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Posted on Sep 16 2014 - 3:10pm by Paul
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The latest BlackBerry device to hit the news is the upcoming model called Q20 but widely known as the BlackBerry Classic. A series of leaked images have given us an idea of what to expect from it, although the official launch looks like it won’t happen until November. The new BlackBerry was announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress but there were no photos made available at the time. Now that we can see the new device is apparently going to look like. The Q20 looks to be a good deal bigger than the previous BlackBerry release...

The latest cut price phone to come out from Microsoft will cost a mere £15. That sounds great, so what’s the catch? The problem with the Nokia 130 is that it doesn’t have a data connection, meaning that you can’t go online, download apps or do any of the other cool stuff that you really want to do. What is does allow you to do is make phone calls, send text messages, used an LED flashlight, plug in a microSD card and watch your videos. The Nokia 130 is the firm’s latest statement of intent in the budget phone market, even though...

The Nokia Lumia 520 has proved to be a massive success, becoming one of the best selling budget phones of all time. However, it now has some competition in the face of, well, the new version of the Lumia. The Nokia Lumia 530 has recently been announced by Microsoft and it promises to provide another affordable entry level phone. Classed as the “most affordable Lumia to date”, the 530 is expected to sell for around £70 in the UK. It looks very similar to the Lumia, with the main changes being an improved 1.4 quad core Snapdragon processor...

It has been reported that both Google and Microsoft will be adding kill switch functionality to their future phones. This change would ensure that Android and Windows phones could be made utterly useless if they are stolen. Of course, the idea is that this stops people from stealing them in the first place. The figures on mobile phone theft across the world are pretty shocking. For a start, US figures show that over 3 million devices were stolen in 2013, which was an increase of close to 100% on the previous year. In Europe, it has been...

Mobile phones have been out of reach for visually impaired people up until now but not anymore. The world’s first ever Braille phone has been produced by London firm OwnFone and has been released on sale already. How did they do it? Well, according the company behind this revolutionary Braille phone, the front and back were printed off using a 3D printer. This has the added advantage of meaning that it can be customised to suit the individual customer’s needs. In fact, this isn’t the very first Braille mobile phone ever made. However,...

How fast can you charge your phone battery? If the answer is more than 30 seconds then you might be interested in the latest device to be shown off by Israeli firm StoreDot. Their new type of battery was shown off at Mircosoft’s Think Next Conference, as it charged a Samsung S4 from dead to fully charged in just 26 seconds. The battery is made of biological structures and at the moment it is just a prototype. It is expected that it will take at least 3 years for the product to be made commercially available. The device in the demonstration...

A new report suggests that using a smartphone for too long could be damaging to your eyes. The suggestion comes following a survey of around 2,000 phone users, which was carried out by a group of independent opticians. The survey results revealed that the average smartphone user looks at the screen for almost 7 hours each day and feels anxious when they don’t have their phone to hand.  Users under the age of 25 check their phone an average of 32 times a day. The opticians behind the survey state that this level of use could increase...

Not content with being the leader in the smartphone sales figures, Samsung now wants you to listen to music with them as well. The music streaming service called Milk Music has just been launched and the good news is that it is free. The bad news for most of us is that it is only available in the US right now. It is set up as a music radio service featuring more than 200 stations and about 13 million songs. Milk Music will be up against more established music streaming services just as Pandora and Spotify, as well as the Apple iTunes Radio. For...

This tape will self-destruct in 5 seconds, was the memorable promise from Mission: Impossible. Now a phone which does something similar is promised to be with us soon. If you have an image in your head of your mobile blowing up in spectacular fashion then the truth might be just a little bit disappointing. However, if you want to just keep your data away from prying eyes then it could do the job. The smartphone which has been designed to making keeping top secret communication easier comes from the rather unlikely source of plane maker...

The latest company said to be entering the low cost smartphone market is Mozilla. You probably know them first most of all for their Firefox internet browser. However, they have recently shown the world a £15 smartphone which they developed along with Chinese chip maker Spreadtrum. The cheap phone clearly isn’t going to be as powerful or as versatile as more expensive phones. It is going to be aimed at consumers in the developing world and can run apps as well as allow internet access. It is going to run on Mozilla’s own mobile operating...