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Cellphone Radiations Don’t Cause Brain Cancer, Says Recently Concluded 20 Year Survey Report

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We’ve been treated to a lot of science related surveys which have indicated that cellphone radiations can cause a certain form of brain cancer in humans. However, it is now being reported that cellphone radiations might not cause cancer after all. Several reports have previously suggested that mobile radiations cause glioma which is a form of cancer found in the spine and the brain. A recently concluded survey published in the Journal of Epidemiology gathered glioma incidence statistics from the past 20 years in the Nordic region consisting of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. And the final report suggested that glioma cannot be correlated with mobile phone usage as there’s no evidence stating otherwise.

What gives this survey more weight over other surveys is the fact that during the time that the data was collected, the region was booming with mobile phones. This was a time when countries like the U.S didn’t have that many cell phone users. It has come to light that despite the usage of cellphone increasing with each passing year, the frequency in glioma cases hasn’t drastically changed. In fact, glioma cases among men have apparently come down since the 1980s, so the data in hand suggests that mobile phone usage doesn’t cause glioma in general. The data however also suggests that glioma cases have seen an increase in women, although that doesn’t stand out as enough evidence.

But for class action lawsuit lawyers in the U.S, there’s still a tiny hope to prove that cellphone radiations do cause cancer. Well, there are some types of cancer which evolve 20 years after exposure. So while we can be assured that cellphone radiation doesn’t and won’t cause glioma, we cannot rule out the possibility of electromagnetic radiations causing cancers of any type. If this were indeed true, the people in the Nordic region will be the first ones to know as they have been using cellphones long before anyone else. There’s no reason to worry though (unless you’re a lawyer trying to prove otherwise) as people can be assured at least for now that cellphone radiations aren’t that harmful after all. We’ve heard about several other side effects of cellphone radiation, but none of them come with substantial evidence. So until we have them, it would be wise to live worry free with our cellphones.

Source: BGR
Via: Phone Arena

1.095 Billion People in China Now Have a Cellphone

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China is the most populous country in the world, which is a known fact to us all. Most of the people in China are tech savvy and are in sync with all the happenings in the world of tech. And now, according to a figure given out by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the country has a total of 1.095 billion cellphone users as of October 2012. This is an astonishing number, given the fact that 80.6% of the country’s population owns a cellphone. According to a report by Analysys, the country sold over 63.73 million feature phones in the recently concluded third quarter of 2012, down by 7.5% year-over-year. The country was more favorable towards smartphones though with approximately 49.17 million units sold in Q3. The smartphone sales have increased by 120% year-over-year and 28.7% from the previous quarter. All of this thanks to the hefty lineup of Android smartphones available in the country. The cost of a smartphone is a huge motivating factor in any market and China is no different. Android accounted for over 90.1% of all the smartphones sold in the country, while iPhones made up for 4.2% followed next by Symbian with a meager 2.4% marketshare.

The average price of an Android handset in China is said to be $219, while an iOS device costs north of $726 on average. A Symbian running phone however costs only $178 on average, but still hasn’t managed to pull in buyers. So Android’s dominance in the Asian markets continues, and we’re certain the same story is seen in most European countries too where the iPhones are available off contract for a full retail price. This also speaks of the versatility of the Android platform and the choices it offers customers. While a flagship Android smartphone will cost you no less than $700, it is the mid-ranged smartphones that make Android a success in these markets.

Roughly put, what this means is that 9 out of 10 smartphones sold in China run on Android. We believe OEMs like Huawei have a huge role to play in the massive sales of Android smartphones in the country. The company has good presence in China as well as other Asian markets, so this doesn’t surprise us. It is strange though that Windows Phone 7 or Windows Phone 8 is nowhere in the list, despite Nokia having a strong presence in the WP arena. Things are expected to change when Huawei announces its lineup of WP8 handsets.

Source: Digitimes (1), (2)
Via: GSM Arena

Huawei Ascend W1 specs and photos, leaked

A user in one of the forums based in China has leaked the purported photos of the rumored Huawei Ascend W1 on Sunday, October 14th. Though the photos looked legit, they came as no surprise as this is not the first time we’ve heard about it. The rumor about W1 actually started about a month ago and many are expecting to hear more information about it as Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system nears official release.

Fortunately, the photos that were posted on the forum came with useful information such as specs. In a sense, its design and specs have already been confirmed today, although it is not official. According to the user, the following are the real specs of Huawei Ascend W1:

Processor. Huawei Ascend W1 is said to be coming packed with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with integrated 400MHz graphics processor. While it hasn’t been confirmed by Huawei yet, Ascend W1 is likely to be showcasing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset.

Memory. The device is given 512MB RAM and 4GB internal memory. With these we know it Huawei is targeting the entry-level market. It is unclear whether Ascend W1 will have a microSD slot but as far as its internal memory is concerned and based on other Huawei devices, it is safe to assume this one will have a supplementary external memory.

Display. Having a GPU clocked at 400MHz is almost an assurance the device will have good graphics quality. According to the user who posted the photos, W1 gets a 4-inch WVGA screen. Basically, it is one of the few Windows Phone 8 devices to come in smaller size.

Battery. Luckily, owners of this device won’t have to recharge it every 4 or 5 hours. With a battery having 2000mAh power, Ascend W1 could reach up to 10 hours of straight usage but everything totally depends on how stable this device would be.

For now, there is no information as to the pricing and availability of Huawei Ascend W1 but given the fact that it will showcase WP8, it should make its debut later this month or earlier in November. Huawei might officially announce it next week but it might not be marketed in the US.

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Pantech Vega R3 5.3-inch Android ICS smartphone features Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM, 2600mAh battery

The South Korean mobile phone manufacturer, Pantech, is getting ready to unleash its foray into the high-end market. Pantech Vega R3 will soon compete head-to-head with Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus Vu as it will come packed with hardware bearing high specifications. It could also be considered a smartphone-tablet hybrid as it features 5.3 inches screen, and will run Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich upon release.

Hardware. It’s just been confirmed that Pantech Vega R3 will sport Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 MDP/T chipset, a quad-core Krait clocked at 1.5GHz and can be overclocked up to 1.7GHz depending on the firmware used. The thing about high-powered Qualcomm chipsets is that they also come with better graphics processor, thus, Adreno 320 GPU is integrated into this unit to provide Vega R3 top-notch display quality. Other devices that feature this Krait are Oppo Find 5, Asus Padfone 2, and Xiaomi MI-2.

Memory. Pantech confirmed that Vega R3 will come with more than enough 2GB RAM to complement its superfast processor. There are only a few smartphones or tablets packed with this much RAM and Galaxy Note II is an obvious competitor in this aspect. There are conflicting reports about the internal memory of this device; some say it has 16GB ROM others say it’s 32GB. One thing is for sure, though, there will be a microSD slot to support up to 32GB external memory.

Display. Adreno 320 GPU basically supports up to 1080p screen resolution but Pantech settles for 720p for this device. Nevertheless, Vega R3 will be one of the few devices available in the market today with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. It also sports Natural IPS Pro LCD technology that offers a “naturally colored, bright and clear image.” This is, perhaps, a display technology that could stand in competition with Samsung’s Super AMOLED display. The advantage is that LCD eats up less power than LED.

Connectivity. Pantech Vega R3 supports Near Field Communication (NFC) and 4th Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) making it ahead of other devices. iPhone 5 supports LTE but not NFC; Galaxy S3 supports both but will have to downgrade to dual-core in the U.S. Aside from NFC and LTE, Vega R3 also supports Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi a/b/g/n. Needless to say, it supports everything needed to get its owners connected most of the times.

Battery. This is where Pantech Vega R3 will gain momentum in the market as there are only a few smartphones that come with battery more than 2000mAh; Galaxy Note is one with 2500mAh. Pantech Vega R3, on the other hand, provides longer service with its 2600mAh. This massive battery will prove to provide more power to the device knowing it comes with an LCD technology, which is very economical in terms of power consumption.

Pantech Vega R3 will showcase Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich but the manufacturer promised an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean shortly after the release. That said, the device will debut in South Korea on September 26 but there is no information about the pricing. But it is expected it will be offered in almost the same price range as Galaxy Note II and Samsung Galaxy S III.

Source: Android Authority