Smartphone makers expected to expand trade-in options

Smartphone makers expected to expand trade-in options
Major smartphone manufacturers like Apple and Samsung could be set to expand into the trade-in segment by offering their customers more options for replacing their old iPhone and Galaxy models with new versions of the devices. New research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) has revealed that 2015 could be the first full year of single-digit smartphone growth. Global smartphone shipments are expected to grow by…

Half of shoppers research products online while instore

Half of shoppers research products online while instore
Smartphones are such useful tools that it can sometimes be hard to imagine how we got by without them - and this is certainly the case when it comes to shopping for good deals. Half of all shoppers regularly have their smartphones on hand to research products and look for better prices online when they are in a high street store. A new study from the Interactive…

How to switch to an iPhone from Android

How to switch to an iPhone from Android
Long-term Android users may have been tempted to switch to an Apple iPhone at various points. The debate over whether the latest Samsung Galaxy device or the current premium Apple iPhone is unlikely to be settled one way or the other. This is largely due to the fact that many of the factors basically amount to personal preference - which is the device and software that is…

New lost item tracker launched by EE

New lost item tracker launched by EE
EE has announced the launch of TrackR Bravo, a new service that is intended to help smartphone owners find lost items using their mobile devices. TrackR Bravo is a small, coin-sized device that can track anything from lost keys to much larger things such as a bicycle. This comes as part of EE's wider strategy of offering devices and mobile accessories that offer a wider range of…

How to counter mobile ads

How to counter mobile ads
Ads can be a very frustrating experience for smartphone users - arguably even more so than for those using conventional laptops and desktop computers. Pop-up ads can block out the entire screen while browsing the internet or even within apps and can sometimes be difficult to close without being navigated to the advertiser's website. This has been on the news agenda recently, with the UK's largest mobile…

EE plans to allow customers to remove mobile ads

EE plans to allow customers to remove mobile ads
The UK's largest mobile operator EE is considering implementing measures that will allow its customers to control what advertising content they see online. This would represent a major clampdown on a mobile advertising market that is thought to be worth around £2 billion. EE chief executive officer Olaf Swantee told the Telegraph that he has launched a strategic review to decide on whether or not the operator…

First paid-for stickers come to Facebook Messenger

First paid-for stickers come to Facebook Messenger
Stickers are rapidly growing in popularity among instant messaging service users - particularly through smartphone apps such as Facebook Messenger. These stickers have been around for some time now, but now Facebook is really turning things up a notch, thanks to the support of another firm. PicoCandy - third-party messenger app from a Singapore-based startup - will now be selling unofficial sticker packs for $0.99 (£0.66) or…

Facebook unveils Notify app

Facebook unveils Notify app
Facebook has announced the launch of a new app for smartphone users - Notify. This is based on the premise that the social network's notifications are becoming one of the main methods by which people learn about things that are happening in their day-to-day lives. Notify is intended to deliver timely notifications that can be tailored by the user to include just the things that matter to…