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Smartphone-powered ultrasound machine developed

A new scientific breakthrough from Canadian researchers has paved the way for a smartphone-powered $100 ultrasound machine. This could considerably lower the costs of ultrasound scanners.

Number of mobile phone calls drops in UK

London - A new report from the U.K. technology regulator Ofcom reveals a decline in the number of calls to mobile phones since records began. The survey reveals other interesting online habits.

Mobile phone radiation and memory performance concerns

A new study has found that mobile phone radiation could affect memory performance in adolescents, as evidenced through new tests. This adds weight to other research concerned with radiation emissions from connected technology.

HTC's sales down 68 per cent from last year

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC could be in trouble, as a recent report indicates that the company's sales have tanked. Last year HTC's sales were T$6.9 billion, this year they sunk to T$2.2 billion ($72 million), also down from T$2.45 billion in May.

Long-soaring smartphone market heading to earth

San Francisco - After a decade of sizzling growth, the smartphone market has suddenly cooled.Surveys show smartphone sales last year shrank slightly for the first time since the 2007 debut of the iPhone, and preliminary data this year suggests further deceleration.

What smartphone AI will mean for you

Smartphones have changed the way consumers interact with technology and the way businesses communicate out to consumers. The addition of artificial intelligence to the smartphone is set to change relationships further.

First blockchain smartphone set for release

The first mobile devices equipped with blockchain functionality is to be produced. This will be a new smartphone, with the aim if brining cryptocurrency use and blockchain to the mass market.

Laser used to wirelessly charge a smartphone

Washington - Physicists have used a laser to wirelessly charge a smartphone. This was achieved safely and using the distance of a typical room.

Smartphone with diamond screen set for 2019 release

The first smartphone is a diamond screen is being tested. The device, with a super strong screen, is expected to be released in 2019.

Apple overtakes Samsung in shrinking smartphone market: survey

Washington - Apple overtook Samsung in the fourth quarter as the largest smartphone producer in a declining global market for handsets, research firm IDC said Friday.

Natural Cycles birth control app under fire over pregnancies

Remember the Natural Cycles Smartphone app that came out last year? It was certified by the European Union and was the only app to be called a form of "contraception" in Europe. The start-up company is now under fire for 37 unwanted pregnancies.

New vulnerability exposed for smartphones

Hackers can easily guess your phone PIN using its sensor data, according to new research into mobile device security vulnerabilities from Nanyang Technological University.

'Graphene-like' nanocomposite battery developed

Technologists have a created a new nanocomposite material that increases battery life and also improves the performance of smartphones, tablets, and laptops. In trials the battery outperformed comparable products.

Smartphone market seeing steady growth, as bigger screens rule

Washington - The global smartphone market is expected to see steady if unspectacular growth in the next few years, as consumers turn increasingly to large-screen handsets known as "phablets," a market tracker said Wednesday.

Nokia: Android smartphones biggest malware target in 2017

Android smartphones accounted for the majority of malware attacks over the past year, behind devices running Windows. The figures come from Nokia's Threat Intelligence Lab which warned more needs to be done to keep mobile users secure.

FDA Approves Pill With Digital Tracking System

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first digital pill for the US which tracks if patients have taken their medication. The pill called Abilify MyCite is fitted with a tiny indigestible sensor.

Apple aims to work its magic with iPhone X

San Francisco - With its new iPhone X, Apple is setting the ambitious goal for itself of reinventing the smartphone, again.

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note8

Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy Note8, the next incarnation of the company's flagship phablet. The device has been upgraded with a 6.3-inch Infinity Display and an improved S Pen stylus. Samsung's also assured customers the battery is safe.

Startup Rover looks to big projects to grow its parking app

Toronto is capturing the world’s attention as an innovation ecosystem — and success for startups like parking app Rover could be a sign of the bright things to come.

Ultra-thin hologram promises 3D electronics

Melbourne - An Australian-Chinese research team has made a claim for the world's thinnest hologram. The development promises a 3D holography integrated into a new generation of everyday electronic devices.

Digital technology brings color accuracy to smartphones

The company X-Rite has brought color measurement accuracy to smartphones as well as for online shopping, with its Color-Eye solution. This is designed to improve what consumers actually view.

Technologists solve issues with smartphone document rotation

Why won’t my documents rotate properly? This is a common occurrence for frustrated smartphone users. A new technique has been devised to correct a smartphone's orientation to overcome this annoyance.

I still don't have a smartphone, admits EU's Juncker

Tallinn - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker admitted Friday that he had not yet joined the smartphone revolution, as he helped launch the EU presidency of digital-savvy Estonia.

EU's Juncker admits: 'I still don't have a smartphone'

Tallinn - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker admitted Friday that he had not yet joined the smartphone revolution, as he helped launch the EU presidency of digital-savvy Estonia.

Are smartphones making us more stupid?

Chicago - Smartphones and other connected devices are delivering an array of useful functions and life-enhancing benefits. But is there a cost? Is our ‘over reliance’ on these computers coming at a cost of cognitive decline?

Chrome's radical new Android UI gets a step closer to release

Google has started to roll out a major redesign of Chrome's interface on Android phones. It features a new navigation bar that's moved to the bottom of the display. Called "Chrome Home," it's available now in the latest version of the Chrome Dev app.

Sri Lanka train deaths prompt selfie crackdown

Colombo - Sri Lankan railway authorities announced a crackdown on selfies on Tuesday after a 12-year-old boy was decapitated and two other men also died while snapping themselves on a coastal track.

Samsung investigating Galaxy S8 'iris hack'

Seoul - Samsung Electronics is investigating claims by a German hacking group that it fooled the iris recognition system of the new flagship Galaxy S8 device, the firm said Wednesday.

Smartphones charged in 5 minutes by 2018

Waiting for the day when your smartphone charges in next-to-no time? How about five minutes? The technology to do this is promised by 2018.

Majority of U.S. homes have mobiles but no landline

Is the idea of a fixed landline and a mobile phone coming to a steady end? A new survey of U.S. homes indicates the majority of households have mobiles but no landline.
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