ECLECTICIST: Mobile Phones
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From the Show
Broadcast: 24th April, 2016
Last update: 2nd May, 2016
Published: 2nd May, 2016
- Read the feedback, notes from the last show
- Begin recording
- Introduction and description of the podcast, goals, modus operandi.
- What An investigation of everything from a British perspective by two brothers (who consider themselves to be relatively normal chaps), one topic at a time.
- Who Geoffrey Campos (engineer and devil’s advocate),
Benjamin de-Campos (designer and believer).
- How Choose a topic of interest, spend a little time researching it, have a discussion then publish the notes - which are available on the site to read along!
- Why The main benefits are the fostering of a greater understanding of the world before we die and hopefully, to prompt further thought and discussion from our listeners.
- The topic we will be discussing in this episode is Mobile Phones
Imagine a world where you forgo any plausible claim to privacy by paying for-profit companies in other lands to collect and analyse your personal data. Imagine further that the means with which said companies acquire your data is through a portable computer bristling with sensors that you literally wear on your body, most of the time. The portable device, communication and data services are so important to your life that you’re driven half mad with worry and misery when parted just for a short period. Welcome to the reality of 21st century mobile telephony, where everyone lifelogs into their very own portable telescreen.
What we’re not talking about
Each bullet is a talking point. Sub-bullets are topics that may or may not be covered. Usage: Read the bullet and sub-bullets then talk about some or all sub-bullets.
- Some guy invents the first mobile phone in 1973
- Briefcase sized boxes in the 80s that were prohibitively expensive and (apparently) weren’t all that secure
- 1973 First mobile phone call
- 1983 Motorola DynaTAC 8000X
- 1994 IBM Simon, first smartphone
- 2002 Europe's first camera phone - Nokia 7650
- 2002 Handspring Treo 180
- 2003 First 3G phones sold by ‘3’ in UK, Motorola A830
- 2007 iPhone
- 2008 Android on T-Mobile G1
- Cellular infrastructure, backhaul
- Star Tac
- Nokia N9, Meego
- Palm Pre, WebOS
- Apple iPhone
- Huawei - the future king
- The West
- 3rd world
- Young people
- Not only do young people own mobile phones, they have a “symbolic and affective investment” in them (Lobet-Maris, 2003, p.88). Surveys have consistently shown that young people even prefer their mobile phone to television or the Internet (Enpocket, 2005; Hession, 2001). It is children’s favourite method of communication (Livingstone & Bober, 2005) with younger adolescents (school years 7 to 9) more attached to their mobile phones than older adolescents (school years 10 to 12) as they reported needing to return home to collect their phone if they forget it (Matthews, 2004). Young people also save text messages which they value and cherish (Taylor & Harper, 2003).
The mobile phone is a status symbol for young people. The features of the phone, the appearance and personalised accessories all attest to the phone’s status, with sixty percent of adolescents reporting they were keen to upgrade their mobile phone (Netsafe, 2005). It is seen as a fashion accessory that satisfies the need for individualisation by having choices in mobile wallpaper, ring tones, phone covers, carry bags and other accessories (Srivastava, 2005) and yet also signifies being part of the peer group (Williams & Williams, 2005). Indeed, even the ownership of a mobile phone indicates that one is socially connected, accessible and in demand. It can also be seen as a symbol of independence from one’s family. - The impact of the mobile phone on young people’s social life (2005), Marilyn Campbell, School of Learning and Professional Studies Queensland University of Technology (PDF)
- More young people junk and how technology moves fast:
- The London riot in 2011: ‘There were reports that the BlackBerry Messenger service was used by looters to organise their activities, and that inflammatory and inaccurate accounts of Mark Duggan's killing on social media sites may have incited disturbances.’
- Cellular coverage
- Sensors, Piezoelectrics
- Instant messaging, SMS
- Google now, on tap
- Samsung S7 tech - typical ‘flagship’ phone
- Reinforced glass
- Multi-network protocol compatibility
- Sound DAC
- AMOLED capacitive touch screen
- 8 core CPU
- Dedicated graphics chip
- 200GB memory card support
- 4GB RAM
- 12mp rear camera, OIS, 4K30fps, 1080p60fps
- 5MP front camera
- Wifi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS
- Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, light, barometer, heart rate, blood oxygen (SpO2) sensors
- Qi/PMA wireless power
- Lithium Ion battery (3KmAh)
- Multi-touch glass
- Ultra-high density displays
- Pocket sized
- Instant messaging
- Inference, historical pattern matching - how much can be known?
- Rogue/evil twins, stingrays
- Apple/FBI controversy
- The problem with one-way authentication i.e. phone must authenticate to access the network, network does not need to authenticate to the phone
- ‘The [Apple] 5S will have a carbon footprint of 70kg, the 5C a footprint of 60kg.’ - theecologist.org
- Form vs. Function
- Shrinking then ballooning sizes
- Data services
- Siri, Facebook chatbots
Terminology specific to the topic
- 5G Gigibit data to a mobile! Common from 2020..
- CDMA Code division multiple access. Simultaneous access for multiple connections.
- Cell A geographical area covered by a range of radio frequencies for communications.
- EDGE Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution, (a nicely forced acronym). 100Kbps-ish. Jeepers! 2G
- GPRS General Packet Radio Service, 40Kbps downloads - yeehaa! 2G
- GSM Global System for Mobile communications, 2G
- IMEI Unique 15 digit serial number of a mobile phone. Find yours: *#06#
- IMSI International Mobile Subscriber Identity. Encoded on the SIM card and is associated with the bill payer.
- LTE Long-Term Evolution. Commonly referred to as 4G. Digital, high bandwidth, high compression, large capacity backhaul standard. 40Mbps!!!
- MIMO multiple-input and multiple-output. The use of multiple antennas to increase connection capacity.
- Multi-core Multiple processing domains on the same physical CPU.
- OFDMA Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access. Another method for increasing the number of radio frequency distribution to increase capacity.
- SID System Identification
- SIM Subscriber identity module. A chip that contains unique authentication information.
- Stingray Fake, non-carrier cell phone tower-like call/data interception device typically operated by law enforcement agencies. Also known as IMSI-catcher i.e. can identify the human phone user.
- TDMA Time division multiple access. Yet another method for increasing capacity over a limited number of radio frequencies. Multiple connections can be made on the same frequency by scheduling time slots.
- UMTS Universal Mobile Telecommunications system, 3G 200Kbps+
- WiMAX The Betamax of the 4G suites
- Details about site, contacts, next show: Watches
- Outro music choice - something open source or out of copyright so we don’t get sued
- A Medley of Ringtones. See if you can recognise any…
- Recording ends, postmortem recording begins
- Add intro music, outro, any editing
From the Show
Notes, corrections and further references
Vertu - nearly bespoke, ludicrously expensive mid-range Android phones.
BBC article on the coming 3G technology (2001)
Mobile Industry Review - Voice recognition - has it come of age?
HTC Vive mobile phone inspired VR set