Monthly Archives: September 2014

Smartphone App Detects Your State of Mental Health

Researchers at Dartmouth College have developed a smartphone app designed to track a person’s mental health. The program is called StudentLife, and it “compares students’ happiness, stress, depression and lonliness to their academic performance.” It can also be used with the … Continue reading

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HTC to Release Selfie Smartphone and GoPro-Type Camera on October 8

HTC is expected to launch its new selfie-focused smartphone on October 8, as well as a GoPro-like camera capable of going underwater. Not a lot is known about the Taiwanese company’s new smartphone, other than it has been optimized for the selfie … Continue reading

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Weekly Cell Phone News in Review–September 29, 2014

FBI Blasts Apple, Google for Locking Police out of Phones FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information … Continue reading

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Special Cell Phone Lane Created in one Chinese City

In an effort to improve the speed and efficiency of foot traffic in China, a new lane for cell phone walkers has been put in place in one city to separate mobile phone walkers from regular pedestrians. That’s right. The Chinese … Continue reading

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2/3 of Mobile Connections Will Be Smartphones by 2020

A new study predicts two of every three mobile connections in the world will be smartphones by 2020. The study from GSMA Intelligence, entitled “Smartphone forecasts and assumptions, 2007-2020” also predicts the number of global smartphone connections will triple over … Continue reading

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 May Be Released Tomorrow in Korea

Samsung had planned to introduce the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 4 in October. But the recent success of the iPhone 6 may have sped up its introduction. The phone may be introduced on the Korean market as early as tomorrow. … Continue reading

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Sony’s Expands Rollout of Flagship Smartphone Z3

Sony is trying to make a splash into the high-end smartphone market with the release of the Xperia Z3. The phone made its debut in Berlin earlier this month, and has now been introduced in Taiwan. It is expected to … Continue reading

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Computational Optics Improves Smartphone Pictures

Smartphone cameras have improved substantially over the years, but they still need some enhancement to be considered replacements for traditional cameras. The small size of the overall device makes most smartphone cameras lack in detail production and optical qualities. But … Continue reading

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Smartphone Providers Offering Sapphire Display Screens

Smartphone developers are beginning to use premium materials in their devices to make their phones stronger, sleeker and more desirable. The latest trend in this manufacturing phenomenon is the use of sapphire display screens. Sapphire is a desirable material in … Continue reading

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Hackers Transform Smartphone Gyroscope into Eavesdropping Microphone

Researchers at Stanford University have discovered a way to turn gyroscopes in Android phones into microphones through the installation of a simple app. While the results of this research indicate minimal threats to Androids as a whole, they could be … Continue reading

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