The Inflatable Sleeping Coat by designer Lin Tsui-Wei is one hardworking, multipurpose piece of survival gear--it's a raincoat, sleeping coat, sleeping bag, and even mattress rolled into one.
The number of mobile phone users in China hit 167 million in April, an increase of 6 million subscribers from the previous month. According to China's Ministry of Information Industry, the latest figure represents a mobile phone penetration rate of 13 percent. The ministry's statistics also indicate that another 1.1 billion Chinese nationals do not use a mobile phone. China is the world's No. 1 mobile phone market, with the U.S. trailing in second place with 136 million subscribers. China Mobile is the country's largest wireless carrier with over 100 million subscribers. The country's telecommunications industry is undergoing massive liberalization. Last Thursday, for instance, Chinese officials split government-owned China Telecom in two. CNET Asia's Fran Foo reported from Singapore. CNET Asia's Hu Hai Wei contributed from Beijing. To view the full story, visit CNET Asia.
IBM announced on Monday the winner of its "Cool Blue VoiceXML Challenge." VoiceXML is a new Extensible Markup Language standard for using voice to browse online information. Brent Metz, a 21-year-old originally from Fairfax, Va., and a student at Virginia Tech University, won the $25,000 grand prize for his creation of a nutrition planning application that helps people plan their diets by phone. Wei Wang, who won first prize, is a post-graduate student at Leeds Metropolitan University. He created an astrology application using original sounds and voice prompts. People answer voice prompts to hear about their Chinese, Eastern or Western sign and to receive advice on their Zodiac sign. Wang won a trip for two to a final championship sports game.