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Self-Assembling Cellphones, Anyone?

MIT’s Self Assembly Lab has created a small chair that can assemble itself. Now the same lab crew has focused its attention on another common, everyday object -- the cellphone. Yup, the Self Assembly Lab is exploring the idea of a self assembling cellphone, more specifically, looking at ways in which a number of individual components can be placed in a spinning tumbler and form together to become a fully functioning cellphone. 


Congress Pressured To Enact GPS Tracking Reform After Supreme Court Refused Hearing Cell Phone Case

This week, United States senators and House representatives are pressuring Congress to move along with certain bills that would limit GPS tracking and smartphone surveillance after the Supreme Court opted to refuse hearing a cell phone case a few days ago.

New Survey Sheds Light On What Constitutes Modern Smartphone Etiquette

Using your cell phone while walking along the sidewalk or while riding the train to work is generally considered acceptable, but what about inside the cinema while watching a movie, or while in church? A new survey by Pew Research Center aims to find out just what Americans of today consider appropriate when using cell phones, whether in public or social settings.


Verizon Now Letting Customers From Other Networks Bring Their Own Handset

Verizon Wireless is introducing a new policy that should entice more customers from other rival wireless carriers to shift to Verizon by virtue of being allowed to bring their own handsets to the Big Red.

Project Ara Smartphones: Not Sturdy Enough Just Yet

Google’s Project Ara aims to develop modular smartphones that can be assembled by mobile users themselves, using different parts from different original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The idea is cool for sure, but there is one little problem -- because of their modular nature, they are prone to breaking apart when they are dropped, and apparently, Google’s team of technicians has not found a way to make Project Ara smartphones sturdy enough yet.


India: Now The World’s Fastest Growing Market For Smartphones?

Xiaomi recently revealed that it is opening up a smartphone factory in Andhra Pradesh in India. This latest move by the biggest smartphone maker in China only reinforces the idea that India is now the future battleground for the global smartphone wars. Several industry watchers are definitely starting to anoint India as the new fastest growing smartphone market after recent estimates show that China, the previous title holder, is now experiencing slowing sales.


Xiaomi Recaptures Title Of Top Smartphone Seller In China In Second Quarter Of 2015

Xiaomi lost its number one spot to Apple during the first quarter of 2015, but during the following quarter, the Chinese phone maker managed to regain its lead over the iPhone maker.


Huawei Now World’s Third Biggest Seller Of Mobile Phones, Per Research Firm

Huawei is now the third largest vendor of mobile phones in the world, supplanting Microsoft, at least according to a new report published by market research firm Strategy Analytics.


Xbox Music App For Android, iOS Ditches Xbox Music Pass

If you are using Xbox Music app for your Android or iOS mobile device, here is some good news for you. Microsoft has decided to get rid of the Xbox Music Pass, which means that you will no longer be required to pay more than $10 a month in order enjoy access to most of the mobile app’s key features and functionalities.


Are Global Smartphone Sales Slowing Down Compared With Previous Years?

Smartphones may not be selling as well as before. Sure, the market for smartphones had a really good showing by the time the year 2014 ended, but recent developments indicate that 2015 may end up as a down year for smartphones.