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An interesting piece of research has shown how our mobile phones can be used to track our movements and find out more about human behaviour patterns. The study was published in the journal Nature and was done by a team which included Dr Marta Gonzalez, who is based in the Northeastern University in Boston. Their efforts included tracking the location of over 100,000 mobile phones and their users. Not a Lot of Travelling, and Usually to the Same Places The most interesting outcome of the investigation is that it confirms that we are creatures...

April 2013 is a historic month for the mobile phone. You might not know this already but the 3rd of this month was the 40th anniversary of the first ever mobile phone call. While most of us joined the mobile revolution long after this, it was on this day back in 1973 when a chap called Martin Cooper made history with a Motorola device. He was a senior engineer at Motorola and he called someone at another phone firm and said that he was making the call from a “real cellular telephone”. Last year a survey carried out by the International...

Just when you thought that there were no more new features which could be added to smartphones along comes the Samsung Galaxy S4. This phone has an impressively big 5 inch screen with 441 pixels per inch but that isn’t what we are interested in looking at today. The new device is a successor to the hugely popular S3, which sold more than 40 units all over the planet. In fact, this phone has been described as the biggest threat to Apple’s control of the mobile phone market. The S4 was launched in a blaze of glory at a presentation in...

What are the chances of you wanting to use your mobile phone in North Korea in the near future? They may be slim but, hey, it’s always nice to have the option, isn’t it? Well, now you have it, so you might want to start looking at prices for flights to Pyongyang after all. Previously, foreign mobile phones were of no use at all in North Korean territory. However, under a new scheme which has been approved by the government that it all about to change. When you land at the airport you simply need to buy a local SIM card and away you...

If you like to use Firefox as the browser on your PC then you might be interested to see that Mozilla has given out some information on the very first smartphones which will use this system. The first couple of phones running Firefox will be produced by a modestly sized Spanish company going be the name of Geeksphone. They will be aimed at getting the attention of developers first of all, before being unleashed on the general public. These phones will use the HTML5 language and one of the keys is that the platform will supposedly offer...

If there is one thing better than sitting relaxing in the bath it is sitting relaxing in the bath while using your smartphone. If you have spent time in Japan lately then you may have already enjoyed the undeniable pleasure of some bath time phone use but waterproof smartphones are scarce outside of the land of the rising sun. That’s all going to change though, as Sony has now announced that a new waterproof phone will be with us shortly. It has even been described as safe for use in the shower, for all of you who prefer a more continental...

If using real cash is a pain and pulling out your plastic cards is a drag then what about texting cash instead? That’s right; a new service coming to the UK means that you will be able to text money. You won’t be able to do it until the spring of 2014, though. The details have been released by the Payments Council and the new process will mean allowing your bank to add your mobile phone number to their database. 8 Financial Institutions Already Signed Up Eight of the country’s biggest financial institutions are confirmed as being...

Some people will tell you that 3D printing is going to be huge in the future and they might very well be right. This technology could be used in the coming years to produce all sorts of things, from cars to false teeth and could revolutionise the industrial process forever. However, for the moment we are happy enough with the idea of printing off our own phone. Ok, so it is the case for the phone and not the complete thing but it still sounds exciting enough to make our knees tremble a little. The phone in question is the Nokia Lumia 820...

If you are in Africa or planning to go there anytime soon then maybe you will be tempted to try out the new African smartphone and tablet. These are the first products of this type which have been designed by an African company and it will be interesting to see how successful they are. The phone and tablet are made in China but they have been designed by Verone Mankou from the Congo. They are to be released under the VMK name and the price is going to be the equivalent of £105 for the phone and £185 for the tablet. There is also an intention...

We all know that shopping on the internet is fun but did you realise that the Brits do more of it than anyone else? If you thought the North Americans, the Canadians or even the Germans were the biggest online spenders around then you were wrong. At an average of an eye watering £1,083 each per year UK residents top the list of internet shoppers from major countries around the world. If you were wondering who slipped into second place then you might be surprised to see our Australian cousins fill this spot at an impressive £842 each...