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A photonic waveguide getting written by laser into a smartphone's Gorilla Glass (Photo: Op...

Gorilla Glass could be getting a lot more useful. Corning International, which makes the material commonly used in mobile device screens, has teamed up with researchers at Polytechnique Montreal to create a new type of glass that incorporates transparent sensors. Soon, the glass in your smartphone screen could be used to take your temperature, among many other possibilities.  Read More

The Amazon Fire Phone (left) is the company's first ever smartphone

The Fire Phone is Amazon’s first, long-awaited foray into the already highly-saturated smartphone market. With its 3D display and image recognition tech, the device already has a lot going for it, but given its high-end price point, some of its spec sheet shortfalls might be difficult to overlook. Read on to see how the device fares against Samsung’s mighty flagship Galaxy S5 handset.  Read More

The Zolo power and protection pack promises a battery backup, case, and cables for a low p...

Cases for smartphones are nothing new. Neither are backup batteries meant to keep phones juiced up when on the go. What is new, though, is ability to get a package that includes a case, battery backup, and cable for US$20. That's what Zolo is promising with its new accessory system.  Read More

Samsung has announced the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is already one of highest spec phones available to buy, and now Samsung has announced a tuned-up version. The Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A features faster internet access, an improved screen and more RAM, but it's only being touted for launch in South Korea.  Read More

The Fire Phone is Amazon's first attempt at conquering the competitive market

After what seems like years of rumors, Amazon has announced its first foray into the competitive smartphone space, in the form of the Fire Phone. The largely high-end device packs in some interesting features, chief among which is its Dynamic Perspective display tech and product scanning Firefly app.  Read More

The Portable SIM is a prototype device developed by NTT Docomo that forgoes the need to in...

NTT Docomo has announced the development of a wireless Portable SIM prototype that can be waved in front of a compatible smartphone to provide network authentication information. The device could provide an easier way of switching between handsets in the future.  Read More

The Samsung Smart Bike uses a smartphone – and an Arduino module – as its brains

What do you call a bicycle that doesn't have a motor, but is packed with electronic features? Well, the emerging term seems to be "smart bike." We've already seen one called the Valour, but now there's a new one-off known as the Samsung Smart Bike. Above all else, it's designed to make bicycle commuting safer.  Read More

Raydiance's R-Cut femtosecond laser system allows for mobile phones with complex shapes

Smartphones have come a long way in a few short years, but two things have remained constant; most sport a "slab of glass" form factor, and dropping one makes you wish you’d had it insured. Designers have used new materials, such as Gorilla glass and sapphire to make phone displays lighter and more durable, but these have introduced their own problems – especially when it comes to manufacturing. Gizmag spoke with Raydiance, a company specializing in cutting-edge laser fabrication methods, about its new R-Cut femtosecond laser system that promises a “new paradigm" in high-tech glass fabrication.  Read More

Sony's Xperia T3 is a solid mid-range handset with  a thin profile

While Sony’s flagship Z-line handsets are all about high-end specs and waterproofing, it’s taking a slightly different approach with the mid-range sector. With the new T3 smartphone, Sony is providing one of the skinniest devices on the market, while still packing in some solid internals.  Read More

The Vertu Signature Touch – high-end specs and luxury build

You might be familiar with English manufacturer Vertu’s previous smartphone efforts, whose price tags routinely do their best to redefine "high-end." However, while the Signature Touch might share the lofty cost of its predecessors, this time around it also packs top shelf specs to match smartphone heavyweights like HTC’s One (M8) or Samsung’s Galaxy S5.  Read More

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