How Smartphone Wi-Fi Tracking Works

You won’t believe how easy it is for just about anyone to track your smartphone (updated)

By on February 19, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

You won’t believe how easy it is for just about anyone to track your smartphone (updated)

It’s not just spy agencies that can track smartphone users… in fact, almost anybody can do it as long as they have the right equipment, a new Forbes report reveals. Many third parties already track smartphones and tablets by picking up their user data for various purposes, mostly commercial or ad-related. Advertisers and retail stores can record location data about users in order to either serve certain location-related ads, or to better customize store layouts to maximize in-store impulse purchases. More →

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Pomegranate Battery

How a delicious fruit could change tech forever

By on February 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM.

How a delicious fruit could change tech forever

Believe it or not, one tiny fruit could change consumer technology forever — and no, fanboys, we’re not talking about Apple. It turns out that the pomegranate, which is quite trendy right now for everything from flavoring drinks to scenting shampoos and candles, is also the inspiration for new lithium-ion battery technology that may feature dramatically improved battery performance and longevity. More →

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Slim Smartphone Bezel Infographic

This infographic shows why bezel-free smartphones aren’t as crazy as you think

By on February 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM.

This infographic shows why bezel-free smartphones aren’t as crazy as you think

A new infographic posted on Twitter by @somospostpc shows how much screen you’re getting out of current smartphones, with the LG G2 leading the pack. The device, currently LG’s the flagship handset, has a display that takes up 75.7% of the handsets front side, a percentage the company heavily promoted when unveiling the handset. Interestingly, four of the top 10 devices in the infographic belong to LG, including the G2, the G Pro, the Nexus 5, and the Optimus G. More →

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Smartphone Tablet Theft Law

Proposed law could end smartphone and tablet theft once and for all

By on February 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM.

Proposed law could end smartphone and tablet theft once and for all

We know that thieves have been increasingly targeting people’s smartphones and tablets for theft in recent years and the problem has gotten so bad that the New York City Police Department says that iPhone and iPad thefts alone accounted for 18% of all grand larcenies in the city last year. IDG News, via Network World, reports that legislators in California have written a bill that would require any smartphone or tablet sold in the state to come equipped with a “kill switch” that would brick the devices in the event that they’re stolen.  More →

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Smartphone Work Sleep Study

New study says smartphones are wrecking our ability to work and sleep

By on February 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

New study says smartphones are wrecking our ability to work and sleep

Do you find that reading on your smartphone late at night ruins your ability to sleep? Well you’re not alone. The Wall Street Journal reports that researchers from University of Florida, Michigan State University and University of Washington have found that reading on your smartphone and checking work email on your phone late at night will make you much more restless and will even make you less productive at work the next day. The researchers say that smartphone fatigue can be so bad that it might offset all the productivity benefits that smartphones have to our work lives. More →

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smartphone infographic

This is how careless we are with our smartphones

By on February 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM.

This is how careless we are with our smartphones

A new infographic from gadget insurance company Protect Your Bubble (via VentureBeat) shows the “top 10 most dangerous things people do with their smartphones,” revealing various smartphone-related activities that either threaten the user’s privacy or the handset’s integrity if not done right. More →

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Smartphone Damage Study

Why Super Bowl XLVIII is way more dangerous than you think

By on January 30, 2014 at 1:43 PM.

Why Super Bowl XLVIII is way more dangerous than you think

Football is a very dangerous sport but fans may face an even bigger risk than the players. What’s this terrifying danger that each and every football fan will face this Sunday as Super Bowl XLVIII kicks off? According to the findings of a new study released on Thursday by SquareTrade, 23 million Americans have damaged their cell phone or tablet during a major sporting event. More →

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2014 Best Smartphone Deals

We are about to see some incredibly sweet smartphone deals

By on January 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM.

We are about to see some incredibly sweet smartphone deals

Samsung’s fourth-quarter earnings report showed a 9% decline in mobile device sales from Q3, mirroring eerily the Nokia smartphone volume decline from autumn to holiday quarters. Of course, the two companies could not be more different… but that’s the point. Both the vibrantly strong, massive Samsung and the tiny, struggling Nokia delivered Christmas quarters that were far weaker than industry expected two months ago. More →

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BYOD Remote Wipe

Why you should always back up your smartphone before telling off your boss

By on January 22, 2014 at 11:45 PM.

Why you should always back up your smartphone before telling off your boss

An unexpected side effect of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy many companies are adopting is that smart device owners who either quit their jobs or are fired are finding that their former companies are wasting no time in wiping every last piece of data from their devices. The Wall Street Journal reports that many users have been surprised to discover their devices wiped to factory settings after having been terminated with their previous employers, who didn’t even give them a proper warning that would have allowed them to save personal data. More →

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Ophone Smell-Based Smartphone Accessory

Harvard students working on ways to send smells through smartphones

By on January 21, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

Harvard students working on ways to send smells through smartphones

Imagine if you could not only post pictures of your meals on Instagram but post their odors as well? That seems to the premise that some Harvard students are working on as they try to develop a method of sending out smells over smartphones. ITProPortal reports that the students are working under the direction of Paris-based facility Le Laboratoire to create a new smartphone accessory that “will permit us to send olfactory messages instantaneously and around the world” just as easily as we send out text and voice messages. More →

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Smartphone Thefts 2013

Smartphone thefts climbed in 2013 despite efforts to prevent them

By on January 16, 2014 at 11:45 PM.

Smartphone thefts climbed in 2013 despite efforts to prevent them

Law enforcement agencies, smartphone makers and wireless service providers all placed a good deal of focus on finding news ways to curb smartphone thefts in 2013. How did those efforts work out? According to a report from The Huffington Post, not very well at all. The blog reports that reported incidents of smartphone theft rose in major cities across the country last year despite the new initiatives put in place by law enforcement agencies and wireless companies to thwart them. More →

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Negri Electronics Unlocked Smartphones

One of the web’s best stores for unlocked phones is getting even better

By on December 31, 2013 at 4:00 PM.

One of the web’s best stores for unlocked phones is getting even better

Try searching for online retailers that stock unlocked smartphones. Go on, I’ll wait. Chances are, the results that emerged took you to some dark, dark corners of the internet, and you’re probably deathly afraid of trusting any of them. For over seven years now, Negri Electronics has stood as one of the few online shops that offered legitimate, non-stolen devices of the unlocked variety, while also boasting a healthy amount of unique (LG G Flex, anyone?) and international handsets. Ryan Negri, the site’s founder, has consistently located hard-to-find unlocked units for a number of media outlets, and he’s offered me a bit of insight into the shop’s future. More →

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2014 Smartphone Sales Projection

The high-end phone market will be a chamber of horrors in 2014

By on December 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM.

The high-end phone market will be a chamber of horrors in 2014

Many news sites have reported perky news items about Flurry’s Christmas app download statistics. And most of them have been comprehensively out to lunch. The real news in Flurry’s numbers is not that Christmas Day app downloads once again bounced sharply from the average December day since that obviously happens every year. A truly gruesome bit of real news was buried in the exhibit that compares Christmas 2012 download volume growth to Christmas 2013: App download volume increased by 90% year-on-year back in 2012 but by just 11% in 2013. More →

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