Mom Gives Her 13-Year-Old Son An iPhone For Christmas — Plus An 18-point Contract To Go With It

In this day and age, it’s more and more common to see a teenager with a smartphone. Prices on devices have dropped in recent years, and the monthly service reasonably affordable, too. One mom, Jannel Burley Hofmann, bought her 13-year old son Gregory an iPhone for Christmas, and wrote the following letter / contract to [...]


Ubuntu for Android: Phone meets PC

If you’ve dreamed of the day you’ll be able to use your smartphone as your computer, Ubuntu for Android may be exactly what you’re looking for. So, there’s some good news and some bad news. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: it isn’t available for you, the consumer, right now. You [...]


Dad builds a quadcopter drone to supervise son’s daily trip to the bus stop

Drones are cool. Quadcopters are cool. Watching your kid to the bus stop is also very cool. Paul Wallich over at ieee spectrum decided to put them all together and make a DIY drone to track his kid on the way to the bus stop. Sensors, radios and batteries It takes a bit to make [...]


Jawbone at it again with the new wearable wrist band

Do you remember Jawbone’s first attempt into wearable technology? The UP made a brief appearance for a few weeks before it was recalled, and refunds were issued. The problems with the first model were more than one. Water and sweat would leak into the construction causing a fried circuit board. Furthermore, the board hardware degraded [...]


New Belkin NetCam Wi-Fi home security camera connects to your smartphone

Lately I’ve been following a lot of home automation products and services. You may have noticed. A few weeks ago, Belkin announced a baby monitor that you could follow with your iPhone or iPad. They’re bumping up the stakes a bit and using the technology to deliver a home security package. Night Vision and Wide [...]

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No need to carry or pull this suitcase: It follows you around via Bluetooth connection

Hop! is the name of the suitcase of the future. The sensors can be paired with a Bluetooth-enabled phone and the Hop! will follow it’s owner around. You have to watch this to believe it. Here is a definition from the idea man himself: A microcontroller interprets these signals calculating the phone’s position regarding to [...]


BYOD: Do You Bring Your Own Device?

Earlier this year, Nielsen released a study showing that 50.4% of Americans with mobile phones have smartphones. In the 25-34 year old age group, that number was nearly 70%. With so many people carrying smartphones, it’s no wonder they’re popping up in more places. And where do we spend a sizable amount of our waking hours? [...]


Stay comfortable in bed or on the couch with this long snake-like stand for your iPhone

Lazy phone users get all the fun toys. Now there is a long snake-like stand for your iPhone to keep you comfortable in bed or on the couch. iPhone Overhead Carpal Tunnel If you’re anything like me, you’ve been there: either late at night, or early morning, holding the iPhone up above your head so [...]


Here’s a video of the ‘World’s Thinnest Smartphone’ pounding a nail into a wooden board

The Oppo Finder claims to be the world’s thinnest smartphone. The device is made by a Chinese company and it just recently launched. The maker wanted to prove the durability of the phone so it made this video:


Is This The Most Pointless Smartphone Accessory Ever? (by @calebhicks)

If you’re in the market for pointless smartphone accessories, then you’ll love the ‘Cube’, a new product featured on KickStarter. Shatterproof! Amplifies audio from your phone! You can put it in different rooms! And it looks great! It has a hole, so you can use it with any smartphone. You can put post-its on it! [...]

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