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Smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most popular device for getting online in the UK

Smartphones are ubiquitous and are one of the primary means for us to get online these days – more so than laptops and computers for any people. Earlier this month, a key moment in smartphone Internet use passed most of us by…as the title suggests, more people use smartphones than laptops for getting online in the UK […]

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Devices

What happens to all the toxic junk from our smartphones?

Just about everyone has a mobile phone, and hundreds of millions are manufactured and sold every year. Despite society as a whole becoming more aware of the issues of electronic waste, and other environmental concerns, that doesn’t stop the vast majority of the components used in our phones becoming landfill. what’s worse, lots of that e-waste is […]

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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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Google I/O: five things we care about: Project Ara

In part four of our Google I/O series, we mull over another of the interesting developments that Google covered at its developer conference in May. We’ve already covered Android M, virtual reality and wearables,  but this time we’ll take a quick look at something that many people will find more interesting – the Project Ara modular smartphone. […]

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Devices Opinion

Mobile technology is making our life more complicated

On a bright weekday morning, Wallace (of Wallace and Gromit fame) is just waking up from a restful night’s sleep by an electronic alarm, which then kicks off a series of machines and gadgets that help him get dressed and into his day clothes. Various contraptions whizz and whir and his breakfast is made, he is […]

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Xiaomi just launched its European online store

Xiaomi, the largest smartphone maker in China, and one that most people in the UK will probably never have even heard of, last week launched in the UK, Germany, France and the US. The startup, now 5 years old, has seen a meteoric rise in the land of the rising sun, with revenues of more […]

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Devices Opinion

Is BlackBerry still relevant?

  Everyone knows that today, iOS and Android dominate the industry when it comes to smartphones and tablets. It wasn’t that long ago when BlackBerry was a force to be reckoned with, with an army of devoted followers, much the same way that many people are fanatical about Apple today. But in this modern era where […]

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Operators Opinion

What’s next for mobile networks?

Many of us now have access to hi-speed 4G networks, with mobile operators around the world racing to roll out the latest flavours of the technology. But what comes next, and what will it mean for you and me? So-called fifth-generation or 5G networks are looming ever-closer on the horizon, and besides the technology giving […]

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Mobile technology is improving life for those in developing nations

There are now billions of mobile Internet users on the planet, probably around a third of the total population. And when you consider desktop computers and laptops, the overall number of people who are able to get online is closer to 3 billion. So if you thought that the mobile Internet is the future, think again […]

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Record iOS sales in China, plus latest smartphone OS statistics

With all the industry giants reporting their financials and smartphone sales over the last week or two, it’s a good time to take a brief look at recent data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, which shows that Apple’s iOS sales have reached an all-time high in China where it’s managed to capture a substantial 27.6% of the […]

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Devices Opinion

Classic handsets: the Motorola RAZR V3

For our classic handset series, we’re taking a brief trip down memory lane to examine the rather puzzling success of the Motorola RAZR – the ultra-thin (for the time) flip-phone that at one time, back in the mid-2000’s, was actually one of the most fashionable and hip phones. Bear in mind that despite featuring in our classic handset series, […]

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Devices Opinion

The best smartphone you’ve never heard of – Xiaomi’s Mi Note

The smartphone industry undergoes huge changes every few years, and even one-time giants have sadly been dethroned: Sony has almost given up on smartphones, HTC is struggling, and Nokia, once the largest phone manufacturer in the world, exited the business last year. But against all the odds, there are several innovative young companies that have beaten the odds and achieved […]