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A smartphone case maker might have made this year’s best Super Bowl ad

The Super Bowl is still two days away, but between Budweiser’s attempts to tug on your heartstrings to sell beer, and Kim Kardashian’s selfie-centrc self-parody for T-Mobile, we’ve already seen a number of the big budget ads that will air during the big game’s commercial breaks. But it’s not just the biggest brands that get to show off their most creative ads during the biggest game, as phone case maker Mophie shows.

Mophie makes cases capable of charging your smartphone, and its surprisingly good Super Bowl ad shows the end of the world. Streets flood, blizzard hit deserts, goats stand on donkeys, priests steal flatscreen TVs, and dogs lead people around by the leash. With the Earth’s atmosphere leaking into space, the camera cuts to…

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Your most annoying smartphone habits exposed

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This $6,000 ‘Lamborghini’ smartphone will make you feel special

If you want a smartphone to match your lux lifestyle, you can’t settle for the same old iPhone as everyone else. You need something unique to show off just how special you are. That’s where the 88 Tauri from Tonino Lamborghini comes in. Only 1,947 of these Android smartphones will be made, so you can be sure you won’t run into someone on the street with the same device. And, yes, it does cost $ 6,000, but it ups your masculinity quotient by at least 50 percent thanks to all of those leather finishes and angular slabs of steel. It also takes “the most luxurious selfie in the world,” whatever that means.

Those interested in picking up the 88 Tauri should be aware that, despite the raging bull logo and typeface, Tonino Lamborghini is not…

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Smartphone Licenses

Smartphone Licenses


Iowa may not be the first place to pop into mind when you think high-tech, but the Midwestern state is getting serious with smartphones as they become the first to allow digital driver licenses. Instead of completely replacing physical IDs, Iowa will……

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Yota’s e-paper smartphone goes on sale this week

The YotaPhone 2, a smartphone with a second electronic paper display on its rear side, is set to go on sale in the UK tomorrow, December 3rd. It’s the sequel to the first YotaPhone, and looks very similar to a prototype from Yota Devices that we saw at MWC earlier this year. The secondary display consumes far less power in comparison to traditional screens, and can be used as a battery-efficient way of accessing social notifications, sports scores, weather information, and other data.

The YotaPhone 2 includes a conventional 5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen along with a 4.7-inch always-on electronic paper display; it’s unclear whether the second screen is using E Ink or some other technology. As for other specs, there’s a Snapdragon 800…

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Fuffr’s Smartphone Case: This infrared invention tears down social barriers for multi-player gaming

Fuffr's Smartphone Case

Two days after the intimate gathering to show its forthcoming Kickstarter film, the Fuffr studio in Stockholm is still full of empty beer cases and helium balloons slowly slinking down the windows. Yet, while many might be fretting at the thought……

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6 of the Singularly Most Amazing Tools to Recover Your Lost Smartphone

Of all the things that make us cringe, the prospect of losing our Smartphone is most jitter-worthy. They sure as hell cost a fortune but that’s not the only reason we fear them getting misplaced or stolen.

6 of the Singularly Most Amazing Tools to Recover Your Lost Smartphone

Our Smartphones are our daily diary of to-do tasks, our only way of rekindling the old connections, our time-killers while sitting idle in a bus/restaurant, and most essentially, they are the proof we are alive (Exaggerated? No, wait for some dear one not answering your call thrice in a row and then observe the kind thoughts that keep bouncing of the walls inside of you!)

Losing our phones can lead to a lot of disorientation and mess, not to mention the invasion of privacy as some really personal messages, images, documents are left at the mercy of someone we don’t know, can’t trust. Simply buying a new phone doesn’t suffice, even if you can afford a dozen. The lost documents and files are not coming back.

All is Not Lost. Not Yet.

For what they are worth, there is a multitude of Smartphone apps that are tailor-made to recover the lost or missing phones ,giving us a peace of mind we so long for. These are mindfully made and make use of the GPS features on the Smartphones to locate them. While of the tools come free of cost, there are others that will need you to shell out a reasonably high amount from your pocket. But, be rest assured, it is a wise investment. The anti-theft applications can go a long way in giving you an assurance that if some untoward incident leads you to losing your phone, it can be easily tracked and recovered.

Now, let’s put it without masking – iOS and Android are the two most sold platforms when it comes to Smartphones. They do occupy the largest chunk of market, and thus, we cite few examples of the apps of the respective platforms that should find a place in your phone urgently:

For iOS

Let’s take a look at some of the de facto best apps for location iOS-based phones:

Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone

For the folks who are novices to the world of location tracking apps, Find My iPhone is a beast! You might argue why didn’t I start with the most identifiable name, but that’s the point! Find My iPhone hardly needs an introduction.

Find My iPhone happens to be extremely user friendly and hardly takes few seconds for you to successfully locate your app. The app can be used to locate any device with iOS inside it, and that alone is worth the price of admission. Again, you have to get yourself registered with an account on iCloud. Log in to your account and as soon as you do that, the app will locate your phone for you. As the app progresses, you will see a number of messages flashed on your screen. Yes, there is always a catch with stolen phones – what if they are switched off? Well, Find My iPhone branches out and pinpoints the location of the phone the last time it was on. Upon locating the phone, the app pops a green dot on the map on the exact location. The remotely locating ability again makes this a must have app.

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iHound

iHound

To begin with, there is a difference if around 80 dollars between the price of Find My iPhone (which we will touch upon next) and iHound. Is that the only reason that should convince you to go with iHound? Most definitely, not. iHound is a pricelessly important application that has had its share of market over the past few years.

All you need to do is once your phone is stolen is to sign in to your iHound account and you will be able to see the transmitted location of the phone by the means of a map. What makes it even more useful is the siren alerts you can play remotely, getting the thief all panicked, or for that matter, the push notification you can send along with a custom message. While the app is freely downloadable, you will need to sign up for a three month subscription that costs $ 3.99.

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Device Locator

Device Locator

Another app with some amazing feedback from the iOS users, Device Locator makes locating iPhones and other iOS based devices a breeze. Apart from using the usual GPS technology, Device Locator also leverages cell tower triangulation to pinpoint the location of your phone. And it’s not just one device it can find at one instant, rather, this app can help you track more than one devices.

You can remotely send a message on your phone so that in case you have simply lost it somewhere and it’s with someone who has intentions to returning it to you can read the message. The app also enables you to sound an alarm, and this feature can also prove to be useful if you have simply misplaced it in your home.

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For Android

Android is undeniably among the most popular platforms in the realm of mobile devices, and due to an abundance of reasons. Therefore, the android community keeps coming up with tools that not only enrich the user experience, but also assure them that their Android sets can be recovered in the event of theft or misplace:

SeekDroid

SeekDroid

One of the cheapest tool for securing your Android phone, SeekDroid keeps things pretty straightforward. There is not a lot of complex tapestry to the way it goes about its usual work. What it essentially does is that it helps you locate your phone through Google Map. Once that is done, you have the wherewithal to lock it remotely and even blank it if you want to.

The standout feature of this tool is that you can use it to check whether anyone has made any call from your phone or now. Like the other tools mentioned earlier, SeekDroid also helps you raise alarm or send a message to the person who picks the phone. The message can be custom made. As for its installation on the phone, you can easily hide it from the list of installed app. You need to register yourself on the website of Seek Droid and you can then use their services.

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Where’s My Droid

Where's My Droid

For the sorry souls who lose their Android phones, they don’t have to be sorry anymore. Where’s My Droid is a fabulously reliable app that makes finding your lost phone a much more realistic endeavor. Whether you lose your phone under the couch or it gets stolen by someone who now is at far off a distance, it is easy to locate it with Where’s My Droid. If you can’t find it but you know it is somewhere around you, you can use the ringer mode that will, as the name sounds, ring the phone so that you can hear it and find the phone. The other mode is there for the scenario when your phone gets stolen. You will be able to locate the phone on a map, using the GPS feature. Accordingly, you are also provided with the feature to send an SMS to the lost phone and in it, you can mention your contact details, etc.

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Prey

Prey

Prey is a dynamic recovery tool that not only supports Android, but it also supports a host of other devices based on iOS, Windows, etc. all you have to do is to install the agent, which can be done in the background. And in the event you lose your device, you will be able to send a text message to your phone, which will also contain an activation phrase, Go Prey.

Once the report of it gone missing is registered, Prey will keep receiving regular updates that will contain the location of the device. It will also try to connect to the nearest wifi connection for performing its function. Also, like other apps, it sends alerts on the phone and you can remotely lock the phone using the app.

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Giving you a considerable cause for pause, phone theft is not something you hope for, but it surely is something you have to be prepared for. And as the age old adage goes like, it’s better to prevent and prepare than repent and repair.

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Sony replaces mobile chief and slashes smartphone sales forecast

Sony’s attempt to become a major player in mobile has hit another speed bump. The company now expects to ship 41 million smartphones in its current fiscal year — that’s down from a forecast of 43 million units in July, which was itself a cut from the 50 million projected in April. Although Sony’s mobile division brought in ¥308.4 billion ($ 2.83 billion) in revenue from July to September, around a 1.2 percent increase on a year ago, the company is writing down ¥176 billion yen of the business’ value.

Kunimasa Suzuki, the president and CEO of Sony Mobile since April 2012, has been replaced by Hiroki Totoki, until now a senior VP in charge of corporate planning. Suzuki will become executive VP at Sony Entertainment and move to a group…

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China’s Xiaomi becomes world’s third biggest smartphone maker without leaving Asia

Over the past three months, more than 327 million new smartphones were shipped out from factories around the world, and young Chinese company Xiaomi has been responsible for more than 5 percent of them. That, according to IDC’s latest figures, is enough to place it in third spot behind established leaders Samsung and Apple, overshadowing global competitors like Lenovo and LG. Xiaomi’s rise has been remarkable both for how quick it has been and for the fact that the company still operates primarily in its home market of China. It has recently broadened its reach to adjacent countries in Southeast Asia like India and Singapore, but its growth remains testament to the incredible explosion in smartphone demand that China is experiencing.

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New app lets you create Illustrator vectors from smartphone photos

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As part of 20 big updates to Creative Cloud being unveiled today at its Max 2014 event, Adobe has launched Shape CC, which enables you to take photos of high contrast objects, and convert them into smoothed vectors.




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