Apple’s ResearchKit to ‘transform medical studies’

Apple has announced the development of a "new open source software framework" for the iPhone, which it says will transform medical studies in so many profound ways.Dubbed ResearchKit, this latest development from the tech giant is designed to assist doctors and scientists. Using data obtained from iPhone users, it will help to reshape understanding and thinking in ways that cannot yet be comprehended.Jeff Williams, senior vice president…

HTC introduces One M9

HTC has launched a new smartphone, which it says is its "most personal, beautiful and powerful" device yet. The HTC One M9 represents a return to form for the Taiwanese tech company and, to say the least, it is an exceptionally beautiful and engaging mobile. Launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the start of the month, the smartphone has been described as…

Best apps of the week

Looking for a new app to enrich your mobile experience? Not sure what it is you're looking for? Well, stop the press. We've had a look around and spotted three – one for each of the big players – that we think are worth an investment.One of them solves your mathematical problems, the other allows you to edit text images and share them and the…

BBC shoot and edit tech show Click on mobiles

The team behind the BBC technology show Click have shot and edited an entire episode using their mobile phones and it was, according to lead presenter Spencer Kelly, "very stressful". They were attending the recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona and given that they were surrounded by and talking about mobile phones and the like, it seemed sensible to report, capture and share everything…

OnePlus extends its flagship smartphone into Europe

OnePlus, the new kid in the smartphone market – which portrays itself as the "flagship killer – has announced that its OnePlus One is now available across Europe.The Chinese start-up company, which was founded in December 2013, said that both versions of the device - the 16GB Silk White and 64GB Sandstone Black –can be picked up by customers in the European Union.This is a…

BlackBerry Leap: All-touchscreen device for young professionals

BlackBerry has announced at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona its latest development in all-touch smartphones. Leap is designed for "young mobile professionals" and is pitched as an affordable and powerful device that works especially well for "career builders". This new smartphone, which, it must be reinforced, does not come with a physical keyboard – as can be found on its Classic model –…

Unique mobile subscribers to increase to 4.6bn by 2020

By 2020, an extra one billion people will become mobile subscribers, according to a new report from the GSMA.The paper, entitled The Mobile Economy: 2015, explains that the number of unique mobile subscribers will increase to 4.6 billion over the next five years.As a whole, this is equivalent to 60 per cent of the global population, demonstrating how prevalent these devices have become."A decade ago, just…

Ikea launches smartphone charging furniture

Ikea has announced that it has designed furniture that will allow people to wirelessly charge their smartphones and other devices. Using the latest in QI wireless technology, these items, including desks, bedside tables and even lamps, will act as charging hotspots. The Scandinavian company said that the tech-inspired furniture is a response to changing consumer demands. People want, for example, easy and more efficient charging methods to simplify their lives. In this busy…