Warning: You may develop “iPad shoulder”

Smartphones and tablets are a big help to society. When we consider the fact that it makes the world a much smaller place to live in and at the same time it helps us do our day to day activities, these technological advancements are a big boost to us mortals.

Since the days of gargantuan cell phones, problems arose due to the possibility of getting ailments from using them. One of which is the dreaded rheumatoid arthritis supposed to be caused by our thumb pressing or texting.

Now, a new problem has been discovered by a British physician named Tony Kockhar. According to him, iPads and tablets can cause shoulder problem he dubbed as “iPad Shoulder”.

Dr. Kockhar added that he sees up to 20 patients a week who is suffering from this problem. He explains that this problem is being caused by, “Holding the tablet lower down means users have to gaze downwards more sharply. This is increasing the pressure on their joints.”

He also added that tablet users are not the only ones who can suffer from this problem. Even smartphone users can be affected by this.

To avoid this ailment, Dr. Kockhar said that people should stop hunching over their mobile devices. He suggests holding their gadgets level with the face and frequent breaks and muscle stretching could also help.

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A universal charger for all cellphones

Having multiple phones at home or office can be mind boggling at times. Those coiled cords of different devices can eat up your time as you try to uncover the maze-like entanglement that they are in.

Though there are universal chargers out there in the market, nobody really stands out from the rest. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses. In stores and shops, sales personal have been bragging about how this and that charger can breathe life into your dying smartphone.

But in the World Mobile Congress being held in Barcelona, industry players are trying to find a way to create one universal charger that would be compatible to all devices.

The International Union has requested that all manufacturers have the same mobile charger by 2014.

According to Flavio Cuchietti of the latter, “It has been announced so many times and the customers are still waiting for it. Our intention is not to punish an industry or to block their development. Our intention is to find a solution that is viable, adding extra complexity and extra cost, but in the end we get to a universal solution.”

Will a universal charger be a reality or would this been just a figment of our imaginative minds? This would certainly help the chaos that is being brought to us by multiple chargers.

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Richard Nicoll unveils cellphone-recharging handbag

Women are now becoming more and more style-conscious these days. With the influx of chic designs and affordable garments and accessories, ladies now have a bevy of choices to fulfill their desires.

This year’s edition of the London Fashion Week is no different to other years. Yet people still flock to London this time of the year to have a glimpse of the latest fashion trends.

It seems like the 2012 edition is just a little better than the rest.

One of the most talked about pieces in the London Fashion Week is a handbag. It’s not your typical handbag as it is Richard Nicoll and it can power a smartphone.

The designer unveiled his latest creation, a white tote, which is a collaboration between him and Vodafone at his presentation. The bag is designed to charge iPhones, Androids and Blackberries while on the go. And according to The Telegraph, it will go on sale this spring.

The designer of the bag told the publication that it was “especially relevant” and is “all about the notion of work and all its facets in modern times”.

Before the bag can charge your smartphone. You must first recharge it using a cable. The bag is designed to charge or power up you phones for at least two days.

Great! Just great.

Chicago restaurants no longer taking cellphone orders

Technology makes our lives easier and much more fun. Not only does it do that, it also makes that world so much smaller while some even say that it has made it safer.

However, some restaurants in Chicago refute this statement, that techonolgy makes us “safer” at this day and age. It could also mean that  you’re a robber taking advantage of technology.

According to TripChow Food Blog reports, there are a lot of delivery guys in the Windy City that has been robbed by cell phone orderers in certain areas in Chicago. With this in mind, restaurants are now reportedly taking only orders from landline owners.

The two areas where these misdemeanors have been occurring are at Chinatown and Hyde Park.

Local Police have already issued a warning to all business owners, complete with cell phoen numbers of those already involved in robbing incidents.

Leona’s restaurant owner Michael Bjordal told CBS, “I don’t want to retire from this business and have a dead delivery driver on my conscience.” Leona’s is located in Hyde Park.

We have seen a rapid decline on the landline business. With its fall comes the rise of cell phone users which has ballooned its population since its inception. So it’s hard to believe that people will always turn away every cell phone order.

Common sense tells restaurant owners to avoid cell phone orderers, but common sense also tells them that not all ther customers are subscribed to landlines.

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Fuel cell for mobiles from Toshiba

Source: Tech Fragments

If you’re one of those guys who need their phones constantly glued to their bodies for business or er- pleasure, you might consider getting this one, or at least when it becomes available in the U.S.

Toshiba Corp. will begin shipping its new fuel cells that can power cellular phones and laptops next week in Japan.

Dubbed the Dynario, this direct methanol fuel cell that converts wood alcohol and water into an electric current of up 5 Volts DC power at 400mAto can triple most of your cell phone’s battery juice. And what’s even better? It can be recharged in seconds. How cool is that?

Toshiba’s palm-sized fuel cell wil run on methanol packaged in cartridges which are sold separately. It is available in Japan for 29,800 yen or $328 while each set of five fuel cartridges is sold for 3,150 yen or $35 dollars.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/GCA-BusinessofGreen/idUSTRE59L3HH20091022

List of high-radiation cell phones released

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The question as to whether the frequent use of cellular phones result to health risks has been around since these mobile gadgets dominated the world.

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that there is no scientific evidence regarding the negative health effects of exposure to radio frequency energy from mobile phones, the Environmental Working Group insists that this is indeed something to be worried about.

“We would like to be able to say that cell phones are safe,” Olga Naidenko, EWG senior scientist and lead author of the study, informed the public in a statement. “But we can’t. The most recent science, while not conclusive, raises serious issues about the cancer risk of cell phone use that must be addressed through further research. In the meantime, consumers can take steps to reduce exposure.”

So to make the public more aware, the group rated 1,200 cell phones according to their radiation emissions. You can find the list here.

Meanwhile, to those who want to have a quick look, here’s the list of the top 10 mobile phones that emit the highest radiation and their carriers.

1. Motorola MOTO VU204 [Verizon Wireless]

2. T-Mobile myTouch 3G [T-Mobile]

3. Kyocera Jax S1300 [Virgin Mobile]

4. Blackberry Curve 8330 [Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS]

5. Motorola W385 [U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless]

6. T-Mobile Shadow [T-Mobile]

7. Motorola C290 [Sprint, Kajeet]

8. Motorola i335 [Sprint]

9. Motorola MOTO VE240 [Cricket, MetroPCS]

10. Blackberry Bold 9000 [AT&T]

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/cell-phone-radiation-top-10-best-worst/Story?id=8536621&page=1

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