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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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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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Smartphone Size Comparison 2014

What is the perfect size for a smartphone?

By on February 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

What is the perfect size for a smartphone?

It seems like smartphones keep getting bigger every year but at some point there’s a limit to the size of a device that people will want to carry with them everywhere they go. Kantar Worldpanel’s latest report on mobile trends has found that many consumers have started to shy away from the more gargantuan phablets out there and are gravitating more toward devices that are somewhere between the size of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. More →

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IDC Smartphone Shipment Growth

As smartphone growth slows, Windows Phone could come out on top

By on February 26, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

As smartphone growth slows, Windows Phone could come out on top

Smartphone market saturation is fast approaching, but a winner may step forward once the dust settles after all. According to IDC, despite 39.2% growth in 2013 (the year of 1 billion smartphone shipments) every major OS will begin to gradually shed its market share over the next four years — every OS except for Windows Phone. As the developed markets hit saturation, OEMs with a plan to reach maturing markets will have the most room for growth. Microsoft has already positioned Windows Phone as the OS for the rest of the world, a move that could pay dividends as the decade comes to a close. More →

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Cellphone Unlocking Bill Passes

Almost free at last: House passes bill legalizing cellphone unlocking

By on February 26, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Almost free at last: House passes bill legalizing cellphone unlocking

It’s a rare but welcome sight: The United States House of Representatives has passed a commonsense bill by a wide margin. Reuters reports that the House on Tuesday passed a bill that would make it legal for consumers to unlock their cellphones once their contracts have expired so they can be used on other networks, although there is a pretty big catch. According to Reuters, the bill still bans “bulk unlocking,” which means that consumers still wouldn’t be allowed to “sell their old devices to third parties that could unlock phones in bulk.” The language added against bulk unlocking has led some consumer groups to withdraw their support for the bill. More →

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Gionee Elife S5.5 Specs

This is the thinnest smartphone money can buy

By on February 19, 2014 at 4:22 PM.

This is the thinnest smartphone money can buy

The Vivo X3 isn’t the slimmest phone out there anymore, Engadget reveals, as Gionee has launched the Elife S5.5, which appears to be the thinnest smartphone money can buy right now. The Android smartphone has a profile of just 5.5mm, slightly smaller than the 5.75mm thickness of the Vivo X3. More →

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