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ABC’s ‘Selfie’ Comedy Starring Karen Gillan Loosely Based on ‘My Fair Lady’

Get ready  for the first mobile-inspired sitcom: Selfie. As we’ve mentioned before, the comedy from ABC is set to air this fall, and as you’d expect, there are a lot of hashtags, mobiles, and gendered stereotyping. Of course, the show highlights a girl who spends too much time indulging in fake, digital friends on social media – but why is her hero a man with marketing skills for unmarketable things?
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Your Phone’s Accelerometer Can Identify You by Your Tilting Habits

tilting habitsYour phone has been paying attention to your tilting habits, and it can now identify you based on your tilt, your angle, and the way you wave your mobile. Thanks to tilt-sensor technology and an impeccable memory, smartphones can give up your tilt “fingerprint” that can identify and track you as you move.

The findings come from Romit Roy Choudhury, associate professor at University of Illinois and colleagues at the University of South Carolina. According to Choudhury, “There has been a lot of work to catch the leakage of ID information from phones. We are now saying that accelerometer data going out of the phone can be treated as an ID.” Read more

‘Monster Wartune’ Joins the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

Facebook is still dominating the Google Play Store with a permanent home at the #1 position as the most popular free app, but there’s a new game in the top ten list: Monster Wartune.

Monster Wartune is a world where monsters battle against one another. Collect hundreds of monsters and form your dream team through evolution, breeding, and synthesis. You can also team up with other players to duel other players, challenge bosses, and save the world! 

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week and two video demos of Cut the Rope and LED flashlight. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

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Google Glass is Now Available for Anyone With $1500 to Spend

Google Glass, the smart Android eyewear with a camera and an internet connection, is now available to the general public. Unfortunately, this availability change does not come equipped with a change in price, as Google Glass will still cost you $1500, even though you’ve been waiting since Google I/O 2012.

While the Glasses are now available to anyone with plenty of discretionary income, they are still technically in Beta. Google is expected to publicly launch the device later this year, thought no word yet on when the cost will be lowered to affordable.

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Photographer Uses Smartphone to Superimpose Movies Onto Real-Life Photos

Smartphone photography is growing digital photographs exponentially, but few photographers are using smartphones as photography subjects. Then came Francois Dourlen, who isn’t just taking photos of his smartphone – he’s using it to make political statements as well as comedic ones by referencing film, television, and famous icons from popular culture.

It’s best to see them for yourself:

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Caterpillar Demonstrates Nearly Indestructible Smartphone Phone Using 4.6 Ton Machine

Seeing is believing, and if you’re seeing a destructive path paved with $217,000 worth of smartphones being threatened with a 4.6 ton Cat 277D Multi Terrain Loader, you’re bound to want one of those 600 smartphones. Gravity isn’t the only physical force threatening these rugged smartphones, one lucky phone  goes through a wet dunking in a pool of water after getting dropped from 35 feet above the ground.

In the video below, you’ll see that even if you’ve had a rough week, these CAT® Smarphones are going to outlast all of your destructive antics.

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This Smartphone App is Smart Enough to Detect Skin Cancer

dermoscanDermoScan is a new app from a researcher at the University of Houston. Unlike your average app which will deliver pizza or sunscreen, this app will deliver skin cancer analysis using your phone’s hyper-sensitive camera and a $500 specialized magnifier.

The app has been shown to be effective about 85% of the time, which is better than most GPS systems trying to estimate the next bus arrival time. An app like DermoScan is most effective for doctors operating in remote regions or doctors who work in small towns: Read more