Where Do Stolen iPhones Go

Here’s what happens to your iPhone after it gets stolen

By on December 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Here’s what happens to your iPhone after it gets stolen

The world of contraband electronics probably isn’t one that you’re familiar with, but if you read about smartphones on a regular basis, you’re bound to come across stories of black markets all around the world selling devices for hundreds of dollars more than they’re worth. This is one of the most interesting we’ve ever read. More →

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Best Cheap Tech Gifts

Video: These terrific last-minute tech gifts all cost $50 or less

By on December 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Video: These terrific last-minute tech gifts all cost $50 or less

Looking for a last-minute gift that doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet? Hugely popular YouTube gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee has you covered. In his latest video on last-minute holiday tech gifts, Brownlee lists a bunch of different products and accessories that are relative steals and cost $50 or less. More →

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Best Smartphones 2014 Video

Video: One of the world’s best gadget reviewers hands out awards for 2014’s best smartphones

By on December 8, 2014 at 2:25 PM.

Video: One of the world’s best gadget reviewers hands out awards for 2014’s best smartphones

Marques Brownlee has earned a lot of well deserved praise for his terrific gadget video reviews and now he’s put out another one that takes us back through the year that was in smartphones. At the end of the day, Brownlee lists the HTC One (M8) as the year’s best overall phone, followed by the 2014 Moto X, the iPhone 6 and the LG G3.  More →

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Smartphone Contract Comparison U.S.

Survey shows many of you have no idea how much you’re paying for your smartphone

By on November 25, 2014 at 4:18 PM.

Survey shows many of you have no idea how much you’re paying for your smartphone

One of the interesting things about smartphone subsidies is that they’ve essentially convinced many people that they’re getting a steal when they buy a smartphone for $200 with a two-year service agreement, even though they’re making up the difference by being obligated to pay the carrier’s contract rate over the next 24 months. Now gadget trade-in website Gazelle has shared some new survey data with us that suggests many us are completely clueless when it comes to how much we’re really paying for our smartphones. More →

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Best Smartphones Of 2014

One of the world’s best gadget reviewers reveals his favorite 2014 smartphones

By on November 24, 2014 at 3:40 PM.

One of the world’s best gadget reviewers reveals his favorite 2014 smartphones

Over the past year, we’ve repeatedly highlighted the work of Marques Brownlee, who has emerged as one of the best gadget reviewers on the planet. On Twitter Monday, Brownlee revealed his five favorite smartphones released this year, in no particular order: The Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8, the OnePlus One, the iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Nexus 6. More →

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Best Black Friday Smartphone Deals 2014

The best 2014 Black Friday smartphone deals we’ve seen so far

By on November 14, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

The best 2014 Black Friday smartphone deals we’ve seen so far

Black Friday is still two weeks away but retailers have already started hyping the huge sales they’ll be having for personal electronics, including some of this year’s hottest smartphones. Below we’ve listed the best Black Friday 2014 deals we’ve seen for smartphones so far this year from a wide variety of big box retailers such as RadioShack, Walmart and Best Buy.

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Smartphone Notifications

Wrangling push notifications: Control your phone before it controls you

By on August 27, 2014 at 4:08 PM.

Wrangling push notifications: Control your phone before it controls you

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been there. Buzzed, dinged, and blooped to death. For as incredible as smartphones are, their ability to notify you about anything and everything can quickly become a nightmare. Early on, in simpler times, it was a common technological courtesy for your phone to notify you whenever a call, text, or email was inbound. We branched out a bit with instant messaging, and if you were really crazy, you might even ask the ESPN app to ping you whenever your favorite team recorded a W. More →

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Phone Scams

Phone scams cost Americans $8.6 billion last year – here’s how to protect yourself

By on August 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Phone scams cost Americans $8.6 billion last year – here’s how to protect yourself

Truecaller, which bills itself as the world’s largest verified mobile phone community, on Wednesday released the results of a new survey that helps shed light on how serious a problem phone scams are in the United States. According to the company’s findings, approximately 17.6 million Americans were scammed out of an estimated $8.6 billion in 2013 alone, with 7% of respondents having lost an average of $488.80 each due to scam calls. More →

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iPhone Thermal Imaging Accessory Kickstarter

Why thermal imaging looks like the next hot smartphone feature

By on August 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Why thermal imaging looks like the next hot smartphone feature

One of the most successful Kickstarter projects right now is Hema-Imager, which has so far secured $86,000 in support. It’s a “wireless thermopile-based imaging device compatible with nearly any smart device” and it features temperature accuracy of 2 degrees Centigrade. More →

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Smartphone Gyroscope Security Flaw

Researchers figure out how to spy on your smartphone in a way you’ll never see coming

By on August 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Researchers figure out how to spy on your smartphone in a way you’ll never see coming

One common smartphone sensor that never seemed to pose much of a threat might in fact be the key to eavesdropping on a stranger’s conversation from afar. According to Wired, a group of researchers from Stanford University and the Israeli defense research group Rafael are going to hold a presentation at the Usenix security conference next week that will demonstrate how the gyroscope in your phone can be converted into “crude microphones” which can pick up sound waves in the area. More →

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How To Save Smartphone Battery

Ingenious new smartphone prototype can be charged using only sound waves

By on August 14, 2014 at 8:05 AM.

Ingenious new smartphone prototype can be charged using only sound waves

Tired of being on the go and having to search for an outlet you can use to recharge your phone? If researchers at Nokia and at the Queen Mary University of London are successful in their new joint endeavor, you might never have to think of hugging the wall while charging your phone ever again. More →

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George Takei Smartphone Physical Video

George Takei shows how to give yourself a physical with your smartphone

By on August 7, 2014 at 10:15 PM.

George Takei shows how to give yourself a physical with your smartphone

Oh myyy: George Takei, the famous Star Trek actor and social media icon, has just released a sweet new video in which he talks with representatives from several biotech companies who show off new apps and accessories that could help you give yourself a physical using your smartphone. More →

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Cell Phone Unlocking Legal

Finally: Cell phone unlocking is legal in the U.S. once again

By on August 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Finally: Cell phone unlocking is legal in the U.S. once again

Beginning Friday, August 1st, it is once again legal to unshackle your carrier-locked cell phone in the United States. President Obama on Friday signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law, thus giving cell phone users the legal right to unlock their handsets. More →

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