General Magic—how tech superfriends assembled, dreamt up smartphones, and failed

The trailer for General Magic The story of General Magic, which is chronicled in a new documentary named after this early ’90s Silicon Valley company, has become both a legendary and cautionary tale. Back at a 1989 Aspen Institute event, future founder and CEO Marc Porat essentially unveiled an idea for a smartphone prototype. He […]

France bans smartphones in schools

Under a new legislation, French students will be prohibited from using smartphones and tablets while at school. The law, which was originally parceled in President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign, was elevated to a matter of public health amidst concerns French youth has become super-connected. France endorsed a blanket ban on smartphone usage for drivers (even […]

Cash may convince some teens to stay off smartphones while driving

Getting teens to put down their phones when they get behind the wheel is no easy task, but a small study suggests that parents may have more luck when they offer cash rewards. Researchers examined data from an online survey of 152 teens who owned smartphones and admitted to texting and driving. Even though they […]

I was terrified that smartphones would harm my toddler, but the latest research suggests there are benefits

Shayanne Gal/Business Insider Smartphones and tablets are irresistible to children, but many parents aren’t sure how to responsibly manage their use. Plus, scientists don’t really know how using interactive screens influences brain development. Meanwhile, screen-time guidelines have struggled to keep pace. The good news: Experts are beginning to discover some potential benefits for kids from […]

Alcatel crams flagship features into its affordable smartphones

When I first saw its 2018 phone lineup, Alcatel was clear: its plan for this year was to make premium smartphone features available for much less than typical flagship prices. In this case, Alcatel means giving 18:9 screens, fingerprint sensors, and elaborate camera setups to as many people as possible. Based on some hands-on time […]

Iran is angry its athletes weren’t offered smartphones at the Winter Olympics and now it’s a problem

All athletes at the Olympic Games were offered a free Samsung smartphone, except delegates from Iran and North Korea due to concerns about international sanctions. In response, Iran told South Korea that if Samsung did not apologize it could affect trade relations with the company. Under mounting pressure, the IOC said it would provide all athletes, […]

Nintendo confirms Mario Kart Tour for smartphones, Switch Online launch window

Enlarge / Coming to smartphones by March 2019. Hopefully, we’ll see more than this logo screen by then. (credit: Nintendo) Following a release of Switch sales information earlier on Wednesday, Nintendo closed the day by confirming two major releases coming by the end of the company’s current fiscal year: the paid Nintendo Switch Online service, and […]