First paid-for stickers come to Facebook Messenger

First paid-for stickers come to Facebook Messenger
Stickers are rapidly growing in popularity among instant messaging service users - particularly through smartphone apps such as Facebook Messenger. These stickers have been around for some time now, but now Facebook is really turning things up a notch, thanks to the support of another firm. PicoCandy - third-party messenger app from a Singapore-based startup - will now be selling unofficial sticker packs for $0.99 (£0.66) or…

Facebook unveils Notify app

Facebook unveils Notify app
Facebook has announced the launch of a new app for smartphone users - Notify. This is based on the premise that the social network's notifications are becoming one of the main methods by which people learn about things that are happening in their day-to-day lives. Notify is intended to deliver timely notifications that can be tailored by the user to include just the things that matter to…

New smartphone bug puts Android devices at risk

New smartphone bug puts Android devices at risk
New trojanised adware has been discovered by mobile security firm Lookout, which is thought to affect over 20,000 popular apps available on the Google Play store. Some of the malware posing as a legitimate version of the most popular apps include imitations of Candy Crush, Facebook, GoogleNow, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp and many more. Adware is traditionally used to aggressively push ads, but it is now becoming compromised.…

Smartphones outpace computer ownership among the young

Smartphones outpace computer ownership among the young
Smartphone ownership has reached the point where it has overtaken computers, with the more traditional desktops being a category with declining ownership numbers for the past decade.This is according to the findings of the 2015 Technology Device Ownership report from Pew Research, which specified that this was particularly the case among US adults aged 19 to 29 years old.Some 78 per cent of millennials own…

How often do you check your smartphone without realising?

How often do you check your smartphone without realising?
Smartphone owners use their devices for an average of five hours a day and check it for messages about 85 times in the same period - without even realising they are doing so. This is according to the findings of a new study carried out by researchers at Nottingham Trent University and published in the scientific journal Plos One. When asked about what they thought of their…

Facebook improves notifications tab on mobile

Facebook improves notifications tab on mobile
Facebook has announced an expanded notifications tab in its dedicated smartphone app, which incorporates more scope for personalisation. Hundreds of thousands of smartphone users log onto Facebook with their mobile every single day.Regardless of whether this is for keeping up to date with friends, family and loved ones or posting cute cat videos, the social network says that it has been getting consistent feedback asking for…

Striking design and newest tech combine on HTC One A9

Striking design and newest tech combine on HTC One A9
HTC has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone - the HTC One A9. The device combines the acclaimed and innovative design the manufacturer is famed for, along with all the latest mobile operating system (OS) developments in the form of Google's Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The company has dubbed its approach to design 'metalmorphics', as it is inspired by nature, with rich colours such as Carbon Gray, Opal…

Smartphone orders prompt takeaway sales boost

Smartphone orders prompt takeaway sales boost
The surge in smartphone usage has had a knock-on effect on the takeaway industry, with sales forecast to hit £8 billion thanks in large part to people ordering online through websites and mobile apps. Figures from Euromonitor International show that overall spending on pizza, curry and Chinese food is expected to grow by 28 per cent during this decade to £7.6bn a year, the Guardian reports. It…