April 24, 2014 |
A decade ago, as a foreign correspondent traveling through South America, I witnessed cellphone technology's march across the globe-- to a remote corner of the Peruvian Amazon, where even tricycle taxi drivers had them. Now smartphone technology is completing its own conquest of the developing world. Handheld devices that allow you to browse the Web, or read a book, are now ubiquitous in South America, sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent. This week, UNESCO reports on an unexpected consequence of the smartphone revolution: People with limited access to books are reading more, thanks to those tiny, portable screens.
April 22, 2014 |
Do you own a smartphone? If so, you are a target for opportunistic thieves. Robberies and thefts involving smartphones are now the most common property crimes in America. The black market for these stolen devices has become so lucrative that even Colombian drug cartels now traffic in them. According to a survey by Consumer Reports, some 3.1 million Americans were victims of smartphone theft last year, nearly double the number in 2012. Los Angeles has experienced a more than a 30% increase in smartphone theft since 2011.
April 22, 2014 |
Amazon.com is rumored to be working on a smartphone that will go on sale later this year, and a report said Tuesday that users will be able to control the gadget by simply tilting it around in different directions. The rumored device is expected to include four low-power infrared cameras on its front side. Those cameras will allow the gadget to display 3-D effects on the phone's screen, as previously reported . But on Tuesday, tech news site BGR said that those cameras will also help the phone recognize the way users tilt it. By recognizing different tilts, the device will be controlled by users moving it around in different directions.
April 21, 2014 |
If you've ever wondered what a $4,000 smartphone looks like, we'll be unboxing one this afternoon. The Tonino Lamborghini Antares is a luxury smartphone that is set to go on sale in the U.S. this spring after launching in Russia and China late last year. The Android gadget is encased in stainless steel and leather. It is geared toward high-income users who want their smartphone as much for its ability to make a status statement as its functionality. LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 2:30 p.m. as we unbox the Tonino Lamborghini Antares The device features a 4-inch screen, a 13-megapixel rear camera and comes with 32-gigabytes of storage.
April 16, 2014 |
Many of the world's top phone manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, announced that they have committed to include basic anti-theft tools for smartphones made after July 2015 for sale in the U.S. Google, Microsoft, Nokia, HTC and several others joined Apple and Samsung in the voluntary commitment that was announced Tuesday. As part of their pledge, the companies will create basic tools designed to help consumers recover stolen smartphones. The committment was outlined by the CTIA-The Wireless Assn., and it was also backed by the U.S.' four major wireless carriers.
April 15, 2014 |
Google has applied for a patent that details a way to fit a camera into a contact lens. The patent has to do with the tech giant's smart contact lens project, which was first announced earlier this year . By fitting a camera into a contact lens, users could process all kinds of data that could then be relayed to a connected smartphone. The patent, which was reported by Patent Bolt , outlines a way that Google could fit a camera into a contact lens without drastically increasing its thickness.