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HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER CHARGE YOUR PHONE AT THE AIRPORT

Airports want you to feel at home. No, really, they do. It’s to their benefit for passengers—after, of course, they make it through security—to enjoy the wait. So they’ve become more and more convenient, including services such as USB power charging stations for smartphones. Continue reading HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER CHARGE YOUR PHONE AT THE AIRPORT

Huawei’s P20 Pro smartphone has three rear-facing cameras—here’s what each one does

The first smartphone to boast a pair of rear-facing cameras for non-3D photography was the HTC M8 in 2014 It was Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, however, that made the double-cam setup standard on flagship phones. Now, Huawei’s new P20 Pro phone packs a trio of rear-facing cameras, and things will likely only escalate from here. And while it may sound like a novelty, multiple imaging devices feed lots of photo and video data to increasingly powerful processors. This creates computational cameras with some real advantages over their cyclopean competition.

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WHY TEENS AREN’T PARTYING ANYMORE

Kevin and I sit down at two desks just outside his third period class at a high school in northern San Diego. He is 17 years old and Asian American, with spiky black hair, fashionable glasses, and a wan smile. He is the oldest of three children, with his parents expecting another child in a few months. Until recently, the family lived in an apartment, where the noise from his younger siblings was deafening. Perhaps as a result, he is unusually empathetic for a teenage boy. “Been doing this all day?” he asks as I take a drink of water before beginning our interview.

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Apple Reportedly Orders Millions of Curved OLED Panels From Samsung for New iPhone

Would you be interested in a new, premium-model iPhone featuring a curved screen? If so, things are really starting to look up. The latest rumor surrounding Apple‘s next iPhone release is that Tim Cook and company have ordered millions of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels from Samsung, Mashable reported Tuesday. Given that Apple is also rumored to be announcing a trio of new phones later this year, this massive OLED order means at least one model may boast a curved screen.

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Smartphone problems? Space particles may be to blame

Here’s a new one. Space particles from the sun and even distant black holesare affecting microelectronic devices more than ever, according to a recent study from Vanderbilt University. Chip manufacturers are packing in more transistors, increasing the chances a high-energy particle will strike one. While rare, such “bit-flips” may have caused a Qantas aircraft plunge and voting machine failure. With electronics devices all over the place, it’s forcing designers to take the phenomenon into account.

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Google’s Modular Smartphone Will Ship to Developers This Fall

Project Ara, Google’s dream for a truly modular smartphone, has been a long parade of exciting visions of the future punctuated by disappointing delays. But Google just made a big promise that developers will be be getting their hands on a device this fall with a consumer version due in 2017. Finally!

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