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On April 3rd 1973, Martin Cooper made the first mobile call on the nine-inch (and 28-ounce) Motorola DynaTAC. Dialing up a rival at AT&T, he apparently said that he was ringing “to see if my call sounds good at your end.” While briefcase-size models had come before it, it’s Motorola’s truly mobile phone that became the go-to power accessory for the likes of Gordon Gekko, Zack Morris and, er, American Psycho‘s Patrick Bateman. Since its heyday, however, the AMPS analog networks that the phone used to run on have now largely disappeared, replaced by digital ones that have added better call clarity, not to mention data connectivity at ever-improving speeds. We’ve come a long way.
Via: Sky News
Our cell phones go with us just about everywhere: at school, work, in our pocket, in bed. Those who have been around long enough will have heard ever-changing stances on the health safety of the handsets, with some claiming that the radiation causes brain tumors and others claiming that there are no health problems associated with phone use. All was quiet on the health front until last year, when the government said it was time to take another look at acceptable RF levels.
In 2012, the Government Accountability Office released a report after spending a year researching the health aspects of cell phone usage that stated the radiation limit needed to be reevaluated, the first time such a required had been made in nearly two decades. At the time of the report, the FCC had the SAR (specific absorption rate) set at 1.6W/kg.
The FCC reevaluated the radiation limit after the report was published, and has now published its own response, in which it states that the SAR limit is staying the same as it has been for many years. However, all is not staying unchanged. Per the report, the outer part of the ear has been reclassified as an extremity, a designation that legally allows it to absorb more radiation under current specifications.
The effects of cell phone radiation on humans is mostly unknown, but is typically regarded to be safe and to not cause some of the speculated conditions that populate conspiracy boards. Still, more research is needed on RF radiation and its potential health effects, something that could be prodded by the ever-increasing use of smartphones in our digital, mobile world.
[via The Verge]
FCC looks into cell phone radiation, decides to keep limitations same as before is written by Brittany Hillen & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Microsoft has breathlessly announced several new game titles for Windows Phone 8. And once again, Redmond continues to disappoint.
(Credit: Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)
Smartphone buyers eyeing Sony’s Xperia ZL can now pre-order the phone directly through Sony’s online store.
The ZL is available in two flavors and at two prices, both versions unlocked and carrier-free.
The C6506 model sells for $ 759.99 and offers 4G LTE connectivity. The C6502 model goes for $ 719.99 and is compatible with the HSPA+ networks used by AT&T and T-Mobile. Both models are available in black, white, and red.
The phone is pre-selling online only through the Sony Store for now but should soon pop up at other select online retailers, Sony said today. Sony’s order site shows an estimated ship date of April 8.
Sporting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Xperia ZL offers a Full HD Reality Display 5-inch screen. The Reality Display taps into technology from Sony’s Bravia TVs to make the picture brigher and sharper. The phone’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 automatically optimizes the picture based on the image being displayed.
Powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, the ZL comes with 2 gigabytes of memory and 16GB of internal storage. Users… [Read more]
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Microsoft’s app ecosystem consistently gets dinged for its slim offerings, so the popular music-streaming app is a big win for the company.
Historically, Microsoft has been fairly transparent about its plans to support older versions of Windows — and it tends to give users a nice, long heads up, too. Until now, though, that hasn’t always been true of Windows Phone — remember how long it took Redmond to confirm you couldn’t upgrade to WP8? In any case, Microsoft seems to be taking a more direct approach going forward: the company posted a brief table on its site, explaining when it will end support for Windows Phone 8 and 7.5. In short, each OS gets a total of 18 months of support, and that period has of course already begun, as both operating systems are shipping on various hardware. Support for WP8 will end first, on July 8th, 2014, while 7.5 “Mango” will hit the end of the road on September 9th of that year.
Either way, if you purchased your device on a two-year contract, you might not mind the abrupt end to system updates, as you’ll probably be eligible for a new handset by then. And besides, those of you who took a chance on 7.8 surely did so with the understanding that it can’t be upgraded to WP8 anyway. What we’re really curious about is whether Windows Phone 8 devices can simply be updated to the next version of the OS, entitling owners to another 18 months of support. We’ll just have to cliffhanger you on that one.
Who knew that smartphone owners were suddenly such temperate drinkers? Just days after Alcohoot unveiled its take on a phone-friendly breathalyzer, Breathometer is here with its own way to watch our tipsiness. The namesake, FDA-approved gadget will plug into the headphone jack of an Android or iOS device and warn if our blood is too alcohol-rich, all while staying small enough to fit on a keychain. Plans are underway to eventually let soused users hail a taxi from the native app. The Breathometer won’t be available until we’re at the height of summer party season, but it should be cheap enough to eliminate any excuses: its Indiegogo campaign is asking for just $ 20 to secure a Breathometer alongside a pledge, or less than a good night out.