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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Funny Texts From Mom

These are some of the most hilarious texts moms have ever sent

By on May 14, 2014 at 2:07 PM.

These are some of the most hilarious texts moms have ever sent

Just because Mother’s Day is over doesn’t mean we should stop appreciating our moms. And what better way to appreciate them than to point and laugh while they try hopelessly to understand and utilize new technology? More →

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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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