Useful smartphone accessories for music lovers

Useful smartphone accessories for music lovers
Smartphones have become integral to so many people's lives for a wide range of reasons, not least of which is their diverse functionality. From being able to keep up to speed with our friends, family and loved ones via social media, through to taking great photos and listening to your favourite tracks, there really does seem to be something for everyone. The wide range of accessories available…

Global smartphone shipments fall in Q1

Smartphone shipments across the world fell for the first time ever during the first quarter of 2016, new figures have revealed.According to data from Strategy Analytics, the number of global smartphone shipments between January and March this year came to 335 million.This is three per cent lower than the figure recorded in the corresponding period of 2015 and the first time a year-on-year drop has…

Make the best use of your smartphone overseas

Make the best use of your smartphone overseas
In this digital age, a smartphone is just as much of a travel essential as sunglasses and a beach towel. However, using smartphones overseas can be very costly in a number of ways. So here a few things to bear in mind if you wish to avoid paying over the odds.Turn off data roaming If your phone is set to automatically connect to the local…

Is speaking to friends online as good as being there in person?

Is speaking to friends online as good as being there in person?
There can be no doubt that smartphones have radically changed the ways we interact with one another. Even more so than the old feature phones like the classic Nokia 3310, the smartphone has had a noticeable impact on people's lives since they were popularised with the launch of the first iPhone back in 2007. Mobiles in general made socialising more flexible. Before them, if you were going…

Tips for choosing the right smartphone

Tips for choosing the right smartphone
The smartphone market is fairly well saturated these days, which for consumers is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, there is a huge amount of choice when it comes to picking your device; on the other, it really can be difficult to tell which handset is best for you.After all, it's easy to be swayed by the most popular device currently…

Tougher penalties planned for driving phone use

Tougher penalties planned for driving phone use
It often seems like we're becoming increasingly inseparable from our smartphones - but there are times when there's no excuse for not putting them down. One of those times is driving, and the government has announced new plans to tackle mobile phone use on the UK's roads.If the plans are approved, drivers caught holding their phones behind the wheel will face larger fines, receive more…

Are smartphones helping consumers cut through Christmas crowds?

Are smartphones helping consumers cut through Christmas crowds?
Gone are the days when consumers needed to brave the cold weather and queue for hours to pick up the perfect Christmas presents. Online shopping has saved many of us from high street hell, but thanks to smartphone technology, fitting the Christmas shop into your day is getting easier.Or is it? According to the BBC, shopping on smartphones is still lagging behind desktops and tablets,…

Instagram hits 400m users, overtaking Twitter

Instagram hits 400m users, overtaking Twitter
Instagram has announced that its community has grown to 400 million regular users, with an estimated 80 million images shared every single day by these individuals. The figure means that Instagram is now more popular than Twitter, which has a regular user base of approximately 316 million. More brands are understood to be flocking to Instagram to tap into the markets this growing user base offers. In a…