June 21, 2012

5 Eco-friendly Ways to Charge Your Smartphone

Posted in Just for fun, mobile news by Lisa Leitner

We’ve all been there. The battery of your phone is low and there’s no wall outlet nearby. You desperately try to memorize some phone numbers and write one last text message, when eventually it goes dead. Thanks to some brilliant minds, we don’t have to despair of situations like this anymore. There are several eco-friendly ways to charge your smartphone.

5 eco-friendly chargers

5 eco-friendly chargers


1) SunnyBAG Solar Energy Charger

SunnyBAG charges your smartphone


First in line is SunnyBAG, a shoulder bag with waterproof solar panels on its outside. Obviously it uses sunlight as a source of energy, but it also charges its integrated power battery pack in all other weather conditions. Currently SunnyBAG’s battery pack has a capacity of 18.5 Wh and needs 2 – 3 hours to be fully charged on a sunny day. The battery features a USB output which can charge any type of mobile phone – anytime, anywhere and all eco-friendly.


2) Kinesis K3 Wind and Solar Charger

Kinesis K3 charges smartphones

Kinesis K3

The K3 captures power from wind and sun and stores it in its internal battery. At the moment, a 4,000 mAh battery is used to charge smartphones, mp3 players, cameras, etc via the built-in USB port. LED level indicators show you the current power status with the press of a button. The Kinesis K3 can stand up, lay down or hang and it’s said to work in almost any environment.


3) Smartphone Bicycle Charger Kit

Charger that collects energy by pedal power

Bicycle Charger

The Smartphone Bicycle Charger Kit collects green energy from cycling. It starts charging as soon as you reach a speed of 4 mph and uses solely pedal power to charge smartphones and other devices. The Smartphone Bicycle Charger Kit comes with a dynamo power generator, cell phone holderbicycle USB charger, and all necessary brackets and connectors. Using it supports your own health as well as our environment.


4) Orange Sound Charge T-Shirt

Orange Sound Charge T-Shirt

Sound Charge T-Shirt

This sound charge T-Shirt is perfect for you, if you like to hang out in loud environments (a noisy office or a bar) and set no great store by your look. Its film panel acts like a microphone which absorbs acoustic waves. The waves are then converted into electric charge which is stored in a reservoir battery. It is said that with sound levels of 80dB, the sound charge T-Shirt will generate around 6 W/h. All the electronics as well as the film panel are removable so you’re able to wash it in the machine.


5) Mushroom GreenZero Charger

Mushroom GreenZero Charger

Mushroom GreenZero

If you are lucky enough to have an outlet in sight, but still want your charger to be energy efficient, the Mushroom GreenZero Charger might be the ideal solution for you. While traditional chargers continue consuming energy also after the charge is complete, this little mushroom-shaped device shuts off as soon as your smartphone is fully charged or unplugged. This helps you save energy and also your battery’s life as it makes sure your smartphone doesn’t overcharge.


There are some great ways to charge your smartphone and at the same time reduce your ecological footprint. If you happen to have a talent for training bugs, you might like this eco-friendly way of charging your phone:

May 25, 2012

Mobile Phones Now and Then – a Little History Lesson

Posted in Just for fun, mobile news by Lisa Leitner

The mobile phone has accompanied us for about 30 years now. Within the last decades it has evolved from a means of simple communication to a personal assistant who facilitates our everyday life. Today, we can’t imagine a world without our beloved cell phones, let alone mobile internet, apps, built-in cameras and mp3-players.

Just a couple of days ago my 7-year-old nephew asked me: “What did you do with your iPhone before there was internet?” That’s when I decided to go back in time and tell a little history about the evolution of mobile phones. So read along, whether you are 7 and want to know where the iPhone comes from or you are 25+ and can still remember a time without apps and all the bells and whistles.

Evolution of mobile phones

Mobile phones now and then

1980s –the first generation of mobile phones

The early 1980s brought us the first generation of mobile phones. Believe it or not, back then the only purpose of the mobile phone was to make phone calls. This is how a cell phone looked some 30 years ago:


Motorola DynaTAC 8000X

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X

Here are some key facts of the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x:
Talk time: 1 hour
Standby time: 8 hours
Display: red LED
Memory: you were able to save 30 phone numbers
Weight: 790 g (28 oz)
Size: 250 mm long (10 in)
Input: 21 keys

Not very surprising, this phone was also called “The Brick”. Nowadays it may seem as if Motorola didn’t have any appreciation for design, however, the brick was considered revolutionary back then.

1990s –the rise of Nokia

In the 1990s mobile phones started to look very differently to their predecessors, following a trend to build tiny 100 – 200 g (3.5 – 7 oz) devices. There’s one handset many of you will remember from that time: the Nokia 3210.

Nokia 3210

Nokia 3210

Key facts of the Nokia 3210:
Talk time: 3 – 4.5 hours
Standby time: 55 – 260 hours
Display: backlit monochrome
Memory: 250 names in phonebook
Weight: 153 g (5.4 oz)
Size: 123.8 mm x 50.5 mm x 16.7 – 22.5 mm (4.9 in x 2 in x 0.6 – 0.9 in)
Input: 15 keys

Some changes are pretty obvious –size and weight shrunk enormously, it got a real display, fewer keys and battery lives improved. Also, mobile phones got some cutting-edge features, like an internal antenna, mobile games (Snake!) and SMS messaging. With its killer features the Nokia 3210 became one of the most popular mobile phones in history.

2000s – the smartphone revolution

The trend of making cell phones tinier and tinier lasted until the mid 2000s. Holding a teeny Sony Ericsson Z525a in 2006 I was making fun of huge phones, not knowing trend was about to teach me a lesson. A major event in the history of mobile phones lead to a fundamental change in size and look of devices: the launch of the first iPhone in 2007.


iPhone 2G

iPhone 2G

Key facts of the iPhone 2G:
Talk time: 8 hours
Standby time: 250 hours (that’s what Apple says)
Display: 3.5 in (88.9 mm) screen, 320 x 480 pixel resolution, multi-touch display, 18-bit LCD
Memory: 128 MB eDRAM
Storage capacity: 8 or 16 GB flash memory
Weight: 135 g (4.8 oz)
Size: 115 mm x 61 mm x 11.6 mm (4.5 in x 2.4 in x 0.5 in)
Input: 1 key, touchscreen
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth
Rear camera: 2 megapixel

The release of the iPhone 2G was the start of the smartphone revolution. Apart from making phone calls and sending text messages, smartphones seemed to have nothing in common with mobile phones from the 1990s. The mobile phone of the late 2000s was a mini-computer, with which you could surf the internet and make use of apps. Furthermore it replaced your camera, your calendar, your mp3-player and your remote control. Suddenly all the other handset manufacturers started to build smartphones and the devices got bigger and bigger.

Mobile phones today

Today it gets harder and harder to tell cell phones and tablet computers apart. The newest member of the smartphone family is the Samsung Galaxy S III, announced on May 3rd in London.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Key facts of the Samsung Galaxy S III:
Talk time: 6 – 10 hours
Standby time: 24 – 50 hours (way more realistic than Apple’s 250 hours)
Display: 4.8 in (120 mm) screen, Super AMOLED, 1280×720 pixles, multi-touch, proximity sensor, scratch resistant glass
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Storage capacity: 16/32/64 GB flash memory
Weight: 133 g (4.7 oz)
Size: 136.6 mm x 70.6 mm x 8.6 mm (5.4 in x 2.8 in x 0.34 in)
Input: 1 key, touchscreen, voice recognition
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G, NFC
Rear camera: 8 megapixel
Front camera: 1.9 megapixel

Obviously, over the years design and usability have become very important to the mobile industry. Technical improvements are impressive. Pictures you take with your new Samsung Galaxy S III are of a higher quality than those you took with your Canon Ixus a few years ago. Also, the performance of today’s mobile phones is stronger than those of computers we used a decade ago. The only real disadvantage that’s involved is the poor battery life. So there’s still room for improvement.


Anyway, it’s for sure that the evolution of mobile phones has turned out pretty great so far. Our smartphones are great assistants, who we can even talk to now. So all that’s left to say is: A world without a mobile phone is possible, but pointless 😉

April 4, 2012

The (R)evolution of Apps

Posted in apps, cloud services, mobile news by Lisa Leitner

Are you familiar with the situation that your grandmother tells you stories about her life and in the end says something like “So many things have changed” and you just smile and nod? Well, if you think about it, your granny has a point. Just have a look at the history of IT.

Information technology has experienced some massive peaks in the last decades: the introduction of the first personal computer, the Internet, mobile phones, text messages, e-mail, smartphones, mobile commerce, tablet computers and – very popular recently – the (R)evolution of apps.


mobile app icons

mobile apps as we know them

The Truth about Apps

You might think that apps are a quite recent discovery, but really, apps have existed for a much longer time than Apple’s iTunes Store or Google’s Android Market (now called Google Play). But, it’s a fact that the term “app” moved mainstream when Apple launched its App Store in 2008. Ever since it has mainly been used as a synonym for mobile applications for smartphones and tablets. However, an app can run on your computer, on a browser as well as on your TV and on other electronic devices.

App is short for “application”, which is short for “application software”, which you could also call “computer software”. An app is a piece of software which performs a certain task, e.g. navigate, inform or entertain. Anyway, on which device you are using your app is irrelevant.


Desktop Apps

Don’t think too complicated! A desktop app is exactly what the name suggests: a program you can use on your desktop. To demonstrate how old apps are, I give you an example of a desktop app we all know: Microsoft Office. Now desktop apps are popular again. There’re also desktop app stores like for example the Mac App Store. Desktop apps I use on a daily basis are e.g. Tweetdeck, Evernote and of course mysms.


Web Apps

Also, there are web apps everyone knows and many have used for years: Hotmail, Gmail, Google Docs. This might sound boring at first but if you think about it, they are very useful. If you use a certain (web) app on more devices, you can benefit from all advantages of the cloud. You can get web apps like Wunderlist or StumbleUpon on the Chrome Web Store and soon to come Mozilla Marketplace.


TV Apps

Now that’s really a new kind of apps! The so called connected TV or also smart TV is in the spotlight of the entertainment technology business at the moment. Using apps on your TV, you can not only check Facebook or Gmail from your couch, but even connect your TV with other devices. For example, if you come back from a holiday, you can watch the photos you took with your smartphone on your TV – right away, without any wires or changing of SD-Cards! If you want more information on this, have a look at Apple TV and Samsung Smart TV.


Apps on desktop, web, TV

apps on your desktop, in the web and on TV

The (r)evolution of apps has been an impressive and successful one. Its history is longer and more comprehensive than most of us would have thought. Its future looks bright. Having mobile apps, desktop apps, web apps and TV apps offers us great possibilities and potential to facilitate our everyday life. Imagine you have one app for all your devices. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Do you think you’d benefit from being able to send text messages from your TV? Do you like the idea of using mysms on your TV?

February 24, 2012

Hello World!

Posted in mobile news, mysms news by mysms

Hallo! Salut! Hola! Ciao! Olá! Hej! Hello…and welcome to our mysms blog!

We’re very happy to announce the birth of the youngest of our mysms family: the mysms blog! Bringing this blog into being we’d like to establish a platform where you can interact with us, share your thoughts and opinions and stay informed about happenings in the mobile world.


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