Jul 1, 2009
Advances in memory and processing power have transformed mobile phones from bricklike boxes to gadgets about the size of a deck of cards.
But BlackBerry user David Fitzherbert has got to be happy his smart phone wasn't any thinner. The 52-year-old Englishman credits his BlackBerry with breaking a life-threatening fall into a narrow crevasse while he was skiing in Switzerland, The Sun of the U.K. reports.
As Fitzherbert traversed a glacier last month, he fell 70 feet (21.3 meters) before becoming wedged between the crevasse's walls, thanks in part to the half-inch thick BlackBerry in his breast pocket. The phone was just thick enough to keep him from falling another 700 feet (213.4 meters).
Nov 5, 2008 | 1
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday gave Google, Microsoft and a number of other tech companies what they wanted by granting free, unlicensed wireless devices access to chunks of unused airwaves on the broadcast spectrum known as "white spaces" (so-named because they provide a buffer between broadcast channels). Critics of the move fear that a flood of wireless devices, unregulated by the FCC, will interfere with TV programming.
The FCC, which voted unanimously 5-0 to open up white space access, said the move will allow "new and innovative" types of wireless devices—next-generation cell phones and computers, for example—to take advantage of faster broadband connections, the key to better managing streaming video and other large data files.
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