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…

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 -…

Smartphones have revolutionised the way users browse the Internet

Smartphones have revolutionised the way users browse the Internet
We all know how important owning a smartphone is in our daily lives – smartphones not only allow us to communicate with friends and family but also to easilybrowse and shop online – anywhere, and at anytime. Smartphones have become more important for users than laptops Smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most commonly used device for accessing the internet, according to new research from…