Amazon: We Won't Launch a Phone in 2013, and It Won't Be Free, Either

Late last week, Wall Street Journal vets Jessica Lessin and Amir Efrati claimed that an Amazon phone launch was imminent, and that the handset would be free. Amazon has responded to those claims, stating that neither is true. Read More >>

No More Landline and Broadband Downtime When Switching ISPs, Says Ofcom

Phone industry regulator Ofcom is planning to simplify the rules covering switching landline and broadband providers, which should streamline the process and make the nightmare scenario that is losing your internet for a bit a thing of the past. Read More >>

New Cars Will Have Emergency GPS and Help-Calling Systems From 2015

The European Commission has signed off legislation covering its proposed eCall device, which will require car makers to stick a GPS device and automatic calling system inside every car. The idea being it instantly phones for help if you have an accident and might, therefore, save lives. Read More >>

This Proximity-Sensitive Volume Adjuster Needs to Exist

Apple has just scored a patent with the the US Patent and Trademark Office that's one of the most simple yet ingenious ideas we've seen in a while: a proximity-sensitive volume adjuster on a phone. Read More >>

How Hollywood Is Making Texting Look Dramatic

We all increasingly rely on non-verbal forms of communication — email, IM, texting — to let people know what's going on in our lives. That's great for us, but it's causing headaches in Hollywood when it comes to creating drama. Read More >>

The Mobile Phone Turns 40 Today

Forty years ago today, senior Motorola engineer Marty Cooper made one very important phone call. From midtown Manhattan, Marty called Joel Engel, then the head of rival research department Bell Labs. When Joel picked up, Marty uttered something rather unexpected: "Joel, this is Marty. I'm calling you from a cellphone, a real handheld portable cellphone." Read More >>

Samsung Slotting an 8" Galaxy Note Into Its Enormous Android Range

Those of you still counting Samsung phone and tablet models have a new one for the long, long list, with leaks suggesting it's preparing an 8" Galaxy Note to sit between the 5.5" Note II and the larger 10" version of the stylus-based tablet. Read More >>

Everybody Should Follow These Rules for Using Their Phone

Because everyone has the freaking internet on their phone these days, we've forgotten common decency in how to use them. There is such thing as phone etiquette! And we should all follow such rules. Cartoonist Ted Slampyak created propaganda-style posters that details a few rules on how to use a phone in public. Read More >>

Nokia's New Lumia 620: Windows 8 on the Cheap

If you want Windows Phone 8 but are scrabbling for cash, Nokia might have the answer. It just announced its new entry-level handset, the Lumia 620, at a show in Paris — and it's squarely targeted at the budget end of the market. Read More >>

The New Padfone Lets It All Hang Out

The Asus Padfone took 12 months to arrive on the market after it was first announced. Now, for multi-tasking device lovers everywhere, there's a new version of the smartphone powered tablet — and it seems to want to show off its insides. Read More >>

Clear Shots of the LG Nexus Phone: It's Still Sparkly

Earlier this week we saw some blurry photographs of what we think might be LG's new Nexus phone. Then there was some bloke with one on his desk, and now there are some clearer images... and it looks more sparkly than ever. Read More >>

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Apple's Official iPhone 5 Camera Fix: Take a Different Picture

We'd seen previously how Apple customer support handled complaints about a weird purple lens flare that shows up on certain iPhone 5 camera shots. But the problem's apparently become so widespread that the company has issued a general proclamation in its support pages. Read More >>

How Do You Use Facebook on Your Phone?

I thought one of the first things people do when they buy a smartphone is download the Facebook App for iOS or Android and just never look back. Turns out I'm wrong! Mark Zuckerberg says people actually use the Facebook mobile website more than Facebook apps. Read More >>

Apple Acknowledges iPhone 5 Camera Problem, Says You're Holding It Wrong

After initially denying it, Apple has acknowledged the iPhone 5's purple flare camera problem in an email to a Gizmodo reader. Their solution: "Angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures." Read More >>

Samsung's Got Something Else With a Stylus Coming

Samsung's sent out a cryptic event teaser for October 24th, because apparently "the next big thing is here". The picture of one of Samsung's new S-Pen styluses confuses things a bit; we've already seen the 5.5-inch Note 2 and Note 10.1. So, what's next? A 7-inch Note, or maybe a smaller phablet? [AllThingsD via TechRadar] Read More >>

Nuance Planning Voice Recognition Which Works While Your Phone Sleeps

Nuance, the company behind Apple's Siri, isn't content with the current state of mobile voice recognition. Instead, it wants smartphones to be able to react to voice commands even when they're asleep. Read More >>


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