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Your smartphone can't cause cancer — physics won't allow it
Ionizing radiation and you

Your smartphone can't cause cancer — physics won't allow it

Derek Kessler 154

Repeat after me: your smartphone is not giving you cancer, and neither is your smartwatch. We in the Mobile Nations family tend to be tech-obsessed. We get the newest smartphones with the biggest batteries and most powerful radios, we strap on the latest in fitness bands and smartwatches, and we spend our days interacting with laptops and tablets and all other manner of technology. And...

Microsoft won't be investing in Cyanogen after all
First comes love, then comes a $110 million investment round

Microsoft won't be investing in Cyanogen after all

Derek Kessler 43

Alternative Android OS developer Cyanogen is poised to raise around $110 million in a funding round, but contrary to earlier reports, Microsoft might not be chipping in. Several weeks ago brought the news that Microsoft was considering investing in Cyanogen and their customized Android system CyanogenMod. That OS is installed on a few retail devices, including the OnePlus One and the...

Samsung's Galaxy Win 2 packs a 64-bit processor and LTE
Dual-SIM, LTE, and Snapdragon 410

Samsung's Galaxy Win 2 packs a 64-bit processor and LTE

Derek Kessler 11

Samsung has a new entry-level smartphone for Brazil: the Galaxy Win 2. It's not a barn-burner by any means, but it does at least offer LTE and a 64-bit processor. There was a time not long ago where a 64-bit processor was considered the mark of a high-end phone. But with chips like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 around, 64 bits are the domain of the flagship anymore. In fact, they're...

Qualcomm at MWC: fingerprints, cognition, Snapdragon 820
Cognitive computing and ultrasonic fingerprints

Qualcomm at MWC: fingerprints, cognition, Snapdragon 820

Derek Kessler 11

Qualcomm has a host of new technologies in store, including an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, cognitive machine learning for your smartphone and tablet, and, of course, a new processor: the Snapdragon 820. [custom:mwc15] Qualcomm today at MWC 2015 announced their newest device security measure: an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Dubbed Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint...