google
Inside the Engineering Challenges of Google's Modular Ara Phone

Ara modular smartphone platform increasingly seriously, and in this video it lays bare some of the challenges it's been facing—and how it's overcoming them. Read More >>

phones
Hole-y Leaked HTC One Cover, Batman!

Always-reliable leak source @evleaks just tweeted this image purporting to show the next HTC One with a light-up hole-riddled cover of some sort. Will it be real? We'll just have to wait and see. Read More >>

apple
Apple Patents Emergency Alert That Calls the Police When You Can't

An Apple patent published today details a theoretical feature that would enable your mobile device to detect an emergency and alert your designated contacts or the police. And y'know what? It actually makes a lot of sense. Read More >>

apps
This Genius App Would Turn Your Smartphone Pics Into Prints, For Free

Where are the dozens of pictures on your smartphone or tablet going? Nowhere, probably. Printing them at home looks chintzy, and getting professional prints is expensive. Flag wants to change that, with an app that would give you high quality prints and mail them wherever you want, all for free. Cool! While we normally wouldn't give any mention to the thousands of projects on Kickstarter, but in this case we're willing to make an exception. Read More >>

gadgets
This Floating Sonar Pod Turns Your Smartphone into a Fish Finder

If fishing for you is more about pulling the most catches out of a lake—instead of simply using your wits to outsmart nature—then the more gear the better. And while fish finders have been around for decades, the FishHunter is the first to turn your smartphone into a window to what lies below the water's surface. Read More >>

samsung
Samsung Says Galaxy S5 Due April, Maybe With Eye-Scan Security

If you're holding out for the next Android superphone, you may only have a few months to wait. Samsung has spoken out about its upcoming devices in a long interview with Bloomberg, and it plans to have the S5 out by April. Read More >>

guts
Toshiba Has a Lytro-Style Camera Ready to Pop Into Your Phone

Toshiba has just announced a new camera module that allows users to refocus smartphone photos after they're taken, like Lytro's light field technology. Read More >>

phones
Mozilla Doesn't Plan to Launch the Firefox Phone Outside of Developing Nations

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 here. Read More >>

chatroom
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. Read More >>

phones
Watch How LG's G Flex Smartphone Actually Bends an Alarming Amount

LG recently launched the G Flex, a banana-shaped phone which makes use of a curved OLED screen, and it turns out that it's true to it's name: it seems to bend really rather a lot. Read More >>

diy
How To Use a Laser Pointer to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Microscope

We've seen ways to turn smartphones into a DIY microscopes before, but they always require buying something kind of exotic, like a ball lens, or an actual microscope. This new take from Yoshinok on Instructables just requires £6, a shitty laser pointer, and little bit of makin'. Read More >>

samsung
Samsung's Got a Gold Galaxy S4 Too, Apple

Just two weeks after Apple announced the gold iPhone 5s, Samsung has jumped on the bandwagon with a golden Galaxy S4. Initially available in the United Arab Emirates, it's not clear yet when they'll be available elsewhere, or if. Read More >>

android
Remote Lock Comes to Android

A new remote locking feature just appeared in the Android Device Manager. Users running Android 2.2 or better can now lock a lost or stolen phone, even if it's in use. Read More >>

guts
iPhone A7 Chip Teardown: Power-Dense Samsung Silicon

We've already seen inside the iPhone 5S and found out that its guts are blisteringly fast—but now iFixit has taken a very close look indeed at the A7 silicon that powers the new phone. Read More >>

chatroom
Would You Buy a No-Name Phone, Even If the Specs Were Amazing?

Budget hardware specialist Kogan has just announced a new 5-inch quad-core mobile, which it's somehow managing to sell for just £149 in the UK. But is a phone from a relatively unknown brand something you'd consider, even if it's a solid performer? Read More >>

apple
Apple Offers 'Last Compatible Versions' of iOS Apps for Ageing Devices

With iOS 7 due to land tomorrow, Apple seems to have decided to look after users with ageing hardware, too. It now offers a 'last compatible version' of iOS apps if you attempt to download an app not supported by your current firmware. Read More >>

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