New lens that can turn any smartphone into a portable microscope

By on April 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

New lens that can turn any smartphone into a portable microscope

A lens that sticks to any device's camera and makes it possible to see things magnified dozens of times on the screen can turn any smartphone or tablet computer into a hand-held microscope, scientists say. The soft, pliable lens currently magnifies by 15 times, but researchers are creating an improved version that will magnify objects up to 150 times. More →
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Soon, smartphones to help detect counterfeit goods

By on April 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

Soon, smartphones to help detect counterfeit goods

What about a smartphone-readable device that can help authenticate currency, electronic parts and luxury goods to minimize counterfeit? Chemical engineers from Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) have invented a new type of tiny, smartphone-readable particle that is invisible to the naked eye, contain colored stripes of nano-crystals that glow brightly when lit up with near-infrared light. More →
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Opinion

Smartphones may have gotten ‘boring’ but they’re still the most interesting tech around

By on April 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Smartphones may have gotten ‘boring’ but they’re still the most interesting tech around

It’s become fashionable lately to whine about how “boring” smartphones have become, especially among Wall Street analysts who insist on telling us that Apple/Samsung/Microsoft/Everyone is “doomed” if they don’t come out with the “Next Big Thing” soon. This sort of absurdity reached amazing new heights recently when Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdry said that Apple only had 60 days left to release an “iWatch” before the company disappeared forever. More →
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New smartphone battery can charge in just 30 seconds

By on April 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

New smartphone battery can charge in just 30 seconds

Demonstrated for the first time at Microsoft's Think Next symposium on Monday, the battery uses something called nanodots and is the brainchild of Israeli company StoreDot. But as well as smartphones, the revolutionary cell could be used in a host of other devices from tablets to cameras and beyond. More →
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This is the real secret to making a killer smartphone display

By on March 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM.

This is the real secret to making a killer smartphone display

The trouble with making a new smartphone stand out based on specifications such as pixels per inch is that by now most new devices have pixel densities that are so high that most users can’t really tell the difference between them with the naked eye. Thus, it’s natural for many smartphone enthusiasts to look toward the size of a display’s color gamut, which determines how many different colors you’ll be able to see on your device. However, AnandTech makes a very compelling case that big color gamuts aren’t all they’re cracked up to be either because they don’t tell you anything about how accurate a display’s colors really are. More →
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This infographic shows why bezel-free smartphones aren’t as crazy as you think

By on February 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM.

This infographic shows why bezel-free smartphones aren’t as crazy as you think

A new infographic posted on Twitter by @somospostpc shows how much screen you’re getting out of current smartphones, with the LG G2 leading the pack. The device, currently LG’s the flagship handset, has a display that takes up 75.7% of the handsets front side, a percentage the company heavily promoted when unveiling the handset. Interestingly, four of the top 10 devices in the infographic belong to LG, including the G2, the G Pro, the Nexus 5, and the Optimus G. More →
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Intex to launch India’s first smartphone with MediaTek MT6592 “true” octa-core processor

By on November 18, 2013 at 12:52 PM.

Intex to launch India’s first smartphone with MediaTek MT6592 “true” octa-core processor

Intex today announced it will launch India's first smartphone with MediaTek's ¨true¨ octa-core processor. Earlier this year, MediaTek announced it would release an octa-core processor where all the eight cores would work simultaneously, unlike Samsung's Exynos 5 octa processor where only a set of four cores work at any given time. The MT6592 features eight ARM Cortex A7 cores with Mali 450 GPU. More →
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Android now runs on more than 80 percent of smartphones worldwide: IDC

By on November 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM.

Android now runs on more than 80 percent of smartphones worldwide: IDC

Google's Android OS now runs on 80 percent of smartphones globally at the end of the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report. During the third quarter of this year, the overall smartphone market witnessed 39.9 percent year-on-year growth with a total of 211.6 million smartphone unit shipments. Out of these, Android smartphone alone accounted for 81 percent of all shipments. Besides Android, Microsoft's Windows Phone is another OS to witness growth in the third quarter. It recorded the largest year-on-year growth with 156 percent, though the OS still has less than 5 percent share of the total market. Another noticeable finding is that iOS’s market share continued to decline during the third quarter even though Apple had sold 9 million units during the last week of September. More →
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Amazon reportedly readying a 3D-enabled and a budget smartphone

By on October 3, 2013 at 7:04 PM.

Amazon reportedly readying a 3D-enabled and a budget smartphone

Kindle-maker Amazon has entered the smartphone race and is said to be readying two new devices. According to TechCrunch (via The Verge) Amazon’s first smartphone— codenamed ‘Smith’— boasts a 3D user interface, while the other device will be a budget smartphone. More →
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