smartphones

50 Things Cortana Can Do Right Now (Compared To Siri And Google Now)

Cortana is Windows Phone’s answer to Siri and Google Now: A voice-activated artificially intelligent personal assistant with an only slightly off-putting robot voice. Technically, she’s still in beta on Windows 8.1, but PhoneBuff is here to show us 50 things Cortana can already do.


Tesla Owners Will Be Able To Start Their Cars With Only An iPhone

Tesla’s Model S is so technologically advanced, it gets software updates the way your old-fashioned car gets oil changes. And rumour has it the newest update will let iPhone-using Tesla owners forget their car keys forever: The car will soon recognise the owner’s phone to start the car.


Why Your Next Smartphone May Not Cost A Fortune

Wanting to own the very best — the fastest processor, a display packing the most pixels, a professional-grade camera — made sense in the days when nearly every smartphone was terrible. But a raft of new devices has cemented that cheap price no longer means cheap quality. And they’re going to save you a whole lot of money.


Why We Still Have Bezels (But May Not For Long)

Yesterday, the first Sharp smartphone to head West brought with it one of the skinniest bezels we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. The Aquos Crystal is visually impressive, and a major step into the frameless future that seems to be emerging. There’s just one problem though: Bezels matter. And we still need them.


Sharp Aquos Crystal Hands-On: No Bezel, All Beauty

Japan builds phones differently to the Western world. We typically want better performance, more dazzling displays and faster processors. Japan just makes the thing look awesome. And not many have done it better than Sharp.


ZTE's Cheap, Unlocked Smartphone Has Camera Cred To Spare

Cheap, unlocked phones are harder to come by. Those in the US are about to have at least one more option with ZTE’s new Nubia 5S Mini LTE, which ships on August 27 for $US280.


A New Movie Puts The Inner Lives Of Smartphones In Sad, Sharp Relief

This is the trailer for Men, Women, and Children, the new movie from Juno director Jason Reitman. It’s all about how the internet has irrevocably changed a group of people’s interpersonal relationships — and though melodramatic, it doesn’t seem terribly far from the truth in its portrayal of gadgets and sadness.


Why The Military Is Pinning Its Hopes On Google's Modular Phone

In its small red brick headquarters, Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integration Systems (ISIS) is working on a revolution in smartphone technology. It’s not better screens, or battery life, or anything for a major carrier. It’s a puzzle-piece phone that will (hopefully) change the way the military communicates.


Sharp's New Phones Have So Little Bezel It's Ridiculous

Never heard of a Sharp smartphone? It’s not surprising since the company, known best for its televisions, has never brought a handset to the West. But today Sharp announced two new virtually bezel-less smartphones under the “Aquos Crystal” banner and one will be making its way across the Pacific.


A Sneaky Mum App Locks Smartphones And Is An Angsty Teen's Nightmare

What can only be described as the “end of days” for angsty teens eager to escape the yoke of overbearing parents, a new $2 Android app called Ignore No More turns any misbehaving miscreants’ smartphone into a really, really dumb phone. In fact once locked, it can only do two things — call 911 or call mum.