Tougher penalties planned for driving phone use

Tougher penalties planned for driving phone use
It often seems like we're becoming increasingly inseparable from our smartphones - but there are times when there's no excuse for not putting them down. One of those times is driving, and the government has announced new plans to tackle mobile phone use on the UK's roads.If the plans are approved, drivers caught holding their phones behind the wheel will face larger fines, receive more…

EE recalls Power Bar chargers

EE recalls Power Bar chargers
Mobile firm EE has announced a recall on its popular Power Bar chargers as a precautionary measure.The company has withdrawn the product amid safety concerns, citing a potential fire risk as the reason behind the recall.And if you're thinking this sounds a little familiar, you'd be right, as the company has already carried out a partial recall on this product this year. Back in August,…

Are smartphones helping consumers cut through Christmas crowds?

Are smartphones helping consumers cut through Christmas crowds?
Gone are the days when consumers needed to brave the cold weather and queue for hours to pick up the perfect Christmas presents. Online shopping has saved many of us from high street hell, but thanks to smartphone technology, fitting the Christmas shop into your day is getting easier.Or is it? According to the BBC, shopping on smartphones is still lagging behind desktops and tablets,…

Facebook Messenger pairs up with Uber

Facebook Messenger pairs up with Uber
Facebook has announced that its Messenger service has joined forces with cab-hailing app Uber to form its first transport offering.That's right, Messenger users will now be able to call a taxi from within the Messenger app - meaning they can arrange their transport without having to interrupt their conversation.They can do this either by clicking on the car icon or, if the address they need…

Android Pay gains ground on Apple Pay

Android Pay gains ground on Apple Pay
Good news is on the horizon for consumers keen to experience the convenience of smartphone payments, as Android Pay announces service improvements.The system now gives users the ability to make in-app purchases, rather than having to change apps in order to pay. This update is something that might help Android Pay gain a little ground on its competitor Apple Pay, with the latter having offered…

OnePlus 2 is to be made available to everyone

There's good news for those who want to to buy a OnePlus 2 smartphone, as the company behind it has scrapped their exclusive invite system for this model.Much like Spotify before it, mobile phone manufacturer OnePlus 2 used to operate an invite system to encourage new users to buy into its products.However, those who are interested in picking up a OnePlus 2 model will now…

Smartphone makers expected to expand trade-in options

Smartphone makers expected to expand trade-in options
Major smartphone manufacturers like Apple and Samsung could be set to expand into the trade-in segment by offering their customers more options for replacing their old iPhone and Galaxy models with new versions of the devices. New research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) has revealed that 2015 could be the first full year of single-digit smartphone growth. Global smartphone shipments are expected to grow by…

Half of shoppers research products online while instore

Half of shoppers research products online while instore
Smartphones are such useful tools that it can sometimes be hard to imagine how we got by without them - and this is certainly the case when it comes to shopping for good deals. Half of all shoppers regularly have their smartphones on hand to research products and look for better prices online when they are in a high street store. A new study from the Interactive…