WhatsApp Web comes to iPhone

WhatsApp Web comes to iPhone
WhatsApp Web has been made available for iPhone users, after initially being launched for Android, BlackBerry and Windows smartphones at the start of the year. The service essentially offers users the chance to view all their conversations and messages via a web browser. These messages would normally have been displayed in the native app, but the extra layer of convenience is a welcome addition for iOS users…

What’s your biggest mobile phone social faux pas?

What’s your biggest mobile phone social faux pas?
Smartphones are increasingly central to our day-to-day lives - and this is particularly the case now that it is so easy to update your social media profile or add a photo to Instagram while on the go. Although this is widely considered normal behaviour, people appear to have developed very strong views on the etiquette surrounding mobile phone use. The latest Communications Market Report from industry regulator…

Is the selfie trend going from strength to strength?

Is the selfie trend going from strength to strength?
When feature phones started to incorporate low-resolution cameras, not many people would have predicted that they would become as popular as they have today. While they certainly offered convenience, anyone who wanted to take a high quality photo they could keep forever would undoubtedly have preferred to carry a dedicated digital camera around with them. However, with the rise of the smartphone, this is all changing -…

90% of young people now own a smartphone

90% of young people now own a smartphone
Smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most commonly used device for accessing the internet, according to new research from industry regulator Ofcom. This is particularly the case among young people, as the study revealed that 90 per cent of 16-24 year olds up and down the country own one of these devices. Record ownership of smartphones is credited as transforming the way people communicate. Two-thirds of the…

Smartphone power ‘will bring an end to keys, TV remotes and cash’

Smartphone power ‘will bring an end to keys, TV remotes and cash’
Smartphones are becoming more powerful all the time - and this could even lead to the demise of a range of other household items. This is according to futurist Dr Ian Pearson, who said that keys, TV remotes and cash are just some of the items that are likely to become redundant. Pocket mirrors, torches, travel tickets and driving licences were some of the other things he…

Siri could transcribe voicemail messages in future iOS update

Siri could transcribe voicemail messages in future iOS update
Apple workers are testing a new voicemail service that will see personal smartphone assistant Siri answer a user's calls and transcribe voicemail messages. The text of the transcribed voicemail will then be forwarded to the user as a text, removing the need to listen to voicemail at all, Business Insider reports. This functionality could be delivered as part of an iOS update being prepared for launch in…

Could your smartphone survive a two-mile drop?

Could your smartphone survive a two-mile drop?
We've all experienced that heart-in-mouth moment when we drop our smartphone. The horror of racing to pick it up and make sure it's glass or plastic casing is not cracked can be overwhelming. So imagine what American businessman Ben Wilson must have gone through when he dropped his iPhone 9,300 feet - approximately 1.76 miles - from a small Beechcraft Bonanza airplane he was flying in. Speaking…

Are you using your smartphone securely?

Are you using your smartphone securely?
Smartphones are so ubiquitous in our daily lives that it is easy to forget they only started to take off in 2007, with the launch of the first Apple iPhone. And they are becoming even more useful with each successive generation, being used for an increasing range of purposes - the release of Apple Pay stands as testament to that, as smartphones may soon even replace our…