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Smartphone gaming addict goes blind after playing for 24 hours straight

October 6th, 2017

If you think an hour-long Candy Crush session or occasionally dropping $10 to refill your stash of Pokemon Go pokeballs is evidence that you have a smartphone “addiction,” you’ve got nothing on Wu Xiaojing, a 21-year-old woman who lives in northwest China’s Shaanxi province. Xiaojing (an apparently fake name she used to hide her identity) …

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Essential has sold just 5,000 phones in a month

September 27th, 2017

When Android founder Andy Rubin launched Essential earlier this year, it was a business full of promise. The fledgling company had all the pedigree in the world — Rubin’s first consumer tech move since leaving Google — and it debuted with some slick-looking devices that looked to shake up the market. Unfortunately, Essential appears to …

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Why the smartphone era is causing a mental health crisis in teens

August 6th, 2017

The number of ways in which the smartphone has made our lives easier is vast. Whether it’s using Shazam to identify a song on the radio or having a sophisticated camera at the ready 24/7, the smartphone era ushered in by the iPhone has fundamentally changed the way the world uses and interacts not only …

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The dumbest gadget trend of 2016 is already dead

January 5th, 2017

2016 was, among many other things, the year of the modular smartphone. Motorola and LG both released flagship phones that leaned heavily on attachable modules, Google made a lot of noise about its totally modular smartphone, and the iPhone got this awful case. With all those big names behind it, you’d think that 2016 would …

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This new smartphone antenna could boost your signal and battery life

November 22nd, 2016

In the never-ending quest to squeeze more power out of less space in our smartphones, researchers in Finland have developed a revolutionary antenna technology that could boost your signal and extend your battery life, and do it all while taking up less space than what’s currently in your handset. The idea is that, because your phone …

Verizon is best carrier, report says

August 26th, 2016

Verizon dominated as best overall carrier, according to a testing firm that closely tracks carrier performance data. Verizon swept all six performance categories, the first time that’s been done since RootMetrics began testing the entire U.S. market in 2013, the firm said this week.