Apple, Google, Microsoft Embrace the Fight Against Smartphone Theft

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Some of the biggest companies in the mobile industry have signed a pledge to include new anti-theft technology in phones starting July 2015. The Wireless Association (CTIA) announced the signing of the "Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment" on Tuesday. Among the signees are Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular See also: Senators Propose 'Kill Switch' Law to Curb Smartphone Theft The signees agree that new models of smartphones, manufactured after July 2015 and sold in the U.S. will have a pre-loaded or downloadable anti-theft tool Read more... More about Smartphone , Tech , Apps Software , Mobile , and Anti Theft Read more »

Amazon Smartphone With 3D Display Coming This Fall, Report Says

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Amazon's hardware efforts will soon extend into the smartphone space, with the ecommerce giant debuting a new handset this fall, according to a report Following years of rumors , supposed leaks and analyst speculation, The Wall Street Journal on Friday claimed that Amazon is planning to announce its own handset in June See also: Amazon Appstore Hits 200,000 Apps, Almost Tripling in 1 Year Citing people familiar with the details, the WSJ said Amazon has been demonstrating the smartphone for developers in Seattle and San Francisco in recent weeks. The developers were reportedly required to visit hotel suites with heavy security in place in order to view the demonstrations Read more... More about Mobile , Amazon , Smartphone , Tablets , and 3d Mobile Device Read more »

LG’s Smart Bulb Connects With Your Smartphone

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LG has launched the Smart Bulb in Korea, a light bulb that connects with Android and iOS devices, providing several interesting features The 10W LED bulb will let you control lighting in the house with a smartphone, and it can also flash-alert when you get a phone call. See also: Philips Flattens the Light Bulb Other features include a security mode which makes it look like you're at home when you're away, as well as pulsating to the tune of music (but only on Android devices) The bulbs should run for more than 10 years, provided you use them five hours a day, LG claims LG's Smart Bulb is not the only connected light bulb around. Recently, a company called AwoX announced a light bulb that can double as a Bluetooth speaker . We've also seen several Kickstarter projects to create a connected light bulb; the Wi-Fi enabled LIFX is one example Read more... More about Lg , Tech , Gadgets , and Smart Bulb Read more »

The Super-Secure Blackphone Is Here, But It’s Not NSA-Proof

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Blackphone, a new security and privacy-focused smartphone is finally launching, but if you think it's a shield against the NSA or other powerful intelligence agencies snooping on your private communications, you're probably out of luck. The producers of the new phone, which will be revealed Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, promise that it's the most secure smartphone on the market. But even they admit there are some enemies you just can't protect from. See also: Is It the Dawn of the Encryption App? "There is no such device that is NSA-proof," said Mike Janke, co-founder and CEO of Silent Circle, in an interview with Mashable , ahead of the launch. "If you are on the terrorist wanted list or a criminal, intelligence services will get into your device... There's no such thing as 100% secure phone." Read more... More about Security , Smartphone , Privacy , Mwc , and Mobile World Congress Read more »

LG Unveils G Pro 2 Phablet Alongside G2 Mini Smartphone

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BARCELONA — Kicking off this year's Mobile World Congress ahead of the pack, LG introduced the new G Pro 2 and the G2 mini on Sunday. Although the company offered a sneak peek at the G Pro 2 earlier this month in Korea, this time we got to take the device for a hands-on spin in-person at the site of the event in Barcelona, Spain. Running Android 4.4 ( Kit Kat ), the G Pro 2 is the follow-up the LG's G Pro, is powered by a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and comes in Silver, White and Titan. With a 5.9-inch full HD IPS display, a 3,200mAh battery, 3GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel camera with OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus), the device is designed to give phablet lovers a significant performance upgrade Read more... More about Smartphones , Lg , Mobile World Congress , Tech , and Apps Software Read more »

Ask a Dev: What’s ‘Tap and Pay’ in Android KitKat?

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A new Android KitKat feature called "tap and pay" will not only let you buy things with a wave of your smartphone , but also may let you open a hotel room, enter a stadium or even unlock your front door. In latest video of our  Ask a Dev  series, Android Architect Brian Parent looks at how you can use tap and pay to better manage your electronic transactions, and which bundle of source code tools Android developers should use. See also: 11 Outstanding Online Resources for Web Developers Tap and pay lets you pick your default wallet app , so when you wave your phone over a non-contact payment system, that app will handle the transaction. Read more... More about Android , Smartphone , Phone , Tech , and Apps Software Read more »

9 Gadgets Entrepreneurs Can’t Live Without

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Can't imagine a world without your smartphone at arm's length? Well, that we can understand Fortunately, there are a number of other devices (tablets, mobile GPS systems, and a pen and paper, to name a few) that can be just as functional and helpful for running your business See also: 9 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do Online To find out which devices entrepreneurs really can't live without anymore, we asked a group of founders to share their favorite devices — other than their cell phones, that is. Here's what they had to say 1. Kindle Fire HD While iPads are great for consuming news or light reading, you can't beat the Kindle for in-depth reading. As Jason Nazar pointed out in his recent Forbes article, reading a book a month cover-to-cover is one of the most powerful and effective ways to build your creativity and intuition for business. Read more... More about Gadgets , Smartphone , Lifestyle , and Work Play Read more »

Forget the NSA — That Smartphone Snooper May Be Your Spouse

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It's not just the National Security Agency spying on smartphones. Many ordinary people are also using sophisticated software to eavesdrop on the wireless communications of their lovers, children and business rivals. According to a new study that examined the data traffic of mobile devices operating on the Middle Eastern network of a European carrier, hundreds of people had some form of surveillance software installed on their phones. These aren't malicious apps that the users had been tricked into downloading. They're pieces of commercially available spyware that people with physical access to the devices have installed to secretly log each text message, phone call and contact, and in some cases, eavesdrop on calls in real time. Read more »

Future LG Batteries Will Bend and Twist

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Your next smartphone may very well be able to bend in half — if LG’s technology ever comes to market, that is. Following news that both Samsung and LG are preparing smartphones with curved displays, LG has announced that it is developing flexible batteries that could make their devices virtually bendable. LG has recently started production of what it calls “cable batteries,” which are flexible, wearable batteries that utilize low electricity and are waterproof, according to an LG news release issued through the Korean Newswire . Their durability, energy efficiency and flexible form factor make them an attractive option for upcoming wearable devices, and LG claims that they can even be tied into a knot. Read more... More about Android , Smartphone , Lg , Batteries , and Tech Read more »

Watch This Wall of Dead Batteries Charge 140 Smartphones

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A Thai soymilk company has figured out what to do with your old, dead batteries. Vitamilk has teamed up with BBDO Proximity Thailand , an organization that focuses on brand and consumer relationships, to create "Dead Batteries for Dead Batteries." Using the leftover power of 1,500 used batteries donated by the public, the team created a wall of batteries with the ability to charge 140 smartphones . A video shows the batteries being placed in a large wall in sections of threes, before users approach the structure and plug in their phones. See also: 6 Creative Hacks for Your Smartphone Vitamilk estimates that over the course of two months, the wall has provided smartphones with an additional 3,328 hours of talk time Read more... More about Cellphones , Battery , Tech , Mobile , and World Read more »