Used Smartphones

Experiment finds hundreds of ‘dirty photos’ can be recovered from used phones

By on February 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Experiment finds hundreds of ‘dirty photos’ can be recovered from used phones

Every year, thousands if not millions of consumers either sell their old smartphones for cash or trade them in for next-gen devices, whether they be new iPhones, new Samsung Galaxy models, or even new Windows Phone devices.

While this set-up between smartphone owners and trade-in companies has been mutually beneficial for years, a new study finds that it’s remarkably easy to access personal and sensitive data from old smartphones. Recently, Avast Software purchased 20 used smartphones from pawn shops across 4 worldwide cities – New York, Paris, Barcelona and Berlin. Following that, a free software recovery tool was used to determine what type of private information happened to be retrievable, and the results should be quite concerning for anyone looking to part with their existing device.

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How To Cure Smartphone Addiction

What it’s like to completely give up your smartphone for 18 months

By on February 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

What it’s like to completely give up your smartphone for 18 months

Smartphones have become a very big part of our lives over the last decade, but when are they too much of a good thing? All the constant interruptions and notifications drove Jenna Woginrich to distraction, which is why she completely gave up her phone 18 months ago. Writing in The Guardian, Woginrich tells us what it’s been like to go smartphone-free for the past year and a half and it sounds like there are some definite upsides to it. More →

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Touchscreen Tech

We may have just been introduced to the future of touchscreens

By on November 25, 2015 at 10:02 AM.

We may have just been introduced to the future of touchscreens

E Ink screens are fantastic for some applications, but they’re certainly not suitable for smartphones. The low power consumption and great visibility in sunlight are both big checks in the plus column, but things then turn south when you consider what a smartphone experience would be like without vivid colors or high-quality videos and images.

LCD and AMOLED screens are much better suited for smartphones and other mobile devices right now, but we may have just gotten our first glimpse at the holy grail of display technology, combining vivid colors and usable refresh rates with low power consumption and high visibility in direct sunlight. More →

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Do Cops Need A Warrant To Track Your Phone

Use this map to see if cops in your state can track your phone with no warrant

By on November 11, 2015 at 11:00 PM.

Use this map to see if cops in your state can track your phone with no warrant

Do cops need a warrant to track your phone? Believe it or not, the answer to this question varies by state. To help you figure out whether cops can track your phone without a warrant, the American Civil Liberties Union has created an interactive map that details what procedures, if any, police need to follow in every state before tracking your location. More →

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Best Smartphone Hardware 2015

The 5 coolest smartphone hardware innovations we’ve seen this year

By on October 29, 2015 at 10:55 AM.

The 5 coolest smartphone hardware innovations we’ve seen this year

While we often hear that smartphones have gotten “boring,” the truth is that 2015 has been a tremendous year for smartphone hardware innovation. We realized this when Motorola unveiled the new Droid Turbo 2 this week that featured a five-layer display that the company claims is shatterproof. Below we’ll go over the five coolest smartphone hardware innovations we’ve seen this year, including the innovations of Samsung, Apple and more. More →

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Smartphone Battery Power Myths Explained

Don’t fall for these smartphone battery myths

By on October 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Don’t fall for these smartphone battery myths

You probably think you know several tips and tricks for improving your phone’s battery life… but some of them may be straight-up myths. LifeHacker has written a lengthy article that aims to debunk several key myths about smartphone batteries and it includes some vital information every smartphone user should know. More →

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LTE Speed Test

The sorry state of LTE in America: U.S. falls to #55 in global speed rankings

By on September 24, 2015 at 2:46 PM.

The sorry state of LTE in America: U.S. falls to #55 in global speed rankings

You know all of those commercials you see from the top four wireless carriers bragging about how fast their LTE data speeds are and how wide their LTE footprints are? There’s no question that LTE service has gotten better over the past few years, but you’ll be shocked to learn just how far behind the rest of the world America has fallen when it comes to LTE data speeds. More →

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GelTouch Touchscreen

Innovation of the week: Gel-filled touchscreen morphs to add buttons when you need them

By on September 24, 2015 at 8:55 AM.

Innovation of the week: Gel-filled touchscreen morphs to add buttons when you need them

The device pictured in the image you see above might look a bit primitive, but it’s actually a prototype built to showcase technology that may very well be the future of touchscreens. Researchers from Technische Universität Berlin in Berlin, Germany built the device, which offers a brilliant solution for touchscreens by giving them real physical buttons that appear temporarily when you need them, and then vanish when you don’t. More →

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How To Fix A Water Damaged Phone

Is this the biggest myth about reviving a wet smartphone?

By on September 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

Is this the biggest myth about reviving a wet smartphone?

What should you do if your smartphone stops working after you drop it in water? That’s easy: You should put it in rice to dry off… or should you? While we’ve heard many success stories about people drying off their phones by putting them in rice, at least one study claims there are more efficient ways to dry out your soaked device. More →

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Bendable Screen Phone

Innovation of the week: Watch this flexible phone control apps as it bends

By on August 28, 2015 at 9:01 AM.

Innovation of the week: Watch this flexible phone control apps as it bends

In 2013, Samsung launched the Galaxy Round smartphone with a flexible display… though the phone really didn’t have any legitimate reason to exist. As we’ve seen happen a few times in the years since Samsung first entered the smartphone market, the company created a consumer device that included new technology it had been developing, but the company didn’t bother to first determine how that new technology might be made useful.

We’ve seen a few phones with flexible displays launch since then, the most recent among them being the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge plus. Of course, while curved edges on a smartphone display supply a great differentiated look, they don’t offer much utility.

Now, however, there’s a phone that bends with purpose. More →

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Stupidest Smartphone Users Ever Broadway

Smartphone User Heckled for Climbing on Broadway Stage and Plugging His Device in a Fake Outlet

By on July 7, 2015 at 1:59 PM.

Smartphone User Heckled for Climbing on Broadway Stage and Plugging His Device in a Fake Outlet

Look, we know that having your smartphone’s battery go into the red is something that makes you deeply anxious — we’ve been there many times ourselves. But at some point, you’ll just have to accept the fact that the device is going to go into low-power mode and you’ll only be able to use it for the barest of necessities such as making important phone calls to friends and family. This simple concept was apparently too much for one smartphone user attending a Broadway show to handle, however, as he climbed up on the stage before the start of the performance and tried to charge his device in a fake outlet that was part of the show’s set. More →

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Best Cheap Smartphones List Xiaomi Motorola OnePlus

5 Fantastic Smartphones You Can Get for $300 or Less

By on June 17, 2015 at 2:38 PM.

5 Fantastic Smartphones You Can Get for $300 or Less

The iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S6 typically dominate the discussion about the world’s best smartphones but you don’t have to pay top dollar to get a quality device. Popular YouTube gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee has gone through his stash of low-cost smartphones and has picked out five gems that deliver good performance and amazing value for $300 or less. More →

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International Data Plan Roaming

How to travel abroad without having to sell your house to pay your cell phone bill

By on June 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

How to travel abroad without having to sell your house to pay your cell phone bill

When it comes to using your cell phone abroad, international travel has gotten much less painful in recent history. Several U.S. wireless carriers offer more wallet-friendly international roaming plans than they have in the past, but there are always caveats and limitations. For example, T-Mobile recently added free unlimited data in more than 100 countries for Simple Choice plan holders, but it’s only low-speed 2G data. If you want faster data speeds, it’ll cost you $100 per GB — and those rates can climb even higher with other carriers.

As it turns out, however, there are some ways to save money while traveling abroad. More →

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