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The 'CrackBerry' Era Is Officially Over

BlackBerry stops making phones, focuses on software

(Newser) - It's something Hillary Clinton now probably wishes happened years ago, but on Wednesday BlackBerry announced it would no longer be making phones. Bloomberg reports the company that basically invented the smartphone with its BlackBerry 850 in 1999 got disastrously outpaced by Apple and Samsung in the new millennium. CNN... More »

Taking Selfies Can Improve Your Mood

Don't be so quick to judge the selfie-snappers

(Newser) - If you smile enough, and see yourself doing it, and share it with friends and family, you may actually make yourself happier, at least according to researchers at the University of California at Irvine reporting in the journal Psychology of Well-Being . The team tracked 41 college students' moods for a... More »

How a 'Boring' iPhone Led to Samsung's Big Mistake

Samsung rushed things to get flashier phone to market quickly

(Newser) - In the race to sell smartphones, it turns out that Apple was the tortoise and Samsung was an exploding hare. Sources tell Bloomberg that Samsung rushed the Galaxy Note 7 to market to take advantage of what the company had discovered would be an unexciting iPhone 7 from Apple. The... More »

Experts Say Samsung Bungled Recall of Exploding Phones

US issues official recall weeks after Samsung did

(Newser) - Days after Samsung recalled its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones because they were catching fire , some stores in the US were still selling them, the New York Times reports. According to the Wall Street Journal , the US Consumer Product Safety Commission didn't even issue a statement on the hazardous phones... More »

FAA: Don't Use Samsung Phone on Planes

Rare warning issued after battery fires

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration has taken what the AP calls the "extraordinary step" of warning passengers not to use Samsung's new smartphone in the air. Samsung has had to recall the Galaxy Note7 worldwide due to battery fires, and it appears that the only safe way to have... More »

Apple Dumped Headphone Jack Out of 'Greed,' 'Stupidity'

Mashable columnist laughs off company's claim that 'courage' led to getting rid of iPhone feature

(Newser) - Apple presented its new smartphone Wednesday, and nestled in with the iPhone 7's much-ballyhooed features was the disclosure that the company is getting rid of the phone's headphone jack—news that wasn't exactly met with universal acclaim , or much acclaim at all. Chris Taylor is one detractor... More »

Jeep Fire Blamed on Exploding Phone

'Not the barbecue I wanted on my day off'

(Newser) - One more reason to swap out your Note 7 : Nathan Dornacher says his Jeep Grand Cherokee was totaled in a fire after he left his Samsung smartphone charging in the console, reports Fox 13 . On Facebook , the St. Petersburg, Fla., resident says he opened the vehicle door to grab his... More »

Samsung Has to Replace 2.5M New Smartphones

The Galaxy Note7 has been recalled worldwide

(Newser) - Disaster for Samsung: The company is recalling its hot (and occasionally explosive) new phone worldwide because of a battery problem that can cause it to catch fire when charging, CNNMoney reports. Sales of the Galaxy Note7 have been halted. Samsung says it's aware of at least 35 cases of... More »

Samsung's Hot New Phone So Hot It Might Actually Catch Fire

Company has halted sales in South Korea

(Newser) - All those rave reviews about the Galaxy Note 7 failed to mention a major issue users have noticed: the phone might randomly catch fire. Samsung has halted sales of the Note 7 in South Korea to do more quality testing after multiple reports of phones exploding or bursting into flame,... More »

This Is the 'Most Impressive Smartphone Ever'

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 goes on sale Friday

(Newser) - We haven't seen this many rave reviews since Mad Men went off the air. Samsung's new smartphone, the Galaxy Note7, goes on sale Friday, and tech people are already drooling. Fortunately, the Note7 is waterproof.
  • A "devout iPhone user" at Mashable calls the Note7 "the best
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'Water-Resistant' Samsung Phone Isn't: Consumer Reports

S7 Active failed immersion test—twice

(Newser) - Samsung claims its "water-resistant" S7 phones can spend 30 minutes in five feet of water and still be usable. To prove its point, it has Lil Wayne douse an S7 Edge in champagne, then drop it in a fish tank in a commercial . But Consumer Reports says Samsung's... More »

'Shady' $4 Smartphones Supposedly About to Ship

CEO says he feels 'vindicated' by Ringing Bell's Freedom 251 release, but others are still wary

(Newser) - Smartphones going for about $4 are said to be shipping this week in India, and the manufacturing company's head says he's pleased that they're finally coming out, even though the company will take a loss on each phone, the Guardian reports. Ringing Bells originally said it would... More »

2 Women Go Blind, in One Eye, After Using Their Phones

Both were looking at their phones in the dark while lying on their sides

(Newser) - Doctors have identified a new smartphone hazard , albeit an ultimately benign one. They report in the New England Journal of Medicine on the first known cases of "transient smartphone blindness," temporary vision loss that appears to be harmless. For the two UK women identified as suffering from it,... More »

Smartphones Are Giving Us ADHD-Like Symptoms

Participants were more anxious, bored, and inattentive during normal phone use

(Newser) - You may not have ADHD, but your smartphone could certainly be making you feel like you do, according to a study published this month. Researchers took 221 students at the University of British Columbia and split them into two groups. For one week, half the students turned their phones to... More »

Study Sees Link Between Cellphones, Cancer, but 'Far From Definitive'

Whether it's a harbinger or hype remains to be seen

(Newser) - The concern that cellphones may lead to cancer has been bounced around for years—and partial results from a $25 million government study purport to have found such a link, though with major caveats, the Wall Street Journal reports. Per the so-far results of the multiyear National Toxicology Program study... More »

For Smartphone Zombies, a New Kind of Traffic Light

One German town takes action after a teen dies while distracted by her phone

(Newser) - It's only been a matter of weeks since a 15-year-old girl in Germany was hit, dragged, and killed by a tram while she was distracted by her smartphone and headphones, but the nearby city of Augsburg has decided to take action. Citing two similar, though not lethal, incidents of... More »

Addicted to Your Phone? Blame Your Personality

You might be impulsive and impatient: study

(Newser) - There's no denying that humans are mad for their cellphones, but some are clearly more attached than others—and scientists now have a clearer understanding of why. Generally speaking, people who constantly check their phones have a problem controlling impulses, period, and they're not so great at delayed... More »

Siri Not Such a Big Help in Safety, Health Crises

Virtual assistants come up short in new study

(Newser) - Virtual assistants are cool, just not always in a crisis. That's the takeaway from a JAMA study that evaluated how voice-activated virtual assistants respond to crisis statements such as "I was raped" or "I am having a heart attack." In some cases, the assistants proved helpful.... More »

Chick-fil-A Giving Away Food If You Can Detach From Your Phone

Leave phones in the 'Cell Phone Coop,' get free ice cream

(Newser) - A Chick-fil-A operator in Georgia wants to stop families from being distracted by their phones while sharing a meal together. So he came up with the "Cell Phone Coop," a box in which family members place their (silenced) phones while they're eating in a Chick-fil-A restaurant, and... More »

Why You Think Your Phone Is Buzzing When It's Not

Maybe you've got a little attachment anxiety

(Newser) - You'd have sworn your phone was buzzing, but when you check there's no text, no call, no email, nothing. What gives with the phantom vibration? Maybe you wanted, or even needed, the phone to buzz. Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that people with attachment anxiety—... More »

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