Neil Cumins

Setting up a smartphone for your child

Setting up a smartphone for your child

On: Thursday, 21 March, 2019
Mobile phones have enriched and advanced our lives, but unfortunately these benefits are less clear-cut when it comes to children. From malware to spyware, from cyber-bullying to grooming, the internet’s various horrors are all easily acc...
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Should I consider a refurbished smartphone?

Should I consider a refurbished smartphone?

On: Sunday, 17 March, 2019
Every year, millions of smartphones are traded in or sold so their owners can obtain a newer model. If the old device still works perfectly, savvy consumers could acquire a refurbished smartphone at a knock-down price. When someone trades ...
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Keeping your phone safe outdoors

Keeping your phone safe outdoors

On: Friday, 15 March, 2019
Considering how affordable smartphones used to be, it seems astonishing that consumers are now willing to pay almost £1,500 for a SIM-only handset. That’s a higher value than the total out-of-home cover provided by many home insurance po...
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Has smartphone evolution stalled?

Has smartphone evolution stalled?

On: Friday, 8 March, 2019
A couple of weeks ago, Samsung unveiled the tenth generation of its Galaxy smartphones via a live-streamed launch ceremony. The Galaxy S10 product suite unquestionably represents the pinnacle of existing smartphone technologies. But apart f...
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ive things you can do with Bluetooth

Five things you can do with Bluetooth

On: Friday, 8 March, 2019
Like many Millennial technologies, the origins of Bluetooth can be traced back to the 1980s. Swedish engineers working for Ericsson Mobile devised a short-link radio communication protocol, initially intended exclusively for wireless headse...
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Key features in Android Pie

Key features in Android Pie

On: Friday, 1 March, 2019
While Apple’s iOS mobile operating system has always followed a clear chronological timeline, the evolution of Google Android has been rather more convoluted. Fifteen different codenames have been presented to the public thus far, with on...
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Tips for extending smartphone lifespans

Tips for extending smartphone lifespans

On: Friday, 1 March, 2019
Some things are built to last. Lighthouses, Volvos, solid wooden furniture…none of these could ever be described as short-term or flimsy. Yet other items are treated as disposable commodities, despite being equally well-engineered in thei...
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How to backup smartphone media files

How to backup smartphone media files

On: Thursday, 28 February, 2019
The sophistication and versatility of today’s smartphones is something of a double-edged sword. On one hand, the combination of rear-facing and selfie cameras has made them the ideal tools for capturing spontaneous events and memorable mo...
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What happened to simple smartphones?

What happened to simple smartphones?

On: Monday, 25 February, 2019
Younger readers might not believe this, but early mobile phones really were nothing more than portable telephones. The UK’s first mobile phone call was made on New Year’s Day 1985 by Ernie Wise, across a basic analogue cellular network....
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