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Smartphones are causing a 'visual health crisis' in China

A major Chinese health research center recently published a white paper on the country's visual health. The findings weren't great.

Huawei reveals how it's convincing people to buy its phones

Huawei still has only a small presence in markets outside of its native Asia. The company is rapidly growing though, spreading its smartphones across the world to reach new audiences. Today it revealed how it's converting customers to its brand.

Nokia McLaren's innovative gesture display revealed in full

Two years since it was cancelled, Nokia's innovative 'McLaren' smartphone has been fully revealed and reviewed. The device would have implemented a form of "3D Touch" technology — a year before Apple — using a revolutionary gesture-based display.

Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5, survives up to 80% of drops

Corning has unveiled Gorilla Glass 5, the next-generation version of its flagship smartphone cover glass used by the top handsets from the world's leading manufacturers. The new glass can resist drops and scratches better than ever before.

Mobile network flaw puts millions of phones at risk of hijacking

A flaw in code used by essential components of the world's telecoms infrastructure could allow cybercriminals to gain complete control of mobile networks and millions of smartphones. The bug is present across the industry and will never be fully patched.

Android Nougat will lock down your phone when malware's detected

Google is debuting a new feature with Android 7.0 Nougat that prevents phones booting if modified software components are detected. Designed to prevent malware infecting the operating system's core, the company has admitted it could throw false positives.

Facebook Messenger reaches one billion monthly active users

Facebook Messenger has crossed the one billion user mark, becoming one of few online services to gain such a following. The standalone messaging app is rapidly expanding to include new features that are proving to be popular and attractive to new users.

ZTE ZMax Pro offers a 6-inch display for less than $100

ZTE has unveiled the ZMax Pro, a 6-inch phablet with a competent camera and processor that retails for less than $100. The phone is the latest budget-oriented but relatively high-end device to be launched by ZTE and is currently available on MetroPCS.

Samsung insists the Galaxy S7 Active is actually water resistant

Samsung has found itself in a spot of hot water after two of its Galaxy S7 Active rugged smartphones failed Consumer Reports' water immersion test. It has made an official response to the findings, insisting the handsets do meet the required standard.

Windows 10 won't be on 1bn devices by 2018 due to Lumia phones

Over a year ago, Microsoft publicly announced that it expected Windows 10 to reach 1 billion devices by mid-2018. Now halfway to that deadline, Microsoft has admitted it won't be possible to reach the target, blaming Lumia phones for the shortfall.

Google announces new emoji to represent women equally

The Unicode Emoji Subcommittee has approved the addition of several new emoji that endorse gender equality between men and women. The committee has added several new emoji after Google highlighted how women's careers aren't well represented.

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.

Facebook has a data centre full of five-year-old smartphones

Facebook's data centres mostly contain racks of servers to store user data. Though one of them holds something a little different. Inside a facility in Oregon, the company is testing its apps on hundreds of ancient smartphones, measuring performance.

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus revealed in leak, includes dual-lens camera

Apple is likely to launch its next iPhone within the next two months. With only weeks to go, a new set of images has revealed the iPhone 7 in full, including the new dual-lens camera and smart connector accessory port for the larger Plus variant.

Samsung refreshes Galaxy phones for India, adds a worse display

Samsung has announced new versions of its India-exclusive Galaxy On5 and Galaxy On7 Android smartphones. The budget-oriented devices are designed to appeal to the masses in one of the world's largest emerging digital markets.

Qualcomm unveils new processor to power summer's top phones

Qualcomm has unveiled an upgraded version of its popular Snapdragon 820 flagship mobile processor. The new chip will find a home in smartphones set to be launched over the next six months, iterating over the original and boosting performance.

A Brexit analysis: The effects of the European crisis on Apple

Even though the UK is not one of the biggest markets for Apple, Brexit’s impact on Apple is one of the hottest topics. Only 22 percent of Apple’s sales come from Europe, with the UK only contributing to around 3.5 percent of total sales.

Review: Charge your devices anywhere with Choetech's USB-C accessories

Charging accessories aren't the most exciting area of tech but increasingly they're more innovative and important. As smartphones slim down, battery life is sacrificed, leaving you low on power. Choetech's USB-C range helps you top up in record time.

Forget microSD — Something far better has finally arrived

Samsung has announced the world's first UFS removable memory cards for mobile devices, available in capacities up to 256 gigabytes. UFS is the replacement for the ubiquitous microSD used by current smartphones and offers huge performance improvements.

Samsung unveils a limited edition Olympic-themed Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung has announced a special and highly limited edition version of the Galaxy S7 edge, its current flagship smartphone. The handset has been built in celebration of the Rio 2016 Olympic games and will be handed out to participating Olympians.

Google's sleek new Nexus devices revealed in leaked photo

Amid reports of Google building its own phone to regain control of Android, an image has appeared that shows its two Nexus-badged devices to be launched this summer. Built by ailing giant HTC, the phones have an aluminium body.

Nintendo now wants to build game controllers for smartphones

Struggling video game company Nintendo has announced another new idea that could turn its business around. Expanding on its recent entry into smartphone gaming, the company sees value in creating physical game controllers for mobile devices.

Samsung might be building a new VR headset for the Galaxy Note 7

As excitement builds for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 7 phablet, rumours suggest the company is working on an updated Gear VR headset to accompany the new phone. The revised model will use a USB-C port and may have some new features.

Huawei uses $4,500 professional camera to fake a smartphone photo

Chinese smartphone brand Huawei has been caught up in an embarrassing social media incident that has eroded trust in its brand. It implied that a photo uploaded to its Google+ account was shot on its P9 smartphone. It was actually taken on a $4,500 DSLR.

Leak reveals Samsung's powerhouse Galaxy Note 7 phablet in full

Ahead of its release this summer, a leak has revealed the complete design of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 7 phablet. The next-generation version of the stylus-touting power-user friendly device has a few major changes over the Note 5.

Buy Android apps once, share with your family for free

Google has announced it is making a highly requested change to Google Play which will make the cost of purchasing apps and games significantly less for families. You'll be able to share your Android apps with up to six family members for free.

Facebook Paper is closing down

Facebook has announced it is closing down its news-reading app Paper. The app failed to emulate the success of news aggregators like Flipboard and will be closed down next month two years after its launch. The app has already been pulled from iOS.

Encryption on 'tens of millions' of phones could easily be broken

A security researcher has discovered that a major flaw in Android's full disk encryption technology could leave the data on tens of millions of devices at risk. A kernel vulnerability can be used to break through the encryption and access user files.

Android N to be named 'Nougat,' launching this summer

After months of speculation, Google has officially announced the sweet-themed nickname for Android N, the next major Android release. The update will be known as "Nougat" and follows names including Lollipop and Marshmallow.

Google reportedly building its own Android phone from scratch

Google is reportedly planning a move to disrupt the Android ecosystem by launching its own smartphone developed entirely in-house. Its current range of Nexus handsets are built by external companies. Google now wants control, abandoning the Nexus name.
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