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Nokia N8 is Part Mobile Phone and Part Digital Camera

The Nokia N8 is the latest mobile phone from the Finnish company Nokia that is best known for making high-quality high end smartphones. However, it has been not so successful in the past few years with its models. Hence, the Nokia N8 is attempt from the company in order to once again recapture the former glory. The N series of phones from Nokia has a legendary status for being highly feature rich and the Nokia N8 coming in this category, has not certainly disappoint. In fact, it is the best N series phone that has been launched by the company.

The Nokia N8 can boast of this probably because it is partly a mobile phone and partly a digital camera. The title of being the best mobile phone camera can be easily given to the Nokia N8 mainly because of the 12 megapixel camera that it comes with. It is not only the best camera that is available today in terms of megapixel count, but also in terms of quality as well. Nokia says that it has used the largest image sensor in a mobile phone history to bring the highest quality of images without spoiling the natural effect of it. Hence, colour reproduction is of the highest quality, while at the same time there are good brightness and contrast levels. The usage of the largest image sensor has also resulted in this phone taking good quality pictures even in extremely low light conditions.

One can also attribute this property to the presence of a Xenon flash, which makes its appearance in the Nokia phone for the first time. Xenon Flash is the kind of flash that is being used in compact digital cameras these days and the Nokia N8 is one of the very few mobile phones to be having it. The camera also has a 720 p HD video recording option. Along with this video recording option, Nokia has included certain technologies to reduce the wind noise and shaking that will inherently occur in unprofessional videos. Nokia is using video stabilisation feature to eliminate this taking part. There are two microphones at either side of the phone that aid in capturing the highest quality sound with 5.1 surround sound. It can be later enjoyed on a home theatre by connecting the phone with the suitable devices using the HDMI output port. It is also one of the very firsts in a mobile phone.

The HDMI output port is not the normal output port as seen in other high end devices, but it is a mini HDMI port. The conversion between the two is taken care of by a converter that Nokia has provided along with the sales box. One can also view the record videos and captured images on the brilliant 3.5 inch touch screen display that employs the AMOLED technology. The Nokia N8 is one of the marvellous camera phones from Nokia and it retails for £ 420 in the UK. The non-contract options are priced at …

Five Ways to Use the Camera in Your Cell Phone to Reduce Travel Stress

Travel can be stressful enough in the best of times. Here are a few ways to take the stress out of common travel situations by simply using the camera in your cell phone. (Don't worry about megapixels, they are not important!)

 

  • Parking. You park your car at the airport, but you are in a rush. When you return back, you just can't remember where your car is!

This is simple: just snap a quick photo of where your car is parked. When you get back, it will guide you to the right section. You might want to snap the bus stop, too!

PS: this also works well when you are out and about on your trip and park your rental in a parking lot where you have never been before!

 

  • Hotel Room. Today, you get a credit card like room key for your hotel room. Your room number is nowhere on the card for security reasons. Just snap a quick shot of your room door to always remember where you need to go at the end of the day.

 

  • Luggage. So many bags look alike that you need to be able to identify yours in the event of your bags being lost. Take a picture of your bags before checking them. In case of that awful event, at least you can show the airline what your bag looks like.

 

  • Rental Car. If you travel a lot (or a little), it is so easy to forget what your rental car looks like (or find it in a parking lot!). A picture on your phone could save lots of time. (Be sure to include the license plate, too!)

 

  • Identity. Today's travel requires proof of your identity. If your passport or drivers' license gets lost or stolen, you have a problem! A picture of each will help you prove who you are and help to replace the document quickly!

 

Five easy ways to reduce the stress of travel simply by using the camera in the cell phone already in your pocket! Safe travels.

 

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Do We Need Remote-Controlled Home Appliances?

There is always some kind of conflict between people whenever some new kind of technology steps in to play. People always question, whether it is necessary or not? The same is the case with remote-controlled devices. There are a lot of people around us who raise a question that whether the remote-controlled devices are necessary or not.

Well, to be frank, the remote-controlled devices can make us lazier but that’s a decision which solely rests upon our soldiers. Apart from that, the b remote-controlled devices are pretty much useful and increase the convenience of the people. Here, we will tell you about how remote-controlled devices make our lives easier.

  1. Safety

The biggest concern that people have while accepting some new form of technology is regarding its safety. Well, in this aspect the remote-controlled home appliances like microwaves, vacuums, etc. have set a whole new standard. If a particular appliance is operated through the remote-controlled device, then the need for coming directly in contact with the appliance fades away. This means that the user can operate a particular appliance from a safe distance and this will make sure that he or she remains safe, in case the appliance malfunctions. In addition to this, the user will also remain safe from vibration, noises as well as harmful dust and debris.

  1. Ease in using

 

This is one of the reasons which might make a person lazy, but as we have already said, it’s nothing but a personal choice. The remote-controlled devices reduce the amount of fatigue that might be created in the process of making the device to function. The remote system also enables the user to multi-tasks which means that the user can do multiple things at a time instead of giving specific time to a particular appliance. In addition to this, the user can also do multiple operations using the device and that too at the same time.

  1. Increase in productivity

Well, this is one of the strongest points that work in favor of remote-controlled technology. This is the basic thing because of which development and innovation are done. Humans innovate to increase productivity than they already have. If a person works manually on something, then surely it will take more time, whereas if the same person uses a remote-controlled, device, then he doesn’t need to supervise one particular appliance and can use multiple appliances at once.

Well, these are some of the major reasons which justify the use of remote-controlled technology. There are certain points which tell about the disadvantages of remote-controlled technology. The major and the most alarming amongst these is that the remote-controlled technology will make us lazier. Well, as we have already said, this is indeed true and the possibility of this can’t be ruled out, but the advantages of remote controlled technology far outweigh the disadvantages. So, if we see the bigger picture, then the remote-controlled technology is helpful for mankind. …

Naperville Illinois Residents Without Phone Service

Naperville Illinois Residents Without Phone Service


Hundreds of customers in Naperville, Illinois remain without telephone service after crews working on an electrical upgrade project erroneously cut three telephone cables at about Noon this past Thursday. Some will be without telephone service until Monday, according to recent estimates

Naperville, Illinois is the fourth largest city in Illinois – behind Chicago, Aurora, and Rockford. Naperville is partially in DuPage County and partially in Will County. The outage covers an area several square miles in size. The outage area is bordered by 75th Street on the South, Chicago and Maple Avenues on the north, Washington Street on the west and Greene Road on the east.

AT&T; telephone company is working around the clock on repairs. Some have had their service restored already though AT&T; phone company warns that service could remain intermittent on newly restored lines for the time being.

Cellular telephone service is unaffected by the outage. The Naperville police believe most residents affected by the current outage have access to a cellular telephone – at least through a neighbor’s service.

Naperville police are making available to elderly residents a number of wireless telephones. The Naperville Police Department’s Elderly Services Team is distributing emergency mobile phones. These phones are only able to dial 9-1-1. The phones are available to be picked up at the front desk of the Naperville Police Building at 1350 Aurora Avenue.

Naperville police are warning cell phone users that they should be prepared to give 9-1-1 operators their precise location immediately. Calls to 9-1-1 using wireless technology cannot be tracked to a precise location as easily as a land line call.

According to the Naperville City Communications Manager, the current telephone outage is the worst since the May 1988 Hinsdale fire that impacted telephone service in the western suburbs for almost a month.

The outage occurred when an unidentified contractor, drilling underneath Wehrli Road in Naperville, accidentally cut a cable around Noon on Thursday. Because the cable is underneath the roadway, traffic lanes have to be closed in order to excavate the area and make the repairs.

The City has yet to address the impact of a loss of telephone service on security systems and home medical monitoring equipment such as fetal monitors that are ordinarily tied into the telephone system. No indication has been given if anyone in the affected area is relying on any such equipment.

Naperville is located 28 miles west of downtown Chicago.…

Five Smart Ways to Use Your Smartphone

Five Smart Ways to Use Your Smartphone


Every now and then we come across an unusual way to use our smartphone. Some of these are so SMART we wish we thought of that. All of these use apps that are standard with the iPhone so you don’t have to download or pay for anything out of the ordinary.

What’s Up Doc?

How often have we gone to the doctor whether for an annual physical or more importantly for a major operation? But once the nurses or physicians start spewing out instructions about prescriptions, frequency, activity, what to do, what not to do, we nod as if we know exactly what we’re supposed to do. But the minute we walk out the door we forget what they said. Now I alert my doctor that I am going to record the instructions so I don’t forget

Car 54 Where Are You?

Have you ever been in a parking lot only to forget exactly where you parked? To avoid this vehicular faux pas I now take a photo of my car spot especially if there is a floor and pillar number to know precisely where I parked. This has become so handy the only thing I have to worry about is whether I have enough battery power to ensure I can turn on my phone when it’s time to leave.

Room Service

I now take a photo of my hotel room number whenever I’m traveling. Remembering your room number at a hotel is easy to forget. You’re so excited to reach your destination and get to the pool, theme park or event that you grab your card key only to forget the room number. So take a pic – so easy! And be sure to password protect your phone in case it gets lost or stolen!

Scene of the Accident

Recently I was in a small fender bender and remembered to whip out my iPhone to take photos of the other driver’s insurance card, drivers license, scene of the accident from various angles and the dents in both cars. I sent them to both insurance companies. Those photos proved to be useful and the other driver was found to be reckless.

Magnify

The other day I had a label that had such tiny print I could not read it. So I took a clear photo of the label then stretched the image to zoom in on the text. This tip comes in handy at restaurants to read menus or to read the back of a device that is hard to move but big enough to fit a smartphone. I know folks who also use it like a mirror by having the camera turn to do a selfie.

What other unique and handy ways have you discovered to use your smartphone?

The Growing Threat of Mobile Device Spyware and Adware

The Growing Threat of Mobile Device Spyware and Adware


Many users of smartphones, tablets and netbooks are unaware of the growing threat of mobile device spyware and adware . Most of them seem to think it is something to worry about in the future. It is not. It is here now and it is spreading fast.

One example of the growing threat of mobile device spyware and adware is Commwarrior which infects Symbian Series 60 devices, including many Nokia smartphones. Commwarrior now accounts for more than ten per cent of all of MMS traffic and telephone companies have had to develop special filters to block it.

Although the growing threat of mobile device spyware and adware exists, it is as yet nowhere near the level experienced by users of the Microsoft Windows operating system. The factors that have limited the growing threat of mobile device spyware and adware include not only the variety of operating systems and hardware but also how they are applied to mobile devices. Some device platforms are closed or limited to digitally signed software and tech companies are also developing spyware applications for mobile devices.

As well as spyware, adware developers are also now homing in on mobile devices. Bus stop advertising has been designed with a device that sends out spam messages via Bluetooth. However, this is currently only effective once the device owner accepts the message. Therefore bus stop advertising companies are now working on technology that uses software installed on mobile devices that automatically receives and displays advertising transmitted via Bluetooth. This software, which runs in the background, will eliminate the need for the user to accept the message before it is displayed. In addition, the software will collect demographic information from the mobile device owner, allowing companies to tailor their advertising to individuals.

This function of the software is likely to bring it within the industry definition of adware. Mobile device spyware and adware also include worms and Trojans on mobile platforms and in mobile devices. The growing threat of mobile device spyware and adware is a result of companies producing applications that are less and less affected by the limiting factors mentioned above.…

Cell Phone Reverse Look Up Services – How to Perform a Name Search by Phone Number

Cell Phone Reverse Look Up Services – How to Perform a Name Search by Phone Number


Nowadays with the aid of the Internet we are able to do much more than we could a few years ago. For example, to perform a cell phone reverse look up is much easier than before and you can do it in just a few minutes.

You just need the help of a service provider and soon you will have available the information you are searching for.

You may need to perform a cell phone reverse look up for many different reasons. You may be receiving hang up calls and you may want to know who it is, or in a different scenario you may need to find out if your partner is cheating on you or not. Whatever your reason is the reverse phone search worth’s it’s cost to the last cent.

Some benefits of performing a cell phone reverse look up is that you can gather information on one or lots of different numbers or people and you can get your results online within a couple of minutes. You can get back the address and the name if you input the number, and thanks to the Internet you can search online in absolute privacy, in your home and without anyone else knowing about it.

When you choose a service provider to perform your cell phone reverse look up make sure you are using a good service, if possible one that updates their databases regularly to avoid getting back erroneous results.

Make sure the service provider you choose has a wide-ranging phone number list so you can check out as many numbers as possible.

Performing a cell phone reverse look up is very important to its users so they can get back as many information as possible. Pay attention and make sure that the service provider you choose is totally reliable and has accurate information.

Of course there are lots of online companies all claiming to have the best cell phone reverse look up service but it is of your interest to choose the one that has the highest rating.

I recommend you to visit the Online Phone Number Lookup website to trace any phone number and discover the owner and associated info on any Cell Phone, Landline or Unlisted number.…

Nickel Allergy: Cell Phones and Facial Acute Contact Dermatitis (ACD)

Nickel Allergy: Cell Phones and Facial Acute Contact Dermatitis (ACD)


In 2008, the Canadian Medical Association Journal reported an incidence of a young man who developed acute contact dermatitis rash (ACD) on the right side of his face. He suspected the rash was caused from contact with the handset of his cell phone. The young man tested negative to sensitivity with other metals but did have a strongly positive patch test reaction to nickel. The cell phone tested positive for nickel on the headset which had come in contact with his face. He switched to a cell phone that did not test positive for nickel and the ACD cleared up. He returned to using his old phone and the rash reappeared.

Nickel allergies can occur if a person has had a single or repeated exposure to items containing nickel. According to a 2004 study, nickel sulfate is the number one most common allergen people are allergic to. An ACD rash can appear within 12-24 hours after exposure to the offending nickel contained item and can last up to 2-4 weeks. Women are typically more susceptible to nickel allergies because it is commonly used in jewelry, especially pierced earrings. It is estimated that 10-30% of the population are susceptible to nickel allergies depending upon which source is quoted.

Nickel is used in a surprisingly high number of day to day products such as belt buckles, watches, coins, door knobs and even paperclips. Often people can have a reaction to nickel this is so mild, that the nickel allergy is not suspected or easy to discern. However, continued exposure can create larger and longer reactions leading one to have the rash evaluated by a doctor.

Nickel content can be tested in any suspected metal by using a test kit that contains solutions of dimethylglyoxime and ammonium hydroxide. AllerTest Ni Nickel Detection Kit is one type of kit that can be purchased inexpensively from Amazon or dermadoctor.com. If an object contains nickel, then the solutions, when mixed together, will turn pink when rubbed onto the nickel metal in the object.

In a follow up study, to the report of the young man with the facial ACD, 22 cell phones were tested to see how prevalent nickel was on currently available cell phones. Approximately half of them tested positive for free nickel either on the keys, decorative logos or the frame around the LCD display. Phones that were more decorative versus the more rugged types were the ones that tested positive more frequently for nickel.

In October 2008, the British Association of Dermatologists sent out an alert to warn people and physicians of potential nickel allergy outbreaks after a number of cases of facial rashes appeared in Britain and were also reported in other countries connected to frequent cell phone use. Curious about the cell phone nickel content in Denmark, Danish researchers tested 41 cell phones and found that 8 or almost 20% of the phones tested positive for nickel.

Cell phone use has …

Cell Phones, Manners, Life & Death

Cell Phones, Manners, Life & Death


This afternoon I drove to Sonic. I took my kids and my dog over there in the convertible to enjoy some yummy drinks. The weather was so perfect today, and it’s these type of days that I love having my convertible.

Anyway, while we were at Sonic, enjoying our drinks, some loud, obnoxious teenager decides to have a screaming fit on his cell phone. All I heard was “verbal contract,” yada yada yada, and he was using a really tough guy accent, not a Georgia sounding one at all.

My point is he was LOUD. He was disturbing our peaceful Sonic experience. I made some comment as I was driving away like, “Thanks for ruining our enjoyment of Sonic.” Of course he didn’t hear me, he was too busy yelling on his phone.

I’m really tired of cell phones. I don’t want to hear your conversation, people. I’m tired of them ringing in the middle of movie theaters, and worse, people answering them and talking at full voice. I’m tired of them interrupting church services, when I’m receiving communion. I’m tired of them ringing during orchestra rehearsals. My son said he’s tired of seeing people look at them to check messages mid conversation with someone else. My orchestra director would do that in the middle of a rehearsal. He’d be swinging his baton, and then all of the sudden pull his cell phone out of his pocket and look at it. And, if you read my prior camping article, you’ll see that’s I’m tired of hearing loudmouths chatter away at 1:00 AM in campgrounds on their phones while I’m trying to sleep.

There’s gotta be a baseline of courtesy with these things. Reading texts is not much better. Nothing like having a heavy duty conversation with someone only for them to pause to read a text from someone else.

I think it all comes down to being in the moment. If you are doing something, don’t let a cell phone interrupt you. Concentrate on that thing you are doing. Society is pushing us to multitask all aspects of our lives. This is not a good thing. No one is relaxing anymore or enjoying nice, quiet, everyday moments. Cell phones are ruining those moments.

These things, when it comes down to it, should really be used only in emergencies. I use mine from time to time to meet up with people. They are very good for that. As a rule, I don’t generally just yak on and on with the cell phone out in public. If I’m out enjoying a meal with my family at a restaurant, I don’t want my phone ringing. If it does, and if I decide to answer it, it is going to be very brief. It’s not nice to expect everyone else around you to stop what they are doing so you can have your conversation on the phone.

I think cell phones are so ubiquitous now that people have …

SIM Free Mobile Phones: Why Be Bound with One Network Provider?

SIM Free Mobile Phones: Why Be Bound with One Network Provider?


UK market is flooded with various kinds of mobile deals that offer attractive mobiles with services of top network providers. People have different kinds of requirements. People buy mobile services according to them. People who want to save money in long run will opt for contract mobile deals where as people who don’t want to stay with the same network provider for a long time may choose PAYG mobile phone deals.

People who want to enjoy utmost liberty can use SIM free mobile phones. SIM free mobile phones of every brand and model is available. These handsets allow you to use SIM of any network provider. You can change the SIM at any moment. Every kind of mobile deal is preferred by a certain section of customers. For example, Contract mobile phone deals are preferred by business people. They have huge requirements of making calls.

With contract mobile phones deals they are able to make calls at reduced rates and save a lot of money in long run. Contract periods may be of 6 months, 12 months or 18 months. PAYG mobile phone deals also come in packages and people get services of desired network providers on their choice of handsets. For example people can choose Apple iPhone 3GS on Vodafone or Google Nexus one on Virgin mobile services etc. Mobile service charges get deducted instantly from the pre-paid balance of the account.

With SIM free mobile phones deals, you have to buy mobiles and SIMs separately. SIM free handsets are very useful for tourists and students going abroad. They can use local SIMs on these handsets and can escape from the roaming charges. In this world, where people’s thought constantly changes and they don’t want to commit anything, SIM free mobile phone deals are becoming popular day by day. Now SIM free handsets are available online also. A person can visit free3gmobilephoneoffers.co.uk to get latest handsets of any brand. This website is a complete online mobile shop where you get latest information, news and all the services related to mobiles.…