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Someday, simply having your phone in the car while driving could recharge it

While it's already possible to wirelessly recharge smartphones in cars, those cars need to be equipped with a special charging pad that the phone has to be placed on. Thanks to a newly-developed "nanogenerator," however, it might eventually be possible to place the phone anywhere in any car, letting the vehicle's vibrations provide the power.  Read More

'Project Tango strives to give mobile devices a human-like understanding of space and moti...

Smartphones are, well, smart, but they aren't very interested in their surroundings. This may seem trivial, but when it comes to working with people in what we like to call the “real” world, a mobile device that doesn't understand much outside of its camera view has only limited usefulness. With these limitations in mind, Google’s Project Tango is working on a smartphone that can map its environment in 3D in real time to provide user and device with some common ground.  Read More

Nokia Treasure Tag pairs with your phone, alerting you when the two get separated

There probably isn't one person reading this who hasn't, at some point, erred and accidentally left something valuable behind somewhere. Whether it was a set of keys, a handbag, wallet or smartphone, such forgetfulness would have caused considerable inconvenience. The Nokia Treasure Tag is designed to keep such lapses to a minimum.  Read More

ZTE's original Grand Memo – a successor device will be announced at Mobile World Congress

ZTE, the world's fourth-largest smartphone maker, isn't exactly a household name in many parts of the English-speaking world, but that could be changing very quickly. ZTE unveiled the top flight Grand S II with a few nifty features and novel voice unlock at CES 2014, and next up the Chinese company will be showing its 6-inch Grand Memo II LTE and the Firefox OS-powered ZTE Open C at Mobile World Congress.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the new G Pro 2 phablet and G2 smartphone

LG's latest phablet, the G Pro 2, has a lot in common with the company's current smartphone flagship, the G2. But do those differences extend beyond size? Read on, as Gizmag compares the features and specs of LG's G Pro 2 and G2.  Read More

A 20-megapixel shooter takes 61 frames in two-second bursts

For some time now, Sony has been offering some of the more underrated Android phones around, led by the water-resistant Sony Xperia Z1. The latest addition to the line is the Xperia Z1 Compact with its 4.3-inch display, which has begun to show up in Europe and unlocked on eBay after being introduced at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the LG G Pro 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3

LG's smartphones and tablets aren't as popular as Samsung's, but that doesn't mean the company hasn't been making some nice mobile devices in their own right. Let's take a look at LG's latest phablet, the G Pro 2, and see how its features and specs compare to those of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  Read More

The new microchipped skis are designed to take the guesswork out of waxing (Photo: Madshus...

The waxing of cross-country skis can be a tricky business. Not only do you have to determine the proper hardness for the snow conditions, but you also need to make sure that the grippy kick wax and the more slippery glide wax each end up being applied to the proper sections of the ski. Norwegian ski manufacturer Madshus has set out to simplify the process, with microchip-equipped skis.  Read More

The LG G Pro 2 is 2 g lighter than its predecessor

LG has jumped the gun and unveiled its flagship G Pro 2 smartphone (or if you prefer, phablet) in South Korea ahead of its expected debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. The successor to the Optimus G Pro sports a larger display and 13-megapixel camera with the ability to record videos in 4K Ultra High Definition.  Read More

Sammy Screamer is a motion detector to help parents keep an eye on the kids

Ever wished you had an extra set of eyes on the cookie jar, or somebody making sure the kids aren't sneaking out of their bedrooms when its time to do homework? Looking to help out with these and a whole host of common parenting duties is Sammy Screamer, a small movement sensor that sends out alerts when it detects motion.  Read More

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