Five Best Android Phones: 2014 Edition

There's no shortage of great Android phones on the market if you're looking to switch, buy your first, or upgrade. Even so, there are certainly some phones that stand above others, either because they have great specs, include good software, get fast updates, or are just a joy to use. Here are five of them, based on… » 11/23/14 1:52pm 11/23/14 1:52pm

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Text While Driving In The Bay Area And You Might End Up On A Billboard

This month, some residents of San Francisco could discover photographs of themselves engaging in rather embarrassing behavior. A website has been collecting photos of people texting while driving, and some of those photos have now found their way onto billboards throughout the region. » 3/24/14 3:00pm 3/24/14 3:00pm

12 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

Can you spot the fakes? Hundreds of amazing images wash over our greedy eyeballs each and every day, clogging our Twitter timelines and Facebook feeds. Many of them are fakes, lies, or both. Like these! » 1/21/14 12:50pm 1/21/14 12:50pm

Motorola Wants to Make Your Phone Modular

Motorola has announced that its new research and development team, called Project Ara, is developing an "open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones". In other words, it wants your phone to come in bits. » 10/29/13 5:32am 10/29/13 5:32am

This Depression-Era Carphone Was Way Ahead of Its Time

Today if your car breaks down or you're in an accident, help is little more than a phone call away. It's something that many drivers of the 21st century take for granted, what with our Space Age smartphone technology. This automotive safety net, of course, wasn't available in the 1930s. But one visionary who was… » 8/13/13 12:40pm 8/13/13 12:40pm

Verizon finally jumped on board the upgrade-sooner boat on Thursday with the announcement of Verizon Edge. The new program spreads the cost of the phone over 24 months but lets you upgrade after six so long as you've paid off half your existing phone. » 7/18/13 10:21am 7/18/13 10:21am

This Is Where Manhattan's Payphones Go to Die

Payphones may be essential to pop culture, Supermen, and Matrix-escapees everywhere, but try to remember the last time you actually saw someone using a payphone for its intended purpose. What about the last time you just saw one... anywhere? » 6/17/13 2:22pm 6/17/13 2:22pm

What Was the First Cellphone You Ever Owned?

As of today, shocking as it may be, we as a species have been desperately clutching cell phones like our lives depended on it for the past 40 years. And it's hard not to get a little nostalgic. Because regardless of whether your first handset was a massive grey brick from the 80s, a black, slightly smaller brick from… » 4/03/13 10:29am 4/03/13 10:29am

Your Next Cell Phone Could Come From Blockbuster

Dish Network reportedly plans to begin selling mobile phones out of Blockbuster's brick-and-mortar stores. Even more shocking, Blockbuster still has brick-and-mortar stores. » 12/05/12 4:23pm 12/05/12 4:23pm

Homeless Dude Arrested for Charging His Phone in a Park

When Darren Kersey plugged his mobile phone charger into the power supply of a picnic shelter in Gillespie Park, Sarasota, all he wanted was a little boost of his battery level. He certainly didn't bank on getting arrested and spending the night in a cell. » 11/16/12 6:21am 11/16/12 6:21am

Scientists Make Shake-to-Charge Cellphones a Real Possibility

Need to make a call but run out of juice? Just give your cellphone a shake for an extra burst of power - that's the idea behind a new cellphone charger that turns movement into energy. » 11/14/12 8:28am 11/14/12 8:28am

Greedy Glitch in Pay-as-You-Go Phone Left Woman Over $40,000 in Debt

Once, I bought a cheap pre-paid international mobile phone at Target, to bring on vacation to Mexico so as to avoid futzing with my iPhone's data and roaming and such. » 8/10/12 1:30am 8/10/12 1:30am

These 15 Cities Have Sprint LTE Service Right Now

If you live in Texas, Georgia, or the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, you might have woken up to suddenly zippier wireless data speeds. Sprint has now switched on 4G LTE service in 15 markets. » 7/16/12 10:20am 7/16/12 10:20am

Verizon Wants to Recycle Your Old Phones

Valentine's Day seems an odd time to get environmentally responsible, but Verizon has done just that. The carrier has just announced a new nationwide trade-in disposal program for its old handsets and is giving away gift cards in exchange. » 2/14/12 8:20pm 2/14/12 8:20pm

Upgrading Your AT&T Phone Is About to Cost You Twice as Much

Not content with increasing the price of its data plans, AT&T apparently is planning to double the cost of upgrading your phone to $36 come this Sunday. » 2/10/12 7:35pm 2/10/12 7:35pm

This Smell-O-Vision Flip Phone Stinks Something Awful

You know phones? Those functional communication and content-deliver devices that we carry around in our wallets and purses and use our mouths to speak into and fingers to poke at? You know what they need? A fragrance chip. To smell pretty. Apparently. » 6/16/11 8:20pm 6/16/11 8:20pm

Ballmer Promises over 500 New WP7 Features in Mango Update

Windows Phone 7 is not what we hoped it would be—yet. But the more we hear about its first major update, the better. And according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Mango's going to be all kinds of juicy. » 5/23/11 11:58am 5/23/11 11:58am

Thief's Cell Phone Pocket-Dials 911

A man driving around in a Kia Sportage "full of tools stolen from a business" and discussing plans for a future heist with accomplices accidentally pocket-dialed 911 on his phone, allowing the police to listen in and, eventually, arrest him. » 5/05/11 12:20pm 5/05/11 12:20pm