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Gizmag reviews the LG G3, easily one of the best smartphones of 2014

LG’s latest handset isn't looking to rewrite the book on smartphones, and we aren't even sure if that's possible at this stage. What it does want to do is dazzle your eyes with its huge, ultra-sharp display. Is that display, a more restrained take on Android and some genuinely useful features enough to make this one of the best smartphones of the year? Read on, as Gizmag reviews the LG G3.  Read More

InkCase+ is a planned electronic ink display that complements your Android smartphone, all...

Los Angeles-based startup Oaxis has turned to Kickstarter to develop InkCase+, a secondary screen for Android smartphones that uses electronic ink technology to improve battery life. Slated for an October release, the 3.5-in display fits inside a custom phone case and will be equipped with bluetooth, dedicated apps and a 500 mAh battery promising 19 hours of reading time on a single charge.  Read More

The smart forfour and fortwo enter their third generation with a new design and new engine...

Since being introduced in 1998, over 1.5 million of the smart fortwo city cars have been produced. The company has now revealed the third-generation, with the new fortwo and forfour models boasting a colorful new design, a range of modern engines and turning circles tight enough to take on the narrowest city streets.  Read More

A fine-dust sensor that attaches to your smartphone could help you – and everyone else – m...

Fine dust pollution triggers all manner of health problems, but accurately tracking its concentration across cities and regions takes considerable manpower. That could get a whole lot easier with a sensor that attaches to a smartphone and measures particulate matter (fine dust) levels in the air, which is under development at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.  Read More

Sony says its new Xperia C3 is the 'world’s best selfie smartphone'

Regardless of your take on them, selfies have become such a phenomenon as to spawn specially designed cameras and shooting modes. Now Sony is getting in on the action with the Xperia C3 "selfie smartphone."  Read More

LG's KizOn straps to a child’s wrist so that parents can know their location at all times

Children are wily creatures. They just love to run around with their friends, explore new places, and generally enjoy the freedom of just being a kid. Though this is part of the stress-free life of being a child, it is also often the source of anxiety for some parents who constantly worry about where their child is. In an attempt to relieve this anxiety, LG has created KizON, a wearable device that not only lets concerned parents know where their precious progeny are 24 hours a day, but also provides the ability to call them if necessary.  Read More

The Passport is one of the more unusual smartphones we've seen in recent years

BlackBerry’s Passport smartphone, which features an unusual large square-shaped display, was met with notable confusion when it was quietly announced during an earnings conference last month. The handset seems to be suffering from an identity crisis – caught between the company’s traditional keyboard-toting smartphones and the larger-screened tablet form-factor. BlackBerry is clearly aware of the issue, and has stepped in to explain why we should be excited about the product’s unusual design.  Read More

The Samsung Galaxy S5 (right) and its newly announced Galaxy S5 mini sibling (left)

Between these handsets, it’s no secret that the fully blown Samsung Galaxy S5 is the more capable of the two. The real question is just how many of the premium device's feature the Galaxy S5 mini manages to retain – and the results may surprise you. Read on as Gizmag compares two of the Korean firm’s biggest handsets for 2014.  Read More

The Soofa bench is the creation of Changing Environments, an MIT Media Lab spin-off compan...

A number of parks in the Boston area will soon receive solar-powered smart benches, courtesy of Changing Environments, an MIT Media Lab spin-off company. Dubbed Soofa, the benches sport a solar panel, a pair of charging points for smartphones (or similar devices), and they monitor environmental data such as local air quality and noise pollution.  Read More

Made from ceramic and American Walnut, Swich uses micro-suction caps to hold your phone in...

While we've seen many notable wireless charging innovations of late, sometimes a little elegance can be all it takes to stand out from the crowd. Slovenian-based Lutman Design has developed Swich, a functional wireless charging stand made from sustainable materials, with a stylish design inspired by crashing ocean waves.  Read More

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