Sony announces availability of intelligent personal assistant Xperia Ear

Sony announces availability of intelligent personal assistant Xperia Ear
Sony has announced that its latest smart product the Xperia Ear is now available - and the device is an in-ear personal assistant intended to help people use their mobiles without the use of their hands. Things like traditional phone calls can be done via conversational vocal interaction and simple head gestures. It is hoped that the device will help to bring about new ways…

Could PlayStation games be heading to smartphones?

Could PlayStation games be heading to smartphones?
Smartphone gaming is arguably one of the most popular pastimes involving the advanced mobile phones - and it has long since emerged from the niches to become a mainstream activity. The popularity of apps such as Angry Birds is testament to the fact - and the success of that particular game could be seen to have been eclipsed by that of the more recent Pokemon…

Do smartphone owners want to scrap the headphone jack?

Do smartphone owners want to scrap the headphone jack?
While Apple's decision to drop the industry standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the latest iteration of the iPhone is now old news, the debate surrounding the issue is still hotly contested among smartphone enthusiasts. Indeed, data from YouGov suggests that the computer manufacturing giant may have even lost some custom as a result of the move, with both Apple and iPhone experiencing a slight drop-off…

West Yorkshire train services to trial smartphone ticketing

West Yorkshire train services to trial smartphone ticketing
West Yorkshire train services are to trial technology that enables passengers to use their smartphone as a ticket. A small test group of West Yorkshire Combined Authority staff will be using smartphones as a replacement for their ticket starting in the autumn. Near Field Communication (NFC) technology has been used to make this possible, in addition to Host Card Emulation (HCE) technology developed by Itso,…

BlackBerry outsources smartphone design

BlackBerry outsources smartphone design
Smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has announced that it is outsourcing production to newly formed joint venture PT BB Merah Putih. As a result of the move, BlackBerry will no longer be designing its own handsets, having fallen behind major rivals Apple and Samsung. The Canadian firm helped to pioneer the smartphone market and was once famed for its tiny physical keyboards. However, the growing popularity of…

Mobile phone seen as future of payments by UK adults

Mobile phone seen as future of payments by UK adults
Growing numbers of UK adults see the smartphone as their preferred method of payment over the traditional credit or debit card, according to a new study. Research carried out by Mastercard specified that 41 per cent of UK consumers now hold this view. The Impact of Innovation study from the financial provider explored the attitudes to technology among 23,000 consumers in 23 different countries across…