While we all love our smartphones, there’s no doubt that they create a lot of e-waste that results in harmful chemicals getting dumped into the environment. ScienceDaily brings us word that some researchers are working on a way to solve this problem by developing wood-based semiconductor chips that will actually biodegrade naturally if they’re left in the wilderness. More →
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from OnePlus, whose next-gen OnePlus Two smartphone is one of the more anticipated Android phones to come out this year. Via Droid Life, OnePlus is teasing a mysterious new announcement for June 1st that the company vows will “shake up the tech industry” because “it’s time for change.” More →
The HTC One M9 is already looking like a disaster for HTC, which was seemingly caught off guard by all the major improvements that Samsung made with its Galaxy S6 line of smartphones. One of the biggest disappointments with the One M9 has been its camera, which reviewers have claimed is still miles behind flagship devices such as the iPhone 6, the Galaxy S6 and the LG G4. However, Forbes points us to a new study from the imaging experts at DxOMark showing that the One M9’s camera doesn’t even match the cameras of flagship phones released more than three years ago. More →
BlackBerry CEO John Chen recently offered some very good reasons for BlackBerry to keep making new phones, although he acknowledged at this point that he’s making them for a tiny audience. How tiny are we talking about? The latest numbers from Gartner show that BlackBerry is somehow still losing market share in the smartphone wars despite the fact that its overall share of the market has been well below 1% for the past year. More →
If your Android phone’s performance has gotten noticeably worse, it might be because it’s being plagued by a malicious app you’ve unwittingly installed. As GreenBot informs us, there’s actually a very good way to tell whether a third-party app is negatively affecting your phone’s performance by enabling a feature called Safe Mode. More →
One of the early criticisms of the Apple Watch has been the performance of third-party apps on the device. However, Apple operations chief Jeff Williams told Re/code on Wednesday revealed that we should start to see some significant improvements on this front later this year because Apple is planning to unveil an Apple Watch SDK at WWDC 2015 next month that will give developers native code to use for their apps and will also give them access to the device’s native sensors, such as the Digital Crown. The plan is to have the SDK come out of preview sometime in the fall, presumably alongside the final version of iOS 9. More →
Let’s be honest: Most of the leaks we’ve seen about iOS 9 have been on the dull side. Apple is placing a lot of emphasis on stability with its latest software, which means it’s not adding as many new features as it has in the past. However, 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman brings us word of a new feature that really sounds like something to get excited about. More →
The past year has been a very bad one for Comcast. It’s been regularly humiliated by stories about its atrocious customer service, it’s lost a high-profile net neutrality fight with the Federal Communications Commission and it’s seen its proposed megamerger with Time Warner Cable essentially blocked. However, Comcast isn’t one to take such slights lying down and now its plan to get back at its haters and critics has started to take shape. More →
How would you like for Bank of America to pay for your Netflix bill every month? It seems that The Penny Hoarder has found a way to make it happen. If you’re a Bank of America customer, you can sign up for one of its Better Balance Rewards Cards and use it to get enough money back from the bank to pay off your monthly Netflix bill. More →
Suicide Squad is one of the more highly anticipated superhero movies that will release next summer and Mashable directs our attention to some videos that have been popping up on the web that show the new version of the Batmobile in the film. Several different users on YouTube, Vine and Instagram all posted eye-witness videos of a car chase involving the Batmobile and the Joker inside a purplish car. More →
If you’ve ever wanted a smartphone that looks like a Marvel superhero, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its Galaxy S6 edge Iron Man Limited Edition, which will go on sale on May 27th in Korea and will then launch in China and Hong Kong in June. The device will be much the same as the regular Galaxy S6 edge, only it will be colored red and gold and will feature an image of Iron Man on its rear panel. The device also comes with 64GB of storage, which makes it a step up from the basic 32GB tier of the original Galaxy S6 edge.
Gulp. This isn’t good. The Associated Press reports that the Internal Revenue Service admitted on Tuesday that thieves had hacked into one of its systems and had managed to swipe tax information from more than 100,000 American taxpayers. According to the AP, the IRS says that the thieves “used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers.” More →
If you’re in the market for a new smartphone case and you don’t want to spend money, then you owe it to yourself to check out a huge sale going on at Amazon right now. Case maker Rearth is selling several of its Ringke smartphone cases for up to 68% off if you buy them through Amazon and enter in its special coupon codes. Among other devices, Rearth is selling smartphone cases for the iPhone 6, the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy Note 4, the LG G4 and the Nexus 5.
UPDATE: We’re getting word that many of these coupon codes are no longer working, which means the sale may have ended or that supplies have run out.