Mobile World Congress, an annual mobile conference held in Barcelona, Spain, is just around the corner. From February 27 to March 1, attendees will have the chance to view upcoming releases and the latest in phone technology. But for those of you, who can’t make it to Barcelona this year (aka the Mobile Capital of the World), don’t be too alarmed. A few smartphone announcements to be made at the conference have leaked, and if you want a preview of what’s going to be the hottest and newest phones out there, then please read on:
First off, the Nokia 803, a camera-centric Symbian phone that will have one of the largest camera sensors on a mobile phone yet, will be Nokia’s step towards 1080p video. With a 4-inch AMOLED screen, the phone will be featured with an all-touchscreen feature that will rival the Nokia N8, a phone revered for its photo prowess, writes arstechnica.com.
Another phone that will be anticipated at the MWC will be the Windows Phone handsets from Nokia. A low-cost model, the Lumia 610 is speculated to have modest features (256MB of RAM), but pricing will also be accommodating for a smartphone at $157 without a contract.
Arstechnica.com reports that a global version of the Lumia 900 is also set to be unveiled at the conference. The high-end Windows Phone debuted in January as a US-only LTE handset with AT&T. Pricing may range between $100 and $150.
A third Windows Phone, the Lumia 719, is also rumored to make an appearance at the show. Leaked details of the phone confirm that the specs are the same as the Lumia 710 (3.7-inch Clear Black display, 5-megapixel camera).
Different newspaper platforms have predicted that with the reintroduction of Nokia as a smartphone variety and the free Xbox 360 attached to every new two-year contract with the Lumia 800 may give the intended boost in mobile sales. But with the forecast still unclear, the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, is said to be a pretty good indicator of how these unreleased models will be received by users.
Last September, an Arizona Power Service employee made an error that led to a massive power outage that encompassed parts of Arizona, Southern California, and Mexico, leaving millions of people relatively in the dark for at least the first few hours, sparking some colorful speculation upon the cause of the electrical power outage.
Hospitals and urgent care facilities had to act quickly in order to accommodate patients, while the streets were blocked with traffic since all signal lights were down. Perishable foods were locked behind refrigerator doors to keep in the cold air, and residents were alerted to use as little of their gas and water as possible
Slowly bits of news began to stream in. According to abcnews.com, the North Gila-Hassayampa 500 kV transmission line near Yuma, Ariz. was tripped offline when a single APS employee was carrying out a procedure in the North Gila substation. But locals who were affected by the blackout weren’t aware of this until much later.
In the midst of all this confusion and chaos, many San Diegans harbored some anxiety that the power outage was an act of terrorism. Mere days before the day that would mark the 10 years since 9/11; many were ready to believe that the power outage wasn’t an accident.
But as news began to filter in, and more could be gleaned from the event, those who were affected by the electrical failure drew some comfort from the fact that the power outage wasn’t an act of terrorism and that the blackout shouldn’t last through the night.
But the most shocking piece of news of all happens to be realizing how ill-prepared any city is in any would-be county-wide disaster. With phone lines busy and calls constantly dropped because so many people were trying to contact loved ones all at once, text messaging became many people’s life-line.
Although the younger generation has become reliant on text messaging for their main mode of communication, perhaps this is not all for naught. In case of emergencies, or any city-wide disasters, the electrical episode last September demonstrates the reliability and necessity of text messaging.