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    When we talk about recycling our smartphones or thinking about the environment once we're done with our devices, we often see dreaded fields of waste or look to companies thinking up solutions like Fairphone. OnePlus makes a token gesture every once in a while to help doctors out. Some people just don't care. But some of the people that do care go to extraordinary lengths to make their point. Take Lin Shih Pao, a Taiwanese artist who took to creating a Formula 1 racecar out of a colorful multitude of smartphones and dumbphones. We were taken aghast by some certain sights: a cursory ...

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    "Shorten your topic list," they said. "The show won't run as long," they said. An hour and a half later, another lengthy episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast is ready for your listening enjoyment. And make no mistake: we could have talked for another 40 minutes at least. That's not because it's been a huge news week, but because our discussion topics are dense and detailed. Topics like phone reviews, new platforms, and 1080p screens. Subjects like GPS navigation, wide-angle smartphone cameras, and whether Google should become a wireless carrier. The merits and shortcomings of the Lumia ...

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    Every day across the globe, a familiar scene plays out at festivals, in bars, on boats, on college campuses, and everywhere in between. Close friends, giddy with sober excitement or drunk on fun and whiskey, press their faces together, contort their expressions into ridiculous pouty smiles, and snap a self-portrait with their smartphones. Thousands of times a day this takes place, the pixelated results splattering across Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and every other social medium. Aside from the irritating side-effect of flooding the internet with pictures of duck-faced pouty lips, this ...

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    A few days back, Brandon Miniman posted a short tribute to the thick phones of yore, and it got me thinking. While I appreciate thin devices and marvel with the rest of you every time an OEM manages to shave a few more millimeters off a casing design, I don't have much nostalgia for the brick-like smartphones of days past. What I really long for are my dumbphones. The reason: I miss that sweet flip action. It's basically impossible to find a modern smartphone in the clamshell form factor. Sure, there are occasional exceptions, but for the most part, the monolithic slab is the rule of the ...

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