Was the Amazon Fire Phone a Gross Miscalculation?

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The Amazon Fire Phone is teetering on the edge of oblivion, and there are signs everywhere. I haven't spotted a single Fire Phone in the wild since it shipped in late July, and Amazon has millions of dollars in unsold inventory. Even AT&T, which Amazon partnered with, seems less than enthused about the phone. See also: 25 Best Free Android Apps A look at the carrier's website tells you a little about the current smartphone pecking order. There's a large photo of Apple’s iPhone 6 on its homepage; navigate to its cellphone page and you’ll find that the first slots are filled by Apple (the iPhone 6 , 6 Plus , 5C and 5S ); the next ones are filled by Samsung (the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Mega 2). Read more.. Read more »

DodoCase Cardboard Headset Aims to Make DIY Virtual Reality Attainable

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Do it yourself virtual reality that harnesses the power of the smartphone isn't a new idea. But Dodocase could be the first company ready to capitalize on the concept. Google created a stir a few months back when it released Cardboard to everyone attending its I/O developers' conference. Cardboard represented the cheapest virtual reality headset one could possibly build, either with a kit provided by Google, or with blueprints provided for free online. See also: Virtual Reality Is Ready to Manipulate Your Memories Phone accessory maker DodoCase released its own version of Cardboard, a Virtual Reality Viewer , it created after collaborating with Google. DodoCase founder Patrick Buckley said the company was inspired by the idea of getting some form of virtual reality to more people. Read more... Read more »

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 »