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…

Smartphone power ‘will bring an end to keys, TV remotes and cash’

Smartphone power ‘will bring an end to keys, TV remotes and cash’
Smartphones are becoming more powerful all the time - and this could even lead to the demise of a range of other household items. This is according to futurist Dr Ian Pearson, who said that keys, TV remotes and cash are just some of the items that are likely to become redundant. Pocket mirrors, torches, travel tickets and driving licences were some of the other things he…

Siri could transcribe voicemail messages in future iOS update

Siri could transcribe voicemail messages in future iOS update
Apple workers are testing a new voicemail service that will see personal smartphone assistant Siri answer a user's calls and transcribe voicemail messages. The text of the transcribed voicemail will then be forwarded to the user as a text, removing the need to listen to voicemail at all, Business Insider reports. This functionality could be delivered as part of an iOS update being prepared for launch in…

Could your smartphone survive a two-mile drop?

Could your smartphone survive a two-mile drop?
We've all experienced that heart-in-mouth moment when we drop our smartphone. The horror of racing to pick it up and make sure it's glass or plastic casing is not cracked can be overwhelming. So imagine what American businessman Ben Wilson must have gone through when he dropped his iPhone 9,300 feet - approximately 1.76 miles - from a small Beechcraft Bonanza airplane he was flying in. Speaking…

Are you using your smartphone securely?

Are you using your smartphone securely?
Smartphones are so ubiquitous in our daily lives that it is easy to forget they only started to take off in 2007, with the launch of the first Apple iPhone. And they are becoming even more useful with each successive generation, being used for an increasing range of purposes - the release of Apple Pay stands as testament to that, as smartphones may soon even replace our…

How to make the most of the Apple Pay rollout

How to make the most of the Apple Pay rollout
Apple Pay launched in the UK a couple of weeks ago - July 14th - and the mobile payment and digital wallet service has been picking up partners at quite a pace. HSBC and First Direct now on board, joining existing partner banks American Express, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and the Ulster Bank. Halifax, the Bank of Scotland, M&S Bank, Lloyds…