BlackBerry set to return with a new Qwerty smartphone

BlackBerry set to return with a new Qwerty smartphone
TCL Communication Technology Holdings took to the stage at the major industry showcase CES 2017 to preview a new BlackBerry smartphone, which will see a return of the iconic Qwerty keyboard. Codenamed Mercury, the new phone was unveiled as part of a wider strategy that will see TCL offer an entire suite of mobility products. A video posted on Twitter by TCL USA president Steve Cistulli offered…

Is Theatre Mode coming to iOS 10.3?

Is Theatre Mode coming to iOS 10.3?
The latest update to Apple's proprietary mobile operating system - iOS 10.3 - is just around the corner and with it a raft of new features are expected to be introduced to iPhones and iPads all over the world. Foremost among these could be a much-touted 'Dark Mode' that will see the devices operate at a lower level of light than normal - and some concerns…

Your guide to alternative Facebook apps

Your guide to alternative Facebook apps
Facebook is not only one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, it is also synonymous with smartphones for many people. The ability to send status updates and photos to friends, family and loved ones the instant you want to has arguably changed the way people communicate with one another. Indeed, many of Facebook's latest features - such as the ability to share live…

Make the most of emoji on your iPhone

Make the most of emoji on your iPhone
If you use your smartphone for messaging the chances are you'll have seen some of your friends, family and loved ones include small pictures of faces with certain expressions within the body of their text. This is particularly likely to be the case if you have younger people in your network - but what are these small icons and where do they come from? What does emoji…

Keep stress at bay with soothing smartphone apps

Keep stress at bay with soothing smartphone apps
Managing stress is a very useful skill to develop, as various techniques are able to help you keep control of your mood and limit the chances of any symptoms developing into more severe mental health concerns. Most people face a wide range of sources of stress every single day, from the commute to work, to aspects of their job itself. Some commentators have cited the always-on culture…

Facebook adds Group Video Chat to Messenger app

Facebook adds Group Video Chat to Messenger app
It is easy to make the case that smartphones have revolutionised the way in which we communicate with our friends, family and loved ones. Initially greeted with a comparatively muted reception in some quarters - where doubts were expressed that they would offer much beyond the functionality of texting and voice calls already present on the old feature phone - they have since become a ubiquitous…

Samsung could be teaming up with LG for the Galaxy Note 8

Samsung could be teaming up with LG for the Galaxy Note 8
Electronics manufacturing giant Samsung could be set to team up with one of its rivals - LG - for support with the production of the future tentpole release of the Galaxy Note 8. LG Chem, a battery business arm of LG Group, has been tapped to build batteries for future products from Samsung, starting with the Note 8, The Investor reports. Since the global product recall of the…

Sony Xperia now boasts a retro PlayStation One theme

Sony Xperia now boasts a retro PlayStation One theme
Sony has announced the launch of a new theme for its Xperia range of smartphones, which is based on the company's landmark original PlayStation, which was launched over 20 years ago back in 1995. Smartphone fans who are also avid gamers will undoubtedly relish the PlayStation One theme, which can be downloaded via the Google Play store. Normally priced at £1.49, it is currently free of charge…