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Phones and Mobile Devices

New Innovation: Stop Texting And Driving At A Text Stop

The state of New York is taking the problem of texting and driving so seriously that they have created a new plan to deal with it. Governor Andrew Cuomo and highway officials unveiled a plan on Tuesday to place signs to direct drivers to 91 existing roadside rest areas where they can pull off to text. The plan is meant to encourage motorists to stop to text rather than to tempt fate by multitasking.

Light Powered Screens May Keep Your Gadgets Always Charged

New photovoltaic screens may allow light to be converted into energy, keeping your smartphones fully charged for an unlimited amount of time. No more battery worries!

Researchers Have Figured Out How To Power Your Cell Phone With...Pee?

The next time you go to the bathroom, you might end up charging your phone in the process. Researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of West England have discovered a means of powering up a cell phone using a stream of urine; a technology known as "microbial fuel cells."

What Would You Say If You Could Tweet To An Alien?

Let's say you're suddenly equipped with the means to send a Twitter-style text message into deep space. What would you want to say? Is communication even possible?

A group of researchers at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science want to find out, using the Jamesburg Earth Station.

EnerGenie's ePP2 “E-Paper Printer” Ebook Reader Could Replace Your Inkjet

It's a curious way to market an otherwise normal e-reader. Energenie's ePP2 acts as a virtual printer when hooked to your computer, allowing you to “print” documents to it for viewing on the large e-ink display.

Blackberry: A Lesson On How Not To Run A Business

Today Blackberry announced a $1 billion loss and the layout of 4,500 employees, along with a refocus on enterprise markets instead of the consumer area. What went wrong?

Why You Want iOS 7

iOS 7 is very controversial, but it does include quite a few new features you may not know about, things that will help you and your users work more efficiently on your devices. Be ready for the next release by knowing what comes next.

Wrap Your Device In A USB Condom Before Using Strange Ports

No, this isn't a euphemism. There's actually a peripheral known as a USB condom; designed to keep you safe when using public USB ports. Designed by int3.cc, it works by allowing only the power pins of a USB jack to connect - meaning you can charge your devices in even the dirtiest port without fear.

Samsung May Want To Buy Your Startup

Samsung is throwing $1 billion at startups in the hope of competing with Google and Microsoft after their acquisition of Motorola and Nokia, hoping small entrepreneurs are able to come up with great ideas for their products.

Chara-Covers Mutate iPhones Into Superheroes!

The first wave of Chara-Covers instantly show everyone which popular heroes and villains from Marvel and DC comics are your all-time favorites. Go, Team Venom!

iPhone 5C And 5S Announced

The iPhone 5C and 5S were announced today by Apple, providing a number of new features such as the A7 processor, fingerprint scanner, a better camera and the latest iOS 7.

Next-Gen Microsoft Surface Tablet Announcement Coming September 23

Microsoft's reportedly got something big under its hat related to its Surface Tablets. The organization's been sending out invites to a New York Event, which is to be hosted on September 23. Word is; there's a new product announcement on the way, perhaps even the launch of the next-gen Surface 2.

Opera Creates New iPad Browser Called Coast

Opera Coast is the latest browser to be released for the iPad. Is it going to be a player in the mobile browser war? Several new features may place it ahead of the curve if it can attract the users that the company desperately needs.

What We Can Learn From New Zealand's Ban On Software Patents

Last week. New Zealand passed a law that prohibits patents on computer software. This will, it hopes, foster innovation and competition (and kill the efforts of a whole gallery of patent trolls). Seems to me that we can learn a thing or two from this move.

Nokia 515: A Dumbphone Built Like a High-End Smartphone

While still unlikely to be too popular in the face of the ever-growing smartphone juggernaut, the Nokia 515 brings premium build quality and a few new software features to the dumbphone bracket. No Android, though.

Digital Detox For Internet Addicts In First In-Patient Hospital Program

The first hospital in-patient rehabilitation program for Internet addicts is about to open at the Bradford Regional Medical Center in north-central Pennsylvania on September 9, 2013, but get in line now if you're ready to commit yourself; the program will only accept four patients at a time.  Once admitted to the program, patients will be subjected to a 'digital detox' for 72 hours. If they survive that...

Pressy Adds a Button to Your Smartphone for Only $17

From the “why didn't I think of that?” category comes Pressy, a clever little device that adds a user-configurable physical button to your Android smartphone in exchange for – surprise – your headphone jack. Unsurprisingly, the Kickstarter campaign goal was surpassed in merely a day.


Daxian's N100i Android Smartphone Charges Directly From Wall Outlets

With its AC wall charger built-in, the new N100i smartphone from Daxian allows users to ditch the annoying USB cable and wall-wart combination to juice up after a long day. There are some strong drawbacks to the execution, though, so it's a good thing Daxian didn't remove USB charging entirely.

Use Your Watch as Your Phone: Omate's Android-Powered TrueSmart Smartwatch

Was last week's $1200 Hyetis Crossbow too rich for your blood? You might like Omate's TrueSmart, then, which trades some of the Crossbow's more superfluous extras for Android support, the ability to be used as a phone, and a much lower price tag.


Google Play Introduces New Restrictions

Google Play is introducing two big changes to its policies that any Android app developer will need to be aware of. If you or your company has an app for Android, make sure you fully understand these changes.