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‘Modular’ smartphones are 2016’s dumb trend

Smartphone Modules
The LG G5 has them. Google's first consumer phone will have them. The iPhone has some, thanks to this butt-ugly case. And now, it would appear that Motorola's upcoming smartphone will have modules. But don't let the trends deceive you: modular smartphones are not here to stay.

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Chris Mills

May 27th

Mobile

How to Teach Siri Better Pronunciation

Siri making a meal of your boyfriend’s name? Or is it just not getting the right amount of twang in when trying to say the name of the local cab firm? If you think Siri’s pronunciation skills leave something to be desired then you can retrain the app yourself in just a few minutes—here’s how to go about it.

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May 21st

Mobile

The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years

child with smartphone This week I ended up with an advance copy of Influence Central’s new report called Kids & Tech: The Evolution of Today’s Digital Natives. The report details the way kids are using technology and reveals some interesting insights including that the average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years of age and that tablets are kids’ device of… Read More

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Jay Donovan

May 19th

Gadgets

Mobile

This is the worst smartphone gadget to ever grace the internet

Sospendo Smartphone Holder
In a world of Bluetooth-connected fart trackers and hipster-friendly tinfoil hats, I am aware that describing a Kickstarter as "the worst" is a bold claim. But hear me out: from idea to execution to the innumerable GIFs littering the crowdfunding campaign, this particular wearable smartphone accessory ticks all of the boxes. At heart, the SOSPENDO combines two of the very worst things: selfie sticks and wearable smartphone holders. The SOSPENDO is, according to the press release, an "innovative, ergonomic hands-free device that will hold smartphones, tablets and GoPro cameras."

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Chris Mills

May 18th

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How to Use Your Headphones as an iPhone Camera Remote

The iPhone’s camera app shutter button isn’t always in the most convenient place—particularly if you’re trying to operate it one-handed. You can use the volume button as an alternative, but there’s another way to take a picture you might not be aware of.

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May 18th

Apple

Mobile

More evidence points toward Android VR unveil at Google I/O

Google Cardboard According to multiple rumors and a newly spotted placeholder on the Google Play Developer Console, it seems that Google will be unveiling an Android VR headset at Google I/O next week. Android Police first spotted the placeholder, which is currently just that — you can’t click into the link like you would be able to with the Android Wear, Android TV, or Android Auto. Last week,… Read More

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Jordan Crook

May 13th

Gadgets

DeWalt — yes, the drill maker — gets into the mobile business with rugged MD501 smartphone

feature_dewalt DeWalt, a name familiar to anyone who loves power tools (and who doesn’t?), is jumping into the mobile market with the rugged MD501. It’s waterproof, has a good variety of high-end features, and looks like you could use it to pound nails. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

April 27th

Gadgets

Mobile

I Need a Nexus Phone Just For These Infinitely Customizable Cases

Nexus handsets are a good buy on their own, but Google just made the whole package way more appealing with these infinitely customizable cases.

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Chris Mills

April 15th

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Google now lets you design custom cases for your Nexus phones

MM_Toolkit_Blog_Animated_2160x1080_transparent Google is launching a new service today that allows you to create $35 custom cases for its Nexus 5X, 6 and 6P phones. You can choose between two variations of the Live Cases. One allows you to pick any photo and print it onto your case. The other lets you design and print a stylized map with the help of Google Maps. Both of these variations allow you to select a couple of filters and other… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

April 14th

Gadgets

Mobile

HTC 10 Review: A Last Grasp at Greatness

When giants fall, they fall spectacularly, and HTC’s descent over the last few years has been remarkable to watch. After creating a trendsetting phone in 2013, it imploded just two years later with sluggish and poorly-reviewed follow-ups. Their newest phone, the HTC 10, is about crawling back from obscurity. While remnants of its old design clings to the familiar shiny and chrome exterior, almost everything inside this phone is reinvention: from the speakers to the software to the camera.

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Darren Orf

April 14th

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