Every year, manufacturers and industry insiders gather at the Mobile World Congress to celebrate the latest in mobile and digital technology. From smartphones and smartwatches to virtual reality headsets and internet ready bicycles the MWC is a veritable smorgasbord of gear and gadgetry. Industry leaders, like Samsung, Microsoft, and HTC, come to the MWC to unveil their latest products and to hint at what’s in store for the future. Some of those products will take the world by storm, while others will become minor footnotes in the history of mobile communications. This year saw an impressive array of new gadgets poised to storm the international market, and as always the latest smartphone models garnered much of the attention.
Reports in the United States suggest that the ultimate goal of the self-driving car project is to create a “robo-taxi” that picks up commuters on demand. Company executives believe that such a system could transform transport systems around the world, doing away with the need for most people to buy cars. They also believe that it would reduce the number of road accidents as well as having environmental benefits.
Automated taxis have long been the stuff of science fiction, such as the robot-operated “Johnny Cab” that featured in the 1990 blockbuster Total Recall.
Let’s face it, out smartphones are pretty amazing. Just ten years ago, we were carrying around large brick-sized phones with no internet access. Nowadays, we can’t go five minutes without checking Google or refreshing Twitter. Smartphones have changed the entire world around us. But, you can make them even better. That’s right, your smartphone could be even smarter! Check out these add-ons and upgrade your smartphone in an instant. Continue reading
Within hours a terse reply had been dispatched across Ireland’s second city. In the memo, dated September 15, 2004, an E&Y partner explained that the company was not trading and, in any event, was not technically resident in Ireland for tax purposes. “In the circumstances, there is nothing to return from the corporation tax standpoint,” the bean-counter wrote.
The company in question was not some doomed venture established by a foreign investor on Ireland’s wild southern coast. Rather, it is one of the most profitable companies the world has known.
If you’re anything like us, you get a little tingly feeling when you find an awesome new gadget! It’s those clever little designs and ingenious inventions that we get excited about. Our entire website is devoted to fancy playthings and geeky inventions and this post is no different. Except, today we’re looking at all the extra things that make our gadgets even better. We’ve scoured the web for some of the coolest add-ons and accessories on the market. Here’s our pick of the bunch. Continue reading
“The price that most developers will pick is free,” said Steve Jobs, late co-founder of Apple, when he launched a store for iPhone applications in 2008. Apple and software developers had “exactly the same interest, which is to get as many apps out in front of as many iPhone users as possible,” he said.
Five years later, the gadget goliath has proved there is money to be made in shunting out goods for nothing. Since its inception, more than 50bn apps have been downloaded by iPhone and iPad owners, generating $9bn (£5.8bn) for software engineers. Apple, which takes a 30% cut of all paid-for applications, has pocketed $3.9bn.