Is Voice-Recognition The Future Of Banking? Wells Fargo Thinks So

Is Voice-Recognition The Future Of Banking? Wells Fargo Thinks So

Who needs to go to the bank when you have a smartphone. Unless you really want to talk to a living, breathing person, you might not have to trek to the bank in the future. That’s because some banks are looking to add voice-recognition technology to their mobile banking repertoire. [More]

The Smartphone Has Effectively Replaced All The Technology Offered In This 1991 Radio Shack Ad

The Smartphone Has Effectively Replaced All The Technology Offered In This 1991 Radio Shack Ad

Should a time traveler visiting from 1991 show up here in 2014 at Radio Shack clutching this ad showcasing calculators, devices to play music and other electronic gizmos and gadgets, we’re sure they’d be pretty pleased to find they could get all that technology for the price of one smartphone. [More]

See that little thing above Lincoln's shoulder? That's apparently a working windmill, developed by engineering students in Texas.

Micro-Windmills Could Power Your Smartphone In The Future

Using windmills in non-traditional places — like the roofs of high-rise office buildings and stadia — is already an accepted way of harnessing wind energy to generate electricity. But students at the University of Texas at Arlington want to put windmill power in the palm of your hands. [More]

Does $100 Moto G Shake Notion That Unsubsidized Smartphones Must Be Expensive?

Does $100 Moto G Shake Notion That Unsubsidized Smartphones Must Be Expensive?

The general line of thought in the wireless market is that prepaid customers are offered older and cheaper smartphones because most prepaid customers don’t also want to splash out the $500-800 for an unlocked, top-of-the-line device. Meanwhile, contract phone customers are pitched those pricier phones but at discounted rates (or monthly installment plans) that make the phones more affordable (and lock the customer into months or years of service). But does a good smartphone need to cost so much? Do phones for the prepaid market need to be so bad? Maybe not. [More]

Armed Mugger Disappointed By Victim’s Old Phone, Returns It

Armed Mugger Disappointed By Victim’s Old Phone, Returns It

Dear criminals of the world: Stealers can’t be choosers. If you’re going to go around indiscriminately robbing people of their phones in public, you can’t always expect to walk away with a spanking new Galaxy S4 or an iPhone 5S. No, sometimes you’re going to get a 3-year-old LG Windows phone that is so much of a letdown you’ll feel compelled to return it to your victim. [More]

You Need A Wi-Fi Egg Tray, Or Maybe Nobody Does

You Need A Wi-Fi Egg Tray, Or Maybe Nobody Does

Eggs keep for a long time when refrigerated, especially if kept toward the back of the shelf, but how do you keep track of when your eggs are going to expire? Sure, you could look at the packaging and expiration dates printed on the carton. Whatever, Grandma. Why would you want to do that when there’s a wi-fi enabled egg tray? [More]

TV Reporter Drops iPhone In Toilet, Runs It Over With Car, And It Still Works

TV Reporter Drops iPhone In Toilet, Runs It Over With Car, And It Still Works

Smartphones are tiny devices filled with delicate electronics, and ought to be coddled and shielded to ensure their safety…right? As part of a story about third-party mobile phone warranties, a TV reporter in Houston trashed an iPhone by dropping it in water and running it over with a car. These things rendered it completely unusable, right? Nope. [More]

Cellphone Lost Underwater Had To Hold Its Breath For 3 Months, But It Still Works

Cellphone Lost Underwater Had To Hold Its Breath For 3 Months, But It Still Works

There’s dropping your phone in a glass of water, dumping it into a toilet and that time you fell into the town water fountain while reaching for a particularly shiny quarter, and then there’s losing your phone underwater for three months. Forget that trick with bag of instant rice — that phone’s gotta be well and duly drowned, no good, right? Actually… [More]

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If Smartphones Get Smell-O-Vision, Everyone Needs To Stop Taking Photos Of Their Feet

Listen, technology is great and all, but based on the amount of people on Instagram who won’t stop posting photos of their feet (Standing here! Walking there! Wearing shoes!), I’d prefer it if it doesn’t get too advanced to the point where smell-o-vision isn’t restricted to simulated cooking smells. Because yes, someone has invented a smelly thing for smartphones. [More]

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FAA Panel: You Should Be Able To Use Smartphone On Planes, As Long As You Don’t Use The ‘Phone’ Part

Travelers were hopeful last week when news came down that an FAA panel would soon be recommending that the use of smartphones be allowed during takeoffs and landings of commercial flights. Those recommendations have finally come through, but don’t get all excited and think that you’ll be using your phone to text or chat through the flight. [More]

Your phone will not fill that void.

Louis C.K. Reminds Us We Are All In Unhealthy Relationships With Our Technological Devices

How can one video clip encompasses the evils of driving while texting, humankind’s collective soul-crushing loneliness and our attempts to assuage it through technology and also trying to parent mini-consumers in such a landscape? By the very fact that it’s Louis C.K. talking, of course. Also Bruce Springsteen is involved. [More]

Thieves Just Love Plucking Our Apple Products

Thieves Just Love Plucking Our Apple Products

For the last few weeks, every media outlet has been yapping about the proposed (then confirmed) new fingerprint-reading feature of the iPhone 5S. While it’s technologically interesting, the sensor could have an important impact on consumers’ lives and even on the crime rate in major cities. That’s because it could make snatching Apple products from consumers a lot less lucrative. [More]

Will Sprint’s New Early Upgrade Program Be Worth It?

Will Sprint’s New Early Upgrade Program Be Worth It?

Earlier this summer, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile each launched early upgrade programs in an effort to keep customers locked into their service without the regret of having to hold on to an old phone. Unfortunately, since those programs don’t do much, if anything, to bring down the monthly cost of phone service, we didn’t see the appeal. Sprint is reportedly set to join in the early upgrade fun, but is its program any better? [More]

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1-In-5 American Adults Have Neither Smartphones Nor Home Broadband

It may seem like an oddity to see anyone still carrying a phone that is just that — a phone, but a new report shows that 44% of adults in the U.S. are still making calls on phones with no ability to go online. Americans are more accepting of broadband, with 70% of them having the higher-speed Internet access set up in their homes, meaning that some of those people without smartphones are choosing to pay for broadband. This leaves 20% of Americans over the age of 18 without either a smartphone or home broadband. [More]

Competitive Smartphone-Tossing Sounds Like A Great Idea

Competitive Smartphone-Tossing Sounds Like A Great Idea

It would be great to know how your throwing ability and hand-eye coordination stack up against other smartphone users, but we would recommend not getting the novelty app Send Me To Heaven. It measures how high you can toss your phone and produces worldwide rankings, and is only a good idea if you’re looking for an excuse to buy a new phone. [More]

Smartphone Amber Alert Freaks Out Everyone In California

Smartphone Amber Alert Freaks Out Everyone In California

Russ went to bed early, setting “do not disturb” mode on his iPhone so no one could wake him up. His phone did wake him up, though, screeching and lighting up with an Amber Alert message about abducted children in a different part of the state. He asked Consumerist: how can he make these unwanted text messages stop? [More]

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If you download an animal-sounds smartphone app to attract a fox, there is a chance that the fox might run off with your phone. When a wild animal runs off with your phone, your friends might receive strange texts that say things like “I FRY o a0ab 34348tu åaugjoi zølbmosdji jsøg ijio sjiw.” We’re not sure what the consumer lesson here should be other than “protect your phone from wild animals.”[LiveLeak]

New York State Wants Drivers To Put Their Smartphones Down Already

New York State Wants Drivers To Put Their Smartphones Down Already

The authorities are on to you. Yeah, you. The person who thinks that you can totally get away with texting and driving as long as you keep your phone in your lap. In order to catch you, the Empire State spent a million bucks to launch a shiny new fleet of Chevy Tahoes that let state troopers stare at motorists’ crotches. [More]