IR blasters. That little LED that typically sits behind a dark plastic shield on your TV’s remote controllers. Well if you hadn’t noticed, they are starting to migrate toward mobile devices, specifically smartphones and tablets. Samsung first integrated this feature on the Galaxy Tab 7.7, which was used to interface with a user’s home theater setup via...

How useful is a stylus for your smartphone? Well that depends, which type of smart phone do you have? In our latest survey, we polled our readers regarding the usefulness of the stylus–essentially a pen for your digital device display. Before capacitive touchscreen displays became common place (think back to the early days of Palm devices), you may recall the...

My relationship with device protection has been a love/hate affair for many years. It all started with my 3rd gen iPod’s silicone case. It fully encased the device in a 1.5mm thick layer of jelly silicone (at a time when silicone was new, novel and predominant), that protected my iPod like no other, but also caught dust like a glue stick and made it impossibly difficult...

At CareAce, we strive to gain a better understanding of not only smartphones and tablets, but also are users and their behaviors. This week we were curious as to how often our readers upgraded or switched to a new phone. By locking customers into a 2-year contract, carriers have created a de jure, 2 year life cycle for phones, but in reality people often switch phones...