March 13, 2013 |
There's a new device you might not want to blow off. Breathometer began taking pre-orders Wednesday for its keychain-sized breathalyzer device that plugs into a smartphone and tests a user's blood-alcohol concentration level. The Breathometer, which works in conjunction with a smartphone app, is taking reservations on Indiegogo . The Burlingame, Calif., company plans to begin shipping the device this summer if it can raise $25,000. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Breathometer says it hopes the device and app will help users drink responsibly.
July 30, 2013 |
Seems that Nostradamus has nothing on me. On Monday, musing about the weekend mayhem in Huntington Beach after the U.S. Open of Surfing, I peered into my crystal ball and proposed a high-tech solution to such violence: the Breathe Into the Phone to Prove You're Sober app. And like the ancient sage, it turns out I was right -- kind of. There is a high-tech solution, but it's staring us right in the face (or ear): the smartphone. Here's an interesting fact about modern life: When people today act badly, other people take their pictures . And they share those pictures.
April 28, 2013 |
You know the zombies that pop back to life even after you stab them with a pitchfork? It's the same with smartphones. That's the bitter lesson I learned after returning home from Greenland and getting a $1,106 bill from Sprint for international data roaming, even though data roaming on my iPhone 4S was turned off. How could this zombie data usage happen? And how can I find out if it's happening? Smartphones are the undead of phones. They keep looking for a way to connect to data, even when you don't want them to. Even when you think data service is turned off. The formula is: smartphone + international travel = watch out. I had a BlackBerry before my iPhone and never had a single data charge when traveling internationally.
October 6, 2012 |
The digital doctor will see you now. Just pull out your smartphone. Want to track your blood pressure? Make checking your pulse as easy as saying "cheese"? Figure out your eyeglasses prescription or diagnose an ear infection? "The smartphone is effectively becoming a scientific instrument," says Frank Moss of the MIT Media Lab. With modern high-resolution screens and powerful computing ability, the smartphone can perform tests that previously required a doctor's visit. And more cheaply.
February 6, 2012 |
Global smartphone shipments grew massively last year as mobile handsets increased in capability and were made available at lower prices, according to International Data Corp.'s latest Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker quarterly report. In 2011, smartphone shipments rocketed 61.3% from 2010's total. "On a full-year basis, total smartphone shipment volumes reached 491.4 million units in 2011," up from 304.7 million phones shipped in 2010, the report said. This was higher than IDC's estimate of 54.7% for the year, but still below 2010's year-over-year growth of 75.7%, the research firm said.
January 29, 2013 |
The Google Nexus 4 smartphone is back again in the Google Play online store after being sold out since early December. The popular Android smartphone went on sale in November, but it's had trouble keeping up with the demand. When it first launched in early November, the phone sold out online within a matter of minutes. The Nexus 4, Google's fourth smartphone, returned in late November, but was available only for a few days before selling out yet again. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 At that point, the $299 8-gigabyte version of the smartphone was listed as "SOLD OUT" while the 16 GB $349 version said it would take five to six weeks before it could ship.