Global smartphone shipments up 12% in 2015

Global smartphone shipments up 12% in 2015
The rise of the smartphone continued apace in 2015, with close to 1.5 billion devices shipped over the course of the year.This represents growth of 12 per cent compared to 2014, according to new research by Counterpoint.Of the phones shipped last year, three in five were 4G-ready, demonstrating a major step forward for the technology. In the UK, Ofcom research shows that 4G subscriptions stood…

New iPhone reveal set for March 15th

New iPhone reveal set for March 15th
According to Apple news website 9to5Mac, sources have disclosed that the iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, and new Apple Watch will be presented for the first time on this date. The company itself is yet to comment, but the story has been widely reported across the press.What can be expected on March 15th? It is believed the 5se will feature an A9 chip, improved…

Facebook Reactions will replace Like button

Facebook Reactions will replace Like button
Facebook's Like button has long been a source of discussion among the social network's users. Yes, it gives a quick way to interact with posts, but it also limits that interaction, essentially encouraging people to hit the Like button even on posts they'd rather react differently to.This means the button has gradually become less about actually liking something and more about users simply showing some…

Fivefold increase for smartphone battery life?

Fivefold increase for smartphone battery life?
Smartphones that need daily charging could become a thing of the past, if a recent study is anything to go by.Published in the journal Nature, the research suggests that the development of lithium-oxygen batteries could finally pave the way for longer-lasting smartphone power. For many, this lack of battery life is one of the key gripes with the technology.In some ways, battery life is the…

iPhone sales set to fall

iPhone sales set to fall
Rumours that the mighty iPhone might be experiencing a sales slowdown were confirmed yesterday (January 28th), with Apple reporting a combination of flat sales and a projected drop in revenue for the next quarter. For iPhone fans, that raises questions for future iterations of the handset - and might even signal the start of consumers moving away from Apple towards alternatives from other brands.Of course,…

iOS 9.3: What the latest preview reveals

iOS 9.3: What the latest preview reveals
Apple has released its iOS 9.3 beta download, giving testers the opportunity to try out what is going to be one of the most significant iPhone updates in years. It has revealed everything from a highly anticipated night mode to a more secure Apple Notes, leaving iPhone and iPad users alike chomping at the bit for the update's official release.But what can they look forward…

LG to tackle falling profits with 2 flagship phones

LG to tackle falling profits with 2 flagship phones
LG has revealed it aims to improve growth and boost profits by releasing two new flagship phones in 2016.¬†This follows the news that the company's smartphone sales fell short of expectations in 2015, with sales showing little growth from the previous year. In fact, the year-on-year increase was just half a million handsets.Also concerning for the company is its mobile division profits, with the fourth…

Microsoft develops keyboard for one-handed typing

Microsoft develops keyboard for one-handed typing
While one-handed typing was once the norm when using a mobile phone, the advent of increasingly large smartphones is causing a sea change - and it's one that many mobile users aren't happy about.Now, it seems Microsoft is hoping to fix users' gripes with by introducing a new keyboard - Word Flow.Interestingly, it will be testing this feature on iOS before incorporating it into its…