VietNamNet Bridge - An old mobile phone installed with remote-control supervision and anti-theft system can easily find the location of a vehicle. "I once lost a bicycle which I bought with many years of savings. I then told myself I need to invent a system which can supervise the itinerary of vehicles after they are stolen and send information back to my mobile phone. If such a system exists, I will be able to find my assets," said Vo Minh Nam, a student at the HCM City University of Technique Education. Nam and his friends implemented a project on building the system to supervise and prevent vehicles from being stolen. According to Nam and his friends, there are many different types of locks now available in the market advertised as able to prevent theft. However, thieves with advanced techniques can steal motorbikes with sophisticated tricks. "The system uses GPS (global positioning system), used widely in many different fields, from navigation to mapping and searching. Our … [Read more...] about Mobile phone can find stolen motorbikes
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Talk Around Town (26-03-2006) Making mobile phones available to masses by Trung Hieu The people of Ha Noi may be forgiven for forgetting the name of Dang Dung Street, which is more commonly referred to now as the 'Mobile Phone Flea Market'. This small street used to be very quiet, and few people knew about it. But today it is crowded as a well known market with shops trading second-hand mobile phones. These shops opened to meet the demand for mobile phones as they became increasingly affordable for most Vietnamese people. Not so long ago, mobile phones were used mostly by students from well-off families, but today many students from middle-income or even poor families carry them so they can receive calls from their employers. Peering through shop windows, customers browse shelves displaying the full gamut of mobile phone technology, from older bulky phones to the latest products from Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and others. The owners of shops like Tuan Linh, Dai Phat and Tuan Hai dispense … [Read more...] about Making mobile phones available to masses
Talk Around Town (13-07-2008) Mobile phones could put youngest users at risk by Vu Thu Ha Hoang Thanh Hoa, a Hanoian media worker, is thinking of buying her seven-year-old son a mobile phone. As the boy is attending a lot of extra classes during the summer, Hoa says this would make it much easier for her to keep in contact with him whenever she wants. "On a few occasions, my husband and I were too busy or just absent-minded, and we forget to pick him up after class. If he'd had a mobile phone, he could have easily reached us instead of waiting hours before we came," Hoa says. Some argue that the age of seven is too young to use a mobile, but Hoa disagrees. "Besides the peace of mind I'd have knowing I can keep tabs on him, a mobile phone is a piece of modern technology; letting children have early access to it is a way to help them develop their intelligence," she argues. With the popularisation of mobile phones and better economic conditions, many urbanite parents find Hoa's idea to … [Read more...] about Mobile phones could put youngest users at risk
A debate about mobile phones unfolded with my family after our housekeeper came back from a short break and showed us her new phone. "This is a modern mobile phone. It has a camera and music player. I decided to buy it to listen to music," she said. Her explanation surprised our family because in my home she is able to enjoy music or watch television at her leisure. From time to time, she would also use our home phone to call her family in Thanh Hoa Province. My mother-in-law, who is now retired and stays at home to take care of the family's children, advised her not to purchase the mobile phone because her "salary is only about VND1 million [US$52] per month." "Moreover, you have to feed a four-year-old child," said my Mother-in-law to my housekeeper. "There is no need to buy a modern mobile phone. You need to save money." The advice was not accepted. "Now, most people have a phone. In my village, many people, including buffalo herders, use mobile phones," the housekeeper said. And … [Read more...] about Mobile phone a status symbol for the young
by Bich Huong Despite the reputed health risks of exposure to microwaves, more and more parents are buying mobile phones for their children. Pham Thanh Dam, a lecturer at HCM City-based Post and Telecommunications Institute, said microwaves could potentially harm a child's immune system, lead to skull-development problems and even cause brain cancer. However, most primary - and secondary-school students would rather be dead than go without their trusty mobile. And parents are more concerned about being able to contact their children than of the health risks involved. "I heard about the effects of mobile phones on health but they do help me keep in touch with my child when he is out. It takes just a phone call to find out what he is doing and where he is," said Vuong Thi Hien, whose son is an eighth grader in Ha Noi. Nguyen Thu Dao, a teacher at Chu Van An Secondary School in Ha Noi, said two-thirds of her class of 45 now had mobile phones. Parents buy their children a mobile phone so … [Read more...] about Should schools ban mobile phones?