, iPhone owners are not the only ones who can use WeatherBug for mobile. WeatherBug is available for a large list of carriers and smartphones.
As reported in ComputerWorld, security researcher H.D. Moore has included several iPhone and iPod Touch exploits in the latest Metasploit tool. The free tool is used by professional pen-testers and criminal hackers alike. The new exploits take advantage of a flaw in the TIFF image-rendering library and are similar to flaws used by the iPhone Dev Team.
"This exploit is rock solid. It's very reliable, as reliable as the WMF [Windows Metafile] exploits in Windows. You can send it in an e-mail; you can embed it in a Web page," Moore told ComputerWorld.
Even if Apple … Read more
Starting February, you'll finally be able to call the iPhone a mobile computer.
Ever since Apple let the iPhone loose in late June, most of the criticism around the device (forget about AT&T and the price cut for now) has centered on the company's decision to shut developers out of the iPhone's early life on this planet. CEO Steve Jobs tried to assuage developers by reminding them that they could create Web applications for the iPhone, which is sort of like telling a teenager that no, you can't have a car, but isn't … Read more