smartphones

Making your phone battery last all day (without using a power bank)

Making your phone battery last all day (without using a power bank)

Our phones are always with us, and they're our only tool for doing most things anymore: getting in touch with someone, finding an address or phone number, navigating somewhere, taking a picture, and all that fun stuff. As such, a low or dead phone battery is harrowing. We'll keep the phone on a charger when possible, but getting through a day without having to charge is ideal...and, fortunately, entirely possible.

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I’ve given up on budget phones, and maybe you should too

I’ve given up on budget phones, and maybe you should too

I've owned my share of budget phones over the years. In fact, the first smartphone I bought after my trusty LG KS360 slider phone died was some cheap ZTE phone on Cricket's network. I don't remember what kind it was, but I do remember the $40 price tag was hardly low enough to justify the terrible performance. I've had higher-end budget phones since then, but as of last year, I gave up on them altogether. Some things, it turns out, are always worth the money.

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Google Fi expands coverage with U.S. Cellular deal

Google Fi expands coverage with U.S. Cellular deal

While Google’s mobile OS is dominating the smartphone market, the tech giant isn’t content with just making phones and the Android OS. Last year they launched Google Fi, which is their first venture into being a mobile phone carrier. The project seems to have been doing well, and today they’ve struck a deal that will expand their coverage.

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EyeForcer forces your kids to stop looking down at their phones

EyeForcer forces your kids to stop looking down at their phones

With the rise of smartphones and tablets, we're spending more time looking down at our hands than ever. Go to any public place, and you'll see people hunched over their phones, checking Facebook, Tweeting, or watching videos. Our bodies aren't designed to hold that position for long periods, and that can cause painful issues. One company has their eye on this problem, and aims to fix it.

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It’s time to stop thinking about smartphones as being ‘just phones’

It’s time to stop thinking about smartphones as being ‘just phones’

I've seen some articles floating around social media again in which someone proclaims that smartphones are expensive luxuries used by mindless people to entertain themselves with mindless games while truly smart and savvy people continue to use their old flip phones. These articles are nothing new; they resurface regularly, enjoy brief popularity as cynical people bat them back and forth with thinly veiled comments about their own superiority, and then they fizzle back into dormancy for a while. What none of them seem to realize is that smartphones are so much more than just 'fancy phones.'

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MEEM is the first cable that backs up your phone

MEEM is the first cable that backs up your phone

I'm terrible about backing up my phone. I generally only need to charge it overnight, so I simply dock it when I go to sleep. And since I'm only at my computer for the first half of the day, I rarely think about plugging it in to sync. Well one company wants to help you backup your phone every time that you charge it.

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IDC expects ‘substantial slowdown’ in phone shipment growth this year

IDC expects ‘substantial slowdown’ in phone shipment growth this year

In 2014, smartphone shipments grew a massive 27.8-percent, and the next year, 2015, smartphone shipments grew by 10.5-percent. The International Data Corporation (IDC) expects that we’ll see a substantial slowdown in shipments this year, with 2016 (possibly) ending up at around only 3.1-percent. According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, this year will probably see about 1.48 billion smartphone shipments, a number that is estimated to climb to 1.84 billion by 2020.

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iPhone 7’s key details leaked in Taiwan

iPhone 7’s key details leaked in Taiwan

Today the full run-down of key iPhone 7 features appears to have leaked, including specifications and appearance. This includes a refresh that's not entirely all-new - in fact it aligns rather well with the report we released yesterday, one in which we speak about a 3-year cycle for Apple instead of their standard 2-year cycle. It could be 2017 before we see an OLED panel on an iPhone. For now, simplicity. For now - another very iPhone 6-looking design.

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Microsoft has torpedoed its smartphone hopes

Microsoft has torpedoed its smartphone hopes

The writing has been on the wall for Microsoft's smartphone ambitions for some time, and now that wall is being demolished altogether. The software giant, unable to coax a viable mobile strategy out of Windows Phone, and now facing uncertainty around Windows 10 on phones, has announced plans to axe 1,850 jobs related to its smartphone business.

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Galaxy X’s rumored foldable display appears before official release

Galaxy X’s rumored foldable display appears before official release

We've heard rumors for years that we'll be getting flexible displays that you can roll or fold up. We'll see a demo, and then we don't hear anything about it for months. Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same. We've most recently heard that the Samsung Galaxy X will be treated to a display that you will be able to fold up and stick in your pocket. And this week, Samsung will be showing off a screen that can do exactly that.

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Project Ara dev kits arrive in Q4, consumer edition to launch next year

Project Ara dev kits arrive in Q4, consumer edition to launch next year

A new Project Ara developer phone will be available the end of this year, the company announced at Google I/O today, followed by a consumer model later on in 2017. This consumer version will be “thin, light and beautiful,” says the project’s creative head Blaise Bertrand. Google teased the kind of things owners will be able to do with an Ara phone, showing off different modules in everyday situations.

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Uber users with dying phones are more willing to pay 9.9x surge pricing

Uber users with dying phones are more willing to pay 9.9x surge pricing

In this digital age, we tend to rely on our phones for a great many things. We use them to communicate, to order and pay for items, and we even use them to make sure that we get a ride to where we need to go. One company knows a lot about how desperate we can get when your battery is about to die, and how much we'll pay as a result.

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