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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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Critical Kit: the new Apple TV

No doubt there will be some people that disagree that soon-to-be-released Apple TV is a critical piece of kit. After all, it’s not necessarily the “best” set-top streaming box that money can buy right now. Consider similar devices from Roku, Google, and many others. But Apple has finally got serious about television, with a much-needed update […]

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Robin Android Smartphone

Nextbit announces the Robin, a head-turning Android smartphone

It seems that almost every smartphone is identical – after all, there’s not much differentiation in terms of hardware specs and general design especially in the mid-range price bracket. With hundreds of Android phones to choose from, standing out from the crowd is becoming increasingly difficult. But a company called Nextbit (formed by a collection of ex-Google employees) is aiming to […]

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Video Connectors and Standards

News: Lattice releases the world’s first superMHL solution for USB Type-C

Consumers today tend to connect their mobile devices, tablets, media players and all manner of portable electronics to their HD televisions and other video or audio sources. Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) is one of the de facto standards, and it’s available in more than 750 million devices. But in January at the Las Vegas CES show, the next generation called superMHL (yes, […]

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Classic Handsets: the Siemens S10 (the world’s first colour phone)

In today’s Classic Handset series article, we’re taking a short trip down memory lane to remember what is claimed to be the first mobile with a colour display: the Siemens S10. Back in the mid to late-90’s and well before the advent of smartphones, mobiles were basic devices with the ability to make calls, send messages and perhaps even a selection of rudimentary […]

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Critical Kit: an iPad stylus

In our latest Critical Kit series, we take a look at an item that anyone using productivity software on a tablet will find immensely useful – a stylus. Tablets such as the iPad are immensely useful devices for a huge variety of tasks, but one of the persistent bugbears that many people have, especially those using […]

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