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Internet of Things will change everything

The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to become as ubiquitous as the mobile phone. The technologies required, such as low power microchips, sensors, and energy efficient networks, have all become small and inexpensive enough that everything from smart watches, light bulbs and even heart monitors can connect to the Internet to send and receive data more easily than ever before. […]

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Smartphones of the future – what to expect?

Smartphones have evolved to the point where we can perform tasks and activities that would have seemed impossible a few years ago. Every month, a new smartphone is released that is faster, more powerful, and better in every way compared with the models that came before. If you could be transported back in time with a smartphone to the 1970’s […]

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Does the “app gap” matter?

What is the app gap? Many people with a smartphone will have heard the words “app gap” when talking about the app stores from each of the major smartphone platforms. App stores have become the de facto channel to obtain apps for our smartphones and tablets, eschewing the traditional side-loading (i.e. memory card or computer) method of getting apps […]

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The best time to buy a flagship smartphone?

Whenever the latest and greatest flagship smartphone is released, it’s very tempting to trade in your old model and upgrade immediately. Buying a new smartphone is not always a straightforward choice; unless you have simply chosen your favourite brand, buying one that fits your needs and budget can be a tough choice. It is also a matter of careful timing – […]

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BlackBerry – down but not out

BlackBerry looks to the future These days, few people insist on carrying around a BlackBerry. In fact it’s almost as rare as seeing somebody with a flip phone. BlackBerry stalwarts say that it’s pretty tough being one of the few faithful, especially with the impressive ecosystems of the iPhone and Android, which makes it hard to hold out in the face of […]

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Samsung mobile business continues to struggle

Samsung reports huge drop in profits Last week Samsung announced its latest financial results, and it was not a pretty picture at all. In fact, it was so bad that in its Q3 2014 earnings release, Samsung Electronics reported its operating profits were 4.06 trillion won (£2.4 billion) which was a 60% drop over the previous year, while its mobile […]

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Smartphone security – what’s the risk?

Every week there are countless stories about smartphone security breaches, mobile malware and cloud services that have been hacked or compromised in some way. We all use our smartphones to store personal and sensitive information – emails, messages, pictures, bank account details, password lists and more – that you really wouldn’t want to fall into the […]

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Microsoft Lumia ditches the Nokia brand

Nokia Smartphones are dead, long live Microsoft Lumia It makes a refreshing change to write about Microsoft, Lumia and Windows Phone because it gives us an excuse to scrutinise the latest developments in Redmond’s smartphone business. Understandably, the media pays more attention to Apple and Android these days, while Microsoft plays the underdog with its smartphones inherited from the Nokia acquisition earlier this year. With the Nokia […]

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Fire Phone fails to spark interest

Millions of Fire Phones left unsold It was obvious that a smartphone marketed mainly on gimmicks would fail. The confirmation came in Amazon’s latest earnings call, in which it revealed revenue and profits missed the target while losses ballooned to a staggering $437 million. Lacklustre sales of Amazon’s flagship (and only) smartphone were partly to blame, as CFO Tom Szkutak said the company still […]

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Wearables…this time it’s personal

Wearables are personal devices that can be worn almost everywhere. The term is a fairly broad definition that encompasses fitness trackers, smart watches, connected glasses, intelligent clothes and even camera-equipped “life loggers”. It is still a relatively young technology that, according to Garter’s Hype Curve (shown below) is currently somewhere on the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” […]

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Apple announces new iPads and Macs

“It’s been way too long” Apple held its October special event yesterday to introduce its line of new iPads and Macs and as usual, it was a more low-key affair than last month’s iPhone 6 launch. Teasing us with the mysterious strap line “it’s been way too long”, there was intense speculation that besides the expected […]

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Smart homes – ready for prime time?

Remember all those homes of the future portrayed on old television programmes from the 60’s and 70’s? It has taken nearly forty years, but the era of the smart home could be just around the corner… When you’re away from home, everyone has those little doubts – did I remember to turn the coffee machine off? Did I […]

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