Neil Cumins

How manufacturers make smartphones waterproof

How manufacturers make smartphones waterproof

On: Monday, 20 May, 2019
History is populated by unfortunate anecdotes involving mobile phones and water. There are tales of phones that fell into the sink while applying hair dye, handsets falling out of trouser pockets while boarding a boat, and so on. A few year...
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Tips for using WhatsApp

Tips for using WhatsApp

On: Wednesday, 15 May, 2019
This century is littered with unsuccessful or ill-advised mergers and takeovers, from AOL Time Warner to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia. However, occasionally tech brands hit the jackpot. Think Google buying YouTube, or Facebook’s $19...
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Checking data usage on your smartphone

Checking data usage on your smartphone

On: Sunday, 5 May, 2019
Unless you sign up to an all-you-can-eat mobile data contract, you’re probably going to run out of data at some point. And while that might be problematic for a satellite broadband customer, whose line speed is instantly throttled back, s...
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Clearing your history from an old handset

Clearing your history from an old handset

On: Tuesday, 30 April, 2019
Few of us will retain a mobile phone until its screen lights up for the very last time. Given our reliance on these miniature computers, many people start researching new handsets as soon as their existing unit becomes glitchy or stops hold...
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Tackling smartphone addiction

Tackling smartphone addiction

On: Tuesday, 23 April, 2019
Addiction is an integral part of the human psyche, and the addictive qualities of alcohol, tobacco and gambling have long been understood. However, we’re only just beginning to recognise the equally addictive nature of digital technology....
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Why can't phones be repaired?

Why can’t phones be repaired?

On: Tuesday, 23 April, 2019
There are two types of electronic devices nowadays – those we repair, and those we regard as disposable. A mental checklist of personal possessions quickly identifies which might be serviced, and which would be discarded without thinking....
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