December 4, 2013 |
NASA's extraterrestrial smartphone has phoned home. The 4-inch-square satellite, PhoneSat 2.4, which uses an off-the-shelf Samsung Nexus S phone running Google's Android operating system, transmitted data back to its Santa Clara University ground station, the space agency announced Wednesday. As the number implies, this is not the first smartphone NASA has hurled into orbit. The first, in April, proved the concept of using commercially available electronics for satellites in low-Earth orbit.
November 29, 2013 |
A new Kickstarter project called PowerUp 3.0 turns paper airplanes into smartphone-controlled flying machines. PowerUp 3.0 is a small electronic module that works by attaching onto a paper airplane that users fold themselves. A small box at the front of the module stores the gadget's battery and also keeps in contact with users' smartphones. Meanwhile, at the back of the toy there is a propeller and rudder that make the device go in whatever direction a user wants. "PowerUp 3.0 turns your embarrassing paper plane into a lean, mean flying machine," says a video for the project, claims to be the world's first ever smartphone controlled paper airplane.
November 26, 2013 |
There are smartphones, and then there's the $4,000 Tonino Lamborghini Antares. Inspired by the luxury sports cars, the Antares is a new limited-edition Android smartphone made out of stainless steel and leather. The phone was announced Tuesday and is geared toward "high income men and women that demand the highest quality of phone with both looks and performance being of equal importance," according to a release for the device. The device features a 4-inch screen, a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.
November 25, 2013 |
Oh, that a smartphone was smart enough to remain handy but not cumbersome. The ArmPocket has your back - well, actually your arm - and this cellphone armband has welcome features missing from some similar products. Whatever your phone brand or size, whether in a case (even a large case) or not, there's an ArmPocket model that should work. Your phone slides into the front of a padded transparent touch-control window inside a larger zippered compartment. No need to worry about a screen protector out in the elements; the pocket is water resistant.
November 22, 2013 |
Apple has begun selling unlocked iPhone 5s smartphones that have no SIM card. The device may appeal to users who frequently travel abroad or simply don't like being tied to carrier contracts. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant updated its online store to add the unlocked, no SIM card option this week. Apple is selling 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions for $649, $749 and $849, respectively. The new version of the iPhone 5s is compatible with GSM networks, which include T-Mobile and AT&T.
November 20, 2013 |
LG's curved smartphone, the G Flex, has a lot of cool specs -- a 6-inch screen, a flexible plastic body that can be pushed flat without breaking and an ultra-thin, high-resolution display. But the feature we're most excited and curious about? LG's claim that its new phone is made with a "self-healing" coating that protects the device from surface damage and can actually erase signs of scratches after they occur. Although the notion of a self-healing phone seems implausible, YouTube personality and video producer Marques Brownlee posted a video online in which he runs the G Flex through a series of scratch tests and the phone appears to emerge relatively unscathed.
November 16, 2013 |
If you're thinking of buying an Android smartphone, look no further than the Nexus 5. Google's new flagship smartphone, with its all-around features, is a powerful alternate to Apple's iPhone 5s and Samsung's Galaxy S4. The Nexus 5 went on sale this month, and it features a vibrant 5-inch screen. The LG-manufactured smartphone can also connect to LTE networks, an attribute not shared with its predecessor, and it has been packed with Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of the Google's mobile operating system.
November 15, 2013 |
Samsung reportedly is getting ready to release a smartphone with a curved screen that wraps around the sides. With the screen on the sides, users will be able to see messages at an angle, Bloomberg News reported. The curved-screen device will most likely go on sale in the second half of 2014, according to unnamed sources in the Bloomberg report. Need a laugh? Let this website come up with your next Facebook status Samsung released the Galaxy Round , its first phone with a curved screen, last month in South Korea.
November 5, 2013 |
LG pledged durability when it announced its curved-screen device, the G Flex, and a new video shows the company may be able to keep its promise. The LG G Flex is different from other smartphones in that its screen curves from top to bottom, in a way that makes it snug nicely around a user's face when making a call and curves into the palm when the user holds it. The device is one of the first two smartphones to use OLED technology to make plastic,...
November 4, 2013 |
Motorola has something big planned for next week, and we're thinking it'll likely announce a low-cost smartphone. The Google-owned phone maker began teasing the Nov. 13 announcement by sending emails to journalists and adding a new section to its website. The email and the new Web page both feature a globe with the Motorola logo etched in the middle. However, neither divulges much information besides saying "Moto G" and the Nov. 13 date. PHOTOS: Apple's Mavericks OS: Top 10 features to check out As speculation on the Web goes, the company is likely to unveil a low-cost and smaller-sized version of the Moto X flagship smartphone.