smartphones

A Reminder That Newer Stuff Isn't Always Better, Courtesy Of Qualcomm

Every six months or so, mobile processing giant Qualcomm announces its latest and greatest Snapdragon processor, a piece of silicon that will find its way into the newest Android handset, making your life faster and better and so much higher-resolution than the old, crummy Snapdragon. Only, in the case of Snapdragon 810, that’s not true.


Pro/Con: Why Google's Fi Could Be Awesome And Terrible

Today, Google announced its very own wireless network in the US. Just $US20 a month for unlimited call and texts, plus $US10 per gigabyte of data. No contracts or termination fees. Google will even refund your unused megabytes. Sounds awesome. So what’s the catch already?


Disney Invented A Way To Control Your Phone Using The Sounds It Emits

In an effort to bring more functionality and interactivity to a device that is often just a large monolithic touchscreen, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have come up with a series of accessories that manipulate sound coming from a smartphone’s speaker to serve as an external controller.


Sony's Z4 Flagship Smartphone Will Give You A Serious Case Of Déjà Vu

Well, look at this. Sony just revealed a new flagship smartphone. The new Xperia Z4 comes with spec bumps in both the processor and camera department, all wrapped in “haven’t I seen this before” design. It’s a modest flagship update at best, providing little improvement over last year’s Z3.


Sharp's Dumb Incredible 4K Smartphone Display Will Melt Your Face

The new Galaxy S6 may have the best display yet with the most most pixels. But we need more, and Sharp is going to give it to us with an absolutely bonkers 5.5-inch LCD 4K display — that’s 806ppi for anyone keeping count.


LG Accidentally Reveals Its Leather Clad G4 Weeks Early

The leaks just keep rolling in! LG is unveiling its G4 smartphone on April 28th, but this weekend, prominent leaker Ev Leaks discovered an unannounced progress site that revealed a lot about the looks of Android’s new flagship. One word: Leather.


Smartphones Could Fill The Gaps In An Earthquake Early Warning Network

An early warning system for earthquakes can’t come soon enough for the US, which is lagging behind other seismically active countries like Mexico and Japan. But for an early warning system to be effective it needs lots of sensors, which can be expensive to install and maintain. A new study says we might not need to invest in all that many sensors: New smartphones work just as well.


This Drone's Brain Is Just A Run-Of-The-Mill Smartphone 

Like with many technologies, drones and quadcopters are getting cheaper and cheaper as they get smarter and more capable. And as Dr Vijay Kumar and a group of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently demonstrated, the average consumer smartphone is now more than powerful enough to serve as an autonomous drone’s brains.


Mattress Sensor Only Silences Your Alarm Clock When You Get Out Of Bed

How many times do you need to snooze your alarm clock before you actually climb out of bed in the morning? Enough to be late for work every day, right? So while there are lots of crazy alarm clock designs out there that make it harder to snooze, the Chipper — which uses a sensor strip to only silence your smartphone’s alarm once you’re physically out of bed — might be the most effective.


HTC One M9 Teardown: Don't Try This At Home

HTC’s flagship One smartphones have never been easy nuts to crack open. According to iFixit’s teardown of the new daddy, the M9, things haven’t changed.