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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...

A new piece of research carried out by BBC Learning has revealed that parents are no longer fully aware of the dangers their children could come across on smartphones or tablets. It turns out that close to 20% of youngsters say that they have been upset by something they have seen on their mobile device. However, only half of that number of parents thought that their kids had come across something upsetting in this way. 90% of the parents who took part in the study said that had spoken to their kids about how to keep away from online dangers...

How many smartphones do you think were shipped across the world in 2013? The answer is a pretty staggering 1 flipping billion. 1.004 billion if you want us to be exact. This is huge percentage of the overall mobile phone shipments of 1.8 billion last year and a 38.4% jump from the previous year’s figures. It is also the first time that more than a billion smartphone devices were shipped in one calendar year. In amongst all this smartphone shipping madness all over the planet the company does the most business was once again Samsung. Low...

If having a plain old smartphone isn’t enough for you then maybe you will be interested in some of the cases and add ons which have been seeing the light of day at the CES in Las Vegas. For example, there is the Yellow Jacket smartphone case. This is a pretty innocuous sounding name for something which is basically a highly powerful stun gun. The fact that it can deliver a high voltage electric shock means that it would be against the law to own one in the UK. Less painfully, it also contains a hidden extra battery which can double the...