New Database Could Render Stolen Phones Useless

Stolen phones. Photo West Midlands Police  (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Stolen phones. Photo West Midlands Police (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Stolen phones could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a collaboration between the U.S government and the four biggest mobile carriers. The new scheme will use a central database of stolen handsets, and the carriers will use this to block their reactivation.

The idea is that it will reduce cellphone theft by making stolen phones virtually useless.

Is That A Condom In Your Pocket Or An Android Phone [Humor]

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With more than 100 Android devices out in the wild and more being manufactured every day, OEM’s are running out of clever names for their devices. Of course they could always use the highly technical Android Phone Name Generator to come up with the next magnificent mobile moniker, but that would be too easy. Instead, it appears manufacturers are looking to the condom industry for their tantalizing trade names.

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

The historical home of yearly mobile excess: Plaça d'Espanya in Barcelona
The historical home of yearly mobile excess: Plaça d'Espanya in Barcelona

BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2012 — When we shuffle from meeting to product demo to boozy party it’s easy to forget what a weird place the yearly Mobile World Congress is. Tens of thousands of attendees flood Barcelona’s hotels and commandeer its taxis, while companies from tiny to huge spend a fortune to sell and promote their wares.

As Ferris Bueller might say, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it. Here’s a quick look at the best, worst and weirdest of this year’s show.

NTT DoCoMo Cellphone Battery Charges In Ten Minutes [MWC 2010]

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NTT DoCoMo's battery  charges fully in ten minutes
NTT DoCoMo's battery charges fully in ten minutes

BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2012 — As ever, NTT DoCoMo has some weird new tech to show off at the Mobile World Congress. This year, it’s a cellphone battery that charges fully in just ten minutes. and if you’re really in a hurry, you can get enough juice to last a couple of hours in just a minute.

Are All Windows 7 Phones The Same? Pretty Much [MWC 2012]

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Microsoft's strict Win 7 specs mean there isn't much to differentiate handsets
Microsoft's strict Win 7 specs mean there isn't much to differentiate handsets

BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2012 — There’s a curious flipside to Microsoft’s iron-grip on the minimum specs for Windows 7 phones: They’re pretty much all alike. This is clearly to Microsoft’s advantage — who cares what brand is on the box as longs as it runs Windows? But it makes it hard to write much about new handsets unless they have great style (Nokia) or, say, a fancy camera. And so there is almost nothing to say about the ZTE Orbit.