What to Do with Old Phones

News : Mod old cell phones into robot spiders

Arachnophilia and technosexuals rejoice. This whimsical, skittering robot takes only 5 minutes of tinkering. This simple toy is made possible with a bit of solder, AAA battery, copper wire and an old mobile phone's vibrating motor. Like the EvilMadScientist's Bristlebot, this ...more

How To : Recycle an old cell phone at Best Buy

Not sure what to do with your old cell phone? Best Buy has answers. There's a recycling program directly inside the store that allows you to drop off any old phone you may have so it can be reused or sent to a proper landfill. The Best Buy Mobile team explains how simple it is ...more

How To : Turn an Old Android Phone into a Chromecast Remote

Considering how much smartphones cost in the first place, we're understandably reluctant to throw them out when we've bought a newer model. And this is probably the best practice, too, as there are many great uses for an old Android device. Don't Miss: Turn Your Old Android i ...more

How To : Scan & Save Old Printed Photos to Your Smartphone

Believe it or not, there was a time when smartphones weren't the primary tool for taking photos. People actually walked around with bulky film-based cameras on their necks, and some even used cheap disposables. While photography wasn't introduced to the world when smartphones ...more

How To : Reverse Check a Phone Number

Prank Calls, Masked NumbersWho is calling your phone or your child's? Pranksters use a lot of tricks to make sure they can get on your nerves. Being able to trace prank calls is important because you're not going to learn much from your Caller ID, since most prank callers use ...more

How To : Use some advanced features of the HTC Desire Z

The HTC Desire Z continues the HTC hit parade of awesome smart phones. It offers some awesome standard features that used to be hard to make on older Android phones, like flip-to-speaker and flip-to-silence. This video will show you how to use these features and take full adva ...more

How To : Activate a used iPhone at AT&T

This video from AT&T describes the process for giving your original iPhone to someone else when you buy iPhone 3G. Don't let that old iPhone go to waste. Give it to somebody who needs it. You'll learn that you'll need to get a new SIM card to the old cell phone, then activat ...more

How To : Make good, funny prank phone calls

Prank calls are almost as old as the phone itself, but have entered a beautiful renaissance in the digital era. No need for the phonebook or a pay phone service anymore! This video will show you how to make really good, funny prank calls in the 21st century, including a rundow ...more

How To : Swap out your iPhone's SIM card

Did you know that your iPhone will work without a SIM card, and your old phone will work with your iPhone's SIM card? Learn how to remove your iPhone's SIM card - it's easier than you might think.

How To : Dominate the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

First off, don't be frustrated. YOU CAN DO IT! Contrary to the message in the image above, it's NOT over. It's just beginning. And when it comes to solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, the old cliche does apply: practice makes perfect. I've read quite a few books and ...more

News : Easy! Cell Phone Camera Macro Mod (5X Zoom)

Hack N Mod offers an incredibly simple cell phone camera mod that delivers striking results. All you need is a lens from an old DVD player and you can magnify your zoom by five times. "You’ll find the lens directly under the disk tray. If you’ve just upgraded to Blu-Ray, now ...more

News : Robo-Elephant Tentacle Moves Just Like a Real Trunk

Robotics company Festo Bionics has released footage of a robotic manipulator arm modeled after an elephant's trunk. The first video in the gallery below is the concept animation; click on the second video to see the real thing in action. (Love how the grabbers hand off "giant ...more

How To : Register to Vote

Requirements: Citizen of the United States 18 years of age or older Are not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction Where to register: Register in person by visiting a local office Request a voter registration form by phone By mail Download a voter registration ...more

News : Gadgets Exploded in Mid-Air

Ever wonder what's inside those old vintage typewriters and analog phones? Canadian photographer Todd McLellan dissects old electronics and then captures their innards— some assembled in a painstakingly orderly array, others caught in a mid-air explosion. More images and proce ...more

How To : Get the Swype feature running on your Android phone

Swype is a function for the Android phones which lets you input words by dragging your fingers across the keyboard instead of tapping. While newer phones have this feature, some older phones may not. This tutorial shows you how to equip your Android phone with Swype.

How To : Create DIY Filters for Your Cell Phone

In photography, using filters over lenses is a common practice and provides a great way to set the mood or to create an artistic image. The only problem is that they can be quite costly and there currently aren't many available for cell phones specifially. Fortunately, there i ...more

How To : Make an Inexpensive Custom Smartphone Cover

This is a great way to repurpose your old covers! Tired of your old iPhone cover? Rather than spend $30 on a new one, why not just paint the old one until it suits you? It's way less expensive, and better on the environment! Things you'll need: old smartphone cover spray pa ...more

How To : Convert your MP3s to ringtones using iTunes

To convert your MP3s to ringtones using iTunes follow the instructions below. First download and install iTunes and then agree to the terms of use and open the program. Then, click "File" and then "Add to Library." Locate the MP3 file you want to convert and open it in iTunes. ...more

Toy challenge : Cubes

Older photo form a rather simple phone, a Sony Ericsson W900 (2Mp was as bad as the very first iPhone - except this Sony came a year earlier). This was a modular coffee table that looks pretty much like children's play cubes - and I thought it would fit the 4xcolour concept o ...more

Toy Challenge : Horse Trap

An old wooden horse head keychain fell to its demise in my candle. Took the opportunity to finally use the Camera+ app on my iPhone 4. I haven't really used it until today, so I guess I'm just playing around at this point... experimenting. Phone: iPhone 4 App: Camera+ Filters ...more

How To : Organize widget shortcuts on an Android phone

Tired of staring at the same old widget layout on your Android smartphone? Feel like mixing things up? This video explains how to reorganize shortcuts, including creating new ones and making pages for related apps. Learn how to customize your Android home screen. Organize widg ...more

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