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This new smartphone antenna could boost your signal and battery life

November 22nd at 10:23 PM

This new smartphone antenna could boost your signal and battery life

In the never-ending quest to squeeze more power out of less space in our smartphones, researchers in Finland have developed a revolutionary antenna technology that could boost your signal and extend your battery life, and do it all while taking up less space than what’s currently in your handset.

The idea is that, because your phone is packed with a variety of antennas with different tasks — like one for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, another for GPS, and another for cellular — the result is too much power draw, reduced space, and possible interference. The bright minds at Aalto University in Finland set out to find a solution.  More →

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Sospendo Smartphone Holder

This is the worst smartphone gadget to ever grace the internet

May 18th at 7:00 PM

This is the worst smartphone gadget to ever grace the internet

In a world of Bluetooth-connected fart trackers and hipster-friendly tinfoil hats, I am aware that describing a Kickstarter as “the worst” is a bold claim. But hear me out: from idea to execution to the innumerable GIFs littering the crowdfunding campaign, this particular wearable smartphone accessory ticks all of the boxes.

At heart, the SOSPENDO combines two of the very worst things: selfie sticks and wearable smartphone holders. The SOSPENDO is, according to the press release, an “innovative, ergonomic hands-free device that will hold smartphones, tablets and GoPro cameras.”

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Cubimorph Video

Tiny touchscreen building blocks could be the future of consumer electronics

May 17th at 8:16 AM

Tiny touchscreen building blocks could be the future of consumer electronics

What does the future look like? Will floating autonomous cars cart us to and from work each day? Will we even have jobs anymore or will robots invade every industry from manufacturing, to trucking, to law and everything in between? The future has never looked less clear than it does right now, but a new prototype of a device called “Cubimorph” may help bring the future of consumer electronics into focus. More →

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Used Smartphones

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

February 26th 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

February 12th 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

November 25th 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

November 11th 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

October 29th 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

October 9th 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

September 24th 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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