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News: Wearable Sales to Increase 18.4% in 2016

When I worked at British Telecom’s research division at Martlesham Heath, Suffolk back in 1996, several colleagues were involved in early wearables projects with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. Thad Starner, one of most well known wearables researchers at MIT and closely involved with BT, later went on to play a key role in the Google Glass project. Those were the early days […]

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Happy Christmas from Mobile Industry Review: Technology moves in on Christmas Traditions

Happy Christmas! The jolly team over at Intersperience have just furnished us with some very interesting statistics regarding the UK’s experiences with technology and digital devices over the festive season. For many people, Christmas is the time of year when they will receive a new smartphone, tablet or other gadget, and that special day is invariably peppered with the chimes and […]

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The Fairphone 2 modular smartphone launches in Europe

  Fairphone has just become the first company to launch a truly modular smartphone, even beating Google’s own Project Ara to market. Not only that, but it’s made from conflict-free minerals, and is leading the charge in giving workers in the supply chain a fairer deal. The Fairphone 2 is the Dutch firm’s latest device and is set to ship in January. At heart […]

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Critical Kit: Harmon Kardon Nova 2 Bluetooth speakers

This week’s Critical Kit is a slight departure from the norm, in that the Harmon Kardon speakers I’m recommending don’t strictly have anything to do with mobile. They are Bluetooth-enabled however, so you can use them with a mobile phone, tablet, or pretty much any other wireless device. Our Critical Kit section usually features a selection of interesting gadgets and devices – some […]

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Roundup of the month – 5 things you might have missed

“In the world of mobile, life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”. Judging by my obvious fondness for the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the paraphrased quote seems appropriate for today’s mobile and tech industries. There’s rarely a day when a new mobile device or technological advancement doesn’t make the […]

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The rise and fall of BlackBerry

A topic close to the heart of many of our readers, the much loved Canadian handset company has experienced some turbulent times in the past few years. There’s no denying that they have made some excellent phones, but they are in the middle of a turnaround at the moment (event T-Mobile US’ John Legere recently said “they’re on […]

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Over 100 million Android phones expected to integrate Opera Max by 2017

News landed on our desk recently concerning the uptake of Opera’s data management / compression app Opera Max, which aims to reduce the amount of data used by Android phones. In an age where unlimited data plans are expensive, and increasingly being scaled back by the majority of operators, anything that can reduce the amount of data […]

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Critical Kit: the BlackBerry PRIV

The latest smartphone from Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, the Android-based PRIV, is now available from Carphone Warehouse from £49 per month with an upfront cost of £59.99, or £559.99 if you wish to buy it without a SIM. The PRIV is also available on BlackBerry’s site and is currently showing as available for preorder at £559.99. BlackBerry PRIV hits the […]

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The HTC One A9 smartphone launches this month

It hasn’t been a particularly great year for HTC so far, but can the company’s new premium One A9 smartphone catch the public’s attention? The older One M9 was a very attractive handset, which lacked a few key features (such as a fingerprint reader), but the One A9 is a much more promising device that certainly looks […]

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Books for the small screen

In the Wall Street Journal recently there was an article about the the rise of phone reading, spurred on by the likes of larger phones and phablets. In my case, I’ve typically read on the iPad Mini, but with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus especially (not to mention the countless dozens of huge Android phones), the experience […]

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