There are plenty of obvious ways to damage your phone such as dropping it or submerging it underwater, but did you know that some of your everyday habits could ruin your phone as well? Check out the most common habits that have the potential to hinder your phone’s battery life and overall performance.
Providing a charging station meets the much needed demand for readily available charging. As charging stations become more and more prevalent, many consumers are wary of public chargers and don’t believe they’re 100% safe or reliable. Unfortunately, these thoughts are not totally unfounded.
In 2016, we were reminded of the potential danger of a faulty or defective cell phone battery. Faulty lithium ion batteries used in the popular Galaxy Note7 smartphone were frequently exploding, prompting a recall of the phone. As we usher in 2017, the threat of dangerous, explosive battery fires may be a thing of the past thanks to a new invention.
If you’ve ever had the displeasure of sitting through a movie while another moviegoer texts or talks on their phone, you’ll be delighted to hear that Apple is working on a solution to this problem for their next iOS rollout.
Speculation over the new “Theater Mode” setting was started with a tweet from Sonny Dickson, a Forbes contributor who has leaked new Apple innovations in the past.
Supposedly, Theater Mode would disable noise and/or light coming from a wireless device to help deter individuals from using their phone at a movie theater. Some have alluded that Theater Mode would change the phone’s screen to a minimalistic red display, making it easier for the user to see in the dark yet less distracting for those around them. Others have proposed that the setting would cut cell phone functionality similar to airplane mode while physically in the theater. This new feature would be accessed from the Control Panel via a fun, popcorn shaped icon.
Some die-hard movie fans and industry buffs aren’t happy with the news and worry that Theater Mode would actually encourage moviegoers to use their phones in the theater. One theater chain in particular, the Alamo Drafthouse, has a strict no texting policy (and when say strict, we mean “take your phone out and they kick you out of the movie” strict).
It seems almost second nature to give out your cell phone number whenever asked. In fact, it’s usually a required field when setting up an online profile with most service providers. If you have an account with any of the major email providers or a profile on any social media network, chances are you’ve associated your phone number with your various accounts at some point. Continue Reading
Harnessing the kinetic energy of everyday movement for phone charging technology purposes has been a goal of the scientific community for some time now. Products available on the market such as wearable motion chargers or adapters that fit to bike wheels meet the goal of harvesting movement as usable energy, but they tend to be impractical for everyday use. Now, Michigan State University engineers have created a new way to harvest energy from human motion in a much more discreet way, paving the way for new kinetic charging innovations. Continue Reading
Julian Oliver, a Berlin-based hacker and artist, has created a GSM cell base station that looks like a standard office printer. Similar to any of the common cell phone towers disguised as a tree or streetlight, the fake printer known as the “Stealth Cell Tower” has the power to eavesdrop on phone calls, intercept cell data, and even send messages to any phone connected to the device. Continue Reading
With so many smartphone choices on the market today, it’s no wonder that 44% of smartphone users choose to upgrade or trade in their phone as soon as their contract allows. Manufacturers seem to be in a smartphone arms race which in turn gives you, the consumer, plenty of options. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone you’ll want to wipe your phone clean before trading your old device in, but does tapping the “factory reset” button truly permanently remove your data?
We know there’s no shortage of charging options out there. We’ve scoured the web and have compiled some of the most interesting, innovative, and eco-friendly phone chargers we’ve found. While they may not be very good for promoting brand awareness or generating foot traffic, these chargers will get the job done without making a large impact on the environment (and as we all know, it ain’t easy being green). Continue Reading