Urban legends have been around the Internet for decades and virtually every topic has been included in these tales. But some are so realistic that it is often hard to distinguish between what is fact and what is fiction.
Cell phones have been the object of some of these urban legends and interestingly enough, some of them are actually based upon truth.
Here are some of the most popular ones from around the Web; we’ll explore which ones are accurate and which ones are not.
Worldwide emergency number 112
According to this information, if you are in any part of the world and need emergency assistance, all you have to do is dial 112 from your cell phone. More...
Motorola’s brand of smartphones has been perennial favorites of electronics fans around the world, and new models were announced in the past few weeks to keep their customers and new comers happy. We’ll explore the new models and go over the highlights of each one.
According to Rick Osterloh, Motorola Senior Vice President of Product Management, his company came to the realization that the smartphones of today weren’t all that great:
"We started to think about smartphones, and the main thing we realized was they weren't very smart. We see a lack of innovation because we think there is a lack of imagination."
To answer this problem, Motorola has announced the Moto X, a fully customizable smartphone that can be configured right down to the smallest details regarding the color of the volume buttons, the case color, and the case’s outer border; there are over 2,000 color combinations. More...
As the end of the year approaches, the related buzz and anticipation for new iPhones from Apple increase exponentially. But this year’s rumors are not as clear as previous years because of some of the confusion resulting from mixed reports on whether the next iPhone will be an iPhone 5S or iPhone 6.
In some instances on the Internet, the terms iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 are sometimes used interchangeably or referred to as the same thing. No wonder there is some misunderstanding out there.
We’ll try to break down the various rumors and set things straight as best as possible and find out just what the next new iPhone is. More...
Many considered the previous Nexus 7 to be the finest of all Android powered 7-inch tablets. But on Wednesday, July 24, Google upped the stakes and unveiled its newest iteration of the Nexus 7, and by the looks of it, the new model has surpassed the old one with superior speed, performance, and graphics.
For starters there’s a new 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core CPU, and Adreno 320 graphics. Internal memory has been boosted to 2GB of RAM, while the internal storage is 16GB for the basic model.
Google says its new tablet will be able to provide 9 hours of video playback in HD and 10 hours of surfing on the web. Another new addition is a wireless charging mode. More...
Up to now, customers of the major wireless carriers had to wait two-years before they were eligible for upgrading to a new phone.
But T-Mobile started the idea of giving its customers the option of upgrading faster with its “Jump” program, and was followed closely by AT&T’s early upgrade plan named “Next.” Then Verizon unveiled its version called “Edge.”
With so much hype about upgrading early from all these companies, which one is the best and what should you know about these plans. What does the fine print say about these deals? We’ll go over each one and give an overview and quick analysis on Jump, Next, and Edge. More...
Not everything on your phone is necessary or useful. Bloatware is an example of this—programs that are preloaded on your phone by your wireless carrier that takes up valuable storage space on your device.
But there are some apps that are essentially “useless” but are either entertaining or fun. We’ve rounded up a few of these so you can play with them. But don’t expect them to add to your productivity, because they won’t.
These are simple apps that can fool your gullible friends or family into thinking that you have an advanced identity protection system on your phone. Some of these apps mimic an ID scanner while others can “predict” your mood according to your fingerprint.
Amazingly enough, while these apps are just jokes and don’t really work, some users review these apps and complain that they don’t really scan their fingerprints. We pause to give everyone a chance to say, “Really?”
Fingerprint scanner apps are available for free or a nominal charge of 99 cents. More...
For this week we’ve rounded up the latest top tech news and condensed it for your enjoyment, plus our take on what it means. So sit back and enjoy!
iPhone 5S delayed
If you are an Apple fan and are eagerly awaiting the refresh of the iPhone 5, you may have to wait a bit longer than expected because industry insiders say the iPhone 5S has been delayed from its expected September/October arrival, and may be pushed back till the end of the year.
According to Bloomberg the iPhone 5S will be late for launch because Apple is upgrading the display from the present 4-inches to an expanded 4.3-inch Retina screen.
Chips for the iPhone 5S are late from the parts suppliers and won’t reach assembly plants till August, according to the Commercial Times. The parts supplier, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and Apple declined to comment on the story. More...
According to some industry estimates, stolen or lost phones may account for several billion dollars or more in losses per year in the United States. In some urban areas, 40 percent of reported robberies are directly connected to cell phone thefts.
There are steps you can take in preventing your phone from being lost or stolen, and what you can do if it is missing or taken from you.
In the open
Restaurants, libraries, study halls, and bus stops are some of the hot spots where people lose or have their phones stolen.
People regularly leave their phones on desks and tables while eating, studying or doing business, but by doing so, it leaves them wide open for an alert thief to take advantage of the situation. It only takes a second for someone to run by and snatch your phone, so although placing your phone on a table is convenient; it isn’t the safest thing to do. More...
In a perfect world no one would have to worry about viruses, Trojan Horses, worms, and other assorted nasties that slowdown or damage Android phones, but the reality of the matter is that these things are out there and are waiting for hapless victims to enter their snares.
The good news is that you can protect your Android devices from this malware by downloading one of many free anti-virus programs from various tech and download sites on the Internet.
We’ll go over two of the most popular anti-virus programs and show you what they can do to make your Android safer. More...
If you like to text, you probably subscribe to an unlimited texting plan from your wireless carrier. Most of these plans cost around $20 to $30 per month. Over the course of one year, this means texting will cost you anywhere from $240-$360—the price of a new high-end smartphone!
For those who want to save some significant cash in their texting activities, there is a way to get around these high texting fees and lower them to 99 cents a year or less. Even if you don’t text a lot, you may still want to the ability to send or receive occasional text messages without paying the customary 25 cents per text.
This “magic” can be done by simply downloading specialized texting apps that will let you text a million messages a day, if that’s what you want to do. We’ll show you the pros and cons of using these apps and whether these are right for you. More...
If you own a mobile phone, the odds that you have taken a picture with it, at least once, is virtually guaranteed. In the real world, mobile phones have overtaken the use of “real” cameras for everyday picture taking tasks because of their ease of operation and mobility.
In the early days of mobile phone cameras, all you could do was snap a picture. But the mobile phones of today have onboard software that allows you to edit your photos, adjust for color, and many other things to improve your images.
But there are other things that you can do with your photos by downloading special photo apps that can take your pictures to the next level with special effects, backgrounds, animation or even a bit of humor. We’ll take a look at a few of our favorites and let you know what they can do. More...
If you own an iPhone you have probably run into the topic of “jailbreaking” your device. If you own an Android phone, the phrase of “rooting” your phone is familiar.
These two terms mean the same thing; accessing your phone’s operating system so you can customize or modify your phone’s attributes, run apps that take advantage of your phone’s new “abilities,” and add features not available on “stock” phones.
Is jailbreaking or rooting your phone a good idea? What are the disadvantages or advantages of doing this? Is it legal? We’ll tackle some of these questions and more to clear up your concerns about these procedures. More...
The question of what type of phone a person owns sounds simple enough to a lot of electronics fans, but sometimes what may appear obvious to some isn't so obvious to others, especially if they aren't into technology.
People sometimes receive smartphones as gifts, and the last thing on their minds is what model it is or whether it is running Windows 7 or Windows 8. And once the user’s manual is lost, who knows what model it is? As it turns out, it’s really easy to find out what sort of Windows Phone you have.
We’ll go over the different manufacturers and tell you how to find out in just a few easy steps. So the next time someone asks you "Hey, nice phone, What is it?" you can tell them exactly what you have.
Windows, Android, Apple or BlackBerry?
The first order of business in finding out what type of Windows phone you have is to determine if what you own is a Windows phone at all.
In today’s market, there are four major types of phones. These phones run under specific operating systems or software that enables them to accomplish various functions. They are Apple, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows phones. More...
For individuals who want to buy a new mobile phone, the question of whether to get an Android phone or iPhone usually comes up. But an even bigger issue is what the distinctions between these phones are, and do they make any difference?
Can iPhone apps be used on Android phones and vice versa? How can you tell an Android phone from an Apple phone? Are iPhones better than Android phones or the other way around?
If these questions concern you, we’ll take a brief tour and investigate what Android phones and Apple phones do and don’t do. More...
Smartphones come in a variety of storage sizes. If you own one or are planning to buy one, how much storage space is really needed? Should it be 8Gb, 16Gb, 32Gb or even 64Gbs?
If your phone has a microSD card slot, it’s a simple matter because all you need to do is to insert a memory card to expand your phone's storage capacity.
But some tablets, Android phones and Apple’s iPhone, memory is fixed. In other words, the devices come with preset storage configurations and whatever storage level you choose; you’re stuck with it with no way to upgrade unless you upgrade to a new device.
So how much storage space should you get for these electronics? More...