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What's a blockchain smartphone?

What’s a blockchain smartphone?

On: Thursday, 12 December, 2019
The internet has been in existence since the late 1960s, and IT firms were launching .com websites as far back as 1985. Yet it was the invention of the World Wide Web in 1991 that led to the internet as we know it today. Even then, it took ...
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How big could smartphone screens become?

How big could smartphone screens become?

On: Wednesday, 11 December, 2019
It’s a measure of how quickly technology has advanced that seeing an old mobile phone evokes a mixture of nostalgia and pity. Those brick-like early-90s handsets were highly advanced at the time, but their external aerials and tiny green ...
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Will Android 10 hit the spot?

Will Android 10 hit the spot?

On: Tuesday, 10 December, 2019
Although it arrived to market a year after Apple’s ground-breaking iOS operating system, Android has arguably been even more revolutionary. The Android ecosystem introduced smartphone users to innovations including predictive typing, mobi...
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The final new handsets of 2019

The final new handsets of 2019

On: Saturday, 7 December, 2019
In many respects, December 31st will simply be another cold Tuesday. Yet it will also bring down the curtain on a decade when the smartphone arrived – and came of age. Ten years ago, there was no Instagram. There was no WhatsApp. The Blac...
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Why we're still using 2G mobile networks

Why we’re still using 2G mobile networks

On: Friday, 6 December, 2019
When the first cellular communications protocol was launched in the UK, mobile phones evolved from science fiction theory into an attainable reality. In the early 1990s, the Global System for Mobile protocol was developed to underpin the se...
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Is the future foldable?

Is the future foldable?

On: Friday, 6 December, 2019
As smartphones enter the ‘maturity’ stage of their product life cycle, sales are in steady decline. Gartner recently estimated that global mobile phone shipments will fall from 1.81 billion units in 2018 to 1.75 billion units this year...
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Do smartphones need a new operating system?

Do smartphones need a new operating system?

On: Tuesday, 3 December, 2019
A recent (and fairly unexpected) casualty of the escalating trade war between America and China has been Chinese smartphones. Due to restrictions imposed by President Trump, these currently can’t be sold in Western countries with Google a...
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Could your next phone come from Microsoft?

Could your next phone come from Microsoft?

On: Monday, 2 December, 2019
The progress of the traditional slate-form smartphone has slowed recently, with global sales falling and genuine innovation seemingly in short supply. Fed up with paying premium prices for marginal gains, smartphone owners are hanging onto ...
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How to take the perfect night photograph

How to take the perfect night photograph

On: Sunday, 1 December, 2019
The advent of smartphone cameras has turned most of us into amateur photographers. From grabbing impromptu family snaps and holiday photos through to taking pictures for work-related purposes, our phone cameras are constantly being called u...
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