‘Cell Phone Hackery’ Posts

Google Launches the Nexus 5, Starting at $349

Google Launches the Nexus 5, Starting at $349

Google’s latest flagship phone, the Nexus 5, is available now on Google Play starting at $349 with no contract. There weren’t any of the commercials or big marketing campaigns that we see from Android phone makers like Samsung and HTC,  but that’s because Google doesn’t need to sell you on how amazing the Nexus 5 ...

Why You Should Ditch Cell Phone Contracts and Subsidies

Why You Should Ditch Cell Phone Contracts and Subsidies

Over the last six years, cell phones have gone from a small part of our lives to must-have companions for everyone. Our devices no longer serve as just an away-from-home line or a constantly-buzzing text messenger, they’re navigation systems, game consoles, personal assistants, and much more. But the extra features have also led to increasing ...

You Should Be Using: Location-Based Reminders on Your Smartphone

You Should Be Using: Location-Based Reminders on Your Smartphone

You Should Be Using is a new weekly series of app tips and tricks aimed at helping students work smarter. To-do and reminder apps make getting things done a lot easier, despite the distractions our smartphones often cause. One of the most common ways this is accomplished is by setting time-based reminders for our tasks. If ...

Historically Speaking: The Cell Phone Turns 40

Historically Speaking: The Cell Phone Turns 40

Just days after the last American troops withdrew from Vietnam and a day before the World Trade Center opened, Motorola engineer Martin “Marty” Cooper made the first call from a cell phone, on April 3, 1973. “Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone,” Cooper said ...

Android Malware Could Hack Your PC, Upload Phone Data

Android Malware Could Hack Your PC, Upload Phone Data

Windows users are accustomed to malware and the dangers it can present. An attack on your PC could easily put your personal data and online credentials at risk. Now, with mobile phone software becoming more sophisticated, malware is a problem that could follow us anywhere.  And an Android app recently discovered on Google Play, disguised as ...

How to Preserve Your Smartphone’s Battery Life

How to Preserve Your Smartphone’s Battery Life

If you own a smartphone, you know how stressful and annoying it can be when your beloved device dies on you in the middle of the day, leaving you disconnected and out of touch. Luckily, there are simple ways to stretch your device’s battery life. 1. Don’t put your phone on vibrate. Vibrating consumes power ...

8pen Improves Android Typing Experience

8pen Improves Android Typing Experience

Last week, after a fit of frustration with Swype, I decided to download 8pen as the new keyboard for my Android phone. 8pen, much like Swype, relies on you pulling your finger along the screen rather than hitting individual letters. However, it reorganizes the keyboard layout so that, instead of a QWERTY keyboard, your letters ...

Making the Most of Your Dumbphone

Making the Most of Your Dumbphone

class="BodyA">Dumbphones - more than just a high-tech doorstop. Image courtesy of Flickr user JSFauxtaugraphy. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.Not everyone has a smartphone.

It’s true! Though they are excellent devices, and can even be productivity-boosters for the savvy student, they are expensive--and parents are unlikely to see the need for a smartphone to be as urgent as you see it.

Those of us who have yet to join the ranks of Androids and the iGeneration are not totally without hope, though. Even the dumbest of phones, so long as it can text, can be used as more than a pricey doorstop:

Google Calendar - Though most readers are probably aware that you can both create and be informed of GCal events via text message, dumbphone users have an added advantage: since there’s not a constant barrage of incoming messages from installed apps, the 15-minute warning the Google Gods text you about an upcoming meeting is much more likely to be seen.

“Where Can I Get Free Wallpaper and Ringtones?”

“Where Can I Get Free Wallpaper and Ringtones?”

Got a question? Ask us: dear@hackcollege.com HackCollege reader Wayne asks: I just recieved my phone and accidently erased all my wall paper and ringtone’s,I do not mind paying for them but after 4 hours playing games with the jerks on the other end of the phone and nothing they told me to do worked ,so ...

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