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Laser used to wirelessly charge a smartphone

Washington - Physicists have used a laser to wirelessly charge a smartphone. This was achieved safely and using the distance of a typical room.

Smartphone with diamond screen set for 2019 release

The first smartphone is a diamond screen is being tested. The device, with a super strong screen, is expected to be released in 2019.

Apple overtakes Samsung in shrinking smartphone market: survey

Washington - Apple overtook Samsung in the fourth quarter as the largest smartphone producer in a declining global market for handsets, research firm IDC said Friday.

Natural Cycles birth control app under fire over pregnancies

Remember the Natural Cycles Smartphone app that came out last year? It was certified by the European Union and was the only app to be called a form of "contraception" in Europe. The start-up company is now under fire for 37 unwanted pregnancies.

New vulnerability exposed for smartphones

Hackers can easily guess your phone PIN using its sensor data, according to new research into mobile device security vulnerabilities from Nanyang Technological University.

'Graphene-like' nanocomposite battery developed

Technologists have a created a new nanocomposite material that increases battery life and also improves the performance of smartphones, tablets, and laptops. In trials the battery outperformed comparable products.

Smartphone market seeing steady growth, as bigger screens rule

Washington - The global smartphone market is expected to see steady if unspectacular growth in the next few years, as consumers turn increasingly to large-screen handsets known as "phablets," a market tracker said Wednesday.

Nokia: Android smartphones biggest malware target in 2017

Android smartphones accounted for the majority of malware attacks over the past year, behind devices running Windows. The figures come from Nokia's Threat Intelligence Lab which warned more needs to be done to keep mobile users secure.

FDA Approves Pill With Digital Tracking System

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first digital pill for the US which tracks if patients have taken their medication. The pill called Abilify MyCite is fitted with a tiny indigestible sensor.

Apple aims to work its magic with iPhone X

San Francisco - With its new iPhone X, Apple is setting the ambitious goal for itself of reinventing the smartphone, again.

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note8

Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy Note8, the next incarnation of the company's flagship phablet. The device has been upgraded with a 6.3-inch Infinity Display and an improved S Pen stylus. Samsung's also assured customers the battery is safe.

Startup Rover looks to big projects to grow its parking app

Toronto is capturing the world’s attention as an innovation ecosystem — and success for startups like parking app Rover could be a sign of the bright things to come.

Ultra-thin hologram promises 3D electronics

Melbourne - An Australian-Chinese research team has made a claim for the world's thinnest hologram. The development promises a 3D holography integrated into a new generation of everyday electronic devices.

Digital technology brings color accuracy to smartphones

The company X-Rite has brought color measurement accuracy to smartphones as well as for online shopping, with its Color-Eye solution. This is designed to improve what consumers actually view.

Technologists solve issues with smartphone document rotation

Why won’t my documents rotate properly? This is a common occurrence for frustrated smartphone users. A new technique has been devised to correct a smartphone's orientation to overcome this annoyance.

I still don't have a smartphone, admits EU's Juncker

Tallinn - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker admitted Friday that he had not yet joined the smartphone revolution, as he helped launch the EU presidency of digital-savvy Estonia.

EU's Juncker admits: 'I still don't have a smartphone'

Tallinn - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker admitted Friday that he had not yet joined the smartphone revolution, as he helped launch the EU presidency of digital-savvy Estonia.

Are smartphones making us more stupid?

Chicago - Smartphones and other connected devices are delivering an array of useful functions and life-enhancing benefits. But is there a cost? Is our ‘over reliance’ on these computers coming at a cost of cognitive decline?

Chrome's radical new Android UI gets a step closer to release

Google has started to roll out a major redesign of Chrome's interface on Android phones. It features a new navigation bar that's moved to the bottom of the display. Called "Chrome Home," it's available now in the latest version of the Chrome Dev app.

Sri Lanka train deaths prompt selfie crackdown

Colombo - Sri Lankan railway authorities announced a crackdown on selfies on Tuesday after a 12-year-old boy was decapitated and two other men also died while snapping themselves on a coastal track.

Samsung investigating Galaxy S8 'iris hack'

Seoul - Samsung Electronics is investigating claims by a German hacking group that it fooled the iris recognition system of the new flagship Galaxy S8 device, the firm said Wednesday.

Smartphones charged in 5 minutes by 2018

Waiting for the day when your smartphone charges in next-to-no time? How about five minutes? The technology to do this is promised by 2018.

Majority of U.S. homes have mobiles but no landline

Is the idea of a fixed landline and a mobile phone coming to a steady end? A new survey of U.S. homes indicates the majority of households have mobiles but no landline.

Dangers of some health apps as HIV is misdiagnosed

The case of Esther, who sells water on the side of the road in Kenya and whose smartphone misdiagnosed HIV, has featured in news media as a warning about the claims made by health apps.

Android apps found to be mining information from smartphones

The use of apps is commonplace and we’re increasingly reliant upon using apps to organize our schedules and to obtain information. One concern with the ubiquity of apps, highlighted by Virginia Tech, is with apps colluding to mine our information.

Smartphone adapted to screen for food poisoning

A smartphone has been successfully adapted to screen food samples for the pathogen Escherichia coli 0517. It is hoped the speed and portability of the application will enhance food safety.

Self-healing smartphone screen in development

Imagine you've scratched or broken your smartphone screen. Instead of the inevitable costly repair, what if the screen could repair itself? This is what University of California Riverside scientists have been developing.

Boy, aged 11, racks up $7000 bill for mobile games

Chorley - An young boy, unknown to him at the time, spent around $7,000 playing online games after accessing his family's iTunes account.

Super flexible mobile phones from new silver compound

Flexible electronics is part of the future state development of electronic devices. Key to this are flexible touchscreens and such technology may be possible from the discovery of silver wires, between about 10 and 40 nanometers wide.

Apple's new red iPhone shows how boring smartphones have become

A plague has infected the modern smartphone industry: monotony. Take a stroll through the aisles of a mobile-phone retailer and you'll see an endless stream of brushed aluminum, gleaming glass, and muted shades of gold and silver.
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The battery life screenshot from the Apple iPhone 6 announcement
The battery life screenshot from the Apple iPhone 6 announcement
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LG unveiled a new 5.5-inch QHD screen for use on the upcoming G4 flagship smartphone
LG unveiled a new 5.5-inch QHD screen for use on the upcoming G4 flagship smartphone
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Screen images of the GoodSAM app.
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Businessman on the phone
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The iPhone 4S devices from Apple
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The TracFone Lucky  manufactured by LG and sold for $10 at Walmart
The TracFone Lucky, manufactured by LG and sold for $10 at Walmart
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When it comes to mobile phone calls and data usage  US consumers are paying nearly 20 times as much ...
When it comes to mobile phone calls and data usage, US consumers are paying nearly 20 times as much as Europeans
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The Google Nexus 5X by LG
The Google Nexus 5X by LG
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The LG G5's "Friends"
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Nokia Lumia 1020  with the 41MP sensor
Nokia Lumia 1020 with the 41MP sensor
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A Buddhist monk talks on his smartphone as he sits on the grassland of the Tibetan Plateau in Yushu ...
A Buddhist monk talks on his smartphone as he sits on the grassland of the Tibetan Plateau in Yushu County
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The Oukitel K10000
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HTC’s One M9.
HTC’s One M9.
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Examples of Live Cases for Google Nexus phones
Examples of Live Cases for Google Nexus phones
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Surveillance images of robbery suspect wanted in the shooting of a gas station clerk.
Surveillance images of robbery suspect wanted in the shooting of a gas station clerk.
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A new e-mail app stunt left some journalists a bit unnerved.
A new e-mail app stunt left some journalists a bit unnerved.
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Samsung folding smartphone concept from 2013
Samsung folding smartphone concept from 2013
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