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…

Instagram hits 400m users, overtaking Twitter

Instagram hits 400m users, overtaking Twitter
Instagram has announced that its community has grown to 400 million regular users, with an estimated 80 million images shared every single day by these individuals. The figure means that Instagram is now more popular than Twitter, which has a regular user base of approximately 316 million. More brands are understood to be flocking to Instagram to tap into the markets this growing user base…

What’s your biggest mobile phone social faux pas?

What’s your biggest mobile phone social faux pas?
Smartphones are increasingly central to our day-to-day lives - and this is particularly the case now that it is so easy to update your social media profile or add a photo to Instagram while on the go. Although this is widely considered normal behaviour, people appear to have developed very strong views on the etiquette surrounding mobile phone use. The latest Communications Market Report from…

Is the selfie trend going from strength to strength?

Is the selfie trend going from strength to strength?
When feature phones started to incorporate low-resolution cameras, not many people would have predicted that they would become as popular as they have today. While they certainly offered convenience, anyone who wanted to take a high quality photo they could keep forever would undoubtedly have preferred to carry a dedicated digital camera around with them. However, with the rise of the smartphone, this is all…

Smartphones have revolutionised the way users browse the Internet

Smartphones have revolutionised the way users browse the Internet
We all know how important owning a smartphone is in our daily lives – smartphones not only allow us to communicate with friends and family but also to easilybrowse and shop online – anywhere, and at anytime. Smartphones have become more important for users than laptops Smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most commonly used device for accessing the internet, according to new research from…

Smartphone power ‘will bring an end to keys, TV remotes and cash’

Smartphone power ‘will bring an end to keys, TV remotes and cash’
Smartphones are becoming more powerful all the time - and this could even lead to the demise of a range of other household items. This is according to futurist Dr Ian Pearson, who said that keys, TV remotes and cash are just some of the items that are likely to become redundant. Pocket mirrors, torches, travel tickets and driving licences were some of the other…

Could your smartphone survive a two-mile drop?

Could your smartphone survive a two-mile drop?
We've all experienced that heart-in-mouth moment when we drop our smartphone. The horror of racing to pick it up and make sure it's glass or plastic casing is not cracked can be overwhelming. So imagine what American businessman Ben Wilson must have gone through when he dropped his iPhone 9,300 feet - approximately 1.76 miles - from a small Beechcraft Bonanza airplane he was flying in. Speaking…

Pre-smartphone life

Pre-smartphone life
There was, for a certain demographic, a life before smartphones. Yeah, shocking, we know - these handheld devices are such a normal part of our everyday existence that it beggars belief that such a world even existed.Curious to know what it was like? Well, you have come to the right place. In this blog, we take a  look at pre-smartphone life - it wasn’t as…