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Can smartphones pick up malware?

Can smartphones pick up malware?

On: Tuesday, 18 June, 2019
When desktop computers represented our only link to the wider world, it was inevitable they would be targeted by miscreants and troublemakers. Annoying worms and corrupting viruses soon mutated into more destructive forms of malware, includ...
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Six ways to extend the gap between phone charges

Six ways to maximise battery life

On: Friday, 14 June, 2019
It’s a measure of how crucial smartphones have become that we’ve invented a term to describe the fear of being without them. Nomophobia sounds like a name Charlie Brooker or Armando Iannucci might have come up with, but it’s a conditi...
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Identifying network blackspots around the UK

Identifying network blackspots around the UK

On: Tuesday, 11 June, 2019
There’s a popular misconception that mobile networks don’t have blackspots in urban areas. The reality is often different, as many frustrated customers will readily acknowledge. Even in city centres, a traditional building with thick st...
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Does my next handset need 5G?

Does my next handset need 5G?

On: Monday, 10 June, 2019
Although it represents a quantum leap from the dial-up speeds of 3G, 4G connectivity isn’t really fit for purpose any more. Meteoric growth in demand for internet-hosted entertainment, communications and other services has seen 4G network...
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Keeping your number while changing network

Keeping your number while changing network

On: Tuesday, 4 June, 2019
Once upon a time, ringing someone involved either digging out a well-thumbed notebook, or memorising their area code and four/five/six digit landline number. Then mobile phones arrived, with SIM cards storing hundreds of contact numbers and...
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Smartphone tips for festival goers

Smartphone tips for festival goers

On: Friday, 24 May, 2019
Music festivals have become a staple of the summer months. Over 500 high-profile festivals take place throughout the UK every year, from bluegrass to opera via punk and folk. Up to 100,000 people will attend the Download heavy metal festiva...
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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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