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15 Of The Very Best & Top Photography Apps for Android Phones in 2017

Sometimes it’s just not possible to carry all your photography gear with you, and many times you’ll stumble on a particular scene that warrants photographing, but you’re bereft of the trusty DSLR.  But that shouldn’t stop you indulging your creative talents.  Most Smartphones nowadays have pretty competent built in cameras, and to make the most of your Android phones camera, you really need a set of software tools to enhance and compliment your ‘mobile’ photography. Here are some top picks…

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5 REALLY Simple Ways To Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer

Easy ways to keep your phone going longer – a light-hearted look at options to ensure the battery lasts longer while out and about. 1. Turn down the screen brightness Okay, so you might struggle to see your phone screen on a bright day – but you could try shielding it with your hand. And it could help your phone battery last that crucial little bit longer. You could also try making your screen timeout – when the display goes dark…

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Text of email sent by the Queen in 1976 (Screen grab of Tweet by Twitter/@BritishMonarchy)

The Queen was the first monarch to EMAIL

When the Queen ascended the British throne in 1952, the microchip wasn’t even invented. But that hasn’t stopped her embracing technology, including sending an email way back in 1976! Here’s just 8 of the greatest technological inventions from the past 63 years of her reign – the longest of any British monarch. The Microchip – 1959 We all take it for granted now, but the microchip was not yet invented when Princess Elizabeth became Queen in 1952. It was another 7 years…

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How The World’s First Android Phone Was Blown Away By The iPhone

Codenamed “Sooner”, it was the world’s first Android phone but you may never have seen this Android phone. And that’s down to the first Apple iPhone. With a physical keyboard and small non-touch screen, this device also had navigation keys. It’s been described as a messenger-style phone in the style of Blackberry. But it never launched to market, thanks to Steve Jobs unveiling the iPhone in 2007. Blown away by the iPhone “As a consumer I was blown away. I wanted one immediately,” is…

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The selfie stick: 5 ‘facts’ that may surprise you

1. 1925 – the first ‘selfie stick’? The selfie stick is an extendable rod or monopod with a mount or clamp to hold your smartphone or camera at one end and handle at the other end. The idea is that you can take better pictures of yourself (known as a selfie) or group shots. Some even have remote or Bluetooth controls. But the selfie stick may be a much older phenomenon. In December 2014, the BBC reported about a photo of a couple taken in…

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iPhone 6 boosts Apple’s share of smartphone market

Apple reaches its highest share of Britain’s smartphone market thanks to the iPhone 6, says research. It had 39.5% of UK sales for the three months to October 2014, compared to 29.1% in the same period in 2013. The research by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that Android sales are still ahead at 52.3%, although that’s a fall compared to the 54.6% market share for the three months to October 2013. Windows is in third place, but has seen a decline in market share. The most recent…

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Tablets & touchscreens could help boys read, research

Boys reluctant to read could be helped by touchscreen technology, says the National Literacy Trust. The technology can be more effective in engaging children aged 3 to 5 with reading than books – and is particularly beneficial when it comes to helping poor children and boys where literacy is a concern. The findings in the Early Years Literacy Survey have been published by the National Literacy Trust and publisher Pearson. Key findings: Twice as many young children from low-income backgrounds read…

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The sweet evolution of Android O/S [INFOGRAPHIC]

From Cupcake to Lollipop, we chart the development of the Android operating system. The latest version of the Android mobile operating system (o/s) has been unveiled by Google – and in keeping with tradition, it has been been named Android 5.0 Lollipop. The search engine giant has been giving each version of Android a confectionary-themed name since April 2009 – the first being cupcake. See the infographic below for the sweet evolution of Android o/s. Further links: Which phones will…

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Which phones will get Android 5.0 Lollipop first?

Google has unveiled its latest version of its mobile operating (o/s) system – Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’s been given a visual and technical makeover – which Google says will give users a more intuitive, faster and consistent experience across devices. For example, Google says that with Lollipop it’s easier to pick up where you left off on one device so songs, photos, apps and even recent searches can be immediately accessed on another Android Lollipop device. There’s also a consistent design across devices, which Google has…

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Password Computer Key In Green Showing Permission And Security (Graphicstock)

Is the “selfie” the solution to password hacking?

Fed up of trying to remember different passwords when accessing your phone, online accounts and worried about them being hacked or stolen? Could the security solution for all of us ultimately lie with the “selfie”? As most of us know, a selfie is a photo that we take of ourselves. It’s much beloved by teenagers and celebrities. But a number of experts now think it could hold the key to improving security online. Strictly speaking, they are talking about biometrics…

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