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Smartphone Tablet Theft Law

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

February 8th, 2014

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, …

Smartphone Work Sleep Study

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

February 7th, 2014

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 …

smartphone infographic

This is how careless we are with our smartphones

February 3rd, 2014

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.

Smartphone Damage Study

Why Super Bowl XLVIII is way more dangerous than you think

January 30th, 2014

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 …

2014 Best Smartphone Deals

We are about to see some incredibly sweet smartphone deals

January 24th, 2014

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 …

BYOD Remote Wipe

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

January 22nd, 2014

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 …

Ophone Smell-Based Smartphone Accessory

Harvard students working on ways to send smells through smartphones

January 21st, 2014

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 …

Smartphone Thefts 2013

Smartphone thefts climbed in 2013 despite efforts to prevent them

January 16th, 2014

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 …

Negri Electronics Unlocked Smartphones

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

December 31st, 2013

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 …

2014 Smartphone Sales Projection

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

December 31st, 2013

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 …