North Korea's Internet and Mobile Phone Network 'Paralyzed' 

Chinese news agency Xinhua is reporting that North Korea's internet is down. Again. But this time the country's 3G mobile phone network has been taken down as well. The report was confirmed via landline from North Korea to China. » 12/27/14 10:00am 12/27/14 10:00am

Watch 30 Years of Mobile Phones Come Together as a Digital Orchestra

What do you get if you take 30 mobile phones and 4 pagers from across the last 30 years, and wire them together with a sound system? An oddly catchy bit of music is what. » 4/07/14 6:30am 4/07/14 6:30am

Is It OK to Talk on Your Phone When You're at the Checkout?

The UK media is weirdly ablaze this morning over a story about a store attendant who flipped out when a customer refused to stop talking on her phone while at the checkout. But is that rude, or is it now socially acceptable? » 7/03/13 6:47am 7/03/13 6:47am

"Pocket Telephones" Made for Cheap Calling All the Way Back in 1910


You've almost certainly got a telephone in your pocket (or clutch), but don't think for a second that it makes you any kind of pioneer. People were predicting—and using—pocket telephones more than a century ago, for reasons every bit as lethargic as your own. » 6/18/13 2:17pm 6/18/13 2:17pm

The Cellphone Turns 40 Today

Forty years ago today, senior Motorola engineer Marty Cooper made one very important phone call. From midtown Manhattan, Marty called Joel Engel, then the head of rival research department Bell Labs. When Joel picked up, Marty uttered something rather unexpected: "Joel, this is Marty. I'm calling you from a… » 4/03/13 6:51am 4/03/13 6:51am

How Did Samsung Keep The Galaxy SIII Secret?

Apple can't seem to keep its new phones under wraps to save its life: there are leaked images, phones left in bars, you name it, and an Apple employee has done it. So how the hell did Samsung keep the SIII a secret? » 6/15/12 5:24am 6/15/12 5:24am

With a Ceramic Transducer, You'll Hear Voices Inside Your Head

Japanese electronics company Kyocera has developed an innovative new transducer to replace outmoded—and underperforming—speakers in a phone. » 5/09/12 2:30am 5/09/12 2:30am

If You're Reading Gizmodo On The Toilet, You're Not Alone

According to the New York Times, 91 per cent of Americans aged 28 to 35 use their mobile devices on the toilet. So, a big hello to anybody reading this while relieving themselves. But there are more mobile phone toilet facts. And they get better. » 1/31/12 5:48am 1/31/12 5:48am

Americans Like To Secretly Record People In Embarrassing Outfits

Americans love to use their mobile phone cameras. We take videos of our pets, videos of our kids and shockingly 50 percent of us covertly take video of someone else. » 10/11/11 9:40pm 10/11/11 9:40pm

Tweeting Photos via SMS Could Revolutionize News

If you own a smartphone, the possibility of tweeting a photo via SMS probably means nothing to you. But, if you're still rocking a regular mobile phone, or in a country that has no mobile Internet access, sending photos via SMS is exciting news. » 9/21/11 2:59pm 9/21/11 2:59pm

Smartphone Sales Beating Dumbphone Sales For the First Time

Nielsen's new national survey of U.S. mobile phone customers reveals that smartphones are outpacing traditional feature phones for the first time ever. » 6/30/11 1:40pm 6/30/11 1:40pm

Mobile Phone Owner Captures Video of Home Burglary

If you want to protect your belongings, you should probably buy a mobile phone with a nice video camera and learn how to use it. Like this woman in Oakland, you may find yourself unexpectedly recording a theft in progress. » 6/09/11 9:43pm 6/09/11 9:43pm

Gorilla Glass Hands On: UNBREAKABLE

Maybe if you had a free weekend and Mjǫllnir, hammer of Thor, you could crack Corning's Gorilla Glass. But that's a made-up thing! And this stuff is impervious to the very real threats of key scratching and localized pressure. » 1/07/10 6:43pm 1/07/10 6:43pm

Estonia Will Be the First Country to Elect Politicians Using Mobile…

Instant democracy is getting closer. In 2011, Estonians will be able to elect their representatives using cellphones. How would it work and, more importantly, will it actually work? » 12/12/08 6:20pm 12/12/08 6:20pm

Nokia Smart Home Solution Puts Power of Control Onto Your Cellphone

With energy conservation and easy eco-friendliness on just about everybody's agenda these days, one of the most popular concepts is the “Smart Home,” a living environment that knows just how much power you actually need to be comfortable and gives you not a drop more. Nokia's hopping on that wagon with its new Nokia… » 12/02/08 2:30am 12/02/08 2:30am

Opera Mini 4.2 Boosts YouTube Support, Gets Snazzy New Skins

Opera is releasing a preview of the next update to its mobile web browser, Opera Mini 4.2. The beta release offers improved support for YouTube, the ability to play nice with a wider selection of phones, note sharing between phones and PCs and a selection of new skins for greater customization. Best of all, it's… » 11/11/08 4:00am 11/11/08 4:00am

You Are Not Rich, Sophisticated, or Handsome Enough to Own the Tag…

Watchmaker Tag Heuer » 10/04/08 12:00pm 10/04/08 12:00pm has put up a teaser video for their forthcoming Meridiist phone, and boy is it a slap in the face to everyday Joe Sixpacks like you and me. The phone isn't really, as one suit in the video notes, "A very nice... a very nice PIECE OF ART," but when the big innovation is bringing the stunning…

LG VX9600, Little Brother to the Dare, Passes FCC Testing

LG's VX9600 has finally gotten the go-ahead from the FCC and may appear on Verizon shelves everywhere soon. Though information is scarce, the phone will have Bluetooth, an MP3 player, a 2 megapixel camera and a 3-inch 480x240 pixel TFT touchscreen. Verizon is allegedly planning to market it as a lower-end, and thus… » 9/09/08 3:22am 9/09/08 3:22am

Sony Ericsson Planning to Offer Unlimited Music Service

Following on the heels of its main rival Nokia » 9/09/08 1:56am 9/09/08 1:56am, Sony Ericsson's allegedly also planning an unlimited music downloading service for its Walkman-branded cellphones. According to the Financial Times, Sony Ericsson is in discussions with all major labels about a rival tunes subscription service. The company is…