Tag: Smartphones

How to Turn an iPhone Into a Work-Only Tool

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Conor Dougherty, who covers economics from San Francisco, discussed the tech he’s using. What tech tools do you rely on most to do your reporting? This isn’t very remarkable or unexpected, but I spend a lot of time on […]

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Older People Need Rides. Why Aren’t They Using Uber and Lyft?

Martin Gerstell treasures his Thursday morning volunteer stint at the National Gallery of Art, where he fields questions at the main information desk. He patiently responds when visitors ask about the current exhibits, whether the paintings are real, where the bathrooms are. Usually, fellow volunteers give him a ride from his assisted living residence in […]

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India Shut Down Kashmir’s Internet Access. Now, ‘We Cannot Do Anything.’

MUMBAI, India — Masroor Nazir, a pharmacist in Kashmir’s biggest city, Srinagar, has some advice for people in the region: Do not get sick, because he may not have any medicine left to help. “We used the internet for everything,” said Mr. Nazir, 28, whose pharmacy is near the city’s famed clock tower. He said […]

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Huawei Unveils Harmony, Its Answer to Android, in Survival Bid

DONGGUAN, China — Huawei, the Chinese technology giant, unveiled on Friday its own smartphone operating system, Harmony, in an effort to ensure that its fast-growing handset business can survive the United States government’s clampdown on the firm. Huawei has been at the mercy of the Trump administration for the past three months, ever since the […]

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A New Way to Fight Crop Diseases, With a Smartphone

Late blight is a common disease of plants such as tomatoes and potatoes, capable of wiping out entire crops on commercial-scale fields. Caused by a fungus-like pathogen, it first appears as black or brown lesions on leaves, stems, fruit or tubers. If conditions are favorable, it can quickly spread to other plants through wet soil […]

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Amazon Kindle Oasis Review: Now Is the Perfect Time to Buy an E-Reader

What if I told you that one of the best ways to fix your smartphone-addicted brain was to buy another gadget? You didn’t read that wrong. Just bear with me: I’m talking about a much dumber gadget, one that is dedicated to being great at just one thing. It’s an e-book reader. Think about it. […]

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IDC: Smartphone shipments declined 2.3% in Q2 2019, Huawei beats Apple again

Huawei has now beaten Apple in smartphone shipments for four out of the last five quarters. In Q2 2018, Huawei overtook Apple, marking the first time in seven years that Samsung and Apple were not the top two smartphone makers. Huawei maintained second place in Q3 2018, Apple regained its silver spot in Q4 2018, […]

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Apple Reports Declining Profits and Slowing Growth, Again

Apple has long performed like clockwork, growing steadily and producing an ever-growing stream of profit. Not anymore. On Tuesday, the Silicon Valley behemoth said that its net income had fallen nearly 13 percent and that its revenue growth had slowed to 1 percent in the latest quarter, with iPhone sales continuing to decline and gains […]

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So Long, Swiping. The ‘Tap-and-Go’ Subway Is Here.

It can often feel like New York City’s subway is stuck in the Stone Age compared with systems in other cities across the world. Trains built in the 1960s still run on the subway tracks and parts of the signal system date back to before World War II. But perhaps one of the greatest symbols […]

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In Hong Kong Protests, Faces Become Weapons

HONG KONG — The police officers wrestled with Colin Cheung in an unmarked car. They needed his face. They grabbed his jaw to force his head in front of his iPhone. They slapped his face. They shouted, “Wake up!” They pried open his eyes. It all failed: Mr. Cheung had disabled his phone’s facial-recognition login […]

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The $60 Gadget That’s Changing Electronic Music

Derrick Estrada, an electronic musician who performs under the stage name Baseck, had just showered and was nursing a cup of yerba mate in the back room of the Los Angeles home that a musician friend dubbed the “synth flophouse.” It was 10 a.m. on a recent Thursday; very early, he explained, for a house […]

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The 7 Most Important Supplies for a Starter Earthquake Kit

Last Friday, Southern California experienced its largest earthquake in over 20 years, felt in places as far away as Phoenix, Ariz. and northern Mexico. As a West Coast resident for over 15 years, I know the constant, underlying anxiety that’s part of day-to-day living in earthquake country. Every time we hang a mirror or put […]

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Samsung starts mass-producing 5G- and AI-ready 12Gb LPDDR5 DRAM chips

As wireless networks and mobile CPUs become faster, the speed of the RAM used in portable devices can actually become a performance bottleneck, preventing them from processing data at peak speeds. Samsung is doing its part today to accelerate the performance of next-generation mobile devices, as it announced that it has started mass production of […]

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FaceApp Lets You ‘Age’ a Photo by Decades. Does It Also Violate Your Privacy?

A developer could not have asked for better publicity. This week, two years after being widely panned for a filter that critics described as little more than “digital blackface,” FaceApp, a photo-altering smartphone app, found itself at the center of a popular social media challenge. A range of celebrities had been using the app’s age […]

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8 Ways to Minimize What’s Bad about Social Media and Keep What’s Good

First, here are Professor Kecmanovic’s suggestions. #1 Commit to times when you will not use social media. Kecmanovic feels strongly that you should not let social media disturb your sleep. Keep your phone and computer out of your bedroom. She also suggests that you turn off your notifications or your phone when you are interacting with […]

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Now Some Families Are Hiring Coaches to Help Them Raise Phone-Free Children

Parents around the country, alarmed by the steady patter of studies around screen time, are trying to turn back time to the era before smartphones. But it’s not easy to remember what exactly things were like before smartphones. So they’re hiring professionals. A new screen-free parenting coach economy has sprung up to serve the demand. […]

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A Comprehensive Guide to Taking Your Smartphone Abroad for Cheap

Don’t even think about leaving your smartphone at home this summer if you are traveling to a foreign country. As much as we despise our attachment to our phones, we can’t deny it is an indispensable travel companion that solves many problems, from showing us maps when we get lost to displaying restaurant recommendations when […]

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Oppo’s MeshTalk lets phones exchange data up to 3 kilometers without Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or cell service

An under-screen camera wasn’t the only thing Oppo revealed at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019. The Guangdong, China-based company today detailed MeshTalk, a new ad hoc wireless technology that allows Oppo handsets within a 3-kilometer range to exchange texts, voice messages, and real-time voice calls in the absence of cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity. “At […]

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Anti-Robocall Bill Gets Bipartisan Backing

Besieged by nearly five billion unwanted automated calls from telemarketers and scammers last month, Americans are poised to get relief from robocalls under a bipartisan compromise bill introduced in the House on Thursday. The measure would require phone carriers to offer screening technology to identify and block spam calls at no additional cost to customers […]

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