GelTouch Touchscreen

Innovation of the week: Gel-filled touchscreen morphs to add buttons when you need them

September 24th 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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How To Fix A Water Damaged Phone

Is this the biggest myth about reviving a wet smartphone?

September 16th at 6:45 PM

Is this the biggest myth about reviving a wet smartphone?

What should you do if your smartphone stops working after you drop it in water? That’s easy: You should put it in rice to dry off… or should you? While we’ve heard many success stories about people drying off their phones by putting them in rice, at least one study claims there are more efficient ways to dry out your soaked device. More →

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Bendable Screen Phone

Innovation of the week: Watch this flexible phone control apps as it bends

August 28th at 9:01 AM

Innovation of the week: Watch this flexible phone control apps as it bends

In 2013, Samsung launched the Galaxy Round smartphone with a flexible display… though the phone really didn’t have any legitimate reason to exist. As we’ve seen happen a few times in the years since Samsung first entered the smartphone market, the company created a consumer device that included new technology it had been developing, but the company didn’t bother to first determine how that new technology might be made useful.

We’ve seen a few phones with flexible displays launch since then, the most recent among them being the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge plus. Of course, while curved edges on a smartphone display supply a great differentiated look, they don’t offer much utility.

Now, however, there’s a phone that bends with purpose. More →

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Stupidest Smartphone Users Ever Broadway

Smartphone User Heckled for Climbing on Broadway Stage and Plugging His Device in a Fake Outlet

July 7th at 1:59 PM

Smartphone User Heckled for Climbing on Broadway Stage and Plugging His Device in a Fake Outlet

Look, we know that having your smartphone’s battery go into the red is something that makes you deeply anxious — we’ve been there many times ourselves. But at some point, you’ll just have to accept the fact that the device is going to go into low-power mode and you’ll only be able to use it for the barest of necessities such as making important phone calls to friends and family. This simple concept was apparently too much for one smartphone user attending a Broadway show to handle, however, as he climbed up on the stage before the start of the performance and tried to charge his device in a fake outlet that was part of the show’s set. More →

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Best Cheap Smartphones List Xiaomi Motorola OnePlus

5 Fantastic Smartphones You Can Get for $300 or Less

June 17th at 2:38 PM

5 Fantastic Smartphones You Can Get for $300 or Less

The iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S6 typically dominate the discussion about the world’s best smartphones but you don’t have to pay top dollar to get a quality device. Popular YouTube gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee has gone through his stash of low-cost smartphones and has picked out five gems that deliver good performance and amazing value for $300 or less. More →

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International Data Plan Roaming

How to travel abroad without having to sell your house to pay your cell phone bill

June 16th at 11:00 AM

How to travel abroad without having to sell your house to pay your cell phone bill

When it comes to using your cell phone abroad, international travel has gotten much less painful in recent history. Several U.S. wireless carriers offer more wallet-friendly international roaming plans than they have in the past, but there are always caveats and limitations. For example, T-Mobile recently added free unlimited data in more than 100 countries for Simple Choice plan holders, but it’s only low-speed 2G data. If you want faster data speeds, it’ll cost you $100 per GB — and those rates can climb even higher with other carriers.

As it turns out, however, there are some ways to save money while traveling abroad. More →

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Science Teacher Jams Students' Smartphones

Fed-up science teacher jams students’ smartphones, gets suspended

June 4th at 10:30 PM

Fed-up science teacher jams students’ smartphones, gets suspended

If your job was to teach a class and all of your students spent the entire time playing with their smartphones, you’d probably be pretty fed up as well. This is why we have some sympathy for Dean Liptak, a Florida science teacher who recently got in trouble for jamming his students’ smartphones in class after Verizon complained that someone at his school was interfering with its network. More →

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BGR-Smartphones-2014

CNBC pundit declares smartphones ‘over,’ says Apple could be the next BlackBerry

May 22nd at 4:41 PM

CNBC pundit declares smartphones ‘over,’ says Apple could be the next BlackBerry

It’s always fun reading contrarian hot takes that tell us why certain major companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google are doomed to fail. The hottest take we’ve read this week comes to us from venture capitalist Ed Fernandez, who writes over at CNBC that the smartphone industry is essentially “over” and that Apple is in danger of going down in flames like BlackBerry did circa 2011. More →

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Buy Unlocked iPhones Android Phones

Why you should always buy an unlocked phone whenever possible

May 19th at 5:50 PM

Why you should always buy an unlocked phone whenever possible

Carrier subsidies can be awfully tempting — after all, who doesn’t want to get a brand-new smartphone for just $200? But Droid Life makes a good case that they’re also a temptation you should resist because the value of having an unlocked smartphone is just too good over the long haul to pass up. More →

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Smartphone Battery Drain Causes Free Apps

Here’s why so many ‘free’ apps drain your phone’s battery and memory

April 21st at 11:27 AM

Here’s why so many ‘free’ apps drain your phone’s battery and memory

Believe it or not, quality apps really are worth paying for. If you want proof, look no further than new research that shows how ad-supported free apps are a significant drain on your smartphone’s battery and memory — and they use up a lot more mobile data compared to apps without ads as well. More →

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iPhone Killer

16 smartphones that ‘killed’ the iPhone

March 26th at 3:06 PM

16 smartphones that ‘killed’ the iPhone

Ever since the iPhone became a bonafide hit, critics and tech pundits have been predicting that it was only a matter of time before Apple’s iconic smartphone would fall from grace. Whether it was Apple’s staunch refusal to support mobile flash or the company’s admittedly bizarre App Store rejection policies, there has never been a shortage of reasons tech pundits have clung to in order to bolster their claims that some competing smartphone would finally be the “iPhone killer” the world has been waiting for.

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How To Find The Best Smartphone

Awesome interactive chart is your ultimate cheatsheet for finding the perfect smartphone

February 9th at 2:20 PM

Awesome interactive chart is your ultimate cheatsheet for finding the perfect smartphone

Want to buy a new smartphone but are confused by all the options you have at your disposal? If so, then you really out to check out this awesome interactive chart posted over at Product Chart that will help you narrow down your choices and find the smartphone of your dreams. More →

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Smartphone Screen Bacteria

Your smartphone is absolutely filthy – and these disgusting photos prove it

January 22nd at 9:55 AM

Your smartphone is absolutely filthy – and these disgusting photos prove it

Remember when we called Motorola’s Moto Hint one of the 10 best accessories you could buy ahead of the holidays? Bluetooth headsets might be considered nerdy or geeky by some, but if you don’t already have one you might want to consider investing in a good one as soon as possible.

Why is there such urgency? It’s because the screen on your smartphone is basically a vile, putrid, disgusting Petri dish. More →

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