Smartphone

Sony’s curved sensor technology could be huge leap forward in image quality

Sony has demonstrated its curved sensor technology that allows for smaller lens-and-sensor modules that can deliver great image quality. This curved sensor could be a big step forward for compact digital cameras and smartphones.

Photography

Nova flash accessory brings untethered lighting to iPhone

Photography is all about lighting, but the built-in LED flash in smartphones doesn't exactly help create the most pleasing images. The external Nova flash is a wireless iPhone accessory that lets you get creative with lighting.

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Say goodbye to shattered smartphone screens, thanks to a new miracle film

Polymer scientists at The University of Akron have developed what could be a more rugged, bendable and cost-effective alternative to today’s delicate smartphone screens. The film has withstood peeling and bending tests.

Mobile

MobileOCT uses a 3D printed case to turn smartphones into cancer screening devices

MobileOCT is a self-described “point-of-care diagnostics company” based in Tel Aviv, Israel, which has developed a smartphone accessory that leverages a mobile phone’s camera to detect cancer.

Mobile

AT&T plans to add more solar phone charging stations throughout NYC

Need your phone charged in a pinch? If you're in NYC, you may be in luck. AT&T is planning to add more solar charging stations throughout the city, and they'll be available for anyone to use this summer.

Mobile

Samsung rumored to be holding June event to launch the first Tizen smartphone

A new report says Samsung is preparing to finally launch a Tizen-powered smartphone. If the rumor is accurate, an event will be held in Russia early next month, coinciding with a major Tizen developer conference in San Francisco.

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OnePlus One phone and its swappable covers apparently shown in new images

Just a couple of days before the covers come off OnePlus's self-proclaimed "perfect" smartphone, several images have appeared online claiming to show the handset and its StyleSwap covers in their various designs.

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Smartphone thefts in U.S. doubled in 2013, owners ‘needlessly imperiling’ their data

A survey published by Consumer Reports this week shows that not only was there a significant rise in smartphone theft in the US in 2013, but that handset owners continue to be laid back about taking even basic security measures to protect their data.

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Sophisticated Nokia X camera app unofficially ported to other Android 4.1+ devices

Over at the XDA forums, a developer has managed to port the Nokia X camera app to other Android 4.1+ devices. Nokia's app is unique because it gives users to manually adjust the camera's parameters. However, success varies.

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Smartphone industry embraces anti-theft move, but for some lawmakers it’s not enough

Smartphone makers and wireless carriers in the US on Tuesday announced the 'Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment', a pledge to include anti-theft software on handsets from July next year. For some lawmakers, however, the move doesn't go far enough.

Mobile

Report: Amazon’s first smartphone to be revealed in June, ships by September

Looking to disrupt the smartphone market and take on both Apple and Samsung, retail giant Amazon may be working on a new mobile phone that used multiple front-facing cameras to display 3D images on the screen.

Mobile

Forget fingerprints: Your phone could lock out thieves by learning your ‘touch signature’

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new security system that continuously tracks how you swipe and tap on your mobile devices to keep thieves from using your smartphone or tablet.

Mobile

Samsung announces entry-level ‘Galaxy Ace Style’ smartphone

Samsung's already massive range of handsets just a got a little larger on Monday, with the Korean company officially announcing a new entry-level smartphone, the Galaxy Ace Style.

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Tiny lens lets armchair scientists convert their smartphones into powerful microscopes

The Micro Phone Lens is an add-on accessory that turns your smartphone into a powerful microscope with 150x magnification. Invented by a University of Washington grad, the lens has already surpassed its funding goal on Kickstarter.

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