The Race for an African-Made Mobile Phone

With the hope of being the primary provider of high-speed and long-lasting mobile phones throughout Africa, telecom companies, governments and upstart entrepreneurs in various nations across the continent have announced their intention to bring an Africa-made phone to market. The motivations behind the race are two-fold: to compete with big, imported brands and to build out the technological interests of the general population. Also, by …

Palm’s Minuscule New Mobile Phone Sidekick

In an effort to revive the Palm brand—one synonymous with the PalmPilot and Personal Digital Assistants and so many other widely-embraced developments in the ’90s and early aughts—a California company has released a new device under the name. It’s the first release with Palm branding since HP acquired and shuttered the brand—and it’s not what one would expect. The Palm smartphone is being touted as …

Nokia’s “Banana Phone” from The Matrix Returns

HMD, the producers of Nokia-branded phones these days, will revive the cinematic classic “banana phone,” better known as the Nokia 8110. The curved sliding cell phone featured in “The Matrix” and was used by Keanu Reeves’ character Neo. Now the retro device is returning in black (but with a banana yellow variation) as well. It’s quite basic, running on Smart Feature OS, but comes complete …