Smartphones to become ‘more sophisticated and powerful’ by 2016

You may not know it but ARM has a lot of clout when it comes to your smartphone. In short, the British-based company provides "scalable, energy-efficient processors", which, in turn, "deliver insight". It has just announced that its latest developments in chip technology will "set a new standard for premium experiences" on mobile devices from 2016 onwards. Key to the new upgrades is ARM's Cortex-A72 processor, which…

Facebook launches new service called Place Tips

Facebook has introduced a new feature called Place Tips, which provides smartphone users with "fun, useful and relevant info" about the location you are currently at. In an official company post, Mike LeBeau, product manager, said that the new service will at least initially appear at the top of your news feed when you are out and about. On seeing a Place Tips icon appear,…

Twitter now allows group messaging and video sharing

In the battle between social media sites Twitter and Facebook, there were always a couple of things that Facebook could offer that just made it a tiny bit more user-friendly for those who prefer group privacy and enjoy visual and audio content.However, the stakes are now up as Twitter has announced some new features which will no doubt make many of its millions of users…

What we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy S6

The time has almost come for Samsung to unveil its latest flagship smartphone, so what else can we expect than for the rumour mill to once again switch on and start running as fast as it can with whisperings and pieces of information?While the South Korean company may not have had the easiest run so far over the past year, it is looking like the…

BlackBerry chief calls for ‘app neutrality’

John Chen, chief executive officer of BlackBerry wants to see more "app neutrality" to ensure that all the big technology companies are able to compete fairly in this highly competitive market. In a letter to chairmen of various members of Congress, which he published on the company's website, Mr Chen said that there are inconsistencies to the current system, which allows others to achieve a monopoly at the…

BBC upgrades news app

The BBC has done well to adapt to the digital age and with more and more of its viewers – and readers it has to be said – engaging with the broadcaster via its app, it is keen to make sure that coverage is up-to-date and relevant.It recently announced that its News app has received a major revamp, with personalisation at the heart of the…

Shopping and utilities apps ‘increasingly popular’

Apps are big business these days, so much so that they are becoming increasingly central to many organisations, from all walks of life. Simply put, there is a huge demand for them.This is backed by research. A new study from Flurry's analytics department found that last year, overall app usage grew by a whopping 76 per cent. Usage, it has to be noted, is defined…

Google’s Classroom now accessible on smartphones

The use of smartphones in all sorts of newfangled ways is one of the most important trends in these devices, allowing people from all spheres, industries and disciplines to utilise handheld technology in any manner of way. We already know the impact that technology can have on education and one of the leading forces in this area is Google, which launched Classroom around half a year…