Do You Lock Your Phone?

Confession time: I don’t lock my phone. No password or key, no swipe pattern, no fingerprint scan. Nothing. It’s really stupid and I will probably regret it someday.

A Galaxy S4 Active Mini Might Be On Its Way

This phone here appears to be yet another miniature version of a popular full size model, with official filings revealing something we suspect might end up being known as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Mini. Could do with a smaller name too.

HTC One Max: Shiny Aluminium, 5.9-Inch Screen And A Fingerprint Scanner

HTC’s zapped its flagship One design with its embiggening rays and scaled the One Max up to gigantic proportions. At 5.9-inches, it’s in that scary land where it’s either a really large phone, or a phablet. We’re not quite sure HTC knows what it is either.

Going To Extremes For The Sake Of Being A Cheapskate

How far would you be willing to go in order to avoid roaming charges from your cellular provider? For one guy, an elaborate DIY button-pushing machine didn’t seem like it was overkill.

Soon Your Doctor Will Pull Out His Phone To Give You An Ultrasound

MobiUS is a simple medical ultrasound imaging system like many others—but it has one rather astonishing plus: All you need is the wand, some gel, and a smartphone.

Vizio Debuts Via Tablet, Via Phone Devices In Run Up To CES

Well that didn’t take long: Mere days after a Vizio executive cheekily pawed at a mystery tablet device during the Rose Bowl, the company has confirmed the existence of a Via line of devices featuring a mobile phone and a tablet.

The Simplest—And Most Common—Cellphones Are Vulnerable To The “SMS Of Death”

Despite how obsessed we may be with smartphones, it’s the simplest mobile phones which are most common—and the most vulnerable. In fact, it seems that many of those phones could be rendered useless by a maliciously crafted SMS.

Breaking GSM Security With A $15 Phone

Whatever assurances have been given about the security of GSM mobile phone calls, forget about them now.

Rumor: PlayStation Phone May Come In Spring 2011

The rumour mill is churning out reports that the PlayStation Phone’s debut might not be far away. In fact, according to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper, the device might show up in Spring 2011. [PC World via Hiroko Tabuchi]

How To Make That New Smartphone Actually Smart

Your X-Mas wish came true! Santa wisely consulted one of our best-of-the-best lists and left you a shiny new smartphone under the tree. So, uh, now what? Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting that bad boy up and running.