The United Nations reports that since the 1960s as many as 110 million landmines have been spread globally into some 70 countries. Metal detectors are currently used to try and locate the mines, but a new startup has come up with a prototype that could more quickly identify the mines by providing a visual confirmation via smartphones.
In its current state, Google Wallet is a handy mobile payment system that lets you buy things with your NFC-enabled smartphone. In the future, Google would like Wallet to replace more than just your cash and credit cards. The company wants Wallet to be your "primary transaction device" for everything.
Most folks think that cellphone etiquette has worsened in recent years. Has it? Well, this infographic certainly seems to think so.
Ahead of its time, the Palm Pre proved in 2009 that wireless charging could be awesome. With a special case, many of today's smartphones can be charged wirelessly, but Intel might have a better solution: wireless charging via an Ultrabook.
The wide variety of possible uses for NFC technology are still being explored, mostly in ways that simply add a technology layer to old ways of completing transactions. But a new contraption that started as a gumball modification project could point the way toward the real future of this technology.
Microsoft is the secret owner of a powerful ecosystem. "Secret," because until now the company has done very little to get its various products to talk to one another. Today Microsoft is taking a promising step forward, announcing that Windows Phone 8 will be designed from the ground up to natively interact with Windows 8 when both launch later this year. Alongside this deep integration, with Windows Phone 8, Microsoft is pushing a redesigned Metro homescreen that allows for more user control, a SIM-based mobile wallet and a built-in mapping solution that isn't Google Maps.
Smartphone cameras are really, really good these days. They shoot 1080p "full HD" video and they take photos in low light fairly well, in ridiculous bursts and even do simultaneous HD recording and snapshots. The next step? 4K2K resolution HD video recording, baby!
All of you reading this who own a smartphone, raise your hand. Hmm, yeah, that's what I thought — DVICE readers are heeled, as they used to say in the old west. You who didn't raise your hands, you stupid phone owners — no, I mean the phones are stupid, not you — after all, if there are smart phones, there must be stupid phones, right? Okay — how about smart-challenged phones. In all events, those of you with not-smart-phones are now an endangered minority. According to Pew Research, 53 percent of Americans say they now own a smartphone. To me, owning a stupid phone here in the second decade of 21st century is akin to someone in the 1950s insisting on mounting a horse to satisfy their primary transportation. So why haven't you joined the modern era and gotten yourself a smartphone? And why aren't all you smartphone owners (you can put your hands down now) making like smartphone-toting St. Pauls and proselytizing among the non-smartphone believers?
Our phones contain more personal information — from bank account numbers to personal texts and emails — than we've ever really carried around before. A security firm conducted a social experiment to find the rate of return on lost smartphones in an attempt to better security them.
When I see the word "free" I'm always wondering what the catch is. Maybe this is it: Researchers at Purdue University have conducted a study in conjunction with Microsoft that showed in some cases up to 75% of an app's total energy consumption was spent on locating and powering up the app's third party advertising.