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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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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