Keep it Clean – Cell Phone Hygiene

Keep it Clean – Cell Phone Hygiene

There are more germs on your cell phone than on a toilet seat in a public washroom. Yeah, we know: gross. For obvious reasons we often think of toilets as breeding grounds for germs, but we don’t usually think of our phones that way. A clinical study of 200 cell phones cited in the Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials showed that 94.5% of phones...

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Don’t Drain Away – Top 10 Ways to Increase Battery Life in Your Smartphone

Don’t Drain Away – Top 10 Ways to Increase Battery Life in Your Smartphone

Green. Yellow. Red. Dead. There goes your battery. Your smartphone just became a five hundred dollar paperweight. The more you use your phone, the more emails and texts you send, the more pictures you take, the more videos you watch or games you play, the quicker your battery drains, and you are left stranded in digital limbo until you can find a power socket or...

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Staying Connected – The Emergence of Wireless Charging Technology

Staying Connected – The Emergence of Wireless Charging Technology

Staying connected in the modern world is essential. Even in the case of wireless technology, where you’re not ‘physically’ connected, it’s essential to remain technically (both literally and figuratively) connected. (What do you mean? That previous statement isn’t confusing; it makes total sense!) Ok, here it is again: You no longer need to plug your smartphone in to the mains for it to charge the...

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Google Glass – A Failure of Epic Proportions

Google Glass – A Failure of Epic Proportions

We’ve all heard the expression ‘as dead as a Dodo’, but is Google’s much anticipated but eventual epic fail product Google Glass really dead, or is it just sleeping? Or is it like a favourite comic book character – dead for a while then resurrected again in a different guise a year or so later? Are the Google geniuses currently hard at work implementing improvements...

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The Return of the BlackBerry – the Priv Strikes Back

The Return of the BlackBerry – the Priv Strikes Back

7…8…9…Everyone waits to hear the bell declaring a knockout…But no, BlackBerry stands up! BlackBerry, once the darling, the heavy hitter, the…(well, you get the idea)…of the smartphone world has been firmly supplanted by the two heavy-weight contenders now constantly battling for the top spot – Apple and Android. But, like Rocky said, ‘it ain’t over till it’s over’. The Priv, the latest move in BlackBerry’s...

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Apple TV: A Turn On or a Turn Off?

Apple TV: A Turn On or a Turn Off?

Apple TV first came out in 2007. On October 26, the 4th generation of the Apple TV was released. The hardware has stayed the same, but the software has been updated fourfold, so essentially we’re looking at a whole new product. And whereas the quality has increased the price has decreased. But is it worth it? We all watch TV, but should we switch to...

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Should You Care About AppleCare+ for Your iPhone?

Should You Care About AppleCare+ for Your iPhone?

Apple gives anyone buying a new phone with the stamp of the world’s most deliciously profitable digital fruit a 1-year hardware warranty and 90 days of complimentary phone-based tech support. If something goes wrong, Apple will pay for repairing or replacing your iPhone. But, let’s face it, most repairs or replacements need to happen after the expiration date, so what happens when you go beyond...

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Pinch Test – Extreme Smartphone Pinching Goes Viral

Through a sewer grate. Out of a window. Off a balcony, bridge, or cliff. Or even over the toilet. You can dangle it anywhere. Your smartphone, that is. A new internet challenge called ‘extreme smartphone pinching’ has gone viral, and the question is whether you have the courage (or recklessness) and the iron-fingered pinch to do it. The Harlem Shake was so 2013, and the Ice...

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Sink or Swim? How the iPhone 6s Stands up to Water Damage

Ever dropped your phone in the bath? Ever taken a swim and realised your phone was in your pocket? Remember that ‘oh, s***’ moment when you feared your favourite piece of communication device – your entire digital life! – had become waterlogged and unresponsive? Yeah, we’ve all been there. If we’re lucky we manage to quickly rip the phone from the water, dry it out,...

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Diagram showing how mushrooms are turned into a material for battery anodes.
Credit: Image courtesy of University of California - Riverside

Mushroom Powered Cell Phone?

When most of us hear the term “mushroom power” we get an image in our mind of something like this: Portabello mushrooms: on the grill; in a salad; powering your cell phone? Can portabella mushrooms stop cell phone batteries from degrading over time? Researchers think so. They have created a new type of lithium-ion battery anode using portabella mushrooms, which are inexpensive, environmentally friendly and...

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