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Smartphone technology has become as ubiquitous as automobiles. In Austin, Texas, a city that is widely known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” smartphones have been embraced by the music community not just as a way to document and promote, but to create music.

A rock guitarist, a horn player, and a solo artist explain.

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My autistic son loves music. One afternoon, when he was nine, I downloaded GarageBand to his iPhone to help with the boredom of a long wait at a doctor’s office. Instead of pacing or escalating into a meltdown, he spent the entire hour and a half practicing, learning, and composing. When we finally left that day, the rest of us exhausted and irritated, he shared his first composition with a big smile.

I didn’t think much of it at the time. Like most parents, we focused on keeping our kids off of technology as much as possible. But this meant…

In recent years, unwanted calls have become a top priority for the FCC. In 2016, analysts estimated that US customers received over 2.4 billion robocalls per month. As a result, the FCC has provided carriers new tools to combat this problem.

The Federal Communications Commission has instituted five public policy initiatives to help slow down the widespread growth of robocalls and spam calls. The first deals with straight up blocking suspicious phone calls, and the primary call-blocking tool implemented involves allowing wireless carriers to legally reject calls at a network level, so they never reach your phone in the first…

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Apple revealed iOS 13 to developers and remote viewers worldwide at its WWDC 2019 event on June 3, and there are many new features to get excited about on iPhone. We’ve rounded up everything you’ll want to know about iOS 13, whether a colossal feature, small settings change, interface update, or hidden improvement.

Right now, iOS 13 is in beta testing, and it won’t be ready for prime time until September 2019, if history is any indicator. That means that some of the items below may not end up in the final version of iOS 13 that ships to everyone’s…

While we hope you never experience this, there may come a time when law enforcement compels you to hand over your phone and any self-incriminating data it may contain. Before this happens, you should know there are tools at your disposal to protect your data in such situations.

These tips mostly involve tightening up settings within Android, but there’s also a third-party app that can help. Once you’ve implemented these tips, you can derail law enforcement’s effort by keeping your phone locked even while it’s in their possession. …

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Smartphone videos get better and better each year. Seven or eight years ago, who would have thought iPhone and Android phones could support 4K video recording. Some phones can even shoot slow-motion at 960 fps. But no matter the resolution or frame rate, a phone’s rolling shutter can make quick movements in front of the camera appear wobbly, distorted, or with artifacts.

Depending on what you’re going for, a twisted look for fast-moving objects being recorded may be the effect you want. However, most of the time it’s just an unintended effect caused by the CMOS camera sensor built into…

I noticed the neon yellow sign at the new location of Pho Bar in Chinatown right away. The sweeping cursive yellow letters spell out “Crazy Rich Broth”; the same phrase printed on the back of servers’ shirts. It’s the kind of minimalist but colorful design feature that is especially popular on Instagram at the moment — shots of patrons in front of a glowing sign.

The sign is a focal point at the front of the Downtown New York restaurant, a beacon that seems to say, “You are now entering a photo-friendly space.”

Banana leaf wallpaper, a version of which…

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