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Charger gets power from WiFi [please be true] [updated: man says it's not]

by Ben Smith 23rd February 2010
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I was amazed when I saw this… it’s almost certainly too good to be true, but see the video after the break… US consumer-electronics giant RCA have created a box of tricks that sucks power out of the air driven by WiFi signals. The cigarette-packet-sized gizmo plugs in to devices to provide a ‘free’ trickle […]

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The Week in Bullshit: PleaseRobMe.com

by Ben Smith 23rd February 2010
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Sometimes smart people do dumb things… and we should forgive them. No one’s perfect. But sometime smart people use their smartness to mislead and scare a lot of people in a polished but mis-guided attention-seeking stunt and then they deserved to get hit with a tidal-wave of vitriol. This post started life on Friday as […]

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Nokia Customer Service… Fish, Barrel, Shooting…

by Ben Smith 18th February 2010
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Nokia. Say what you like about their phones and software (and indeed we do), plenty of people like them and they can’t all be wrong… (can they?) Their customer service, however, often leaves a lot to be desired – we’ve covered it before at length. So here for your guffawing pleasure is their response to […]

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Hidden MWC: Earphones… controlled by your eyes!

by Ben Smith 16th February 2010
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Right now the entire mobile industry is in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress and the coincidently-timed International Pick-Pocket Festival. There’s plenty of big news, but it’s the smaller stands where the magic is often to be found… How about some eye-controlled earphones…? Yes. I said eye controlled.

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[Closed] Set our competition… Win a Nokia 5310!

by Ben Smith 15th February 2010
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We’ve got some phones to give away courtesy of the nice people at the Nokia who were clearing out the cupboards and, yes, are still being nice to us despite what we sometimes say about them. We’ve got an N97, an E75 and an E55 to give away, but we’re a bit stuck… How should […]

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The Blackberry Diary: Initial impressions

by Ben Smith 14th February 2010
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I did it. I bought a Blackberry. My first one… A 9700 Bold from Three. I’ll get to a full review and explanation why the Nokia’s most recent effort – the E72 – didn’t attract me back in due course, but after 2 weeks of use there’s a couple of features that have really impressed.

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'Dear Oli': The Prodigal Fool's letter to Nokia's CEO

by Ben Smith 14th February 2010
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The Prodigal Fool has interrupted his high-rolling lifestyle just long-enough to pen a letter to Nokia CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, suggesting 10 ways to get Nokia back as ‘contenders in the high-end smartphone market’.

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Video: N900 running Android [Deep Joy]

by Ben Smith 23rd January 2010

YouTube user ‘bdogg64‘ Brandon Roberts has posted this first (as far as  I know) footage of an N900 being hacked to dual boot Maemo and Android.  The Android install is far from usable yet, but it works… Perhaps I will – one day – be able to satisfy my love for Android and my desire […]

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