Magic mushrooms to power your mobile future?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Current battery technology presents big environmental and sustainability challenges for the future. However, a team of engineers at the  University of California, Riverside, claim to have hit upon a solution. Their mobile power source of the future is fueled by portabella mushrooms. According to [...]

Fairphone: Your ethical choice for smartphone ereading?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

TeleRead readers may have seen reports about the Fairphone, a new smartphone concept created to support “better ways of doing business that aim to inspire the entire industry.” From design through raw materials to manufacture, “from conflict-free minerals to fair factory wages, [...]

Google Play decides size matters, ups app size limits

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google has announced via the Android Developers Blog that it is taking a big step up in size limits for apps on the Google Play Store. From now on, the Play Store will support APKs for Google apps up to 100MB in size. “We understand that developers are challenged with delivering a delightful [...]

Mobile phones could relieve poverty for unwired billions

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

Two closely related items have appeared online that underline how important mobile comms can be to emerging and frontier economies – and how deep the digital divide still is. In a post in The Register, Tim Worstall claims that “Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech [...]

Could your next smartphone be a Windows Phone?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

Moves in the Windows Phone ecosystem have been making Windows Phones ever more attractive choices as smartphones and mobile ebook reading platforms for a while now. And now, courtesy of a leak initially aired by Russian site Onetile and later picked up by WMPoweruser, it looks like we have a very [...]

Middle-Eastern refugees rely on inexpensive smartphones

By Chris Meadows
September 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

The plight of refugees in Europe has gotten a lot more attention in the last few days, thanks to the tragic story of a Syrian refugee child who drowned off Turkey. Part of that attention extends to the technology those refugees use, and it’s not always positive—some Twitter commentators have [...]

How I finally fixed my Android phone’s internal storage issues

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

At long, long last I finally worked out how to cure my Navon Mizu M500 Android smartphone of the insufficient storage issues that were bedeviling it. Despite all my past efforts to clean it out, the phone was down to just 1.1MB of internal storage lately. But as of this morning, I’ve freed up [...]

How to save loads of memory on a MediaTek device

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Readers may recall I rooted my Navon Mizu M500 phone a short while ago, partly in order to stop the machine running short of phone memory and refusing to update apps. Sure enough, the problem started to manifest again, with hidden files apparently filling up the machine’s onboard capacity. In [...]

Smart phones : The dating and reading angles

By David Rothman
June 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

This  Atlantic video delves into the pros and cons of smart phones for daters and others. But what about phones for reading? Have smart phones in the end done more harm than good, through distractions such as Facebook and other social media? Is your iPhone really “saving literature”? Few [...]

How to tool up a rooted Android phone

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

After successfully rooting my Navon Mizu M500 with Framaroot, I settled down to working out what to do with it to tune it up as a better ereader and all-round Android powerhouse. Only, what to do? Many Android rooters do their phones in order to install custom mods and ROMs like CyanogenMod – [...]

A dedicated smartphone for e-reading?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 6, 2015 // 3 Comments

The launch of the ASUS ZenPhone Selfie, a smartphone – well, obviously – optimized for taking selfies, put me in mind of other dedicated, specialized phones out in the market right now. Smartphones, remember, are increasingly commoditized, and differentiation is ever more important, [...]

My Android phone successfully rooted: The glories of Framaroot

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

I concluded my previous post on the travails with my Navon Mizu M500 generic Android smartphone with a gripe about still looking for a way to root my phone. Well, now I found it. Courtesy of the Framaroot application, I was able to root the phone with just one download, without using a PC, and with [...]

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