Research shows smartphone sensors leave trackable fingerprints

Fingerprints — those swirling residues left on keyboards and doorknobs — are mostly invisible. They can affirm your onetime presence, but they cannot be used to track your day-to-day activities.

Smartphones become ‘eye-phones’ with low-cost devices developed by ophthalmologists

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed two inexpensive adapters that enable a smartphone to capture high-quality images of the front and back of the eye. The adapters make it easy for anyone with minimal training to take a picture of the eye and share it securely with other health practitioners or store it in the patient's electronic record.

Ubuntu (and Firefox) phones showcased at MWC 2014


The first phones running Ubuntu are scheduled to ship later this year.

Firefox OS runs on this tablet



Mozilla’s Asa Dotler recently confirmed that the company has begun testing its flagship Firefox OS on tablets. 



Tablet failures slow BYOD growth

A report claimed that nearly half people using tablets have experienced failure in the last two years, making them a poor choice as devices in the business sector.

Analysts say, You're phone be smarter than you by 2017

  Smartphones are getting smarter with each new generation, so research firm Gartner has gone out on a limb with a new forecast straight out of a dystopian sci-fi movie.

Are retailers the new NSA?

Smartphones and tablets have not just changed the way we shop online, they are also having an impact in brick-and-mortar shops, as many shoppers are using them to compare prices and read product reviews. But shoppers aren’t the only ones doing a bit of intelligence work on the ground, the retailers are responding in kind.

Can lightning power smartphones?

Lightning is what happens when there’s so much electricity built up in the clouds, it has no where to go but down. OK that’s a highly simplified explanation, but still pretty accurate. No matter how you explain it, lightning is a dangerous but powerful explosion of energy, one that up until recently, man had no way to harness.

The Rise of the Period Apps: Where Big Data Meets Girly Graphics

Period technology has come a long way since the first pad — complete with straps, suspenders, buckles, and a belt — made it into stores in the late nineteenth century. Meet the period app: Women are now using their smartphones to help them do everything from graphing their ...

The rise of phubbing - aka phone snubbing

When it comes to smartphones, tablets and other mobile delights, many of us have the unfortunate tendency to behave like teenagers: prodding and poking our shiny toy to the exclusion of anyone and anything else. 

Samsung beats Apple (hah) in legit customer satisfaction study

  Hah! Suck it Apple, you overhyped, self-aggrandizing multi-billion dollar hipster corporation. Samsung - an equally overhyped multi-billion dollar corporation that is not hipster-ish in any way - is kicking your butt. But not in Korea (wtf)!

Oculus Rift may be headed to smartphones

Oculus Rift, which made its Kickstarter debut last summer, can best be described as a high field of view (FOV), low-latency, consumer-priced virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD).

OnBeat solar headphones keep your smartphone charged

One of my favorite things about reporting on clean technology trends, is watching the change in design perspective.

Leef Bridge - a USB flash drive for smartphones and PCs

Who amongst us hasn't used the stalwart USB stick to transport files or music - and perhaps even run apps? Probably 99%, give or take a percent.

Global semiconductor sales down

Revenues for the global semiconductor market dropped two percent year on year to $295 billion in 2012, IDC's latest semiconductor application forecast reports.

Intel says Haswell will save its X86 bacon

The PC will be saved from its much predicted doom by the glorious power-saving ability of the Haswell chip, at least according to the prophecy of Intel's chief technology officer Justin Rattner.

Samsung beats up Retina displays

Samsung Display has a few new goodies to show off at Display Week, including three displays that make Apple’s Retina panels look rather outdated. 

Rich people buy online more than poor

Although there are thousands of penny pinching price comparison sites out there, it seems online shopping is pretty big among affluent consumers who really don’t need to save at all.

Android the top dog in smartphone market share

Together, Android and iOS make up a staggering 92.3 percent of all smartphone shipments for Q1 2013, at least according to IDC's latest worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker.

Sales of PCs continue to slump

The global PC market contracted 13.9 percent in the first quarter of 2013 and Europe seems to have taken the worst hit. Sales of PCs in Western Europe fell off a cliff in the first three months of the year and they are down 20.5 percent year-on-year.