Tag: Smartphones

When You Take a Great Photo, Thank the Algorithm in Your Phone

Not too long ago, tech giants like Apple and Samsung raved about the number of megapixels they were cramming into smartphone cameras to make photos look clearer. Nowadays, all the handset makers are shifting focus to the algorithms, artificial intelligence and special sensors that are working together to make our photos look more impressive. What […]

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Filming the Show: Pardon the Intrusion? Or Punish It?

Joshua Henry, the star of a new Off Broadway musical called “The Wrong Man,” had tried repeatedly to signal his disapproval to the man in the onstage seating who was using his smartphone to capture his performance, but he wasn’t getting through. By the third song, Mr. Henry had had enough. So he reached into […]

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Here’s How to Type Faster on Your Phone

For many of us, our approach to typing on a smartphone is something we stumble upon. Unlike composing words on a typewriter or computer keyboard, there is no widely taught, proper way. If speed is the goal, however, a study of around 37,000 people suggests that one particular approach is better than others: writing with […]

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Huawei unveils Mate 30 series with no mention of Google or Android

It’s a curious time for Huawei, which only weeks ago announced new products as the U.S. contemplated lifting trade restrictions on it and its subsidiaries. Escalating tensions with China threaten to put the kibosh on easement plans in the near term, and Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei estimates the resulting ost revenue at $30 […]

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IPhone 11 and 11 Pro Review: Thinking Differently in the Golden Age of Smartphones

Over more than a decade of writing about technology, reviewing a new iPhone has long been one of my simplest assignments. Year after year, the formula was this: I tested the most important new features of Apple’s latest smartphone and assessed whether they were useful. Assuming the newest iPhone worked well, my advice was generally […]

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When Apps get Your Medical Data, Your Privacy May Go With It

Americans may soon be able to get their medical records through smartphone apps as easily as they order takeout food from Seamless or catch a ride from Lyft. But prominent medical organizations are warning that patient data-sharing with apps could facilitate invasions of privacy — and they are fighting the change. The battle stems from […]

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The Joys of Being a Late Tech Adopter

The best gadget that I bought this year cost less than a week’s worth of groceries. After my smartphone, it’s my most frequently used piece of tech. It was also released four years ago. Can you guess what it is? The mystery gizmo is a used Kindle e-book reader from 2015, which I bought on […]

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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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