Tag Archives: Smartphone

Charged with caffeine

Phone down, power up. Starbucks has just announced that some of its coffee shops in Silicon Valley will let customers charge their phone using wireless charging technology.

To boost your battery while you sip your Venti Latte, all you have to do is rest your phone on a Duracell Powermat. No wires, no plugs, no frantic hunt for a socket.

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Infected album release

Norwegian rock band Kaizers Orchestra recently spread a virus that people actually wanted to catch. (Cheers, Tim) The virus, which swept across 50 countries, was disseminated via a smartphone app to promote their album Violeta Violeta Vol. III.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clear innovation

The latest addition to the smartphone market is here: say hello to the transparent phone.

Created by Polytron Technologies and dubbed ‘Switchable Glass’, the phone uses liquid crystal molecules with a conductive OLED screen – which are aligned by electric currents to display images and text. Read more on Clear innovation…

Fotobar

Last week, Polaroid rolled out a retail-store concept at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The store uses ‘patent-pending, proprietary technology’ – allowing customers to select photos on their camera phones and transmit them wirelessly to ‘bar-top workstations’ for printing and framing.

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David is listening

Siri, Apple’s voice-commanded digital assistant, might’ve got an upgrade. But developments in voice recognition tech mean that your next-next-gen smartphone will easily surpass Siri’s passive listening capabilities, becoming a chat-happy, always-on life mate.

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Customer hijack

Meat Pack in Guatemala already had a reputation for offering special discounts on their limited-edition trainers from the likes of Adidas, Puma and Nike – but they wanted to develop a new and innovative campaign that would take their customers by surprise. (Cheers, Jamie)

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Creative commuting

Japanese advertising company Shunkosha has developed a new way of engaging with commuters on the Tokyo subway. ‘Strappy’ is a small box which attaches to the subway’s handrails. When commuters touch their phone to the box, it automatically sends them to a URL.

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