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  1. A Smartphone Tax Is One Way to Help Clean Up Space Junk

    Or we could maybe just place a higher value on space funding.

    Space debris is a big problem, and not just because it might mean losing George Clooney to the cold, unfeeling clutches of outer space. If something isn't done about the debris from space programs in orbit around the Earth, launching a spacecraft from our planet will eventually become like trying to catapult it through a shooting gallery.

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  2. Smart Diapers Track a Baby’s Health with Smartphones, Because Why Shouldn’t Diapers Make Themselves Useful?

    There's a diaper app! Oh, it doesn't change the baby's diaper? Disappointing.

    Smart diapers bring obsessing over infant health to a new level by letting you check up on your baby's vital stats with your smart phone. The diaper has a small patch that tests urine and gives you all kinds of pee information to overreact about and bother doctors with. Oh, and it can detect early signs of infection and diabetes, so that's good.

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  3. Design a Phone Tailored Perfectly for You with Phone Bloks

    If everyone can build their own ideal cell phone, what will they argue about on the Internet?

    Phone Bloks will solve the problem of smartphones that offer no user upgradeability and quickly become outdated and useless. With interchangeable parts, you can build the phone of your dreams and upgrade it one piece at a time to make it last forever. It's one phone to rule them all.

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  4. For $10, Convert Your Smartphone into a Microscope with Photo and Video Capabilities

    Science made smartphones amazing. Now smartphones are making science amazing. It's all very nice.

    Now you can do science at home with a $10 DIY smartphone microscope stand. Like pretty much everything else they touch, smartphones make microscopes better by making them less expensive, more portable, and granting you the ability to take photos and video of your subjects. It's great to live in the future.

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  5. iPhone 5s Taking Cues from Microsoft With “Blue Screen of Death” Problems

    Apple fans should probably stay indoors today to avoid an imminent wave of mocking PC users.

    In a cruel twist of fate, Apple's newest darling, the iPhone 5s, seems to have come down with a plague thought to only exist on PC platforms — the "Blue Screen of Death." That's right, 5s users have been treated to unexplained and frustrating freezes and forced reboots.

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  6. Fairphone Tries To Figure Out How To Build A Smartphone Without Screwing Anybody

    When you're shopping for a smartphone, "Was it sourced and built using fair, sustainable business practices?" probably isn't question high on your list of priorities. Don't feel bad, though -- even if your are the sort inclined to ask that question, the resounding answer is going to be "Nope." One company, though, is trying to change that. Netherlands-based Fairphone has started production on a phone that they hope will one day provide a model for other companies to build quality products for consumers without ravaging the environment or treating workers like grist for the mill.

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  7. Samsung Assumes You’ll Want This Add-On Game Controller for the Galaxy S4

    Hey, remember buttons? They're back! As you may have heard, the Samsung Galaxy S4 was unveiled yesterday, and you're either rolling your eyes or anxiously awaiting the chance to purchase one, because hey, new smartphone. But the Korean multinational hopes to snag a few more customers by appealing to the video game demographic with a bonus prototype they've showed off along with the S4 itself. It's a cradle/game controller that clamps onto the phone, connects wirelessly -- even though it's right there touching it -- and looks more than a little an Xbox 360 controller. All you need are some triple-A batteries.

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  8. Japanese Company Introduces Smartphone Controlled Toilet [Video]

    Japanese toilets are famously ridiculous, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. It's a lot like if someone made a version of Pimp My Ride, but for toilets. They have features like heated seats, sound effects, and power lids. One company has just taken the toilet game to the next level. Manufacturer Lilix is launching three new toilet models that can be controlled using an Android smartphone. Now you don't have to just use your phone on the toilet. You can use your phone to control your toilet.

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  9. Nokia Fakes Lumia 920 Ad, Apologizes When Called Out

    The Nokia Lumia 920, unveiled just yesterday, looks like a pretty sweet smartphone. With talking points like PureView imaging technology, and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Nokia almost appears to be building more of a camera than a phone. The benefits of the physical OIS present in the Lumia 920 are showcased in a promotional video Nokia released. Unfortunately, the video doesn't actually use footage from the Lumia 920.

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  10. OwnFone Cuts Away the Mental Clutter of Smartphone Life

    Have you ever reached a place where you questioned the merits of having a smartphone? Having access to so much information at all times can, every so often, get in the way of living in the moment, breathing in the fresh air, enjoying a quiet moment, or, you know, not walking into people on the street. In the United Kingdom, one company has decided to take the idea of the "dumbphone" to its logical conclusion. Feast your eyes on the OwnFone. A tiny, custom-made phone that can only communicate with a small set of preset numbers.

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