The Samsung Galaxy Mega (from left), Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5 are shown. Apple is expected to announce larger models of its smartphone on Tuesday.
September 9, 2014 Pushed by rivals like Samsung, Apple is likely to announce bigger iPhones on Tuesday. Users of bigger-screen devices say they prefer their larger images and the ability to see multiple apps together.
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He's working; really, he is.
August 29, 2014 You probably haven't thought about whether your phone could help diagnose alcohol withdrawal. Well, it can. An app for doctors measures tremors and may help tell if someone's faking it to get drugs.
Seriously, do you need to send that text right now?
August 7, 2014 All the things customers do on phones — texting, tweeting, taking pictures, fussing with Wi-Fi passwords — slows down the process of being seated, ordering and paying the bill. And it's annoying.
Moment is an iPhone app that lets users see how much time they're spending on their cellphones.
July 16, 2014 This week's innovation pick: a mobile app that's designed to quantify your iPhone usage. It keeps tabs on how much you're using your phone and updates you throughout the day.
Twenty-nine percent of all cellphone owners described their phone as "something they can't imagine living without," according to a Pew Research Center survey.
June 22, 2014 Why talk when we can text? For many, our phones are a habit — a bad one — and only a small number of us realize it. Our voices are a way to express and define ourselves; a text message can't do that.
Manic, sad, up, down. Your voice may reveal mood shifts.
May 31, 2014 Speech patterns change when people enter the manic phase of bipolar disorder, doctors say. A smartphone app might be able to detect those shifts and improve treatment.
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The ReliefLink app is a mood-tracking tool intended to help people who are contemplating suicide.
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March 26, 2014 There are lots of apps out there that claim to improve your mental health, but precious few have actually been tested to see if they work. Psychologists are starting to give that a try.
One way to avoid checking your phone at mealtime? Stack 'em up in the middle of the table.
March 24, 2014 This is one way to encourage being fully present at mealtime.
He's not checking your blood glucose levels. He's playing Words with Friends.
October 30, 2013 Mobile health apps have gotten a lot of attention, but most are not being used, according to an industry analysis. The top-selling apps are diet and fitness trackers. Most apps don't let people enter their own data, and very few are actually designed to help people manage an illness.
September 5, 2013 A funny and disconcerting short film, I Forgot My Phone, gives us a sense of just how much our smartphones have changed life experiences — and probably not for the better.
Nokia was the only large phone manufacturer in the world to commit to selling phones running Microsoft's operating system. Now Microsoft is buying Nokia's mobile phone business.
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September 3, 2013 Microsoft is buying Nokia's mobile phone business and licensing key patents for $7.2 billion. Microsoft is aiming to boost its share of the smartphone market, which is dominated by Google's Android and Apple's iPhone. The deal may also provide a hint of who will take over when Microsoft's CEO leaves.
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August 12, 2013 A promotional stunt went awry in Seoul, where LG Electronics promised to give away 100 advance models of its upcoming G2 phone to people who caught a balloon holding a coupon for the $850 device. Some members of the crowd reportedly brought BB guns and other weapons; about 20 people were reportedly injured.
Fill in the blank: Tell us who else you think should make a phone, in the comments section below.
April 4, 2013 Now that Facebook is following Apple, Microsoft and Google into the mobile device business, others must surely be on the way. Imagine what a LinkedIn phone, a Yahoo phone or even an NPR phone might do for you.
The GetHealth app was a runner-up at the recent Hackovate Health Innovation Competition held in Kansas City, Mo.
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March 4, 2013 A competition to encourage entrepreneurs to design health apps came up with a wide range of possibilities. One app audits medical bills for errors and savings. Another helps find prices for services, such as dental exams, for people without insurance coverage.
Smartphones based on Ubuntu, a Linux-based operating system, are expected in 2014.
February 26, 2013 Between them, Google Android and Apple's iOS account for more than 90 percent of U.S. smartphone sales, with Windows Phone, BlackBerry and a few smaller players rounding out the mobile market. But the tech world never stands still and other players are making a run for a piece of the growing mobile pie.
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