Word on the street is that the online bookseller Amazon is preparing to announce the next generation of smartphones.
The new phone will feature a 3D screen and users will not need to use 3D glasses to see it.
Apparently the rumour is that the phone will “employ retina-tracking technology embedded in four front-facing cameras, or sensors, to make some images appear to be 3-D, similar to a hologram.
Some common features, like zooming in to get a closer look at a photo, will happen automatically. The 3-D screen technology can sense the movement of a person’s eyes and whether the screen is moving closer to a user’s face. The phone can automatically zoom into images as it moves closer to a user’s face and could manipulate text and images as a person moves the phone.”
Amazon has already been showing early versions of the phone to suppliers in Seattle and San Francisco and a formal announcement is expected in June. The phones should be shipping by September with Amazon ordering 600,000 of them.
What is unusual is that this is Amazon’s first foray into the phone hardware market and it is coming in with technology that no one else has.
The outfit has been increasing its tech output lately. On April 2, it introduced the video-streaming and gaming console Amazon Fire TV and it has offered the Kindle e-reader since 2007.
The company has not said which service carriers the phone will work with, or what operating system it will use.
It will be certainly cheaper that what is out there for the money. Not only will Amazon be getting a subsidy from the carriers, it will also be subsidising the phone itself. The company is ok about losing money on hardware to get people to use its services and buy more items through the devices. Amazon thinks that using devices to highlight its video streaming service, app store, or shopping options means more returning customers.
The great state of West Virginia has come up with a new law that would drag teenagers to court for sexting each other.
While it is already illegal for adults to send sexually explicit messages to minors, the new law would crack down on sexy texts shared by minors, reports the Huff Post.
More than 20 US states already have laws designed to “punish” minors who engage in sexting. New Jersey even registers teens who break it as sex offenders.
The West Virginia law isn’t nearly as insane. It is part of a wider educational programme being created by the state’s Supreme Court. It won’t label teen sexters as sex pests and it will clear the delinquency charge if they get caught.
16-year-olds in West Virginia can still drive and join the marines. 18-year-olds can vote or buy military style firearms.
Moves by parents to protect their kids from cyber bullying and sexting are getting the thumbs down from teens.
Parents, who like to keep their precious snowflakes bound in bubble wrap, have been pressuring law makers to bring in rules to save the children from the perils of a mobile world. Ever happy to make new laws to shut up neurotic parents, politicians have been bringing in tough new penalties for cyber bullying and those who send salacious texts.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, down under the kids are waking up and finding that the laws are as harsh as those which resulted in their great-grandparents being transported to Oz in the first place.
A questionnaire of 1,000 New South Wales students aged between 12 and 17 found most believed people under the age of 18 should never be charged with child pornography or put on the sex offender register for peer-to-peer sexting.
While they thought that sexting and cyber bullying should be against the law, they believe other penalties would be more effective.
The survey was conducted by the Children’s Legal Service and the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre (NCYLC) at UNSW.
Kids were asked to share their opinions about criminal law relating to texting and online bullying and more than two thirds said knowing certain online behaviour was illegal made them less likely to do it – another two thirds said this made them confident about dealing with it.
However, the kids said that illegality was enough. You did not need to stuff up a teen’s entire life by sticking them on Jimmy Savile’s Christmas card list because they photographed their boobs and wired the snap to their boyfriend.
Software giantMicrosoft has been accused of peddling its Kin phone by promoting sexting.
While Apple has been slagged off purging every item that could be porn related from its iTunes and Applications stores, Microsoft is getting a broadside for going the other way.
The controversy relates to a new Microsoft commercial which some pundits have had to had a cold shower before commenting on.
The advert has a picture of a bloke snapping a picture under his shirt and texting it to someone.
Writing for Consumer Reports’ electronics blog, Mike Gikas observes that Microsoft’s video “comes uncomfortably close to advocating sexting.”
Sexting is when you send provocative snaps of yourself with the idea of attracting a sexual partner. Given that Microsoft is pushing its phone to the social notworking market it is not surprising that this idea should appear, at least as a gag.
If Apple has used a similar idea in its advertising everyone would have talked about how clever and “on edge” it all was. The fact it is Microsoft means that the US press puritans pound away on their iMacs about the lapsing moral state of Redmond.
But then the phrase “get a life” has never been an Apple motto. Sex has been a staple for the advertising industry for years.