Banks to allow account access via fingerprints on smartphones

Times are changing, with news that two banks in the UK are to allow people to use their fingerprint recognition technology on their smartphones to gain access to their accounts. This is thought to be the first time anything like this has been possible in the country.NatWest and RBS are to make this possible on Apple devices at first, as its Touch ID capabilities are…

iPhone 7 rumours starting to emerge

When Apple launched its latest edition of the iPhone, it is fair to say that everyone was in awe. Yes indeed, the tech giant Apple, a pioneer of smartphones – as well as other tech, of course – had once again "reinvented the mobile wheel". The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reconceptualised the classic model that helped Apple cement itself as one of the leading providers of…

3 of the best apps this week

Whether you're a Windows, Android or iOS user, no doubt you love your apps. We've done the work this week and found one for each of the respective platforms that we think make a welcome addition to your experience.Realarm for WindowsDigital, phone-based alarm clocks are useful tools but we don't really think much about. However, as Realarm shows, they can be extremely useful in helping us organise our lives.This app,…

3 of the best apps this week

Whether you're a Windows, Android or iOS user, no doubt you love your apps. We've done the work this week and found one for each of the respective platforms that we think make a welcome addition to your experience. Realarm for Windows Digital, phone-based alarm clocks are useful tools but we don't really think much about. However, as Realarm shows, they can be extremely useful in helping us organise our…

Apple makes iWork available to all

Apple's iWork for iClouds is now available for everyone, irrespective of what device they use. This online version of the company's office suite is surprisingly comprehensive and opens up the service to people who would otherwise miss out.Currently in beta version, the web-focused package makes it easier than ever before to be productive when on the go. As the tech giant says, it allowed for resourcefulness to happen on…

5 Top Valentine’s Day iOS apps

It’s that time of the year when everyone gets into the romantic spirit – yes indeed, Valentine’s Day is upon us. Here are five apps to help get you in the mood, ensure that you have a wonderful time with your partner on the day and additionally, ensure that your relationship is “optimised” at all times. Love Quotes Sometimes you want to tell your partner…

Kill switches is great news for smartphone users

The number of smartphone thefts in major cities like London, New York and San Francisco, has reduced significantly thanks to the “kill switches” that render iPhone and Android devices useless. If a smartphone is snatched by a criminal and a user becomes aware of it, they have the power to remotely turn off their devices. Consequently, when a pickpocket goes to access it or sell…

Ubuntu enters smartphone market

The smartphone market will be home to a new model, the world’s first Ubuntu phone. It is being pitched as a device that puts “content at the heart” of the experience. It will available online at BQ. Dubbed the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition – which is produced by Canonical – the slim device comes with a 4.5-inch screen and unique interface.This offers users a radically different…