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Apple's new red iPhone shows how boring smartphones have become

A plague has infected the modern smartphone industry: monotony. Take a stroll through the aisles of a mobile-phone retailer and you'll see an endless stream of brushed aluminum, gleaming glass, and muted shades of gold and silver.

Super-fast charging from new Meizu device

Chinese company Meizu has showcased its new Super mCharge technology. The device can fully charge a zeroed-out battery in just over 20 minutes.

Space weather starting to affect smartphones

Getting a poor reception on your smartphone or other mobile device might not only be down to a lack of transmitters or interference from technology; the bombardment of Earth from space particles is also a factor, according to a new study.

Op-Ed: iPhone celebrates 10 year anniversary

Today marks the ten year anniversary of Steve Jobs' unveiling of the iPhone. Ten years on, the iPhone is undeniably one of the most important pieces of consumer technology out there.

New battery promises to double smartphone life

A new battery, intended for smartphones and other mobile devices, promises to boost power and running time. This comes about by the battery weight being reduced by half.

New BlackBerry is on show at CES 2017 — complete with keyboard

This year’s CES convention in Las Vegas will feature a brand new Blackberry. And yes, the phone will come with a qwerty keyboard.

What your choice of smartphone says about you

What does your choice of smartphone reveal about your personality? Are Android users really more honest than iPhone users? New research says so.

Lensless camera technology promises improved picture quality

Hitachi has produced a camera technology capable of capturing video images without using a lens. Remarkably, the focus of the image can be altered once the image has been captured.

Ukrainian man changes name to 'iPhone 7,' wins a free smartphone

Kiev - A man in Ukraine legally changed his name to iPhone 7 in order to get a free smartphone. However he plans to change his name back again, probably when he has children.

Smartphone batteries inspired by intestines

An odd mix – human biology and batteries designed to power smartphones – but it seems to work. A new type of lithium-sulfur battery has been designed along the lines of the structure of the cells in the gut.

UV light used to make smartphone cameras better

The smartphone market is driven by incremental improvements to device models. One key selling point is the camera. The next generation of smartphone cameras could be improved by an innovation using UV light.

Samsung tested its Note 7 batteries in-house

With Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 now completely recalled, investigations are continuing into how the flawed device made it to consumers in the first place. It has been revealed Samsung took responsibility for the battery testing, instead of third-party labs.

Swapping hands boosts phone signal

Aalborg - A new study suggests swapping hands helps to boost mobile phone signals. If you're struggling for a connection, it's recommended you switch hands to hold your mobile device.

Etihad airline bans use of Samsung 'exploding' mobiles

Abu Dhabi - Etihad Airways said Friday it has temporarily banned the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on board its flights following reports of explosions from faulty batteries in some handsets.

US warns against using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on planes

Washington - The US Federal Aviation Administration strongly urged passengers not to turn on or charge Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on aircraft following recent reports of explosions from faulty batteries.

Qantas, Virgin Australia ground Samsung Note 7 after recall

Sydney - Australian carriers Qantas and Virgin Australia told customers on Thursday not to use or charge Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 during flights after faulty batteries in the new smartphone caused some handsets to explode.

Explosive batteries prompt Samsung Note 7 recall in Canada, U.S.

Samsung has suspended sales of its new premium flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in Canada, the United States, South Korea and seven other countries following reports that some of their batteries caught fire or exploded.

Mobile 4G speed record has been broken

A new record has been established for a mobile device operating on the 4G mobile phone technology Internet. This is based on a claim from the mobile operator.

Growing numbers of iPhones affected by alarming 'Touch Disease'

There are growing reports that a new "Touch Disease" defect is plaguing two-year-old iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. It leaves the displays on the handsets flickering and unresponsive, rendering the device unusable. Apple is yet to comment on the issue.

Ever wondered how many times you touch your smartphone?

For most people smartphones are part and parcel of their lives, almost becoming an extension of their arms. We use smartphones a lot, with the typical person touching their device 2,617 each day.

Hexagonal smartphone unveiled for 'the small hands of women'

A Chinese smartphone startup company has unveiled a unique handset design targeted specifically at "the small hands of women." The Android-powered Keecoo K1 is shaped into a hexagon, supposedly making it easier for women to hold.

iPhone 7s coming in 2017: Novelty design or blast from the past?

A brand new redesign of the iPhone keeps all the best features of the previous models intact while looking back at the all-glass body that made the iPhone 4 so popular. That's just one of the rumours circulating around Apple's upcoming 2017 iPhone 7s.

The world's first $4 Android smartphone is finally launching

Back in February, Indian telecoms firm Ringing Bells unveiled a smartphone that costs just $4. It quickly ran into trouble though, being investigated for fraud allegations and claims it directly copied other handsets. Four months on, it's finally on sale.

Monohm's circular smartphone now available for preorder

First announced a year ago at the Mobile World Congress, Monohm has now officially released its "anti-smartphone," the circular Runcible, for pre-order.

New AI app for the iPhone gives you an 'intelligent memory'

A new app is seeking to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning to the iPhone, giving you an "intelligent memory" inside your smartphone. Snips has modelled the way humans learn to create an app that sorts and links all your data.

This flexible smartphone has a holographic 3D display

Researchers have built a smartphone that features a holographic display capable of showing 3D images without wearing glasses. The phone has a flexible body that can be curved and bent into different positions. Different commands are triggered by flexing.

Top Apple analyst: iPhone 7 to be a 'disappointment'

iPhone fans are in for a "disappointment" this year, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. According to Kuo, the iPhone 7 has no standout features and could send iPhone sales back to 2014 levels in a worst case scenario of demand.

Google's new tool lets you build your own photographic phone case

Google has announced a new online tool to let owners of its Nexus smartphones create truly unique cases featuring their own photo or map and overlay design. "My Live Case" rivals Motorola's similar Moto Maker, making phones more personal.

HTC's Boost+ app can boost the performance of every Android phone

HTC didn’t just announce a new flagship smartphone today. It also introduced a new system tuning app that will be available on every Android smartphone. It can intelligently tune performance, improve battery life and increase security.

HTC 10 unveiled — A flagship phone to save a falling firm

HTC has announced the HTC 10, its flagship Android smartphone for 2016. The company has redesigned the handset and upgraded the screen, camera and battery life in an attempt to attract consumers back to its brand after years of falling sales.
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