How smartphones have changed our shopping habits

How smartphones have changed our shopping habits
Online shopping is now the norm, with millions of us routinely turning to the internet to buy everything from groceries to our summer holidays.The emergence of smartphones has undoubtedly helped to fuel this trend. We can browse the online stores of our favourite shops anywhere and everywhere, and retailers are actively optimising their sites so they are easy to use on mobile devices.According to Dimitrios…

How often do you use your smartphone?

How often do you use your smartphone?
It's a simple question, but if you were asked how often you picked up your smartphone, what would you say? After all, it's often an automatic reflex these days. As soon as the conversation falls silent or the ad break starts in the middle of your favourite TV programme, you pick up your handset and see what's happening on Twitter. Chances are we underestimate just…

Useful smartphone accessories for music lovers

Useful smartphone accessories for music lovers
Smartphones have become integral to so many people's lives for a wide range of reasons, not least of which is their diverse functionality. From being able to keep up to speed with our friends, family and loved ones via social media, through to taking great photos and listening to your favourite tracks, there really does seem to be something for everyone. The wide range of…

Global smartphone shipments fall in Q1

Global smartphone shipments fall in Q1
Smartphone shipments across the world fell for the first time ever during the first quarter of 2016, new figures have revealed. According to data from Strategy Analytics, the number of global smartphone shipments between January and March this year came to 335 million. This is three per cent lower than the figure recorded in the corresponding period of 2015 and the first time a year-on-year…

Make the best use of your smartphone overseas

Make the best use of your smartphone overseas
In this digital age, a smartphone is just as much of a travel essential as sunglasses and a beach towel. However, using smartphones overseas can be very costly in a number of ways. So here a few things to bear in mind if you wish to avoid paying over the odds. Turn off data roaming If your phone is set to automatically connect to the…

Is speaking to friends online as good as being there in person?

Is speaking to friends online as good as being there in person?
There can be no doubt that smartphones have radically changed the ways we interact with one another. Even more so than the old feature phones like the classic Nokia 3310, the smartphone has had a noticeable impact on people's lives since they were popularised with the launch of the first iPhone back in 2007. Mobiles in general made socialising more flexible. Before them, if you…

Tips for choosing the right smartphone

Tips for choosing the right smartphone
The smartphone market is fairly well saturated these days, which for consumers is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, there is a huge amount of choice when it comes to picking your device; on the other, it really can be difficult to tell which handset is best for you. After all, it's easy to be swayed by the most popular device…

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…