smartphones

Transparent Tech
11:31 am
Tue June 3, 2014

A Call For Fair Phones And Conflict-Free Tech

The Fairphone.
Courtesy of Fairphone

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:51 am

Despite his serene demeanor, Bas van Abel once got so furious, he smashed his 11-year-old's Nintendo DS. It wasn't his son's fault. It was the toy: Van Abel couldn't get it open.

An advocate of open design and a prominent member of the global maker community, van Abel lives by the motto "If you can't open it, you don't own it."

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Technology
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Health On Your Smartphone: A Doctor Weighs In

Fit Bit uses your smart phone to track the steps a person takes in a day.
Flickr Photo/Bryan Zug (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds asks Dr. David Bates, physician at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, how consumers can navigate the exploding marketplace of mobile health apps.

Windows Phone
1:52 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Microsoft Faces Challenge Bringing Nokia Business Into The Fold

Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia shows off his colored shoe while talking about the colors available of the new Nokia Lumia 930 phones during a keynote address at the Microsoft Build Conference Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Microsoft says its purchase of Nokia's mobile phone business is complete. The deal is meant to help Microsoft deliver a Windows phone to challenge Apple and Google. However the company said it's only the first step in a journey to bring the two organizations together as one team.

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Apple Patent
12:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Using Technology To Fix The Texting-While-Driving Problem

Driving while distracted by your phone is a nationwide problem. A new proposed phone function from Apple could play a big role in helping teens — and adults — avoid accidents.
Nils Kahle iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 2:29 pm

On a Wisconsin street, a woman in a white hoodie stands frozen in the act of stepping out of the road and onto the curb, her left hand reaching behind her. As part of a public service announcement, she explains why she's there, as string music slowly plays under her voice.

"I had my brother in my hand, and all of a sudden my hand was empty," Aurie says as a car drives past. Her little brother, 8 years old at the time of the PSA, was left paralyzed after being hit by a car driven by a texting driver.

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10:38 am
Fri September 13, 2013

The Wilderness Not So Unplugged Anymore

Lead in text: 
Some hikers are opting to take their cell phones along with them on the trail, for safety reasons or for documenting their adventures. In this interview, one hiker even upgraded his phone while on the trail.
In August, life is supposed to slow down. But in the city, things never seem to let up. So I thought, why not get away from it all? Go out into the woods and hike the Appalachian Trail for a couple days with just my dog Cola for company. Totally unplugged.
Apple Release
1:50 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Does Another New IPhone Live Up To The Hype?

Apple's Phil Schiller unveils the new iPhone 5S yesterday with new Touch ID technology.
Flickr Photo/cwnewserpics

Two new iPhones are hitting the market later in September. The upscale iPhone 5S, and the cheaper iPhone 5C . But will the iPhone 5c be cheap enough?

There used to be a time when a new iPhone meant a jump in Apple’s stock. This time, not so much. Apple's stock fell 5 percent due to concerns that the new  iPhone 5C is not cheap enough to compete with Google's Android phones, which currently lead the pack. Joining us to talk tech is Todd Bishop co-founder of the independent technology news site and online community Geekwire.

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Mobile Apps
12:33 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

I'll See You As You Get There

Smart phones inspire a lot of creativity, from apps to do-it-yourself fixes.
Flickr Photo/el cajon yacht club

Seattle Times tech columnist Monica Guzman is back on the grid and using her phone to help navigate the city. Guzman tells us about a smart phone app that helps her get where she needs to go with the least amount of trouble. The app is called Waze.  It incorporates user data and the more you drive, the better it gets. Ross Reynolds chats with Guzman about how she gets around town.

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Tech News
11:46 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Apple Unveils New iPhones — One Innovative, One Cheap

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks about pricing for the new iPhone during an Apple product announcement on Tuesday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 12:40 pm

Apple unveiled its replacement for the iPhone 5 — one for the top end of the market that features an innovative new fingerprint security device, a faster processor and longer battery life; and a second budget phone that will retail for as low as $99.

CEO Tim Cook was joined by other Apple executives at the Cupertino, Calif., headquarters for the long-anticipated and hyped announcement of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

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Tech News
10:17 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Will Microsoft's Nokia Deal Shake Up Mobile?

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.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:30 am

Nokia was once the largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, the most valuable company in Europe and an icon in its home base of Finland. But the rise of Apple and Android smartphones knocked the company on its heels.

Now comes news that Microsoft is buying Nokia's mobile phone business for $7.2 billion. NPR's Steve Henn answers some questions about the deal.

So what is Microsoft getting here?

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Smart Phone Theft
10:52 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Tech Columnist Monica Guzman On Privacy And "Halfalogue"

A "halfalogue" is the one-sided part of the conversation you overhear when someon is on the phone, which can be unavoidable in public places.
Flickr Photo/Emiliano

 According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans with smart phones has just exceeded the halfway point. But more fancy phones could mean more cell phone theft. A recent Harris Poll showed that one out of every 10 mobile phone users has had their phone stolen at some point.

Seattle Times Tech columnist Monica Guzman had an article in the Sunday paper about smart phone theft specifically. She’s also a writer for GeekWire, and she appears regularly on The Conversation to talk about the latest tech news. This time she discusses cell phones and “halfalogue” with David Hyde.

Pedestrian Safety
11:16 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Distracted Walking: How Your Smart Phone Could Be Your Literal Downfall

A woman walks down the street while enjoying a conversation on her phone. October 2011.
UltraSlo1 Flickr

According to a new study nearly 1 in 3 pedestrians is distracted by a mobile device like a smart phone when walking into high-risk intersections. Only 1 in 4 looked both ways before crossing the street.  

David Hyde talks with Dr. Beth Ebel who was the lead author on the study. She directs the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research center at the University of Washington.