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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.

BlackBerry planning two mid-range Android phones for 2016

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has said the company will launch two mid-range Android-powered smartphones this year. BlackBerry's first Android device, the premium Priv, has failed to revive the firm's falling sales due to quality issues and a steep price.

Google may adopt Apple's programming language as Android default

Google could be planning to adopt Apple's open-source Swift programming language for use in building Android apps. Doing so would be a huge task requiring the rewrite of many existing code libraries but would free Google from its ongoing issues with Java.

Rumours: Samsung Galaxy Note 6 to be fully water resistant

Rumours surrounding Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 6 phablet are beginning to pick up, revealing what the next generation of the power user phone will include. A new report claims the Note 6 may feature an iris scanner to let you unlock it with your eyes.

Reddit's first mobile apps are available to download now

Discussion board website Reddit has finally launched its official mobile apps for Android and iOS. After a beta testing period, the app became publicly available today, giving you a faster way to access Reddit without navigating the mobile website.

SwiftKey built a keyboard to help you write like Shakespeare

Popular third-party Android and iOS keyboard SwiftKey has announced a new keyboard to mark the 400th anniversary of the revered playwright William Shakespeare's death. ShakeSpeak is a "limited edition" keyboard that lets you type in the bard's style.

Huawei unveils the P9 and P9 Plus — Flagships to rival the iPhone

Huawei has officially announced its new flagship smartphones, the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus. The handsets target the premium end of the market and aim to demonstrate that the Chinese company can rival the likes of Apple and Samsung.

Samsung planning to launch a folding smartphone next year

Samsung is designing a folding smartphone for launch in 2017, according to a new report based on its efforts to create folding displays. Such a design would make larger phones easier to put in pockets while retaining the high-resolution display.

Apple, Google have been asked to decrypt phones at least 63 times

The U.S. government has attempted to force Apple, Google and other smartphone manufacturers to unlock at least 63 devices. The FBI is demanding access to a lot more than one phone, despite its recent claims in the Apple case.

Microsoft admits Windows 10 Mobile isn't moving, 'not our focus'

Microsoft has explained its plans for Windows 10 Mobile for the year ahead, revealing that smartphones currently aren't its focus and the company won't be concentrating on the platform in 2016. The news may dishearten Windows Phone fans.

Wireless charging's biggest issue solved with new 3x faster pad

Wireless charging is useful, but it's not without its limitations. In taking advantage of the added convenience, you have to sacrifice charging speed. LG has developed a solution, a wireless charger three times faster than today's models.

Brighter, clearer AMOLED displays to come to more smartphones

Higher quality displays are likely to be available on more smartphones in the near future, giving you a better experience regardless of your budget. The price of high-quality AMOLED displays has recently dropped significantly to undercut older LCD panels.

Nintendo's debut mobile game played by 1m in first three days

The first smartphone title released by declining gaming giant Nintendo has been received positively by early players. Over 1 million people have downloaded Miitomo in its first three days of availability, boosting Nintendo's share value.
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