SciShow posted an explainer about how smartphone digital cameras work, showing that it's easy to forget how much impressive technology powers a selfie.Read More
Did they also find secret NASA data revealing the sky is blue?
If WikiLeaks has done one thing very well recently, it's been highlighting the problems with a glut of information but a shortage of context. Most recently, they've released data on the CIA's cyber surveillance abilities, and in the process they've stirred up fears that secure data transmission isn't actually secure.Read More
We're nearing the end of 2016 (good riddance), and that means that everyone who collects extensive, more-than-a-little-creepy data about our habits is putting together their year-end lists. While social media may be huge, Google is still a force to be reckoned with in terms of how users experience the Internet, and a few things dominated the site's search results this year.Read More
Rest in peace, Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It's been real! Real dangerous, that is.Read More
Google isn't a new player in the smartphone game. But now, they're putting the Nexus in the rearview and launching a brand new smartphone called the Pixel.Read More
We just want to walk our Pokémon!
Pokémon GO's latest update—which already faced more than its share of ire after Niantic tweeted that it was coming on Saturday and then took several days to finally release—had a strict new anti-cheating measure: "jailbroken" and "rooted" devices, smartphones with their software cracked for additional customization, are no longer allowed. The point of the update was to stop cheaters from faking their GPS location, but it's left a lot of perfectly innocent users looking for a solution.Read More
Today, Apple is holding an event to announce the iPhone 7 (and 7 Plus), which has been the object of speculation—and leaked details—for some time. While some changes with the new model are all but known, plenty of it is still a mystery, so here's a helpful guide to prep yourself for the announcement.Read More
Only a few reports of exploding Galaxy Note 7 phones have come in so far since the device's release on August 19, but the preferred number of exploding phones is zero. Samsung would rather be safe than sorry, so they've put out a global recall of the Note 7, which accounts for millions of devices worldwide.Read More
The smartphone has become an extension of the modern human being. We've even been known to have separation anxiety when we're apart from our phones, to the point where just having them—not even using them—makes us feel better. That's lucky for the UK's Gin Tub, a bar that hasn't banned phones themselves but has managed to block their use.Read More
You probably shouldn't be looking at your phone when you're lying in bed at night, and even if you are looking at your phone, you definitely shouldn't be looking at Twitter. But, if you must look at Twitter, you may as well save your eyesight by using the new "night mode" setting, now available for Androids.Read More
Please call it "The Whistleblower." Please.
For the paranoid, there's already some tech out there that will allow you to completely shut off your phone from the outside world and go off the grid, but you're going to have to go back on eventually—otherwise why do you have a phone, you maniac? That's why Edward Snowden is working on a phone case that will warn you if your phone is colluding with the enemy/the government/anyone.Read More
The Keecoo K1 is a smartphone made for women. I'm not just extrapolating that based on the pink hues, the gem-shaped case, or the makeup surrounding the phones in this advertisement. I'm basing it on the actual about page for the phone, which explicitly says that the phone is "for women."Read More
This message will self-destruct in five seconds.
Like all the various social media platforms out there, our favorite chat platforms are trying to figure out what makes their competitors popular and emulate those features to an extent. While Snapchat recently introduced "Memories," a way of saving snaps and stories, Facebook Messenger will not be outdone and is testing self-destroying messages with a timer just like Snapchat.Read More
Just in time for 32GB not to seem like enough!
As someone who owns a 16GB iPhone 6, it definitely feels like a storage size from a bygone era. Though it's enough for me, it's far from plenty, even though my app, music, and video habits are hardly demanding in terms of storage space. For many people 16GB isn't enough at all, which forces them to pay significantly more to stick with iPhones—but that may all change with Apple's next model.Read More
Nintendo's Miitomo may have experienced some troubling user drop-off following its initial debut, but the iconic gaming company is just getting warmed up when it comes to mobile games. In the near term, they've got Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing on the way to smartphones, but in the long run, they're looking into all kinds of options, up to and including their very own smartphone controller.Read More
Google's Android operating system has the largest market share of smartphones by far, and that makes it a prime target for malware. Smartphones tend to give the appearance of a more closed-off, protected device than a desktop computer, which can give a sense of security to users—so naturally, a whole bunch of them have malware on their devices.Read More
KFCs in India have put out the "Watt a Box," which is a box of chicken that powers up your smartphone.Read More
We will not be silenced! Except, like, in movie theaters.
Just yesterday, we got word of an interview in which AMC Theatres' new CEO, Adam Aron—in a fantastic display of trying not to judge the youths on their cell phone use while simultaneously insinuating they can't live for two hours without them—said that the key to getting millennials into movie theaters was allowing them to use their phones during movies. Then, we all had post-apocalyptic movie theater hellscape nightmares, and AMC realized that maybe wasn't the best idea.Read More
That's it. I'm ready for the Sunset Squad robot now.
AMC, the biggest movie theater chain in the United States, has a new CEO in Adam Aron, and he's up for some changes to the moviegoing experience. Granted, there are plenty of things that could be improved about theaters, but "allowing texting in theaters" isn't one of them—despite his willingness to try it. This is it. This is the hill my youth dies on. I guess I'm glad it's a movie theater-shaped hill, anyway.Read More
What could go wrong?
Wi-Fi has more uses than just sending your tweets and reaction GIFs out to the Internet. It's also useful for position tracking systems, but most of the ones you're familiar with don't hold up so well when it comes to pinpoint accuracy. That could change with a technology from MIT that uses Wi-Fi signals to detect the exact position of the devices sending them.Read More