Bill Seeks 5-Year Tax Freeze on Wireless Services

A bipartisan bill introduced yesterday by House and Senate lawmakers would freeze new taxes and fees on wireless services for five years.

The Wireless Tax Fairness Act, introduced Thursday by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), provides a five-year moratorium on new discriminatory taxes and fees imposed only on wireless services.
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Smartphone Fund Is Latest Flavor In ETFs

An exchange-traded fund that invests in smartphone companies is the latest gimmick in the $1 trillion ETF business.

The First Trust NASDAQ CEA Smartphone Index Fund started trading Friday on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker symbol FONE. (Its shares finished down 0.3% at $30.21.)

“The index includes companies primarily involved in the building, design and distribution of the handsets, hardware, software and mobile networks associated with the development, sale and usage of smartphones,” said First Trust Portfolios L.P. in a fact sheet on the fund.
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Sony Ericsson Pitches Xperia Play

Sony Ericsson has confirmed the existence and impending announcement of the Xperia Play, a device that looks like a cross between a portable gaming unit like Sony’s PSP and a smartphone.

The company confirmed the phone via a post on its Facebook page and a subsequent television commercial that ran during the Super Bowl. On its Facebook page, Sony Ericsson promises a Feb. 13 announcement, at 18:00 GMT, presumably at next week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), in Barcelona, Spain.

The commercial features a man rushing through an urban setting at night to a hideout, where a green Google Android is awaiting the removal of bandages from its hands. The bandages are removed to reveal that the Android has had thumbs surgically attached to his hands.
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New super-tough glass strengthens gadget screens

Japan’s Asahi Glass unveils Dragontrail, a new glass aimed at smartphones and tablet PCs that is is about six times as tough as conventional soda-lime glass. Dragontrail will compete with Corning’s Gorilla glass

One of Japan’s largest glass manufacturers debuted Thursday a new glass designed for smartphones and tablet PCs that is considerably tougher than conventional glass.

Asahi Glass said its Dragontrail glass is about six times as tough as typical chemically-treated soda lime glass and should be better suited to the rough-and-tumble life to which portable gadgets are subjected.

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PhoneScholar.com Holiday Gift Ideas 2

Here is day 2 of the PhoneScholar.com Holiday Gift Giving Guide. Today is bluetooth day. I have two in car speakers and two headsets. I have actually tried all 4 of these myself. As you will see 3 of the 4 are Motorola products. I have come to the conclusion that Motorola is one of the top companies when it comes to bluetooth products. As most of us do a lot of driving and probably live in a state that requires a hands free device to use the phone in the car these might make a great holiday gift this year. Enjoy—Bill

Motorola T505

http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/T505 $119.99

http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-T505 $58.99
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PhoneScholar.com Holiday Gift Ideas 1

Here is a special treat for you. For that person who is very hard to buy for and has one of the latest gadgets (iPad, Galaxy Tab, iPhone, Android Phone, etc.) I will be posting various items I think would make great gifts over the next few days. I have included the company website link and the link on Amazon.com where you can purchase it along with the prices (as of today) from each . Some of these I have tried out myself and have given my honest opinion. All of these items I found on Amazon.com with the best price. Of course most of them are also offered on various other websites possibly at a lower cost. My word of advice, if you buy online, make sure it is a reputable website that you can easily return the product to if needed (like Amazon.com). I have also included a video where available of the product to give you an idea of how they work. Hope you enjoy.—Bill

http://www.worldplusproducts.com/ $16.95+$6.95 shipping

http://www.amazon.com/Screen-Guard-Foam-Cleaning-Spray $16.95+$6.95 shipping

Screen Guard(TM) Foam Spray quickly, easily and safely cleans all of your electronic plastic surfaces, such as HDTV, Plasma/LCD displays or monitors, remote controls, desk top or cellular phones, car navigation monitors, car video screens, laptop computers, desktop computer monitors, game controllers, plastic toys, audio/video game discs, CD’s, DVD’s, P.O.S. touch screens for the work place. Specially formulated to give your high resolution displays a “like new” dazzle and brilliance. Since it is a foam spray there is no residue to harm electronic devices. Includes 15″X15″ Premium Micro Fiber Towel. Not only have I used this, I have sold and endorsed it. It might be the best product no one knows about. It works as good as it looks. Try it and you will see.
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Clean All your Electronics Quickly and Safely with ScreenGuard Foam Cleaning Spray

Here is an interview I did at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show with Dave Graveline with Into Tomorrow. Here is the link to purchase ScreenGuard Foam Cleaning Spray. A great gift for Christmas.

Screen Guard(TM) Foam Spray quickly, easily and safely cleans all of your electronic plastic surfaces, such as HDTV, Plasma/LCD displays or monitors, remote controls, desk top or cellular phones, car navigation monitors, car video screens, laptop computers, desktop computer monitors, game controllers, plastic toys, audio/video game discs, CD’s, DVD’s, P.O.S. touch screens for the work place. Specially formulated to give your high resolution displays a “like new” dazzle and brilliance. Since it is a foam spray there is no residue to harm electronic devices.

Mobile facial recognition could replace passwords

Smile and the world smiles with you … but frown and your mobile will know you’re having a bad day, or, at least it will if the researchers at the U.K.’s University of Manchester have anything to do with it.

U.K. tech site TechEye reports that the boffins (scientists) are close to culminating a 20 year research program funded by the EU’s Mobile Biometrics project on facial recognition software which could become the norm on many upcoming smartphones.

Of course, it would not be the first time mobile has flirted with facial recognition, but the researchers in Manchester say their technology is so advanced the software could even detect the person’s mood as well as being “unrivalled for speed and accuracy.”

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Wirefly Offers Free Mobile Backup

Online mobile phone retailer Wirefly announced a new mobile backup program that it hopes will not only give its customers piece of mind but keep them coming back to the website more than just every 18 to 24 months when their contract expires.

Andy Zeinfeld, CEO of Simplexity, Wirefly’s parent company, says the new service, which allows users to back up, wirelessly sync any information stored on any phone on any carrier, running any platform, is available for free to anyone, even those who are not current Wirefly customers.
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40% of Americans would pay for mobile health care

40% of Americans would be willing to pay for a remote monitoring device that sends health information directly to their doctor according to a new survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers unveiled at the International mHealth Conference in San Diego on Wednesday.

Though still a minority, an increasing number of Americans said they would use their phone to track and monitor their personal health, with 31% saying they would be willing to use an app to track and monitor their wellbeing.
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