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Cars May Soon Be Able to Tell When You’re Using Your Phone and Driving

Cars May Soon Be Able to Tell When You’re Using Your Phone and Driving

By some estimates, 85 percent of drivers in America use a mobile phone while at the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that during daylight hours, 5 percent of cars are being driven by people making phone calls. That’s not good news. It takes about five seconds to dial a telephone number ...

Telling Siri Your Family Members Makes it a Lot More Useful

Telling Siri Your Family Members Makes it a Lot More Useful

If you really want to be able to emulate the characters in Apple's promotional videos then you need to be able to tell Siri to "call mom" and "email dad." Thanks to the custom label field built into iCloud contacts, you can assign any kind of relationship to people you know. Tell Siri about your best friend, your boss, and ...

Microsoft Research Turned a Smartphone Camera into a Cheap Kinect

Microsoft Research Turned a Smartphone Camera into a Cheap Kinect

Microsoft's been awfully busy at this year's SIGGRAPH conference: embers of the company's research division have already illustrated how they can interpret speech based on the vibrations of a potato chip bag and turn shaky camera footage into an experience that feels like flying. Look at the list of projects Microsofties ...

Sprint’s CEO Set to Unveil ‘Disruptive’ Prices Next Week

Sprint’s CEO Set to Unveil ‘Disruptive’ Prices Next Week

Sprint will implement "very disruptive" prices next week, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Marcelo Claure said at a company-wide town hall meeting on Thursday, according to the telecommunications industry website, Light Reading. Claure, who replaced Dan Hesse last week, said his first order of business is cutting ...

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 15, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 15, 2014

No one likes waiting in a long line at a hotel check-in counter, especially after a long flight and the stress that comes with it. Starting next year at Hilton hotels, however, you’ll be able to skip those lines entirely and get into your room with nothing more than your smartphone. Hilton recently announced that it will ...

Lenovo’s Smartphone Sales Exceed PC Sales for First Time

Lenovo’s Smartphone Sales Exceed PC Sales for First Time

Lenovo is gradually becoming becoming more of a mobile firm, as it revealed on Thursday that it is selling more smartphones than PCs for the first time ever. The company’s earnings for the first fiscal quarter ending June 30 2014 showed that it chalked up a “record volume” of 15.8 million units, up 39 percent from the ...

Study: Hackers Can Access Your Phone’s Gyroscope to Listen to You

Study: Hackers Can Access Your Phone’s Gyroscope to Listen to You

In the age of surveillance paranoia, most smartphone users know better than to give a random app or website permission to use their device’s microphone. But researchers have found there’s another, little-considered sensor in modern phones that can also listen in on their conversations. And it doesn’t even need to ask. ...

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 14, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 14, 2014

LG’s newest flagship phone, the LG G3, is the best Android phone available on the market – and the one I’d buy if I was buying a new phone today. One of the G3’s best features is its camera. My daughter likes to say that her “camera is her primary smartphone.” If this describes you, the LG G3 is your phone. The ...

Samsung (Very Quietly) Launches its New Flagship Phone, the Galaxy Alpha

Samsung (Very Quietly) Launches its New Flagship Phone, the Galaxy Alpha

This was not the usual Samsung smartphone launch. The Galaxy Alpha, one of two high-end smartphones that Samsung has been teasing this summer, made a quiet debut early Wednesday. Samsung announced the phone in a press release posted on its website. While the Galaxy Alpha had the usual run-up of rumors and speculation ...

Verizon: Our Calls Will Run Solely Over LTE by 2016

Verizon: Our Calls Will Run Solely Over LTE by 2016

The first Verizon Wireless smartphones to run voice calls exclusively over the 4G LTE network won't hit the market until the first half of 2016. That's according to Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo, speaking to Wall Street at an investor conference on Tuesday. Shammo said the company plans to begin offering voice ...