Spock And The Motorola StarTac

My buddy Scott is this big time photographer who shoots all sorts of famous people. So, when news of Leonard Nimoy's death broke this morning, he had a fun little anecdote to tell me about the Star Trek actor and his favorite cell phone. » 2/27/15 3:08pm 2/27/15 3:08pm

This Is What Looking Down at Your Cell Phone Does to Your Spine

Our cell phones and tablets have transformed the way we hold our bodies—and not for the better. Looking down at your device is like having a 60-pound weight on your neck, according to a spine surgeon. » 11/19/14 5:49pm 11/19/14 5:49pm

The Great Public Holiday Exodus, Visualiszd Using Cellphone Data

In France, they know how to relax: on public holidays, virtually all city dwellers flee the urban environment to hit the beach and countryside. And this analysis of cellphone location shows that in quantified, data-driven form. » 10/28/14 7:45am 10/28/14 7:45am

This Credit-Card-Size Cellphone Would Be the Ultimate Backup

Smartphones are great and wonderful in almost every way, but they're also as needy as a newborn puppy — if you don't feed them on electrons every night, they turn very quickly into useless hunks of glass. That's why I am seriously excited for this credit-card-sized backup phone that you could slip into your wallet… » 10/27/14 11:04pm 10/27/14 11:04pm

HTC Desire 820: A Powerful 64-Bit Android Mid-Ranger

A "mid tier hero", if such a phone can exist, HTC's Desire 820 is an intriguing device. Despite being directed at the less-expensive mid-range end of the market, it's the world's first to sport Qualcomm's powerful new 64-bit, 1.5GHz quad core Snapdragon 615 processor. » 9/04/14 3:22am 9/04/14 3:22am

Sprint has announced that, from Friday, a new family rate will allow 10 lines to share 20GB worth of data for $100 per month. (Though, everyone will need to be moving to Sprint from a different carrier, and the pricing will only last until the end of 2015.) » 8/19/14 4:15am 8/19/14 4:15am

How to Safely Use Your Phone at a Protest

With major protests in the news again, we decided it's time to update our cell phone guide for protestors. A lot has changed since we last published this report in 2011, for better and for worse. » 8/18/14 4:15am 8/18/14 4:15am

HTC One Mini 2 Review: Premium Looks for Smaller Pockets

As soon as the flagship HTC One M8 was revealed back in March it seemed inevitable that HTC would follow it up with a smaller, more affordable miniature version. With the HTC One Mini 2 now revealed, that's turned out to be only half true — it may look like the M8 but, as its name suggests, this handset has just as… » 5/26/14 5:03am 5/26/14 5:03am

Everything You Need to Master Your New Smartphone

Welcome to our annual New Smartphone Set Up Guide. Someone thought enough of you to help replace that dumb ol' brick you've been lugging around these past few years. Now what? » 12/25/13 8:25am 12/25/13 8:25am

Mozilla Doesn't Plan to Launch the Firefox Phone in the US

Bad news if you've had your heart set on a Mozilla phone ever since they announced the Firefox handsets: the company has admitted that it has no plans to launch the device in the US. » 11/14/13 3:40am 11/14/13 3:40am

Do You Lock Your Phone?

Confession time: I don't lock my phone. No password or key, no swipe pattern, no fingerprint scan. Nothing. It's really stupid and I will probably regret it someday. » 11/10/13 2:43pm 11/10/13 2:43pm

A Galaxy S4 Active Mini Might Be on Its Way

This phone here appears to be yet another miniature version of a popular full size model, with official filings revealing something we suspect might end up being known as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Mini. Could do with a smaller name, too. » 10/31/13 7:45am 10/31/13 7:45am

Report: NSA Spied on German Chancellor Before She Even Took Office

Well this puts a new wrinkle on things — according to a new report from Der Spiegel, the NSA has been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone since 2002. That's long before she became chancellor, though it's unclear how deep the snooping went. » 10/26/13 6:00pm 10/26/13 6:00pm

HTC One Max: Shiny Aluminum, 5.9-Inch Screen and a Fingerprint Scanner

HTC’s zapped its flagship One design with its embiggening rays, and scaled the One Max up to gigantic proportions. At 5.9-inches, it’s in that scary land where it’s either a really large phone, or a phablet. We’re not quite sure HTC knows what it is either. » 10/14/13 6:44am 10/14/13 6:44am

This Is the First Phone With a 4K Video Camera

This is Acer's new giganta-smartphone, the Liquid S2, and it's sitting on a fairly impressive secret: it's the world's first phone to pack a 4K-capable video camera. » 9/02/13 5:45am 9/02/13 5:45am

Hands-On Video Claims to Show Off Rumored Sleek New BlackBerry Z30

It looks like rumors of a new BlackBerry handset, the Z30 (once referred to as the A10), could carry some weight: this hands-on video purports to show off the new device, and it seems convincing. » 8/12/13 7:33am 8/12/13 7:33am

House Defeats Amendment, Allowing NSA to Keep Spying on You

An amendment designed to stop the NSA from collecting phone records of millions of Americans has been narrowly defeated, 205 votes to 217, in the House of Representatives. » 7/25/13 4:33am 7/25/13 4:33am

Is It OK to Talk on Your Phone When You're at the Checkout?

The UK media is weirdly ablaze this morning over a story about a store attendant who flipped out when a customer refused to stop talking on her phone while at the checkout. But is that rude, or is it now socially acceptable? » 7/03/13 6:47am 7/03/13 6:47am

HP: We're Going to Make Another Smartphone

Despite a shaky track record, it seems HP is keen to stay involved with the smartphone market—with one of its execs insisting that it's planning to release a handset. At some point. » 7/01/13 7:33am 7/01/13 7:33am

Can You Use a Refrigerator as a Faraday Cage?

Earlier this week a New York Times article claimed that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asked a group of lawyers visiting him to put their cell phones in the refrigerator—the idea being that it would act as a Faraday cage. But does it actually work? » 6/27/13 6:29am 6/27/13 6:29am