Best Smartphone Battery Life

Battery life has become the single biggest reason people choose a smartphone

By on May 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Battery life has become the single biggest reason people choose a smartphone

People buy smartphones for all different reasons but it seems that having a strong battery has become the top reason for many buyers. IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo has posted a chart from a recent IDC survey showing that 56% of Android buyers, 49% of iPhone buyers and 53% of Windows Phone buyers said that battery life was a key reason they bought their particular device. In this way, battery life trumped even ease of use, which 33% of Android users, 39% of iPhone users and 38% of Windows Phone users said was a key factor in choosing their smartphone. Interestingly, just 25% of Android users, 19% of iPhone users and 23% of Windows Phone users said that their device’s camera resolution was a major factor in their decision to buy their smartphone, which means that Nokia probably didn’t win over too many converts by heavily hyping the 41-megapixel camera on its Lumia 1020 last year. You can see IDC’s full chart below. More →

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Nanogold Paint

Incredible nanogold paint changes color as it responds to touch

By on May 5, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Incredible nanogold paint changes color as it responds to touch

Scientists at the University of California have come up with a nifty new way to utilize nanoparticles of gold. A solution of gold particles embedded in a polymer film creates a bright blue color, which turns red after pressure is applied on the film. The color shift correlates with the amount of pressure used — blue turns purple after moderate impact and red with a hard hit. This nuanced response yields information about different pressure levels the gold film encounters. The possibilities seem limitless, from sports to scientific studies to fashion. More →

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Stolen iPhone What To Do

Here’s what not to do when someone steals your iPhone

By on May 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM.

Here’s what not to do when someone steals your iPhone

iPhones have long been favorite targets for thieves and if your iPhone gets swiped you might feel tempted to use the “Find My iPhone” feature to track it down and get it back. However, The New York Times reports that law enforcement officials have become increasingly concerned that many people might try to track down their stolen iPhones without really knowing the situation they’re getting themselves into. More →

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iMoveCharger Smartphone Motion Charger

Charge your iPhone on the go with this incredible motion charger

By on May 2, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Charge your iPhone on the go with this incredible motion charger

Trying to charge your phone or tablet while you’re out and about is one of the most frustrating conundrums facing portable device owners today. If you’re willing to charge and carry around an extra accessory or two, you can squeeze a few additional hours out of your iPhone, but external battery packs and portable phone chargers are anything but ideal. iMoveCharger is not only one of the most clever solutions to on-the-go charging we’ve ever seen, but it could keep you in shape in the process. More →

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PaperFold Experimental Smartphone Design

Video: This crazy experimental smartphone has three foldable displays

By on May 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Video: This crazy experimental smartphone has three foldable displays

Although we doubt you’ll be seeing it at your local Best Buy anytime soon, the PaperFold is one experimental smartphone design that really catches the eye. Developed by researchers at Queen’s College in Canada, the PaperFold uses three different displays that can fold over one another and are responsive to where they are relative to each other. So for instance, if you fold out the device to look like a laptop with one display flat on the table and another set up vertically, the device will know to make the horizontal display into a keyboard and the vertical display into your primary screen. More →

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Airplane Fire Video

Passenger captures video as airplane’s engine bursts into flames

By on May 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM.

Passenger captures video as airplane’s engine bursts into flames

Air travel is stressful enough when everything goes according to plan — now imagine being on a plane and having one of the aircraft’s engines burst into flames shortly after takeoff. That’s exactly what happened to an airliner full of passengers in Perth, Australia headed for Barrow Island earlier this week. More →

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Smartphone Vs. Tablet Sales

What if the Motorola Atrix had it right all along?

By on April 28, 2014 at 10:15 PM.

What if the Motorola Atrix had it right all along?

Do you remember the Motorola Atrix? Probably not — it wasn’t the best smartphone around when it was released and it was basically a flop in terms of sales. That said, it did have one very intriguing feature in its day: Webtop, which was software specifically designed to let you interact with your smartphone using a mouse and keyboard if you plugged it into a laptop dock. While practically no one used this feature, it did hint at an intriguing vision in which smartphones become our primary computing devices that we can carry with us everywhere and plug into assorted docks to use on different size screens. More →

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Banksy Mobile Lovers

Banksy’s latest work ‘Mobile Lovers’ has been torn down – but for a good cause

By on April 16, 2014 at 4:22 PM.

Banksy’s latest work ‘Mobile Lovers’ has been torn down – but for a good cause

One of famed graffiti artist Banksy’s most recent works is a commentary on how distracted we all are by constant connectivity. Dubbed “Mobile Lovers,” the piece shows a man and a woman looking past each other’s shoulders at their smartphones while embracing. It’s a terrific work of art, as all of Banksy’s pieces are, but it was recently torn down by a local man, as BBC reported. More →

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Selfie Tumblr Instagram

Who are we to judge disaster selfies?

By on April 16, 2014 at 12:24 PM.

Who are we to judge disaster selfies?

When camera phones begun proliferating back in 2002, many predictions were made about how they might shape future. But nobody really saw funeral selfies or post-crash ER photos becoming a trend. The thing about the selfie phenomenon is that it took so many years to develop and shape people’s behavior that old people are now caught off guard. An entire new generation of people has grown up and gotten used to having a camera with them at all times. This generation is now inevitably behaving in ways that trigger outrage and even moral panic in the over-30 crowd. More →

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Top 3 Worst Cell Phone Names

The three worst phone names the world has ever seen

By on April 10, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

The three worst phone names the world has ever seen

We live in an age of miracles for true connoisseurs of awful phone names. We have always been able to enjoy spectacularly dumb handset branding, but right now the industry is entering a new era with particularly impressive creativity and vigor. Here are the three worst phone names of all time: More →

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Opinions
Smartphone History Evolution And Revolution

Smartphones may have gotten ‘boring’ but they’re still the most interesting tech around

By on April 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

Smartphones may have gotten ‘boring’ but they’re still the most interesting tech around

It’s become fashionable lately to whine about how “boring” smartphones have become, especially among Wall Street analysts who insist on telling us that Apple/Samsung/Microsoft/Everyone is “doomed” if they don’t come out with the “Next Big Thing” soon. This sort of absurdity reached amazing new heights recently when Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdry said that Apple only had 60 days left to release an “iWatch” before the company disappeared forever. More →

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How To Prevent Smartphone Theft

New innovation could put an end to smartphone thefts forever

By on April 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

New innovation could put an end to smartphone thefts forever

Every other month it seems like researchers at some tech company or university come up with clever new ways to prevent or deter smartphone thieves. However, some researchers at Georgia Tech have come up with a new system called LatentGesture that really does have the potential to end smartphone theft once and for all. More →

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Don't Text And Drive

Video: This ad might scare you away from texting and driving forever

By on April 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

Video: This ad might scare you away from texting and driving forever

Texting while driving is something that everyone knows is a bad idea but that many people end up doing anyway simply because the temptation to respond to an incoming message is too great. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put out a new ad about an ill-fated car full of young people who get completely obliterated by an oncoming truck because the driver was looking at her cellphone instead of watching the road. The Department of Transportation says that it’s put out the ad to raise awareness about the “thousands of people” who “die every year in crashes related to distracted driving.” The full video follows below. More →

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