Smartphone Modules

‘Modular’ smartphones are 2016’s dumb trend

By on May 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

‘Modular’ smartphones are 2016’s dumb trend

The LG G5 has them. Google’s first consumer phone will have them. The iPhone has some, thanks to this butt-ugly case. And now, it would appear that Motorola’s upcoming smartphone will have modules. But don’t let the trends deceive you: modular smartphones are not here to stay.

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Sospendo Smartphone Holder

This is the worst smartphone gadget to ever grace the internet

By on May 18, 2016 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

By on May 17, 2016 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

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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