Emerging Tech

These Alexa-stuffed retro phones don’t listen until you take them off the hook

Previous Next Between the official models built by Amazon, Google, and Apple, and the growing number of third-party devices, there is no shortage of smart speakers here in 2018. If you’re a company looking to dive into this crowded market, you better bring something fresh to the table. Or, if you’re the Los Angeles-based Grain […]

Gears & Gadgets

Essential will sell your phone’s missing headphone jack back to you for $150

The silver box is Essential’s new audio accessory. Essential It clips onto the back via the magnetic modular accessory system. Essential Despite only having a DAC and 3.5mm headphone jack, the box is a whopping 11.5mm thick. Essential Pogo pins on the back give the device power, while Wireless USB provides the data. Essential How […]

Photography

Moment’s 58mm tele lens for phones lets you zoom in closer to the action

Previous Next Phone manufacturers may be adding more lenses to smartphones to boost camera versatility, but attaching external lenses to a phone is an alternative method of enhancing your photography game. Moment offers a variety of lenses — such as macro, super fisheye, wide angle, and anamorphic — for Apple, Samsung, and Google phones, and […]

Photography

Best camera phones of 2018

It’s never been easier to take great photos on the fly. Everyone has a smartphone now, and the camera technology inside these pocketable devices has improved tremendously in the last few years. We share more than 2 billion photos every day on Facebook alone. Other buying guides The ability to quickly capture and share precious […]

Gaming

Diablo Immortal on phones, WarCraft 3: Reforged top BlizzCon’s announcements

Enlarge Blizzard Entertainment Announcements of a brand-new, smartphone-only Diablo and a remastered WarCraft 3 headlined a news-filled BlizzCon keynote presentation on Friday. The talk focused on games across Blizzard Entertainment’s portfolio—along with a huge freebie from its corporate siblings at Bungie. Starting today, that developer’s Destiny 2 is now free to claim on Windows 10 […]

Top Stories

Google Pixel 3 phones launch during privacy storm

Google has launched its latest smartphones under the shadow of a data exposure scandal. The Pixel 3 handsets introduce new photography features including a much higher-quality digital zoom than before. The company suggests the innovation shows it has no need to place more than one camera on the handsets’ rear. The launch comes a day […]

Top Stories

Bark, The App That Sees All Your Kids' Sexts, Has Scanned Over 2 Million Phones

Bark, a firm that sells parental smartphone-monitoring software, claims to have scanned more than a billion messages from 2 million children since it launched in 2016. The app, which monitors kids’ devices for dangers like cyberbullying or communication with predators, has helped prevent dozens of potential suicides as well as school shootings and bomb threats, […]

Photography

Pictar Pro makes phones even more DSLR-like with viewfinder and better build

Previous Next Who says smartphones can’t have viewfinders and physical controls? The Miggo Pictar Pro gives iPhone and Android phones a viewfinder and DSLR-like control wheels along with an extra battery. Even more impressive, the phone grip, like the original Pictar (see our full review), does it all without a wired or Wi-Fi connection with […]

Gears & Gadgets

Surface ‘Phones released; Headphones, that is

Enlarge / Surface Headphones. Microsoft Microsoft has unveiled a new member of the Surface family: the Surface Headphones. The rather surprising addition to the Surface range is a set of noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones. They’re large, over-ear headphones with soft, comfortable ear cups. Each ear cup has a spinning dial: one to control the volume, and […]

Emerging Tech

Companies want to sell you conflict-free phones, but certification isn’t foolproof

At 2,344,858 square miles, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the 12th largest country in the world. Much of that acreage is covered by tropical and subtropical forests. Though the country’s biodiversity is under threat, it’s still a place where you can hear the bubbly croak of an African toad and one of the […]

Gears & Gadgets

Pokémon Go file check opens new front in war on rooted Android phones

A new update to Niantic’s Pokémon Go takes a more zealous approach to ferreting out potential cheaters by scanning Android phones for certain jailbreak-related folder names, regardless of the user’s permissions. Ars has independently confirmed reports that Pokémon Go will not launch on Android phones that have an empty folder named “MagiskManager” on their SD […]

Gears & Gadgets

Google’s AR “Measure” app comes to all ARCore Android phones

Google Measure in action. Note the blue margin-of-error text below the measurement. Banana for scale. The instructions. Move the phone around, drag out a tool, and start measuring. Ron Amadeo You can pick from “Length” and “Height” tools, which are a bit clunky. Ron Amadeo The settings. Ron Amadeo Back when I tested Google’s first […]

Top Stories

Samsung won't be forced to update old phones

Samsung will not be forced to update the software on its mobile phones for years after their release, after it won a court case in the Netherlands. A consumer association had argued that Samsung should update its phones for at least four years after they go on sale. Regular software updates can address security problems […]

Photography

Your phone’s flash has nothing on the powerful, pocketable Lume Cube

Hillary Grigonis/Digital Trends Modern smartphones put high quality cameras in your pocket, but finding equally portable lighting can be a challenge. The base Lume Cube is a photo and video light that’s built to be as portable as a phone, built around a tiny but bright LED source that is suitable for a number of […]