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Tech Spotlight: The Light Phone



The Light Phone

Designed to be used as little as possible, the Light Phone is your phone away from phone. Whether it be an afternoon stroll, coffee break, night on the town, or a dinner date with someone you love, going light affords us the space we need to spend quality time free of distractions or notifications.


The experience of going light is the Light Phone. Unplugging becomes special.


How It Works


Out of the box, plug the Light Phone into your computer and follow the instructions to download our app. As the phone updates, you will create an account and set up your 9 speed dials. To go light, follow the instructions on the app to turn on call forwarding from your smartphone. All outbound calls made will use your existing phone number.


The App & SIM Card
The Light Phone is an unlocked 2G GSM phone that is ready to use out of the box and it comes with its own SIM. An active SIM is required because the phone does not rely on tethering (i.e Bluetooth) for connection, and it will work regardless of its proximity to your smartphone. The cost of using our service is approximately $5/month and it only works within United States—International users, please see our notes below. The Light Phone can also work without our Light SIM & App as an unlocked phone with a 2G Nano SIM of your choice.



Pre-Order the Light Phone here

Due to high demand, new orders are estimated to ship sometime in early Spring, before April 2017. Reserve a spot with a pre-order or sign up to be notified about our progress.



Unfortunately we cannot offer SIMs at this time for international orders and the Light Phone will ship as an unlocked 2G GSM phone. You will still be able to use our app to update your Light Phone and manage speed dials, however, you will need to purchase your own Nano SIM from a local carrier. The cloud software platform that we offer in the US will not be available for international users and the most notable feature lost will be masking outgoing calls with your primary number. We will be spending the next year on-boarding users on a country-to-country basis.

The following regions do not support 2G: Australia, Singapore, Japan & Korea.
We are working on a future version of the phone for these regions.


For more information, visit our frequently asked questions , reach out to us directly at: info@thelightphone.com or leave us your info to stay up to date with our progress.






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Crowdfuding Spotlight: “Phonster” is the greatest holster for your essential needs!












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Fashion Spotlight: Bellroy Phone Pocket Plus




Keep your everyday essentials in one place, and travel safe. With space for a large phone, passport, cards, notes, coins, key and SIM card, the Phone Pocket Plus is a wallet with a whole lot more. A tidy zipper offers you peace of mind, as it secures your necessities into the Pocket’s remarkably slim silhouette. Fit your life into a single pocket.



With the Plus, we tried to make card storage more intuitive, adding horizontal access slots for cash as well. The intent is to make it easier to use and still carry everything you need. ‐ Davin the Design Owl


2–10 cards
10.8cm x 17.5cm
Zip closure keeps contents better protected
Designed to fit a smartphone
Sections for SIM card, key, flat bills and coins
Will fit most sized passports
Backed by our 3 year warranty





About the Company
Bellroy exists to slim your wallet.

But just slim isn’t enough. We want our products to look elegant, be functional yet delightful to use, and offer a surplus in value.

With a narrow focus, constant learning, agile processes and creative thinking, we can continually improve the solutions and insights we share. If we do this well, you'll be able to move between work and play, having your pocket contents adapt along with you.

Our efforts should also be respectful to all stakeholders in the business and friendly to the environment. If that sounds kinda interesting, jump in to our community, join in some of the conversation, and perhaps even become a part of this evolving group that is Bellroy. Read More



Company: Bellroy
Brand: Bellroy
Origin: Australia
Category: Phone Accessories
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $119.95
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Retailers
Website: bellroy.com













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Tech Spotlight: Bellroy Elements Phone Pocket



2–8 cards
8.5cm x 14.1cm (iPhone 5/5S) / 9.2cm x 15.5cm (iPhone 6)
Water-resistant YKK zip
Designed to fit a phone
Sections for SIM card, key, and coins
Bellroy’s all-weather leather
Backed by our 3 year warranty


Our wallets are made from premium full-grain vegetable tanned leathers, made under world-class environmental stewardship standards. Oh, and they're delightful to hold and use.



 About the Company
Bellroy exists to slim your wallet.

But just slim isn’t enough. We want our products to look elegant, be functional yet delightful to use, and offer a surplus in value.

With a narrow focus, constant learning, agile processes and creative thinking, we can continually improve the solutions and insights we share. If we do this well, you'll be able to move between work and play, having your pocket contents adapt along with you.

Our efforts should also be respectful to all stakeholders in the business and friendly to the environment. If that sounds kinda interesting, jump in to our community, join in some of the conversation, and perhaps even become a part of this evolving group that is Bellroy. Read More



Company: Bellroy
Brand: Bellroy
Origin: Australia
Category: Phone Accessories
Variants: Black, Cognac
Price: $99.95
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Retailers
Website: bellroy.com






















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Tech Spotlight: Mellow – A New Kind of Kitchen Robot


It takes a lot of energy to craft a great meal, when you have to balance dinner, work, and everything else you have going on. Mellow makes it a lot easier by cooking ingredients to perfection while you're away. This way, when you want to cook dinner, you can let go of the stress and focus on enjoying yourself.

Think of Mellow as your loyal helper. Tell it what to do, teach it what you like, and it'll do its best to make your life simpler.




Poached eggs, 8 am, soft.

Mellow is a sous-vide machine that takes orders through your smartphone and keeps food cold until it’s the exact time to start cooking.

Because it's controlled through your phone, and it can keep your food at refrigerator temperatures, Mellow fits into your day seamlessly. No matter what's going on, you'll have amazing food ready to go.

Duck confit will cook through day and night until you can take the bones out with two fingers. A salmon fillet will be kept chilled until it's ready to peak. Everything will be customized to your taste and scheduled automatically.




Designed to fit your life.

Mellow was designed to be part of your daily routine. From the wireless smart control to the ability to keep your food at refrigerator temperatures, everything about Mellow was thought to make your life easier without compromising on your food’s taste or nutrition.
Join the next generation of home cooking.

We're launching now because we want you to join us as early as possible. By preordering a unit, you’ll join a community helping to choose what to prioritize, what to change, and be the first to test our work. If you don’t feel comfortable on the bleeding edge, you should probably wait.

You can cancel your pre-order without any costs, at any time before we ship. Join us now, and help us reshape home cooking forever.




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Tech Spotlight: Phone Soap Charger

The only phone charger that cleans while it charges.

You charge your phone every day, but do you clean your phone as much? PhoneSoap Charger is proud to be the first and only cell phone charger that cleans and sanitizes your phone while it charges. Now you can augment your daily charge with a sanitizing process. With PhoneSoap, a charged phone is a clean phone.




There are lots of ways to sanitize your phone, such as with soap, bleach or fire, but there are no completely safe options. Until now. PhoneSoap Charger is the safest and most complete way to kill all the bacteria growing on your phone. It does not use any of the methods that will damage your phone – Just pure, clean light.

No heat
No liquid
No chemicals

UV-C Is Safe for Electronics




Here is How it Works:
UV-C Light kills germs

The two UV-C lamps in PhoneSoap Charger produce a very specific wavelength of light which encompass your phone and pass through the cell walls of bacteria and virus to impair their DNA. Once the DNA is compromised, the cells die and can no longer cause infections or disease. The best part, PhoneSoap Charger kills "SuperBugs" that have developed resistance to the chemicals and antibiotics that used to be effective. Let there be light!





How Effective is PhoneSoap Charger?

Two powerful UV-C lights and a curved, reflective inner surface allow the light to surround your phone to ensure the destruction of any unwelcome guests. While PhoneSoap Charger was created to focus on cell phones, anything you put inside will be safely sanitized. If it fits, it cleans. PhoneSoap Charger only takes 4 minutes to completely sanitize your phone, and a blue indicator on the front will let you know when the sanitizing is complete. Take a look at the results and see for yourself!



Charge Any Phone!

PhoneSoap Charger is universal! Designed to fit even the largest smartphones and engineered to charge any phone. PhoneSoap Charger ships with a Micro USB cable, which most phones use to charge. If your phone uses a different connecter, PhoneSoap Charger has a compartment with a standard USB port where you can plug in the cable that comes with your phone.

For example, if you have an iPhone, open the compartment and replace the shipped Micro USB cable with the iPhone cable that came with your phone. You can plug in Apple’s Lightning cord, 30-pin cord or any other USB charging cable. It's incredibly simple! If it fits, it cleans. If it plugs in through USB, PhoneSoap Charger will charge it! A green indicator on PhoneSoap Charger let’s you know when your device is done charging.




I'm Awake, I'm Awake!

A lot of us charge our phones at night and use the phone’s alarm to wake us up. PhoneSoap Charger has unique acoustic outlets designed to let you hear your notifications and alarms even when your phone is inside! So feel free to leave your phone charging in PhoneSoap Charger overnight or at the office, you will hear your alarm and notifications loud and clear!








Company: PhoneSoap
Price: $59.95
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: PhoneSoap.com

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The ‘Phablet’ isn’t a ‘Phad’ or a Phase – massive phones are coming

I’ve been looking with some lust at the new 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega Phone, which got me thinking about how quickly  we’ve gone from 4 inches being the ideal phone size to the S4’s 5 inch screen. With the Galaxy Mega Phone coming, it’s  entirely likely that 7 inches – the size of a Kindle or an iPad Mini – is in the  works somewhere. These are the devices people talk about when referring to  “phablets,” and it appears that we’re getting more comfortable with the idea of  massive phones.

How perceptions are changing

A few years back I carried around an HTC phone with a magnetic keyboard  called the HTC Advantage. Folks looked at me like I was insane and, to  be honest, I probably looked like it. A 5-inch “palm top” computer with a  magnetically-attached keyboard was pretty unusual in 2007. But it was very easy  to read the display and the keyboard made typing longer documents much easier  than the keyboards typical of phones back then. It was both thick and heavy,  which was inconvenient but gave it the added functionality of a weapon in a  pinch. Keep in mind, this was right around the time the iPhone was launched – at  3.5 inches.

Continue Reading @ DigitalTrends

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Who wants a Facebook phone? Survey says: almost no one

Quick! Raise your hand if you can’t wait for Facebook to come out with a phone! Anyone? Bueller? Well, then…

We know that Facebook is hosting a big press event tomorrow, and the rumor floating around it is that the social conglomerate may be announcing its own smartphone. But let’s hope not. According to a survey conducted by Retrevo, not many people actually have any interest in the potential gadget.

Of those surveyed, an overwhelming 82 percent said they had zero interest in a Facebook phone; 15 percent said they would need more information before making a decision; and a sad three percent said they would definitely be interested.

Continue Reading @ DigitalTrends

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Samsung Galaxy S4 to feature eye-tracking technology

We know that Samsung is going to announce its new flagship, the Galaxy S IV, on March 14 in New York City. We know less about the phone itself. Today, though, we have one more piece of that puzzle, with a new report that the phone will feature eye-tracking technology.

According to the New York Times, the Galaxy S IV will feature software that tracks your eye movement. The technology will be primarily integrated with reading: finish with a page of text, and the phone will automatically scroll to the next page.

The report doesn’t go into much more detail, or explain the specific tech behind the eye-tracking feature. But it's likely nothing more than eye recognition software that uses the phone's front-facing camera. Samsung did recently file for “Samsung Eye Scroll” trademarks in Europe and the U.S. The filings described the feature:

Computer application software having a feature of sensing eye movements and scrolling displays of mobile devices, namely, mobile phones, smartphones and tablet computers according to eye movements; digital cameras; mobile telephones; smartphones; tablet computers.

Continue Reading @ GizMag

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Tech Spotlight: Dual-screen, flexy hybrid Galaxy Q

Samsung’s Youm flexible phone did make a brief appearance during CES 2013, but it was a prototype device without a release date, something which crushed our dreams of a flexible phone coming out this side of the summer. Not only this, but any hopes of Samsung revealing an exciting mobile device at Mobile World Congress were similarly slain, thanks to rumors the company wouldn’t be putting in much of an appearance at the Barcelona trade show.

With all this in mind, be sure to take the latest Samsung rumor with even more suspicion than usual, as it goes against everything you’ve just read. A German mobile blog has unearthed benchmark test results relating to the “GT-B9150,” which it claims will be officially called the Samsung Galaxy Q when it’s released.

What makes the Galaxy Q special is it’s supposed to have dual 1080p touchscreens, possibly measuring 5.3-inches each, which will fold up to make a smaller, Galaxy Note-style handset. This would make it a tablet/smartphone hybrid in the truest sense of the phrase, as in one configuration it would have a 10.6-inch screen and the other, a more manageable 5.3-inch display.

Bendy phones are still a ways away, due to the lack of flexible batteries and circuit boards, but using a hinge running down the middle is a way to get around this problem, while still coming up with a really special piece of hardware. As for the rest of the spec, the Galaxy Q might have a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The rumor concludes by suggesting we’ll meet the Galaxy Q at Mobile World Congress, which completely goes against the rumor that it won’t launch anything of note. Something as radical as this could steal the show.

Though we’d love it to be true, it does sound a little far-fetched. Still, a video found by Slashgear does show Samsung has been considering just this type of device for some years. There’s something about the model number which doesn’t fit though, as traditionally, Samsung has reserved GT-BXXXX model numbers for mid-range devices or those destined for emerging markets. Tablets usually begin with a GT-N or a GT-P, while high-end Galaxy phones wear GT-IXXXX model numbers.

Full Article @ DT

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