Hilton Smartphone Room Key Cards

Your smartphone is about to kill off another piece of outdated technology

By on July 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

Your smartphone is about to kill off another piece of outdated technology

Smartphones have effectively replaced a lot of the gadgets that we used to buy, including calculators, compasses, alarm clocks and dedicated GPS trackers. And now The Wall Street Journal reports that smartphones look poised to kill off another antiquated piece of technology — hotel key cards. More →

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Why Are Smartphones Bad For Society

Restaurant finds its service is slower because you’re spending too much time staring at your phone

By on July 18, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Restaurant finds its service is slower because you’re spending too much time staring at your phone

If you find that service at your favorite restaurant isn’t as speedy as it once was, don’t blame your waiter — instead, blame all the people who spend tons of time messing around on their smartphones when they go out to eat instead of looking at a menu and ordering their food. More →

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How To Save Smartphone Battery

Researchers have discovered the craziest way yet to make smartphone batteries better

By on July 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Researchers have discovered the craziest way yet to make smartphone batteries better

Could future smartphone batteries be made even better using plain old beach sand? PhoneArena points us to a new study published at Nature.com that shows using beach sand as the primary ingredient for a smartphone battery’s anode could yield considerable improvements in terms of power efficiency. More →

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Why Smartphones Are Good

Cool graphic shows how smartphones have killed off tons of our old gadgets

By on July 14, 2014 at 10:34 AM.

Cool graphic shows how smartphones have killed off tons of our old gadgets

It really is easy to forget just how incredible our smartphones are, especially now that they’re capable of doing things that we used to have several different gadgets for. Tech Guru Daily has posted an infographic produced by U.K.-based office supplies retailer Viking that shows just how many different gadgets that our smartphones have made redundant or obsolete just over the past few years. More →

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Why Are Smartphones Addictive

Horrifying survey shows 47% of us can’t even go one day without our smartphones

By on July 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Horrifying survey shows 47% of us can’t even go one day without our smartphones

Forget holding up under torture  — how many of us could even go a day without using our smartphones? Tech Guru Daily directs our attention to a new study from Bank of America (PDF) showing that 47% of smartphone users say they couldn’t last more than a day without their phone and that 13% actually said that they couldn’t last for more than an hour without it. More →

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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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