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Hottest (non-smartphone) gadgets at Mobile World World Congress 2016

Mobile World Congress 2016 has now come to a close. There were lots of new product announcements and interesting new devices on show at the event in Barcelona this week. There’s always a great deal of hubbub surrounding the major products unveiled during the week, such as LG’s G5 smartphone and Samsung’s new Galaxy S7, but there were […]

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Top stories from day 1 of Mobile World Congress 2016

Mobile World Congress is now in full swing, with many of the major product announcements and news stories happening on Sunday and Monday. The big name phone companies unveiled new smartphones (and many more mobile devices, accessories, laptops and gadgets, not forgetting mobile network technologies) in what looks like another bumper year of faster and sexier devices. Is […]

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Samsung and LG just announced new flagship smartphones

On Sunday, the first (unofficial) day of Mobile World Congress 2016, Samsung and LG both revealed their latest all-singing, all-dancing devices to the world. LG G5 LG debuted the G5, the first time it’s attempted a modular smartphone, and featuring a “sleek, metal uni-body featuring a Slide-out Battery and a Modular Type design that gives a greater smartphone […]

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Hive Releases New Connected Home Products

Last year British Gas subsidiary Hive released a range of connected home products such as its smart thermostat, giving a simple yet powerful way to control various automation aspects of your home. The firm also said it would launch a range of lightbulbs, motion sensors (for doors and windows) and a “smart plug”. It’s great to see new products from Hive, […]

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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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What to expect at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC)

Mobile World Congress (or MWC as it’s known) is the biggest and most important mobile event of the year, where many of the latest smartphones are launched to great fanfare. Just about everyone in the mobile industry will be heading to Barcelona in February. The event is held by the GSMA, and 2016 is expected to follow the tradition of […]

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Apple, Huawei, and Xiaomi Finish 2015 with Above Average Year-Over-Year Growth, as Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Surpass 1.4 Billion for the Year, According to IDC

Every year, sales of smartphones rise as people ditch their feature phones and purchase the latest all-singing, all-dancing mobiles. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that smartphone shipments in 2015 passed the 1.4 billion mark, breaking new records. Despite saturation in many countries, there’s still a lot of room for growth in emerging market such as India an […]

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Critical Kit: Google Chromecast

If you want to stream or mirror content from a mobile phone, tablet or laptop to your television, there are several options available right now. Apple users might like the latest Apple TV as they can use AirPlay, with the added benefit of being able to watch TV shows and movies on the device itself as well as […]

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dokiWatch: a promising smartwatch for children

Wearables come in all shapes and sizes these days. Smartwatches are still the most instantly recognisable and popular wearables among adults, but there haven’t been many products designed with children in mind. A Hong Kong-based company called Doki Technologies recently provided a glimpse at dokiWatch, billed as the world’s most advanced and complete wearable phone and locator for kids […]

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News: OPPO announces new mid-range, photo-focused F Series smartphones

Oppo recently confirmed that the “F1” will be the first in the new “F Series”, although there haven’t been many details revealed until recently. The new devices are however said to focus on the camera and come equipped with a 13-megapixel camera rear camera, which is pretty much the norm for mid-range phones these days. However, […]

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Smart Home take-up and behaviour: Strategy Analytics survey

  The International CES has proven again this year that there’s a huge interest in smart home technology, with tech companies and device makers showing their latest connected devices. There is a huge opportunity for smart homes, but consumers are perhaps not yet fully convinced about the benefits. Reflecting this, the Consumer Technology Association has […]

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The best pre-show announcements of CES 2016

The Consumer Electronics Show 2016 officially starts today, but there have already been dozens of pre-show product announcements, press releases and YouTube videos to whet our appetite. Let’s take an quick look at just a few of the early announcements so far… Smartphones Huawei On January 5, 2016, the Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) will unveil the Huawei […]