LG’s New Phone Will Be ‘Always On’

Smartphone companies are always trying to add the most innovative feature to the newest model of their devices. LG is trying a new tactic with the release of its next Android product, the G5 phone. According to LG’s Facebook page, its new smartphone will be “always on.” The screen on the G5 will be permanently switched on, which is the only definitive information given about the device so far. You might be wondering why a permanently “on” screen would actually be useful. Well, it would make it easier to check notifications or time without having to unlock your device or

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Hawaii Takes Aim at Walking and Texting

Cellphone distraction is a very real thing and we’re well-versed on the dangers that come with it. According to the National Safety Council, one in four car crashes involve a phone, with texting or talking on the phone while driving identified as the riskiest behaviors. In Hawaii, lawmakers are taking aim at another activity that doesn’t get nearly as much press: distracted phone use while walking. House Bill 2723 would prohibit a pedestrian from crossing a street, road or highway while using a mobile electronic device. That means anyone who saunters across the street while checking out a text message or

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T-Mobile is Tops According to OpenSignal

The results are in: T-Mobile is the top performing carrier in the United States, says OpenSignal’s recently released State of Mobile Networks report. According to the testing firm’s data, T-Mobile has increased its LTE coverage by 81 percent, bringing it in line with big players like Verizon. “Verizon is still the operator to beat when it comes to network reliability, but T-Mobile is squaring off against the super-carrier in download speed,” states OpenSignal’s report. “Nationally both operators are averaging 4G connections of 12 Mbps, and in a speed comparison in the 11 largest U.S. cities, T-Mobile just barely edged out

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Android Phone Stays Charged for 15 Days

When your phone dies at the most inconvenient of times, you sometimes curse the company that made it. Chinese smartphone maker Oukitel hopes to change the outlook on battery life by rolling out an Android handset with a 10,000mAh battery. Oukitel’s smartphone, the K10000, boasts a battery that lasts 15 days on a single charge. The name K10000 even originates from the phone’s battery specs. Likewise, Oukitel also has a model called the K6000, named for its 6,000mAh battery, and that offers 10 days of life on a charge. This method of making smartphones goes against the ideology of bigger

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Don’t Call it a Comeback: Flip Phones Here to Stay

People go crazy for the newest gadgets and devices, sleeping outside of stores and lining up for hours. We spend plenty of time writing about them, too. But what about the people who don’t care about the latest phone to hit the market? What about the people content to keep using their flip phone from 2005? “They don’t exist!” you exclaim. Wrong. Turns out there are plenty of normal people – including those in the younger generations – happy to text on T9Word and live life otherwise app-free. “I hate smartphones, I hate how they take over people’s lives and

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Ticket Apps Are Fighting Fines

Parking tickets are a pain, and with the average lawyer costing anywhere between $175-$550 and hour, it can be easier to just pay the fine. In fact, only about five percent of U.S traffic tickets are contested in court. But what if there was a way to give you a greater chance of getting the ticket dismissed on the cheap? As it turns out, in the past year, over two dozen apps have been created trying to solve this problem. “People are essentially priced out of lawyers,” Blue Hill Research analyst David Houlihan was quoted as saying in a Bloomberg

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Apple Testing iPhone 7 Features

It would be unlike Apple not to dazzle with its newest smartphone model, the highly anticipated iPhone 7. A recent leak, reported by Forbes, has suggested Apple is currently testing five different models, each of which has a design that might be surprising. The first design would replace Apple’s signature Lightning connector with a USB Type-C port instead. Although you might groan at the thought of having to purchase a whole new array of cables, plugs, and whatnot, it turns out that Android models might switch to Type-C in 2016 too, unifying the smartphone world. The second design, changing the

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Mozilla Rolls Out Firefox for iOS

Although it has been a long time coming, Mozilla’s Firefox for iOS app is finally available publicly to anyone with an Apple device. Last December the non-profit browser maker, whose mandate is to keep the Internet open, announced it would be reversing its stance against making software for the App Store. By May, the earlier versions of Firefox for iOS were released in a limited capacity for user testing. It’s certainly great that users now have access to Firefox on their phones, but will the app actually make a splash amongst its competitors? Safari comes installed on all iOS devices

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BYOD on the Decline?

For the last few years people have been pumping up Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs as the best solution for employees and businesses alike. However, those same people weren’t always quick to acknowledge the well-documented issues often surrounding it. It appears the tide may be turning. The results of a 2015 CompTIA Information Technology Association survey of American IT professionals show over half work at companies that have banned BYOD. In total, 53 percent of the 375 respondents said their company does not allow the use of personal devices in the workplace, a significant increase from 34 percent just

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Telus introduces free Wi-Fi to Vancouver

The City of Vancouver, in a special partnership with Telus, has launched six free Wi-Fi hotspots across the metropolitan centre as part of its Digital Strategy program. Although associated with Telus, you do not have to be a Telus or subsidiary customer in order to access the hotspots: #VanWiFi, as it’s been dubbed, is open to anyone. The only difference for Telus users is, they will automatically connect and start saving their data, whereas everyone else can connect through a splash page. It’s not the first program of its kind. Telus has established free hotspots to several 7-Eleven locations in

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