Battery Bane
For those who sometimes, or often, use a smartphone for research the New York Times’ Tips and Myths about Extending Battery Life can be a useful read. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/25/technology/personaltech/tips-and-myths-about-extending-smartphone-battery-life.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below

Thermal Imaging Phone Camera
Yep, there are significant “open source” things you can do with thermal imaging — extending the human eye and observation. It’s not for everyone, but the $600 Cat S60 smartphone with thermal imaging capabilities may have applications for some researchers. http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2016/02/25/technology/25reuters-telecoms-mobileworld-thermalimaging.html?ref=technology

Hot Shots…
The “Hottest Phones You’ve Never Heard of _ Same Bang, Less Buck” deals with inexpensive Android phones that have some hot features. But remember, there’s a lot about price and phone makers stealing customers but no mention of backdoors or anyone stealing data or looking at your research. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/02/23/technology/ap-as-tec-wireless-show-beyond-apple-and-samsung-.html?ref=technology

 

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