Understanding signal bars

Understanding signal bars
We accept, as standard, that the tiny bars that appear on our smartphones demonstrate to us how strong or weak our signal is.However, while that is true up to a point, the actual picture is a little less coherent and, for want of a better word, “correct”.In short, explains Steve van Skike, senior manager of Test and Regulatory for Nextivity, there is no actual standard…

Nokia: The return

Nokia: The return
Sure, Apple and Samsung are the big players of the smartphone world but they owe their success to Nokia, a name that still commands a lot of respect and awe.While it is no longer the force it once was, there is something about the brand that gets people excited.First generation mobile users are nostalgic about the device, while newer users are all aware of the…

App of the week: Charity Miles

App of the week: Charity Miles
Available for iOS and Android, Charity Miles is an app that is looking to make the world a better place through technology.In short, you can “earn money” for charities through walking, running and cycling. As the developers put it, “it’s as easy as this: get moving”.So, how does it work? Well, all you need to do is click on the app icon (assuming, of course,…

Funny people to follow on Twitter

Funny people to follow on Twitter
If you are keen on bringing some humour to your Twitter account then check out our list of comedic recommendations. We reckon these funny guys will have you in stitches as soon as you’ve followed them. Your Twitter account will never be the same. Russell Brand Who: Comedian activist who shoots the odd Hollywood movie and is the former husband of pop megastar Katy Perry.…

Top gardening apps

Top gardening apps
It’s starting to feel and look more like spring, so with that in mind, here are some top gardening apps to invest in. Garden Squared for Android The excellent app is perfect for planning out your garden in detail. It allows you to use dimensions from one by one square foot plots to four by eight plots. One of the selling points is the app's…

LG files smartphone/smartwatch hybrid

LG files smartphone/smartwatch hybrid
The age of the smartwatch is truly upon us, with the whole world waiting in anticipation for Apple to drop its already iconic gizmo. This is going to be a gamechanger to say the least.Sure there are other equally brilliant alternatives out there, such as Samsung’s Gear S, Sony’s SmartBand Talk and Asus’ Zenwatch, but it is fair to say, from what we’ve seen in…

New tech lets you ‘control smartphone with your hair’

New tech lets you ‘control smartphone with your hair’
It sounds like an April Fools’ Day joke, except, well, it isn’t. You can now use your smartphone by playing with your hair. Yes, indeed, you read that correctly - your handheld device can be controlled by manipulating your locks. Katia Vega, founder of Beauty Technology - which is described as being an “emerging field in wearable computing that hides components within beauty products -…