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There are many reasons to put off a trip to the mailbox: extreme temperatures, injuries, pure laziness, not to mention the disappointment of going through all that trouble only to greet an empty mailbox.

Postifier, currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo, attempts to tackle this issue by notifying you via smartphone if your mail has arrived.

Here’s how it works: The device’s Bluetooth monitor is placed inside the mailbox, and its sensor detects any changes in infrared light, which most likely occur when something (ie. mail) is inserted into the mailbox. Once this change is registered by the Bluetooth device, a message will be sent straight to your smartphone, alerting you to the change of your mailbox’s previously empty condition. Read more…More about Indiegogo, Bluetooth, Tech, Apps Software, and Newsy


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How Retail Stores Track You Using Your Smartphone (and How to Stop It)

When you walk into a brick and mortar retail store like a Nordstrom, Cabela, or even Family Dollar, you’re being tracked around the store. Not by an over-suspicious security guard, but by the store’s wireless network, using your phone’s Wi-Fi. The store then uses your phone to track you around the store, determine if you’re a repeat visitor, see what departments you visit, and more. Here’s how they do it, and how to stop them.

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Parenting is tough to begin with, but add a smartphone-using, texting, emailing and Internet-surfing teen on top of that, and there’s a whole new set of digital rules that apply.

Keeping tabs on your kids at home can be done through communication, Internet filters and other PC-based tools (hopefully), but it becomes a little more difficult when they venture outside

Tracking your kids with GPS is definitely a debatable topic. Some parents want the reassurance of knowing where their kids are, if they have arrived at their destinations and if they are where they say they’ll be. Other argue that using GPS to track your kids shows that you don’t trust them. Where can you find a balance? Read more…More about Apps, Gadgets, Features, Guest Post, and Parenting

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LG Display shows off 22mm thick 'world's slimmest' 1080p LCD screen for smartphones

As smartphones continue to get thinner and thinner, LG Display is continually doing its part to shave off a few millimeters. Its latest introduction is this “world’s slimmest full HD panel for smartphones”, measuring at 5.2-inches diagonally, it’s just 2.2mm thick and has a 2.3mm bezel. To get there, LG’s display arm has pioneered new technology including “Advanced One-Glass-Solution” that puts dual flexible circuits between the panel and touch film, with 30 percent fewer lines on the panel. It also points out that every one of its pixels consists of RGB subpixels — more shots fired at pentile screens — and that it’s capable of 535 nits of brightness, more than all current 1080p mobile LCDs. That should be an improvement over the Zerogap Touch technology it was so proud of in the original Optimus G and hey, look at that — it’s arriving just in time for the Optimus G2.

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