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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 1TB of smartphone storage now a reality (at a price - $1600)

    10/02/2018 5:01:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    zdnet ^ | 8/09/18 | Adrian Kingsley
    About $1,600. That's how much it will cost you to have a Note 9 with 1TB of storage. Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 comes in two configurations -- a 128GB model with 6GB of RAM for $999.99, and a 512GB model with 8GB of RAM for... wait for it... $1,249.99. Now that 512GB model already offers twice as much storage capacity as the higher-end iPhone X (and much more RAM, for only $100 extra). But where's the fun in only having half a terabyte of storage? That only allows you to store about 2,300 movies, or some 93,000 photos. We...
  • Breakthrough opens door to smartphone-powered $100 ultrasound machine

    09/14/2018 12:01:52 PM PDT · by posterchild · 16 replies
    sciencedaily.com ^ | Sep 11, 2018 | Univ. British Columbia
    Engineers have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Their patent-pending innovation -- no bigger than a Band-Aid -- is portable, wearable and can be powered by a smartphone.
  • Anyone Else Having Andriod Phone Problems?

    08/17/2018 6:19:52 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 51 replies
    self | jimjohn
    Since shortly after last Thanksgiving, my wife and I been pulling our hair out over this phone issue. The batter drains like crazy, and at about 15%, the battery dies. Then it takes like 10 minutes to restart the phone while watching the screen say: "Optimizing App 1 of 1". You can image in an emergency, the phone suddenly becomes useless. This morning, for the 2nd time, it decided to lock up at about 63% power, then restart. It takes about 8% of power to start up in these conditions. But if your battery's dead, I need to charge it...
  • You Can Turn Off Tracking On Your Phone, But Google Is Still Tracking You

    08/14/2018 9:14:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/14/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    After people began getting a bit antsy about how their phones were tracking their every move for the past several years, Google felt a need to respond. After all, their former motto was something about not being evil and you need to give the customer what they want. (Within reason.) CNBC covered an announcement from the company back in May which explained how easy it was.It boiled down to a few basic bullet points: “Google has new tools that let you easily turn off everything it logs about you. You can turn off location history, Google Search results, YouTube...
  • 6 Terrific Smartphone Operating Systems that are Not Android [or iOS ]

    08/07/2018 11:08:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    en.softonic.com ^ | Apr 20, 2017 | By Patrick Devaney
    Without any shadow of doubt, Android and IOS have dominated the operating systems market for the past few years. This is because they offer a high level of compatibility and flawless support for mobile application. Compatibility and support are what individuals are looking for above all else. However, did you know that there are operating systems other than Android and IOS that offer the same or even better functionalities? Here is a comprehensive list to check out: Ubuntu Touch On the outlook, Ubuntu Touch mimics any other operating system. While Ubuntu Touch trails Android in certain aspects, the latest crop...
  • Samsung says it made a bendable and unbreakable screen for phones and other gadgets

    07/26/2018 7:43:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | Todd Haselton | @robotodd
    Samsung announced an "unbreakable" smartphone display on Thursday. It uses plastic instead of glass and is flexible. It's for smartphones and other gadgets, and may be used in Samsung's first foldable phone. Samsung Samsung's unbreakable display __________________________________________________________________________ Samsung said on Thursday that it has developed an "unbreakable" and flexible display that may soon be used in smartphones and other gadgets. Unlike traditional smartphone displays, which are typically covered in glass that can be prone to cracking or shattering, Samsung coats its new panels with a "fortified plastic window." The solution didn't break in drop tests from 4-6 feet, Samsung said,...
  • Dear iPhone—It Was Just Physical, and Now It’s Over

    05/16/2018 4:44:46 PM PDT · by ptsal · 10 replies
    Nautilus ^ | 11-May-2018 | Katie Reid
    s a kid, I’d sometimes try to imagine what life would be like without a particular sense or part of my body, like with questions from the Would You Rather? game. Would you rather be deaf or blind? Would you rather have no legs or no arms? I’d try to erase the sound of my mom’s piano playing, the sight of the ground growing smaller as I soared on the tree swing in my backyard, or the feeling of playing basketball so hard my lungs might explode, but I just couldn’t. How could life go on without these sensations that...
  • Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower: Facebook Able to Listen to You at Home and Work

    03/27/2018 6:19:03 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 40 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3/27/2018 | PAULA BOLYARD
    Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christoper Wylie, appearing before a committee of British MPs on Tuesday, said that Facebook has the ability to spy on users in their homes and offices. The British parliament is investigating Cambridge Analytica's involvement in the Brexit election. MP Damian Collins, who chaired the committee, asked Wyle whether Facebook has the ability to listen to what people are talking about in order to better target them with ads. "There's been various speculation about the fact that Facebook can, through the Facebook app on your smartphone, listen in to what people are talking about and discussing and using...
  • Bring on the Weird Phones...Someone's got to shake up the sea of stagnant flagships.

    02/25/2018 9:08:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    www.popularmechanics.com ^ | Feb 23, 2018 | By Eric Limer
    The iPhone X is beautiful, no doubt. It's also expensive as all get-out, and the Samsung Galaxy S9 is shaping up to be the same. We're finally reaching the platonic ideal of a smartphone: a big, slick slab of screen that looks pretty, costs a fortune, has a good camera, and runs all the apps. Cool, good, great. Also boring! Extremely, savagely, stultifyingly boring. Thank goodness for this year's crop of weirdos coming out of the woodwork. As 2018 Mobile World Congress looms, the new crop of devices make it clear that the titans of phonemaking are still reluctant to...
  • How to test your smartphone's speed... And improve its performance.

    02/21/2018 9:56:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.popsci.com ^ | 02/20/2018 | By David Nield
    Is your handset doing its best? Alvaro Reyes via Unsplash _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ After a year or two, your trusty smartphone may not race along at the same speed it used to. You might feel like it has slowed down a little, but before you go in for an upgrade, you should be more scientific about your hunch. To know for sure whether there's a drop-off, here's how to run some benchmarks and speed tests on your phone—and boost its performance if it falls short. Benchmark basics On personal computers, benchmarking has been around for years. Benchmarks are tests that measure the...
  • How to protect your PC against the major ‘Meltdown’ CPU security flaw

    01/04/2018 6:45:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    www.theverge.com ^ | Jan 4, 2018, 8:12am EST | By Tom Warren
    Only Intel machines are affected by Meltdown Details have emerged on two major processor security flaws this week, and the industry is scrambling to issue fixes and secure machines for customers. Dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” the flaws affect nearly every device made in the past 20 years. The Meltdown flaw only affects Intel processors, and researchers have already released proof of concept code that could lead to attacks using Meltdown. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to compromise the privileged memory of a processor by exploiting the way processes run in parallel. They also allow an attacker to use JavaScript code...
  • California Health Officials Release Guidelines To Avoid Cellphone Radiation

    12/15/2017 9:29:14 AM PST · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | 12/15/2017 | Susie Steimle
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — California health officials have a new message for cellphone users. For the first time ever, the California Department of Public Health is releasing guidelines about harmful cellphone radiation and how you can avoid it. Dr. Karen Smith with the California Department Of Public Health said, “We recognize that there are a lot of people in the general public that have some concerns about their cellphones and whether using a cellphone is safe.” Smith said, “When you sleep, you keep the cellphone at least arm’s length away from your body. And also, not carrying your cellphone in...
  • Controversial Study Claims 'Smartphone Addiction' Alters the Brain

    12/02/2017 6:27:27 AM PST · by dayglored · 38 replies
    Inverse (Science) ^ | Nov 30, 2017 | Peter Hess
    It’s an open secret that Silicon Valley exploits our tendency to seek the neurological rewards delivered by the likes, comments and mentions that pop up on our internet-connected devices. As such, smartphone use can certainly feel like it’s habit-forming. But a desire to engage with technology — and even what could be seen as compulsive use — is not the same thing as addiction, despite what a new study claiming that smartphone addiction changes our brains claims.In the new paper, presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, a team of radiologists at Korea University...
  • Samsung DeX's Expanding Ecosystem Pushes the Possibilities of the Smartphone

    10/19/2017 10:57:06 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    samsungmobilepress.com ^ | 19 October 2017 | phoronix
    TAG Samsung DeX, SDC, SDC2017 Multimedia Download At Samsung, we continuously ask ourselves what else is possible, and what else we can do to bring a better experience for our users. Samsung DeX was literally drawn on a piece of paper after asking these simple but important questions and became what it is today, bringing a desktop-like experience to your smartphone.We brought this desktop-like experience to our users, realizing that they want the convenience of their mobile device but also sometimes need the tried-and-true desktop computing environment, especially when it comes to interacting with productivity tools and entertainment contents...
  • Nanosatellite Beams Smartphone Voice Call for First Time

    09/22/2017 11:33:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Space.com ^ | September 22, 2017 07:26am ET | Tereza Pultarova,
    The voice call lasted more than a minute and went off without a hitch, said Meir Moalem, CEO of the United Kingdom-based startup Sky and Space Global. ... During the testing, Sky and Space Global engineers also sent text messages, images and voice recordings via the company's three nanosatellites, dubbed the 3 Diamonds. The satellites, launched on June 23, circle the Earth in a sun-synchronous orbit at the altitude of 500 kilometers (310 miles). Eventually, Sky and Space Global envisions building a constellation of 200 nanosatellites that would provide seamless communication services to people living in tropical regions where no...
  • Apple Fans Missing For iPhone 8 Release Day

    09/22/2017 9:29:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 80 replies
    CBS - LA ^ | September 22, 2017 7:43 AM | Staff
    PASADENA (CBSLA) — There was something missing at Pasadena’s Apple Store for the Friday release of the iPhone 8 – a line of eager fans. Previous releases of the iPhone attracted hundreds of Apple fans waiting in the early morning hours at several stores across Southern California. The Apple Store has a ticketing system, but that never stopped eager iPhone fans from camping out overnight. But on Friday morning, all was quiet on Colorado Boulevard, except for employees inside the store handing out tickets. STORY: Apple Unveils 3 New iPhone Models The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus touts new features...
  • Tech that opens eyes: How apps help connect the blind and seeing worlds

    09/12/2017 6:49:26 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 2 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 11, 2017 | Joseph Dussault
    Working Together - Single-purpose, assistive devices have given way to more accessible – and affordable – apps. Perhaps just as valuable is the glimpse into the capable lives of people with limited vision that apps like BlindWays offer. SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 —When asked how technology might improve the lives of people with vision impairments, Joann Becker presented a deceptively simple challenge. “Well,” the tech specialist recalls saying, “I’d like to be able to find my bus stop.” Navigating Boston’s transit system can be challenging for any commuter. But for blind riders, like Ms. Becker, each bus stop and train...
  • Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

    08/03/2017 3:14:14 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 93 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 2017 | Jeane M. Twenge
    One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. “We go to the mall,” she said. “Do your parents drop you off?,” I asked, recalling my own middle-school days, in the 1980s, when I’d enjoy a few parent-free hours shopping with my friends. “No—I go with my family,” she replied. “We’ll go with my mom...
  • SPY-PHONE Samsung’s ‘peeping Tom’ smartphones can listen and watch what you do (trunc.)

    06/09/2017 12:09:36 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 38 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | June 8, 2017 | By Margi Murphy
    SPY-PHONE Samsung’s ‘peeping Tom’ smartphones can listen and watch what you do on the web while monitoring your emails to target you with ads The Sun can exclusively reveal that many Brits have no idea they've allowed Korean manufacturer Samsung to monitor them through their smartphone SAMSUNG phones use technology which can spy on what you’re reading and watching online – and monitor emails in your inbox. The phones switch onto spy mode after they are alerted by a “beacon” often embedded in web pages or sent as an ultrasonic signal hidden in telly or online adverts. SAMSUNG phones use...
  • How I Made My Own iPhone

    04/13/2017 11:24:13 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    youtube ^ | 4-12-17 | strange parts
    A like-new(but really refurbished) iPhone 6S 16GB made entirely from parts purchased in the public cell phone parts markets in Huaqiangbei.