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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Best Smartphone Charger StoreDot

Video: Incredible new technology can charge a smartphone in 30 seconds

By on April 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM.

Video: Incredible new technology can charge a smartphone in 30 seconds

How would you like to plug your battery-depleted smartphone into an outlet and have it charge up in under a minute? Well of course you’d love that, but is it really possible? Israeli startup StoreDot is showing off a new charging device at Microsoft’s Think Next conference in Tel Aviv this week that promises to be the fastest portable smartphone charger the world has ever seen. The company says that the charger works by using “‘nanodots’ derived from bio-organic material that, due to their size, have both increased electrode capacitance and electrolyte performance, resulting in batteries that can be fully charged in minutes rather than hours.” StoreDot’s background is in bio-organic nanotechnology so it’s not surprising that the company is using nanotech to create the world’s fastest portable smartphone charger. A full video showing StoreDot charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 follows below.

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Walking And Texting Dangers

This is what it looks like when 1,500 people all walk around staring at their phones

By on March 31, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

This is what it looks like when 1,500 people all walk around staring at their phones

If you stop for a moment to really consider it, one of the most peculiar phenomena brought about by the proliferation of cell phones is what we sometimes refer to here at BGR as the zombie walk. This is where people roam the streets like mindless zombies with their faces buried in their phones, bumping into each other and stationary objects along the way. Apple may soon try to address some of the perils of the zombie walk by stealing someone else’s invention, but in the meantime this “issue” is only getting worse. Now, thanks to a new video created by Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo, we can see what the brave new world will look like once the zombie walk infects us all. More →

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What Size Smartphone Do I Need

How to find the perfect smartphone for your hand size

By on March 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

How to find the perfect smartphone for your hand size

There are so many different sizes of smartphones these days that it can be tough to figure out which one is the best size for your particular hand. However, The Wall Street Journal’s Geoffrey Fouler has put together a terrific interactive test to help you decide which smartphone size is the right one for you. Your first step in the test is to make sure your display is properly calibrated by holding a quarter up to it and seeing whether it matches up with the quarter size used in the Journal’s test. Your next step is to measure the length of your thumb and then the length of your grip, which is the space between the crease in your thumb and your index finger’s middle joint. More →

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What Is The Best Smartphone Display

This is the real secret to making a killer smartphone display

By on March 3, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

This is the real secret to making a killer smartphone display

The trouble with making a new smartphone stand out based on specifications such as pixels per inch is that by now most new devices have pixel densities that are so high that most users can’t really tell the difference between them with the naked eye. Thus, it’s natural for many smartphone enthusiasts to look toward the size of a display’s color gamut, which determines how many different colors you’ll be able to see on your device. However, AnandTech makes a very compelling case that big color gamuts aren’t all they’re cracked up to be either because they don’t tell you anything about how accurate a display’s colors really are. More →

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