GIF support added to WhatsApp for iOS

GIF support added to WhatsApp for iOS
GIF fans who message their friends via the WhatsApp feature on iPhones have undoubtedly been frustrated at the lack of support for the animated image format. However, this is all set to change, as WhatsApp has finally rolled out GIF support for iOS devices on its latest update. As part of version 2.16.15, it is now possible to send and receive animated GIFs - and additional functionality…

Can thinking about smartphones keep you awake at night?

Can thinking about smartphones keep you awake at night?
We've all been kept awake at night thinking of the days activities or things we are looking forward to in the future. A new study has shown that smartphones may be another factor to think about when it comes to factors that can disrupt sleep patterns - and this is particularly the case when it comes to children. The study, which was led by researchers from King's…

Apple hails positive customer response to new iPhones

Apple hails positive customer response to new iPhones
Apple chief Tim Cook has hailed the positive customer response to the latest iPhones - the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Speaking at the announcement of his company's latest financial results, he added that other Apple products are also performing strongly. "We're thrilled with the customer response to iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2, as well as the incredible momentum of our…

Will the DTEK60 be BlackBerry’s last Android smartphone?

Will the DTEK60 be BlackBerry’s last Android smartphone?
BlackBerry has announced the latest in its series of secure Android smartphones, the DTEK60 - and this could be the last device it manufactures that is powered by Google's mobile operating system. The DTEK60 has been designed by French company TCL and it could be BlackBerry's final significant update before the company outsources smartphone production to third parties, a move that was announced earlier in the…

Sony announces availability of intelligent personal assistant Xperia Ear

Sony announces availability of intelligent personal assistant Xperia Ear
Sony has announced that its latest smart product the Xperia Ear is now available - and the device is an in-ear personal assistant intended to help people use their mobiles without the use of their hands. Things like traditional phone calls can be done via conversational vocal interaction and simple head gestures. It is hoped that the device will help to bring about new ways of communicating…

Could PlayStation games be heading to smartphones?

Could PlayStation games be heading to smartphones?
Smartphone gaming is arguably one of the most popular pastimes involving the advanced mobile phones - and it has long since emerged from the niches to become a mainstream activity.The popularity of apps such as Angry Birds is testament to the fact - and the success of that particular game could be seen to have been eclipsed by that of the more recent Pokemon Go. With…

Do smartphone owners want to scrap the headphone jack?

Do smartphone owners want to scrap the headphone jack?
While Apple's decision to drop the industry standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the latest iteration of the iPhone is now old news, the debate surrounding the issue is still hotly contested among smartphone enthusiasts. Indeed, data from YouGov suggests that the computer manufacturing giant may have even lost some custom as a result of the move, with both Apple and iPhone experiencing a slight drop-off in…

West Yorkshire train services to trial smartphone ticketing

West Yorkshire train services to trial smartphone ticketing
West Yorkshire train services are to trial technology that enables passengers to use their smartphone as a ticket. A small test group of West Yorkshire Combined Authority staff will be using smartphones as a replacement for their ticket starting in the autumn. Near Field Communication (NFC) technology has been used to make this possible, in addition to Host Card Emulation (HCE) technology developed by Itso, both of…