There are lots of magic tricks you can perform with your smartphone, usually using some combination of real-world objects (like, say, cards) and an app.
For example, with Card2Phone, physical items like coins and cards seem to disappear into an iPhone, then reappear again in the real world.
But with iBalance, the phone itself becomes the illusion. This new trick, designed for amateur and professional magicians alike, makes any smartphone appear to balance in an impossible way. Take a look:
As you can see, it's a pretty good piece of prestidigitation. I've dabbled in magic since I was … Read more
It's Nokia's turn to fire a potshot at Apple and the iPad.
In a Web video ad (which is admittedly pretty cheesy with the British narrator), Nokia whimsically attacks Apple's hit tablet by going after the lack of keyboard and weak battery life, and touts its own Lumia 2520 as the "right tablet."
The Lumia 2520 can be paired with a $150 keyboard accessory that also acts as a cover, a bulkier cousin to the Microsoft Surface's thin keyboard accessory.
The Lumia 2520 is Nokia's first attempt to breach the tablet business, where … Read more
Nokia is boosting its bet on the budget side of the smartphone business.
The smartphone maker quietly released the details of the Lumia 525, an upgraded version of its original low-end Lumia 520, which debuted in February during Mobile World Congress.
For Nokia, it's a continued push to the low end, which has brought it some success in many international markets. In contrast, the company has struggled a bit in the high-end segment, particularly in Western markets.
The Lumia 525 offers double the RAM at 1GB, the company's trademark colorful -- and interchangeable -- covers, and more special … Read more
An all-white Motorola Droid Ultra might make a debut on Verizon store shelves soon.
The Twitter account for @evleaks on Tuesday published an image of a white Motorola Droid Ultra featuring a Verizon logo. The Twitter account has become a hotspot for leaked mobile devices and, in many cases, the images turn out to be real. Although there's no way to know where @evleaks obtained the photo or whether it's real, its track record means it should be taken seriously.
Currently, Verizon sells Motorola Droid Ultras in either black or red for $100 with a two-year activation.
@evleaks … Read more
Motorola Mobility apparently couldn't wait for its low-cost Moto G to hit the States.
The Moto G went on sale in the US on Tuesday, available only in the GSM variant and unlocked on Motorola.com for $179 without a contract.
The surprise launch comes well ahead of the company's previously planned target of getting the Moto G out in the US by January. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside told CNET that early demand for the phone has been strong overseas. The company was able to ramp up the manufacturing process faster than anticipated, and it was able to … Read more
Searching for an iPhone 5S? Your chances of snagging one have gotten better.
In his latest biweekly survey of 60 US Apple stores, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster found that availability of the 5S has risen to 90 percent of all iPhone models in stock. That's a huge improvement over 31 percent only two weeks ago -- and 10 percent at the start of October.
At this point last year, the iPhone 5 accounted for 95 percent of all iPhones in stock. However, iPhone 5S availability at AT&T and Verizon are better than that seen for the … Read more
HTC is apparently getting into the gold-colored game with a new One smartphone.
Finland-based retailer Gigantti on Monday started selling a gold-colored HTC One, featuring a 4.7-inch display and 1.7GHz quad-core processor. The handset comes with the same design as previous HTC One models, but boasts the long-rumored gold finish. HTC already sells versions in silver, black, blue, and red.
Rumors surfaced in September that HTC was considering launching a gold-colored smartphone. The company has remained tight-lipped on those plans and has yet to even confirm the golden HTC One's existence. Whether the Gigantti listing is a … Read more