TECHNOLOGY DEATHMATCH: Camera phone shutter clicks vs no camera phone shutter clicks


Not your traditional Technology Deathmatch today but when I saw this post on Wired last week my hackles were raised to the point of crowbaring the issue into my regular Monday feature and, well, here we are – cameraphones: should they have to make a sound when the shutter is released, or shouldn’t they?

See, the deal is that it’s already the case in Japan and they’re looking to make it so in the States after Republican Congressman of New York, Peter King, asked for a new bill to force all mobile phones sold in the US to have no option of a silent camera click. The idea, of course, is that you can’t then take photos of people…

TECHNOLOGY DEATHMATCH: Vodafone vs Orange vs 3 vs T-Mobile vs O2


With Mobile World Congress 2009 just around the corner, it’s very easy to get caught up in all the new, exciting and utterly misjudged handsets the manufacturers are set to unveil. But before you dive in to pick up your phone I urge you to take your time deciding which network you choose to subscribe to. After all, what use id your iPhone 3G if there’s only GPRS coverage down your road?

So, today on Technology Deathmatch, I move from hardware to software in the kind of sidestep to left you’d expect watching Knightmare only this time we’ve a much better chance of actually getting somewhere. So, without any further ado, it’s Vodafone vs Orange vs 3 vs T-Mobile vs 02…

Technology Deathmatch: Tesco TalkWiFi vs. Vyke – battle of the mobile VoIP


Good afternoon grappling fans. It’s taken an extra week to have the broken glass elements swept up and the ring re-sprung after the inaugural clash two weeks ago between Nikon and Canon, but floor -32 of the sub-sub-basement of Shiny Towers is open once again for the bloodiest match-up in the world of the chipset smack down – Technology Deathmatch.

There’s a chill in the mouldy air today. It’s two-for-one day in the arena with many of the rich, foreign businessmen abroad or in offices with their accountants assessing the damage to their stocks. With cheap entry comes the cheap crowd: Guinness soaked mothers with their screaming children, gangs of late thirty-something woman waiting for Mecca Bingo halls to open and sacked City traders at the glass-stained ends of long, empty whiskey bottles just looking for a way to forget.

They cry blood, they scream, “entertain us” and that’s exactly what they’ll get in the ‘Battle of the Mobile VoIPs’. Telecommunication giants were twitching but now it’s the mobile operators that are all a mutter with the rise of new ways to bypass their networks. There are many companies jumping in as mobile middlemen but today going toe to toe are two very different contenders.

In the blue corner with thinned turnbuckle pad rusty post is the young contender from the streets of Maskina in Olso, Norwary is the Nokia favourite, the Scandinavian SIP supplier – Vyke! And in the red corner with the embedded second molar and that stain we just can’t shift is the people’s champion, the company that’s looking to turn the ground on which we tread into a superstore – Tesco and their TalkWi-Fi!…