Smartphones

Hate The Notch? You Should See Next Year’s Phone Display Design Solution For It

It used to be that nothing was certain but death and taxes, to quote Benjamin Franklin (who wasn’t actually the first to point this out, but is probably best known for the phrase). Well, we can add to that short list. In today’s landscape, certainties include death, taxes, and display notches on a growing number of smartphones. Some people don’t mind them, others vehemently hate them. Either way, display notches aren’t going anywhere, but they might look a little different…

Computer

You’ve been charging your phone completely wrong – here’s how to do it right

I do a number of things before I go to bed – I clean my teeth, I get a glass of water, I plug my phone in to charge overnight and I shake some holy water in each corner of my room to protect me from the night screamers. Simple, everyday stuff. But it turns out I am doing one of those things wrong – I should not be plugging my phone in overnight. I am damaging the battery by doing this,…

Computer

Are you satisfied with your phone?

A couple of days ago I took my mom out to dinner (yes, it was a late Mother’s Day dinner), and before the food came out she was on her phone tapping around on the big display. After a little while something started to get on her nerves, and, before too long, she switched off the screen, set her glasses on the top of her head, and deposited the phone into her purse. When she looked up at me and…

Smartphones

We should have the right to repair our own phones

I have always been the type of person to do anything in my power to do something myself before asking for help. If I make something, I usually do it myself. If I have an ailment, I usually either wait it out or try stuff I already have at home before heading to the doctor. If I have an issue with an electronic device, I will troubleshoot my issues via Google before asking for outside assistance. But the one exception,…

Software

My wife’s broken Android phone made me strangely happy

A funny thing happened this week: My wife’s Android phone stopped working — and after troubleshooting it and concluding there was no easy fix, I chuckled to myself and felt a strange sense of wonder. Let me step back a bit and explain. The missus has a Nexus 5X (yup), and it’s generally served her well since she moved into it last fall. She’s much more of a “typical phone user” than I am (though an exceptional all-around person —…

Technology

More than 600 Android-running phone models were launched this past year

Many children look at their collections of Pokemon cards and shout for all to hear, “They’re all mine!” It’s fair to wonder if Google had the same impulse when it took the stage at the Google I/O 2016 conference and declared that more than 600 phone models running Android were released in the last year. The company took this grand opportunity to point out just how popular the handsets are, reflected in the fact that Android is the most popular operating system…

HARDWARE

GAMING The Most Exciting Thing Nintendo Is Making Fits In Your Phone

If you’re a working on an Animal Crossing rip off or a Fire Emblem clone, it is time to pack it in and give it up. You’re going to fail. Nintendo is finally dipping its toes into the iOS and Android app market and your two-person operation in Round Rock can’t compete. Nintendo Chief Executive Tatsumi Kimishima held a news conference in Osaka earlier today to announce the ship date for the Nintendo NX, the company’s next generation gaming console.…

Technology

Do you put a case on your high-end phone?

Metal and glass. When it comes to high-end smartphones, we’re seeing more of this type of design decision. Sure, there are alternatives, and that’s great, but for the most part when we’re paying top dollar for a new smartphone, that comes with a design that goes out of its way to look and feel like a high-end device, too. Not that that’s a bad thing, of course. It wasn’t too long ago when Samsung was making high-end smartphones that felt like toys,…

Smartphones

How to Encrypt Your Android Phone

Google introduced full-device encryption back in Android Gingerbread (2.3.x), but it has undergone some dramatic changes since then. On some higher-end handsets running Lollipop (5.x) and higher, it’s enabled out-of-the-box, while on some older or lower-end devices, you have to turn it on yourself. Why You Might Want to Encrypt Your Phone Encryption stores your phone’s data in an unreadable, seemingly scrambled form. (To actually perform the low-level encryption functions, Android uses dm-crypt, which is the standard disk encryption system in the Linux…

Technology

You Should Take Better Care Of Your Phone

Opinion: The 24-month phone contract is dead, writes News.com.au. Phone plans go out of date quickly, leaving their buyers stuck with small data quotas. But there’s also the fact that new smartphones, bundled with these plans, are apparently a Bad Idea — because they can be lost, or damaged, or stolen. It’s that last point that is particularly galling. “When I signed onto my $80 per month Vodafone plan, I was excited because at the end of 24-month contract I…

Technology

Google phone only Frankenstein comes to life

During the ATAP keynote at Google I/O, Google engineer Rafa Camargo demoed a functioning Project Ara smartphone. Project Ara, which was announced last year, is a modular smartphone system that lets you swap out components such as a processor, camera, battery, and more without having to purchase an entirely new phone. Camargo built a phone by sliding modules into a frame, turned it on, then added a camera module and took a picture of the audience. Project Ara’s components have been…

Science

5 SIGNS YOU’RE ADDICTED TO YOUR PHONE

Have you ever been accused of being addicted to your phone? Sure, it sounds like a joke, but maybe you felt like the comment hit a little too close to home. Technology addiction is a very real thing, and here are five tell-tale signs. Sign 1: You Feel Nervous Without Your Smartphone If your phone is in another room, do you get nervous and agitated? What if you accidentally leave it at home for the night? Does panic set in?…