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  1. Internet-Based Board Game Linknotize Is Like Six Degrees of Wikipedia

    Sorry, Kevin Bacon.

    Not only can you play a lot of board games on your phone instead of with a board—no matter how many luddites complain that everyone is just tapping away on their phones—but linknotize is a physical board game that you actually play by... tapping away on your phone.

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  2. Clever App Will Finally Get Students to Stop Using Cell Phones in Class

    Or just hide under your chair. They won't know that you're there!

    College kids finally have a reason to pay attention in class instead of checking their phones that's a lot more convincing than "college is incredibly expensive": free food!

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  3. New App Uses Smartphone Cameras To Connect Blind Users to Sighted Volunteers

    Imagine this: you are blind and you're trying to cook marinara sauce alone in your apartment. You have two cans in your kitchen cabinet, and you know one is crushed tomatoes—but the other is pie filling, which would taste terrible on pasta. Normally this would be a huge annoyance, but with Be My Eyes, all you have to do point your cellphone camera at the cans and somebody will tell you whether it's the one on the left or right. Problem solved!

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  4. No, Your Phone Doesn’t Have a Virus; Those App Store Redirects Come From Difficult-to-Stop Ads

    We're sorry. We're so sorry.

    We here at The Mary Sue can sympathize with annoying ad behavior from autoplaying, unmuted video to redirecting users to other sites entirely. Mobile browser users with Android and iOS devices have been getting app store redirects for a long time, and though the problem is difficult to stop, it isn't cause for concern—just annoyance.

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  5. Separation From Your Phone Can Actually Hinder Your Mental Capabilities, Study Finds

    Get rid of one little piece of technology, and everyone loses their minds!

    A recent study showed that test subjects' cognitive functions became impaired when they were separated from their phones. And no, not just because they were unable to Google the solutions to their test puzzles.

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  6. 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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  7. 10 Things Your Phone Hates About You, Because It’s Better Than You at EVERYTHING

    "Anything you can do, I can do better." -Phones

    Your phone is sick of hearing about all the things you wish it did better, because it does them all way better than you do. It really wishes it could upgrade you to a less whiny model.

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  8. UnPocket and 1984-Inspired “Stealth Fashion” Will Make You Digitally Invisible

    Doubleplusunpocket.

    "Post-Snowden" fashion is becoming a reality as the Kickstarter for UnPocket, which renders your Internet device off-the-grid when using it, has surpassed its funding goal.

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  9. You Can Now Watch Amazon’s Fire Phone Announcement Event

    Better late than never we guess, Amazon.

    Yesterday Amazon unveiled their first foray into the smartphone market, the Amazon Fire Phone. They didn't live stream the event, but they have since released video of the full event on their YouTube channel. Watch to see the demonstration of the "Dynamic Perspective" 3D display. It's really impressive stuff.

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  10. Today’s Big Amazon Announcement Revealed, and It’s a… Phone! Meet the Amazon Fire Phone [Updating]

    Is everything Fire with you now, Amazon?

    Rumors pointed to today's big Amazon announcement being a new smartphone with a Nintendo 3DS-like glasses-less 3D display, and the rumors are true (at least some of them. The event is ongoing so we're updating as we go..) They've introduced their own smartphone, the Amazon Fire Phone.

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  11. Watch Amazon’s Special 3D Smartphone Event Livestream at 12:30pm ET Today [VIDEO]

    Will they let us preorder JK Rowling books again? Please say yes.

    You know the headache you get when you play on a Nintendo 3DS for too long? How would you like that headache to continue while you are sending texts? Because that's probably what you're going to be getting from Amazon later today if the rumors are any indication, and we've got the live feed for you right here.

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  12. Rejoice, Clumsy People; Science Has Invented Shatterproof Phone Screens

    Parents of small children, you may also celebrate!

    Smartphones are amazing - until you accidentally drop them, and their screens shatter, and you sit on the floor weeping for hours over the hundreds of dollars you just threw away. But thankfully, researchers at the University of Akron have developed a new phone surface that may render them completely shatterproof.

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  13. Nintendo Denies Rumors of Smartphone Mini-Games, Millions of Voices Cry out and Are Suddenly Silenced

    It's like finding out your princess is in another castle.

    I've found myself in kind of a tough-love situation with Nintendo lately, and I become more convinced it's what they need from me as it goes on. Today's news that yesterday's news of smartphone mini-games from Nintendo was false breaks my heart and the hearts of Nintendo fans around the world, and that should tell Nintendo something.

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Samsung Officially Unveils Galaxy Round Curved Phone

    Finally, the people get what they want. You guys wanted a slightly curved screen, right?

    Yes, you too can experience the magic of gingerly pressing your fingers down on the edge of your phone to wake it. This will cause the phone to do amazing things like wake up and show your notifications and battery life. Never before has it been so simple. Well, unless you count pressing a button as simple, but don't be absurd.

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  19. Firefox OS Smartphone ZTE Open Coming to U.S. for $79.99 Unlocked

    Even a bright orange phone looks pretty good when it only costs $79.99 unlocked.

    The ZTE Open, one of the first Firefox OS handsets, is on its way to the U.S. and U.K. through ZTE's eBay store. As we've written previously, the Open is a little underpowered compared to high-end smartphones, but that's not really the point. It's aimed at emerging markets and it only costs $79.99 -- and that's unlocked.

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  20. This Date Goes Horribly Wrong, Then Right Again Thanks to the Sony Xperia

    Generally speaking, tossing your date's smartphone into a fountain is considered a deal breaker.

    There's a lot to worry about on a date. How do I look? Does this person think I'm interesting? Will they chuck my smartphone into a fountain? The Sony Xperia can help -- at least with that last one. It's not afraid to stand up to a little water, so when accidents happen you can go right back to smooshing ice cream in someone's face.

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