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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...

If you have ever worried about catching a disease off a dirty touchscreen then the solution is going to be out there soon. US company Corning is bringing out a new type of touchscreen glass which is said to stay free of bacteria and fungi for the lifetime of the device using it. The secret behind the glass – called Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass – is that it contains a substance called ionic silver. This is something whose germ fighting properties have been known about for a long time. Anti Bacterial Film Already Available At the moment,...

The new HTC phone with fingerprint scanner has just been announced. It is called the HTC One Max and it was revealed to the world earlier than planned because of the leaking of details online. It is a bigger, phablet style version of the popular HTC One handset, is powered by Android and comes with a 5.9 inch screen. The fact that the Samsung Galaxy S4 has outsold the HTC One has been given as one of the main reasons why the firm recently suffered its first ever quarterly loss. The July to September results came in with a £62 million...

The battle is on for the release of the world’s first flexible smartphone display. Samsung announced recently that it is going to be bringing out a flexible, curved screen phone and now LG has done exactly the same thing. The design involves an OLED (organic light emitting diode) panel similar to the ones used on OLED TV sets, although in the case of TVs the panel is fixed so that it is can’t be bent. Samsung is expected to reveal the special edition flexible Galaxy Note 3 in the next month, while LG is just going into production for...

The news that Apple were going to add scope for earthquake alerts in Japan caused a lot of interest a couple of years ago. Now it is the UK which is going to get a new system of mobile phone alert messaging, with a test period about to get under way and running through to November of this year. A similar alert facility is available in Australia, the US and the Netherlands, while the British system will be tested in the centre of Glasgow, Leiston in Suffolk and Easingwold in North Yorkshire. There will be around 50,000 people who will get...