TSA Smartphone Power and Battery

If you forget to charge your phone, airport security might force you to leave it behind

By on July 7, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

If you forget to charge your phone, airport security might force you to leave it behind

Frequent fliers who also happen to own various smart devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops should make sure their toys have good-enough battery charges and can be easily turned on during security checks, so agents can play with them, Engadget reports. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Sunday in a press release that it requires certain overseas airports with direct flights to the U.S. to check whether electronic devices power on and work as supposed to. More →

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Smartphone Security Tips Tricks

5 things you absolutely need to do to keep your smartphone secure

By on July 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

5 things you absolutely need to do to keep your smartphone secure

Believe it or not, you can have a reasonably secure smartphone without shelling out $630 for the recently released Blackphone. The Wall Street Journal’s Geoffrey Fowler has written up five best practices for making sure the conversations and messages you have on your smartphone stay as private as possible and they’re simple enough for just about anyone to use. More →

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Smartphone Q2 Sales Analysis

Things are about to get even uglier for the high-end smartphone market

By on June 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Things are about to get even uglier for the high-end smartphone market

As it happens, Samsung issued a warning about its upcoming quarterly earnings literally hours before Walmart’s decision to discount the iPhone 5c to $29, apparently permanently. Oddly enough, smartphone chip titan Qualcomm’s share price has started lagging NASDAQ since early June even as overall tech investment sentiment remains giddy. Isolated events? Or omens of high-end gadget sales slowing down? Unfortunately, it’s probably the latter. More →

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Aerogels 3D Printing Process

We are a step closer to a smartphone that weighs less than a dime

By on June 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

We are a step closer to a smartphone that weighs less than a dime

You may not have heard of them before, but I can tell you that Aerogels are cool. They are ultra-porous materials that are whipped up from silica gel or even aluminum oxide and may weigh just 15% more than air. Because they consist of so many microscopic air pockets, they are incredibly effective insulators.  More →

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Smartphone Dinner Table Etiquette

How to know when it’s OK to look at your smartphone during dinner

By on June 19, 2014 at 11:30 PM.

How to know when it’s OK to look at your smartphone during dinner

Those of us who are addicted to our smartphones often do things we know we shouldn’t do, such as checking our phones during dinner. The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay has put together a handy list of 21 dos and don’ts for smartphone dinner tablet etiquette, and while not all of his suggestions will be adopted as cultural mores, some of them are definitely worth heeding. More →

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QWERTY Smartphone Market Share

It’s taken just 4 years for QWERTY-equipped smartphones to go extinct

By on June 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM.

It’s taken just 4 years for QWERTY-equipped smartphones to go extinct

BlackBerry diehards may love smartphones with QWERTY keyboards, but their numbers are very few. A new chart posted by Alex Barredo of Post PC shows that the percentage of mobile phones with full QWERTY keyboards was still at above 25% as recently as 2010, even though today it stands at somewhere around 1%. In fact, QWERTY-equipped phones didn’t really start to drop off the map until the period between 2011 and 2012, when their share of the market plunged from around 20% to well below 10%. More →

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Smartphone Shaterproof Display Technology

Incredible new tech might finally bring shatterproof displays to smartphones

By on June 9, 2014 at 3:06 PM.

Incredible new tech might finally bring shatterproof displays to smartphones

Smartphone accidents often lead to an annoying problem: shattered displays that are costly to replace. However, it looks like one scientist thinks there’s a solution to preventing such accidents from happening again in the future. Android Police reports that Dr. Yu Zhu from the University of Akron has found a new material that might allow gadget makers to build more durable smartphone displays. More →

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3D Hologram Projector Chip

Star Wars-like 3D projectors may be coming to smartphones sooner than you think

By on June 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Star Wars-like 3D projectors may be coming to smartphones sooner than you think

Earlier this year, we revealed that Amazon is working on a phone that uses multiple cameras to make its screen look 3D. While this may sound like something that will bring us one step closer to Star Wars–esque holograms, it will be much different because the 3D image would clearly be under the phone’s display. However, one company from California is working to go a step further, and according to a profile by the Wall Street Journal, we may see its 3D projector that can fit into smartphones and living rooms as soon as the end of next year. More →

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Smartphone Computer Usage Study

Horrifying chart reveals how much time we spend staring at screens each day

By on May 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM.

Horrifying chart reveals how much time we spend staring at screens each day

It’s rare that a single chart can can be so simple and yet so horrifying. Such is the case with a chart put together by widely-respected Kleiner Perkins Internet analyst Mary Meeker for her annual presentation on Internet trends. More →

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Wireless Charging Solutions

Where is the wireless charging revolution?

By on May 23, 2014 at 3:08 PM.

Where is the wireless charging revolution?

January 8th, 2009. On this day, in the midst of the usual noise that surrounds the year’s most extravagant electronics show, Palm debuted the Pre. Outside of its radical software, the most notable hardware feature was one that truly was ahead of its time… years ahead, in fact. The phone supported wireless charging, with the Touchstone charger ushering in the idea well before most anyone else was even thinking about it.

Half a decade has passed, and we’re still waiting for wireless charging to matter. More →

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Best Smartphone Battery Life

The smartphone spec that matters most

By on May 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

The smartphone spec that matters most

It’s getting much harder for smartphone companies to really differentiate their products, especially if they don’t already have a loyal user base like the ones Apple and Samsung enjoy. In various marketing campaigns, HTC has tried pushing the high quality of its smartphones’ hardware, Nokia has tried selling us on its killer camera and LG has tried hyping up buttons that live on the back, and not the front, of the smartphone. However, there’s one spec that matters to users more than any other than many smartphone vendors have seemingly overlooked in their ad campaigns: Battery life. More →

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Smartphone Battery Life App Battery+

Brilliant new app may help you squeeze every last drop from your smartphone’s battery

By on May 15, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Brilliant new app may help you squeeze every last drop from your smartphone’s battery

As smartphones become more and more powerful, they also require more and more battery life. This is one reason why smartphone buyers now cite battery life as the most important thing they look for in a smartphone, even over ease of use and operating system. And now a new app called Battery+ that launched on the Google Play store this week might help you get the very most out of your smartphone’s battery so you don’t have to spend money on an external battery pack. More →

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Which Smartphone Has The Best Camera

Ultimate photography showdown shows strengths and weaknesses of every major smartphone camera

By on May 14, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Ultimate photography showdown shows strengths and weaknesses of every major smartphone camera

So you want to buy a smartphone and you’re putting a premium on camera quality? Then you really need to check out PhoneArena’s latest comprehensive test of smartphone cameras that includes big-name devices such as the iPhone 5s and the Galaxy S5 along with lesser-known devices such as Huawei’s recently released Ascend P7. What PhoneArena found was that the Galaxy S5, the Ascend P7 and Sony’s Xperia Z1 all took the best overall pictures, although the final scores for each smartphone only begin to tell the story of what makes a smartphone camera great. More →

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