Neil Cumins

What are the most useful new apps?

What are the most useful new apps?

On: Tuesday, 17 September, 2019
Last week, the faintly terrifying Zao app was launched in China, and promptly went viral. Zao is a deepfake program that lets users paste their own face over the face of a celebrity, using just a snapshot – and it’s incredibly convincin...
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Which way for Huawei?

Which way for Huawei?

On: Friday, 13 September, 2019
Just weeks before launching its hotly anticipated Mate 30 smartphone, controversial tech company Huawei has launched 5G in Russia. And that’s got everyone talking. For not only is the Huawei 5G launch on a grander scale than any other in ...
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How to buy a luxury smartphone

How to buy a luxury smartphone

On: Monday, 9 September, 2019
A decade ago, the concept of spending £1,000 on a smartphone would have seemed absurd. Yet as the third decade of the 21st century approaches, Apple’s decision to whack a premium price tag onto its 2017 iPhone X doesn’t seem exceptiona...
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Why text messaging is still useful

Why text messaging is still useful

On: Friday, 6 September, 2019
If the phrase ‘text messaging’ makes you think of millennial smartphones like the one in the photo accompanying this article, you’re probably not alone. In recent years, our love of sending written messages instead of making phone cal...
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Have smartphone prices hit the ceiling?

Have smartphone prices hit the ceiling?

On: Saturday, 31 August, 2019
While many of us would be lost without our smartphones, the last two years have seen a steady drop in the number of phones sold. This is largely due to market saturation. Sales are slow in Europe and North America, though developing markets...
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Simple diagnostic checks for Android handsets

Simple diagnostic checks for Android handsets

On: Wednesday, 28 August, 2019
To visit a smartphone repair centre is to receive an object lesson in technological expertise. These repair centres are populated by (often depressingly youthful) people who can conduct advanced system checks within seconds being handed a d...
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The latest specialist smartphones

The latest specialist smartphones

On: Sunday, 25 August, 2019
We live in an age of unprecedented choice, and this is especially true of smartphones. The choice of operating systems may have dwindled from the days of Symbian and BlackBerry OS, but modern handsets come in an exotic array of designs. The...
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