smartphones

What's Next For The Smartphone In A Rapidly Changing Market?

It should be no surprise to anyone that many smartphones may have been designed to last about 24 months — the length of a typical contract with a network service provider. After all, it is a fast-moving, high-turnover market and planned obsolescence is how it is kept moving. Being high turnover means new models with new features can be brought to market and readily consumed by users conditioned to want the latest and greatest.


Why iOS Updates Require So Much Space

Every iOS update is a small deception. 117MB, well that’s not so bad! Then you look at the fine print, and a few gigabytes are required make to actually install the damn thing. So what’s really going on here?


OnePlus One Pre-Orders Finally Begin October 28 (For One Hour Only)

Lowly people without an invite will finally be able to pre-order a totally fantastic OnePlus One phone starting October 27 at 11am EST (October 28, 2am AEDT) for $US300. At long last.


Clipp Bar Tab App: Australian Review

When you’re out for a night of dinner and drinks at your local bar, it’s often simplest to open a tab at the start of the night. But leaving your credit card behind the bar, along with your ID, seems a little outdated (and frankly dangerous, for the identity-theft-paranoid of us out there). Clipp is a mobile bar tab app for Android and iOS that streamlines the process, and does so almost seamlessly.


The Most Important Nexus 6 Feature Is The Price

The Nexus line has distinguished itself for two ways since its 2010 debut. First, it’s a vessel for the purest expression of Android’s capabilities. As a very close second, it’s dirt cheap. One of those things is still true.


Ryobi's New Accessories Turn Your Smartphone Into A Toolbox

It may never be able to slice through a 2×4 or mix cement, but your smartphone can still be a useful tool on a construction site with Ryobi’s new Phone Works accessories, which grant your device new capabilities while taking advantage of its large display.


Your Phone Could Become Part Of The World's Largest Telescope

If you could enlist your smartphone to become part of an earth-sized telescope searching for the source of cosmic rays, would you? Researchers at University of California are hoping you’d say yes — they have developed an app that will leverage the power of one million smartphone cameras to answer one of the great questions about our universe.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 And Note Edge Delayed In Australia

Are you waiting for a shiny new Samsung Galaxy Note 4? (We are, definitely, with bated breath.) Unfortunately, Samsung Australia has a bit of bad news for you — the new phone, along with its curvy Note Edge variant, is delayed by a week Down Under, so you’ll have to wait slightly longer.


How Big Is Too Big (When It Comes To Smartphones)?

I’ve long maintained that any phone with a screen size over 4.2 inches is stupid and pointless, and then promptly went out and got an iPhone 6. It seems, though, that everyone’s acceptance of what the maximum screen size is varies pretty massively.


Smartphones Turn These Masks Into Incredible Animated Halloween Costumes

Proving that sometimes all it takes is a popular YouTube video to kickstart a successful business, Mark Rober, the guy who made the gaping hole in your gut costume using two iPads a few years ago, is back with even more easy but impressive costume ideas. And that includes a line of Halloween masks that come to life with nothing but a smartphone running a free app.


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