Google beefs up navigation to help you avoid Memorial Day jams

Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, Google's adding more detailed alternate routes and real-time traffic information. The goal is to provide a better explanation for its automated detours.


70 percent of drivers use their smartphones while on the road

According to a new AT&T study, a shocking 70 percent of drivers use their smartphones while operating vehicles, and it isn't just to send messages of the text and email variety either.


Scan your eyes, and buy some fries: Fujitsu shows off mobile payments with an iris scanner

Fujitsu, in partnership with Japanese carrier DoMoCo, unveiled a smartphone that lets you make payments by scanning your iris. But that's just the beginning -- biometrics is a burgeoning industry.


This smartphone accessory can see blood parasites, and could save your life

The CellScope Loa is an accessory that converts a smartphone into a blood parasite-detecting microscope, and due to its accuracy, speed, and ease of use, it could save lives in countries where disease treatment is urgently needed.


PhoneDrone turns your phone into an autonomous quadcopter

Idaho-based drone startup xCraft has designed a wild new quadcopter exoskeleton that leverages all the sensor tech and computing power you already carry around with you inside your smartphone.

Cool Tech

Indiegogo cancels modular phone project without an explanation

Google's Project Ara isn't the only modular smartphone we can expect to see launch this year. Meet Fonkraft, a new modular phone that's cheap, easily modified, and expected to be ready in September.


LG G4’s premium leather back covers take 12 weeks to manufacture

Smartphone manufacturing is apparently becoming more and more of an artisanal affair. LG says the hand-stitched leather backs available for its imminent G4 smartphones take 12 weeks to make.


U.S. Marshal smashes woman’s smartphone to avoid being recorded

Yet another instance of a law enforcement agent being filmed behaving badly, a U.S. Marshal was recently recorded grabbing a smartphone away from a citizen filming the police and smashing the device on the ground.


Disney has made tiny musical instruments that use sound to control your smartphone

Disney has created Acoustruments, tiny musical instruments which use ultrasonic sound to control your smartphone, that require no power, and can be built using 3D printers.


You’ve got until April 20 to get the Alcatel Idol 3 for $200 on Amazon

Alcatel is one of the first out of the gate with a MWC product launch, showing off a smartphone that will be its first worldwide launch. Find out all the details we have on the OneTouch Idol 3.


Ditch your cords with IKEA’s wireless charging furniture

Definitely easier than hunting down a charging cable, IKEA's new furniture line includes wireless charging inserts that will charge any mobile device that supports the Qi wireless charging standard.


Cheater! World-class chess player repeatedly ran to the toilet to cheat during game

Chess grandmaster Gaioz Nigalidze got himself into a rather sticky situation during an international tournament in Dubai recently, and it had nothing to do with the pieces on the board....


Whether you want it or not, a 4K UHD resolution screen could be fitted to your next phone

Screen manufacturer Sharp is apparently waiting to put a 5.5 smartphone display with a 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution -- making 806ppi -- into production during 2016, meaning 4K UHD phones are headed our way next year.


The new Windows Phone 10 preview includes Project Spartan and a ton of new apps

A new Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview release, Microsoft's very first beta for mobile, includes Project Spartan, plus a bevy of core app updates. It's still unstable, but progressing closer toward a final release.


If you’re lucky, you could test out the upcoming LG G4 before anyone else

LG is looking for 4,000 people in 15 countries to try out its soon-to-launch G4 smartphone. Part of a marketing push to boost the handset's pre-launch buzz, LG wants those who get the phone to spread the (hopefully positive) word via social media.