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Dangers of some health apps as HIV is misdiagnosed

The case of Esther, who sells water on the side of the road in Kenya and whose smartphone misdiagnosed HIV, has featured in news media as a warning about the claims made by health apps.

Android apps found to be mining information from smartphones

The use of apps is commonplace and we’re increasingly reliant upon using apps to organize our schedules and to obtain information. One concern with the ubiquity of apps, highlighted by Virginia Tech, is with apps colluding to mine our information.

Smartphone adapted to screen for food poisoning

A smartphone has been successfully adapted to screen food samples for the pathogen Escherichia coli 0517. It is hoped the speed and portability of the application will enhance food safety.

Self-healing smartphone screen in development

Imagine you've scratched or broken your smartphone screen. Instead of the inevitable costly repair, what if the screen could repair itself? This is what University of California Riverside scientists have been developing.

Boy, aged 11, racks up $7000 bill for mobile games

Chorley - An young boy, unknown to him at the time, spent around $7,000 playing online games after accessing his family's iTunes account.

Super flexible mobile phones from new silver compound

Flexible electronics is part of the future state development of electronic devices. Key to this are flexible touchscreens and such technology may be possible from the discovery of silver wires, between about 10 and 40 nanometers wide.

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.
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