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In implementing Apple's iBeacon technology through a software update, Automatic turned its...

A lot has been said (or left unsaid) about Apple's continued eschewing of NFC in its smartphones. One possible explanation is that the company has a lot of faith in its own iBeacon technology, a Bluetooth Low Energy standard which alerts iPhone apps when you are near a transmitter (beacon), as a replacement. After establishing iBeacons in every one of its domestic US stores, Apple has turned to other applications and with the technology now enabled in the Automatic smart driving assistant, it might just be getting its show on the road.  Read More

Gizmag goes in-depth and hands-on to compare the Apple iPhone 5s (left) and Google/LG Nexu...

The last time we took a look at the Nexus 5 and iPhone 5s, we ran through a simple comparison of their specs and features. But now that we've had some extended hands-on time with both handsets, we thought it was worth revisiting the decision. Read on, as Gizmag goes hands-on to compare the LG/Google Nexus 5 and Apple iPhone 5s.  Read More

The Kurio Phone is made for kids – and their parents

KD Interactive recently made the headlines with the debut of its latest child-friendly tablet, the Kurio 7x 4G LTE. The company is now taking on the smartphone market with the launch of the Kurio Phone. It's a high-tech android smartphone designed solely for kids that incorporates enough parental controls and special features, the company claims, to allay any concerns parents might have about its use.  Read More

The PhoneSoap charger sanitizes your phone while charging it

It's no secret that mobile phones are breeding grounds for bacteria. They're touched regularly, spoken into and passed around, as well as being constantly switched on and, therefore, constantly warm. Indeed, a report by the UK's Which magazine suggested that mobile phones can carry up to eighteen times more bacteria than a men's toilet flush. The newly-launched PhoneSoap Charger uses UV light to sanitize your phone while it's charging.  Read More

The My N3RD smart switch from Wild Hare LLC

Opening garage doors using a smartphone is certainly nothing new. Nor, for that matter, is remotely operating a light switch or kitchen appliance. The My N3RD, however, is claimed capable of turning just about any device switch into a smartphone-controlled, user-programmable smart switch.  Read More

The Kodak PixPro smart lens cameras are similar to the Sony QX devices

When Sony launched its quirky QX lens-style cameras last year, they were something of an oddity and very different to anything else on offer. But now other firms are getting in on the action, including JK Imaging, which recently announced a pair of Kodak-branded smart lens cameras that offer 10x and 25x optical zooms.  Read More

One of Moment's lenses, designed for use on mobile phone cameras

A new start-up is set to start producing mobile phone camera lenses that it claims will "capture better images than anything else on the market." US-based Moment this week launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the production of its lenses, and doubled its target within 28 hours.  Read More

With data privacy becoming a bigger concern, Blackphone presents itself as a secure option...

While news of smartphone hacks, data sniffing, and government intrusion has regrettably become commonplace, it’s also had the consequence of raising public awareness of privacy risks which used to be solely the domain of security geeks. In this climate of readiness, Blackphone is launching a smartphone it says will be both secure and user-friendly, developed as a partnership between founders of the encryption firm Silent Circle and phone manufacturer Geeksphone.  Read More

The Haloband uses NFC technology and a companion app to allow users can control their smar...

From lifestyle monitors to UV detectors, recently we have seen an array of connected wristbands emerge to serve a variety of purposes. In a similar vein, the Haloband is designed to put the convenience of technology within arms reach, but does so by extending the functionality of a smartphone to your wrist.  Read More

Coming soon?

Samsung is working with iris-scanning security technology and could include such an eye scanner in the next iteration of its Android flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, according to what a company executive said in an interview at CES 2014 this week.  Read More

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