Sorry scumbags, silent camera phones may get the axe

By on January 27, 2009 at 11:52 AM.

Sorry scumbags, silent camera phones may get the axe

Sorry, but it’s true. There is absolutely no viable reason a camera phone should be able to silently snap a picture that outweighs the privacy issues camera phones have brought about. If after reading that last sentence you find yourself scanning your mind in search of a way to refute it, you’re probably a scumbag and you should seek help. The go-to argument for silent camera phones, the ability to assist law enforcement by photographing a crime, is a bad one. If you see a crime taking place you should either dial 911 and try to help any victims if it is safe to do so, or leave the scene and dial 911. Laws already exist in several countries around the world requiring that all camera phones make a sound when they snap a photograph and the reasoning is fairly obvious – help prevent perverts like Captain Corona pictured above from taking lewd photos of unsuspecting women. Enter the Camera Phone Predator Alert Act. New York Rep Pete King introduced the bill to the House earlier this month and we hope for a swift approval for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that there are plenty of more pressing matters at hand. Approving a bill that will “require any mobile phone containing a digital camera to sound a tone whenever a photograph is taken” should be a no-brainer. We’d like to add however, that a minimum decibel level for said tone should be also specified and required – there is no sense in having a tone if it’s inaudible.

[Via cnet]

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Samsung R470 spied, headed to US Cellular

By on January 4, 2009 at 12:07 PM.

Samsung R470 spied, headed to US Cellular

Ahhh, the good old FCC. Once again, our pals in Washington have treated us to a preview of an upcoming handset that had previously been under wraps. This time around we get a peak at the Samsung R470, a saucy CDMA clamshell destined for US Cellular. No, it’s not quite the Delve, but the R470 does have a bit of allure. Seemingly somewhat focused on multimedia, it looks like the handset has a nice big external display with a sizable control pad and (stereo?) speakers beneath it. When flipped open, the R470 becomes far less interesting and looks like any old clamshell of 10 years ago. Actually, this phone is kind of like a cellular mullet — business on the inside, party on the outside. While there is a big piece of the puzzle missing from the FCC documents, namely EV-DO, we’ll just hope those tests are covered in separate filings that will appear on the site down the line.

[Via Phone Scoop]

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Casio Entering the 8 Megapixel Camera Phone Game

By on August 27, 2008 at 11:59 AM.

Casio Entering the 8 Megapixel Camera Phone Game

Casio can hardly be considered a “leader” when it comes to cell phones, especially on this side of the world. When it comes to pocketable digital cameras however, Casio can run with the best of them. So what happens when Casio’s Exilim brand pops up on a sexy 8 megapixel mobile phone? Maybe nothing on this side of the world but hey, we can dream right? The Casio Exilim W63CA far and away looks like the slimmest 8 megapixel shooter we’ve seen to date and likely incorporates the new Omnivision sensor hailed by Casio as game-changing. In terms of known specs, the FCC didn’t let too much out of the bag. We can see the slim clam shell form factor, 3G, a swiveling 800 x 480 pixel display and the 8 megapixel camera of course. Beyond that there isn’t much to tell at this point. Normally that would be more than enough to get some adrenaline pumping but this is almost certainly a handset that will only make its way to US shores by way of tourism and the odd importer. As such, it’s hard to get overly excited about it on this side of the globe. Our Japanese readers should expect a formal announcement from KDDI soon.

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