6 Ways Your Smartphone Can Replace Your Entertainment Center

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They can text, tweet and take pictures — but can smartphones replace an entertainment center? Sure, you can download Netflix or the HBO Go app, but it's not always ideal to watch Game of Thrones on your tiny phone screen. See also: 7 DIY Tips for Better Photography on a Shoestring Budget Naturally, plenty of people have figured out numerous ways to tackle that challenge. From DIY projectors to adaptable tripods, there are plenty of ways you can upgrade your smartphone viewing experience. Get your mobile movie marathon going with these six products and tips. BONUS: 5 Phone Charging Myths Have something to add to this story Read more »

‘Smart Glass’ Could Produce DSLR-Quality Smartphone Photos

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Newly developed "smart glass" technology that mimics the shutter capabilities of a traditional camera could improve the pictures you snap on your smartphone. Researchers in Germany have developed a camera component for smartphones that helps adjust light, exposure and focus. Traditional cameras have what photographers refer to as an aperture — overlapping blades around the inside of a lens that move mechanically to change the size and focus of the lens. The aperture is sometimes referred to as an "iris." Much like the iris of the human eye , it controls how much light enters the mechanism, which affects the image that is eventually produced. When it comes to cameras, the amount of light that touches the camera's sensors affect the overall focus of the picture you take. Read more.. Read more »

Samsung Developing Smartwatch That Works Without a Smartphone

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Samsung is reportedly working on a smartwatch that doesn't need to sync with a smartphone in order to work. The Wall Street Journal reports that the South Korean manufacturer is in talks with various telecommunications carriers that would turn the device into a phone itself. Users will be able to make calls directly on the device and by holding up the wrist to the mouth. See also: Gear 2: The Wearable Samsung That Should Have Shipped the First Time Smartwatches have long been heralded as the next big "it" category in tech, with strong projection growth for 2014 and the years ahead. Although most on the market right now need to be tethered to a smartphone to receive phone calls, send text messages, check email and use other features, Samsung has its sights set on creating a smartwatch that doesn't need a smartphone to work. Read more... More about Mobile , Android , Samsung , Smartphone , and Tech Read more »

America’s Busiest Commuter Railway System Moving to E-Tickets

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Passengers on New York's Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and Metro-North Railroad systems will soon get a boost of smartphone-powered efficiency, thanks to a new e-ticketing system in the works The system will allow passengers to use their smartphones to purchase and validate e-tickets on the railway system. See also: First Touchscreen Subway Maps Installed in New York City "Being able to buy tickets and display them through an app will make it that much easier to take the train, and it will mean that customers who aren’t carrying cash can still buy a ticket while on the go ," LIRR president Helena E. Williams said in a statement. Read more... More about Apps , Smartphone , Trains , Tech , and Apps Software Read more »

A Poem That Will Inspire You to Put Down Your Smartphone

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Many of us can't escape social media. In private and in public, we're glued to our smartphones — often at the expense of having a conversation with the the real, live human beings in front of us. Writer and director Gary Turk urges everyone to put down their gadgets in his poem Look Up . The video is a touching montage of a lost young man falling in love with a woman who gives him directions, and their life together without the hindrance of social media. See also: The Sweet Moment a Dad Finds Out He's Going to Be a Grandfather The video doesn't demonize social media entirely, but rather encourages people to take a break from their online lives to experience real connections. As Turk says in the video, "Look up from your phone, shut down the display. Take in your surroundings, make the most of today. Just one real connection is all it can take to show you the difference that being there can make." Read more.. Read more »

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 »