Charge Your SmartPhone…by Shouting at It?

In 1878, an exhausted seamstress inspired Thomas Edison to invent a voice-powered sewing machine. The peculiar device worked–sort of–but the technology never quite caught on the way the lightbulb did. Now, a team of Nokia researchers and scientists from Queen Mary University of London want to harness the same power on a grander scale…and use it to charge your smartphone.  (more…)

Smartphone Kill Switch: A Solution or Just a New Problem?

Lawmakers believe they have a solution to the widespread dilemma of cell phone theft: a mandatory “kill switch” feature that can turn a hi-tech phone into an inoperative paperweight. What could possibly go wrong?


Phonebloks: the LEGO-like Modular Smartphone

Innovator Dave Hakkens became an overnight sensation this past week with his concept video for PhoneBloks, the customizable snap-together smartphone. Touted as “a phone worth keeping,” the Phonebloks idea could potentially revolutionize the cell phone industry and begin to dismantle the dominant perspective that tells us cell phones are a disposable commodity. (more…)

App Diet or App A.D.D.?

New research reveals that consumers are spending less time on apps, but feel more engaged by them. In a trend that is similar to some diets, the average person has begun to use apps in smaller portions, and with greater frequency. The question is, does that reflect a decline in the attention span of American culture, or an increase in the quality and efficiency of information delivery through mobile applications? Or is it a deceptive statistic? (more…)

Amazon Aiming for Apple?

Members of the rumor mill can pat themselves on the back—as many suspected, online retail giant Amazon has been quietly developing a smartphone of their own. In fact, a new report from the Wall Street Journal says they’re working on two of them, and one will be 3D.  (more…)

Facebook Wants Your Soul (But Will Settle for Your Phone’s)

“Your home screen is really the soul of your phone…and we think it should be deeply personal,” announced Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, just before revealing the new Facebook Home. And by “personal,” he means “owned by Facebook.” (more…)

Death of the Cool, Dawn of the Weird?

The strange unveiling of the Galaxy S 4 might be just the latest entry in the Theater of the Bizarre that has overtaken mobile marketing recently. If this peculiar trend continues, then cell phone advertising could get very interesting in coming months. (more…)

Better SmartPhone Batteries Coming Soon?

Here’s the good news: Researchers at MIT are building a better battery for smartphones, tablets, electric cars, laptops…even missile guidance systems (don’t tell North Korea!). These new smartphone batteries will charge almost instantly and could potentially last for weeks, or even longer, on a single charge. When was the last time your cell phone battery lasted three days without plugging in? (more…)

In Defense of the Transparent Smartphone

Last week, the Internet was abuzz with images and video of a semi-functional transparent smartphone prototype. Almost immediately, however, people began to ask “Why?”  (more…)

A Few Clicks Away from a Universal Remote

In the 2006 movie “Click,” Adam Sandler receives a universal remote control that will, as Christopher Walken’s kooky character puts it, “control your universe!” The movie’s no classic (it’s not even one of Sandler’s better movies), but we can all relate—who wouldn’t like to fast forward through a long meeting, rewind hastily spoken words, or use closed captions to get through Spanish class? We’d all like to control our respective worlds. (more…)