BlackBerry Leap: All-touchscreen device for young professionals

BlackBerry has announced at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona its latest development in all-touch smartphones. Leap is designed for "young mobile professionals" and is pitched as an affordable and powerful device that works especially well for "career builders". This new smartphone, which, it must be reinforced, does not come with a physical keyboard – as can be found on its Classic model –…

Unique mobile subscribers to increase to 4.6bn by 2020

By 2020, an extra one billion people will become mobile subscribers, according to a new report from the GSMA.The paper, entitled The Mobile Economy: 2015, explains that the number of unique mobile subscribers will increase to 4.6 billion over the next five years.As a whole, this is equivalent to 60 per cent of the global population, demonstrating how prevalent these devices have become."A decade ago, just…

Ikea launches smartphone charging furniture

Ikea has announced that it has designed furniture that will allow people to wirelessly charge their smartphones and other devices. Using the latest in QI wireless technology, these items, including desks, bedside tables and even lamps, will act as charging hotspots. The Scandinavian company said that the tech-inspired furniture is a response to changing consumer demands. People want, for example, easy and more efficient charging methods to simplify their lives. In this busy…

Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S6

Good things come to those who wait, so the old saying goes, and, as fans of Samsung's range of Galaxy smartphones can attest to, their patience has paid off in spectacular form. As of March 1st, the world is home to a bold new vision – the Galaxy S6 (and, for added pleasure, a larger sibling dubbed the Galaxy S6 Edge).The South Korean tech giant…

Moto E: Budget brilliance

Motorola has lifted the lid on its latest Moto E Android smartphone, providing users with 4G ready technology and power at a cost of the price that many would expect on such a device. No doubt there will be plenty of people all around the world keen to sell and recycle their existing phones to get their hands on this smart, faster and more enjoyable upgrade. The Moto E line…

Google: Let’s make email better

Google wants email to be better. It is, as we all know, a great tool, a perfect accompaniment that helps us manage our workload and communicate with stakeholders, yet at times it can be a hindrance.In a recent blog post "Let's build a new work inbox together", the tech giant begins with a question – a statement, if you will – that many of us…

Samsung Galaxy S6 big reveal gets industry buzzing

Samsung has just sent the smartphone industry into a frenzy of excitement with the next update in its savvy media campaign for its latest Galaxy model. In a bold claim on a sign-up page that allows prospective buyers to find out more information about the Galaxy S6, the South Korean tech giant says that "the next big thing is almost here". The tag line for…

Smartphone design ‘levelling out’

When it comes to smartphone aesthetics, what more can be done? This is a question that many people in the industry are asking, as we appear to be reaching critical point in their development. The standard design these days is a rectangular-shaped device, made soft with slightly curved edges and equipped with a high-resolution touchscreen surface that delivers excellent visuals and usability. Now, there is certainly nothing wrong with…