Fragrant messages from smartphones – Start of in-built fragrance sending technology

 Product to produce scents upon messages (source: Scentee)

Scentee, a Japanese tech brand, has launched a product that can be attached to smartphone and produces scent upon receiving a message while utilizing a companion app in the iPhone/Android operated phone.

This product is a bubble like accessory with an LED light and can be turned off for social network notification, text or alarm. It has also the property to be synced to the multiple games. Read More …

Global mobile phone sales declined last year while the Q4 12 showed record sales of smartphones – Gartner report

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Worldwide mobile phone sales have been declined by 1.7% from 2011 to 2012. However, there was a record sale of smartphones in the Q4 2012, i.e. the sale of 207.7 million units, which is up 38.3% from the same period in the same quarter last year.

“The last time the worldwide mobile phone market declined was in 2009,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “Tough economic conditions, shifting consumer preferences and intense market competition weakened the worldwide mobile phone market this year.”

About 52% of the worldwide smartphone market is in the hands of Apple and Samsung. It is up from 46.4% from Q3 2012. Overall, Samsung is at No. 1 position in the global smartphone sales and the overall mobile phone sales. Read More …

iPhone 5 and other recent smartphones are Europe’s “hungriest” data consumers in 2012

iPhone 5 users are the top most data consumers in Europe utilizing on average more than four times the amount of a person still using iPhone 3G, according to the mobile data analysis firm Arieso. The firm examined more than 1 million smartphone users on European 3G networks over a 24 hour period to calculate the data demand.

According to the report, newer generation of smartphones, tablets and the medium devices known as phablets, are increasingly putting a pressure on 3G mobile networks with smartphones outpacing tablets in data consumption.


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Smartphone would soon become a past

Most appreciated smartphones will soon become a feature of near-past, according to a tech industry analyst. Most probably, phone-cum-tablets known as phablets, will take the place of the smartphones.

“I think we are entering a post-smartphone era,” Shawn DuBravac, chief economist at the Consumer Electronics Association, told journalists ahead of Tuesday’s opening of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

smartphones would soon be replaced by other tech devices (Credit: Gizmodo)

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Fulton’s technology to charge the phone and tablet wirelessly

Fulton has introduced the technology to share the power of the tablets with the phones i.e. it works as a wireless charging mat for the phone. Fulton is already working on the wireless charging and introducing such technology at CES for years.

This year Fulton is going to introduce the technology, so that the Qi-compatible phones will be charged by attaching it to the tablet back-to-back. Among many of the Qi mobile phones that can use such wireless power technology includes Google Nexus 4, HTC Droid DNA, and Nokia Lumia 920 and 820.

Fulton has developed the technology to charge the phones and tablets wirelessly (Credit: Fulton)

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Leaked press release shot of Samsung Galaxy S IV

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Samsung Galaxy S IV image is supposed to be leaked online presenting only superficial changes to the Galaxy S III.

This image has been published by and is showing two important changes i.e. absence of physical buttons from the front and a taller screen. The site reported that the image has been produced by an insider at Samsung. Read More …

Facebook has updated its messenger app with voice-messaging ability

FB messenger logoFacebook has integrated the voice sending technology in its messenger app in smartphones in both the iOS and Android . Not only will this but the users also be able to phone their friends (though it is in trial at this time).

This update to the app came on Thursday. After this update, there will be an option to record and send voice messages up to a minute in length to the friends. Tapping the “+” button then holding the “record” button will help the users to record a message whereas releasing the button immediately sends the message. On the other hand, sliding the finger off the button cancels the message. Read More …

Nearly one billion cameras were shipped in smartphones and tablets in 2012

Nearly one billion cameras were shipped in mobile cameras in 2012 in which 80% were in the smartphones as reported by ABI Research. The firm expected the increase in the camera shipment to 2.7 billion by the year 2018.

“Advancements in imaging technology are opening new doors for smartphones and media tablets,” senior analyst Josh Flood, said. “Mobile device cameras are becoming more than just a digital camera for taking snapshots of your kids and pet. New services like augmented reality and gesture recognition are now easily conceivable in mobile devices.”


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Hyundai is thinking on to combine the functionality of mobile phones with the cars

Hyundai previews Connectivity Concept (Credit: Hyundai Motor UK Ltd.)Hyundai is thinking on to integrate mobile phone and the cars, allowing the users to lock and unlock the cars by tapping the door with the phone. Not only will this but the car also call up for the individual driver’s preferred radio stations and other settings, when the phone will be placed on the central console in the car.

The technology will allow the users to “wirelessly access and control personal content through the (7-inch) touchscreen including navigation, internet-based applications and multimedia.”

Hyundai is thinking on to use a good range of technologies including near-field communication (NFC) for the development of the cars. NFC has been used in many of the phones and helps the phone to communicate with each other and other devices when they are placed together.

“Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept showcases the brand’s philosophy of making tomorrow’s technology accessible to a wide range of customers. With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrating it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion. As the technology continually develops there will be capabilities to store driver’s seating positions and exterior mirror settings, providing customers with a comfortable and individual driving environment.” Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hyundai Motor Europe, said in a statement.

The company is working in partnership with Broadcom Corporation. According to the company, the production of this technology will start as soon as 2015.