Surge in iPhone sales powers record Q3 profits for Apple

Surge in iPhone sales powers record Q3 profits for Apple
Technology giant Apple has reported record profits for the third quarter of 2015, which was driven by a significant increase in demand for iPhones. Profits rose to $10.7 billion (£6.87 billion) - a 38 per cent increase on last year's equivalent figure - and revenue was up 33 per cent to $49.6 billion. Sales of the iconic smartphone stood at 47.5 million for the three month period…

The rise of commuter commerce

The rise of commuter commerce
The life of a commuter can be rather tedious, which is why millions of us are thankful for the fact that we have our smartphones close to hand - they help make any journey all the more engaging.Interestingly, the sky's the limit when it comes to what people do with their handheld devices because we’re not short of options. You can play games, catch up…

0800 numbers via mobile now free

Finally, after what seems like forever, 0800 and 0808 numbers on free to call on mobile phones.This was announced by regulator Ofcom, which described this moment as one of the biggest to telephone calls for many, many years.It will positively affect up to 175 million mobile phone users, meaning they will no longer be hit with extra costs when calling these numbers.Further notable changes include…

Smartphone tech will let blind people ‘see’

In the not so distant future, visually impaired and blind people will be able to “see through” their smartphone or tablet.This is the bold claim from scientists at the University of Lincoln, who have been working on “adaptive mobile technology” that could make this a distinct possibility.The study, which is funded by a Google Faculty Research Award, are looking to “embed” what they describe as…

Instagram boosts search and explore functions

Instagram has announced that it has improved its search and explore functions, making the experience of using the app more engaging, easier and fun.Approximately 70 million images and videos are posted to Instagram every day, which goes to show why this development is welcome.After all, it can often be difficult to sift through all these pictures and find things that you are interested in.Instagram, which…

Nokia CEO confirms return to smartphone market

For a long while now, the future prospects of Nokia has not so much been uncertain, it’s been existential.Ever since the company lost its control over the mobile phone business to the likes of Apple and Samsung, its success in this market has dwindled.So much so that it eventually sold its mobile/smartphone business to Microsoft, shifting its focus to other areas of its enterprise.However, there…

How your smartphone ‘influences your choice of holiday’

When it comes to holidays, it appears that there are clear differences between iOS and Android users, a fascinating new study has revealed.Trivago.co.uk decided to look into searches made on its apps on both these operating platforms over a 12-month period.The hotel price comparison website was curious to know whether or not there were notable distinctions between iOS and Android in terms of travel preferences.What…

Smartphone-friendly pension management desired

More and more people would like to use technology on their smartphones to manage and access their pensions, according to a new study.Research commissioned by Saxo Bank and delivered by YouGov found that more than two-thirds of individuals would benefit from this kind of service.The paper noted how 50 per cent of respondents were keen to have even greater transparency over their pension finances.Close to…