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Mix, tune and make music on your mobile device

Beyond just listening to music, your phone or tablet can also do much more when accompanied with the right apps. From instrument tuners to DJ apps and full music creation tools, here are the things you need to unlock the musical potential of your phone.

Nokia confirms that it will return to smartphones next year

Finnish telecom company Nokia has hinted it will begin smartphone production again next year, confirming several recent rumours. Nokia has to wait until Microsoft's acquired license on its name expires at the end of this year.

Google updates Android Wear to defend against the Apple Watch

Google has released an update for Android Wear ahead of the imminent release of the Apple Watch. It adds a few new useful features to the smartwatch operating system and is designed to make your watch "more helpful."

EE free portable charger offer attracts record numbers to stores

UK mobile operator EE's offer of a free portable charger to customers has proven to be incredibly popular. Visits to stores were up over 300 percent over the weekend as the chargers became available and the company has now used up all of its supply.

Sony unveils the Xperia Z4: Uncannily like the Xperia Z3

Sony has announced the Xperia Z4, its flagship Android smartphone for this year. It uses a design that is almost identical to its predecessor though with the only notable changes being some of the internals.

Here is Microsoft's response to bricked Lumia 520s on Windows 10

Microsoft has responded to claims from several users that their Nokia Lumia 52x-series was bricked when rolling back to Windows Phone 8.1 from Windows 10 and explained what has caused the issue. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of a fix for owners.

The OnePlus Two could be shown off in just two days

Niche smartphone brand OnePlus has sent out invites to a press event on Monday where it is expected that the company's new handset, the OnePlus Two, will be unveiled with updated hardware and improved internals.

China now downloads more iOS apps than the U.S., says new report

A new report has found that Chinese iPhone users have downloaded more apps than those in the U.S. during the first quarter of this year. Apple has become one of China's most-popular brands and iPhones are cherished products in the market.

You can now find your lost Android phone by Googling it online

You can now find a lost Android phone online with a simple Google search. The new feature is incorporated directly into search results when you type "find my phone" into the Google search bar, if location services are enabled on the phone.

Review: The Inateck BR1001 lets you stream music to any speakers

The Inateck BR1001 Bluetooth audio receiver lets you play music wirelessly from a mobile device through any set of speakers. It is a useful addition to the home of any tech-lover and can also be used while on the move.

Leak reveals LG's leather-clad G4 smartphone in all its colours

A dedicated microsite to the upcoming LG G4 has been uncovered online. On it, the flagship smartphone is pictured in full for the first time and is shown to be something unique and clad in a variety of different colours of leather.

Leak reveals LG's leather-clad G4 smartphone in all its colours

A dedicated microsite to the upcoming LG G4 has been uncovered online. On it, the flagship smartphone is pictured in full for the first time and is shown to be something unique and clad in a variety of different colours of leather.

New Windows 10 for Phones build brings many new features

Microsoft has just pushed out a new update to the Windows 10 preview for phones. With it comes several new features including improvements to core apps, multitasking and the first inclusion of the Project Spartan web browser.

New aluminium battery charges phone in just one minute

Scientists have created a new battery that is capable of fully charging a smartphone in just one minute. Made of aluminium, it could replace today's lithium models in the future and is billed as being much safer too.

Samsung responds to bending S6 claims with its own video test

Samsung has responded to earlier claims that its S6 and S6 Edge smartphones could be bent in the same way as an iPhone 6 Plus by releasing its own video of the phones being put under pressure. The force used is significantly less though.

Samsung paid 500 people to pose as fans at China Galaxy S6 launch

Samsung is alleged to have paid 500 people to pose as fake fans at the Chinese launch of its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android flagship smartphones on Friday. This means that over half the attending crowd of 1,000 were paid to be there.

LG G4 to have a 5.5-inch, extra bright QHD display

LG has released details of the display that is likely to be used on its upcoming G4 Android flagship smartphone. The 5.5-inch unit looks set to be one of the best displays ever fitted to a phone with exceptional brightness and contrast improvements.

Review: The iClever IC-BTS02 is a loud, ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker

The iClever IC-BTS02 is an ultra-portable, high-quality Bluetooth speaker that is small enough to sling into a bag while still delivering an enjoyable sound experience. It can also be used to take calls with its built-in mic.

Apple to let users secure iPhones with a selfie

Apple may be building facial recognition into the lock screen of its next iPhones, allowing users to unlock the phone by taking a selfie with the front-facing camera and eliminating the need for a cumbersome passcode.

Many more phones to get the next Windows 10 preview build

Microsoft has announced that the next Windows 10 for phones preview build will be able to run on many more phones than it currently can ranging from the ultra-budget Lumia 520 to flagship devices like the Lumia 1520.

Review: Can the Blackberry Classic bring back classic success?

After the release of the larger Blackberry Passport, Blackberry has combined previous design styles with upgraded features to create the Blackberry Classic with the hope of gaining traction in a niche market.

5 things you should know about the Samsung Galaxy S6 release

With the launch date of the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S6 only three weeks away, consumers across the globe are paying close attention to every detail of the Android flagship of the year. Here are five things you should know about the Galaxy S6.

Taking videos on iPhone might be about to get a whole lot better

Apple has been granted a patent for a new light-splitting, three-sensor camera system, Apple Insider reports, which could pave the way for a higher quality photos and videos in the iPhone.

Facebook plans to allow third-party apps onto Messenger

Facebook is planning to open up the Facebook Messenger app to third-party apps and services that will run on top of the service, continuing the large-scale expansion of Messenger that the company has started in the past year.

HTC CEO steps down to lead company's future tech division

HTC CEO Peter Chou has stepped down as leader of the company to take the helm of the HTC Future Development Lab. He will be replaced by chairwoman Cher Wang.

Neptune Suite lets you power TVs, tablets and phones from a watch

A company called Neptune has released six different pieces of hardware that all integrate seamlessly with each other. Powered by the Neptune Hub quad-core smartwatch, the firm promises a new era of computing centered around the watch.

Nintendo has a new plan: Mobile games and new consoles

During a press conference today, Nintendo revealed that it is finally going to enter the mobile gaming market in partnership with DeNA, releasing games featuring Nintendo characters to smartphones. A new console, "Project NX", is also in the works.

Watch out Siri: Microsoft Cortana comes to iOS, Android this year

Microsoft is going to bring its Cortana voice-controlled digital assistant in an enhanced form to iPhones and Android devices later this year after the launch of Windows 10, directly competing with Siri and Google Now already included on the platforms.

Op-Ed: Do we really need smartwatches?

Apple just released their newly anticipated device, the Apple watch, which is basically a miniature smartphone and MP3 player you wear on your wrist.

The rise of the real-time translation apps

Translation apps on the internet and phones have got much better at their jobs in recent years and are now used frequently by tourists. A major question remains though: how reliable are they and do they work? A recent BBC report attempts to answer this.
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