Introducing the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820

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Blood Coltan

The mobile (cell) phone is a remarkable piece of engineering. But look inside. There’s blood in this machine. There’s blood in this device because your mobile contains tiny electronic circuits, and they couldn’t work without mineral called COLTAN. It’s mined in the eastern Congo. There is blood here, the blood of Congolese who are dying in a terrible conflict.

The West’s demand for Coltan, used in mobile phones and computers, is funding the killings in Congo. Under the close watch of rebel militias, children as young as ten work the mines hunting for this black gold. ‘Blood Coltan’ exposes the web of powerful interests protecting this blood trade. Meet the powerful warlords who enslave local population and the European businessmen who continue importing Coltan, in defiance of the UN.

Year : 2007 / Duration : 52 min / Production : Tac Presse / Director : Patrick Forestier

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Junkyard Jumbotron

Rick Borovoy’s Junkyard Jumbotron project, which allows laptops or phones in close proximity to be ganged together to form a large display.  A project from the MIT Center for Future Civic Media.  Video by Paula Aguilera.

KIN, a Windows Phone

Two new Window Phones. KIN One and KIN Two.

Also new features/terms/apps/whatever: KIN Spot, KIN Loop, KIN Studio

Device specifications:

KIN ONE specs:

  • Form factor: Vertical slide, QWERTY
  • Display: 2.6″ TFT, QVGA (320 x 240), capacitive touch screen
  • Camera: 5.0MP CMOS anti-shake, autofocus, dual LED flash
  • Speakers: Mono
  • Memory: 256MB DDR RAM, 4GB storage
  • Battery: 1240 mAh
  • Connectivity: EV-DO Rev A, Bluetooth 2.1 w/A2DP, Hi-speed USB, 802.11b/g
  • Other: Assisted GPS, FM radio, accelerometer

KIN TWO specs:

  • Form Factor: Vertical slide, QWERTY
  • Display: 3.4″ TFT, QVGA (480 x 320), capacitive touch screen
  • Camera: 8.0MP HDR CMOS from Omnivision with anti-shake, autofocus,  Lumi LED flash
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Memory: 256MB DDR RAM, 8GB storage
  • Battery: 1390 mAh
  • Connectivity: EV-DO Rev A, Bluetooth 2.1 w/A2DP, Hi-speed USB, 802.11b/g
  • Other: Assisted GPS, FM radio, accelerometer

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