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THREE-QUARTERS of the world will be connected to mobile network by 2020

But mobile phone operators face “saturation point” across the world – forcing them to develop new services and business models, according to research. An extra ONE BILLION people will become mobile subscribers over the next five years, bringing the total to 5.6 billion – equivalent to 72 per cent of the expected global population by this point. It comes after rapid growth of 1.4 billion new subscribers between 2010 and 2015, with 4.7 billion unique mobile subscribers worldwide at the end of 2015 – 63…

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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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Is Technology Killing The Road Map?

Millions of people in the UK are clueless when it comes to using a road map instead preferring to rely on technology. And the switch has been partially blamed for leaving huge numbers of people simply unable to identify where some of the country’s most famous landmarks are, such as Big Ben in London, according to new research. More than one in 10 (15 per cent) UK adults have never used a road map and 2.5 million of those wouldn’t…

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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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You Might Want To Change Your Phone Lock Screen Pattern…

We’ve heard warnings about passwords like 123456, but people choose similar phone lock screen patterns. Here’s how to improve your security. New research has shown that people gravitate towards simple patterns, which are easy to guess, when it comes to Android smartphone lock screens – which offer an alternative form of security to traditional passwords. Predictable A study of 3,400 user-selected patterns by researcher Marte Løge, a graduate of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, has revealed that 44 percent…

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5 Cool Old Phones – Did You Have One Of Them?

Remember when mobile phones were cutting edge and looked like something out of the future? The Ericsson T28. With its flip down communicator style, you could be forgiven for thinking you were using a device quite literally beamed from the future. In fact, this phone was launched in 1999 but was just 15mm slim and weighed just 83g, It might have had a big antenna sticking out the top, but to be honest it didn’t matter. The looks said it all. DynaTAC…

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Could a smartphone app replace your driving licence?

Drivers in the US could soon be using a mobile app as their official driver’s licence, it has been reported. Transport officials in the American state of Iowa have revealed that the app will be available in 2015 at no extra cost. The digital licence will be accepted by Iowa law enforcement officials during traffic stops and by security officers screening travellers at the state’s airports, reported the Des Moines Reporter newspaper website. Motorists will be able to stick with…

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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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90% of world’s population over age of 6 “set to have a mobile phone”

Mobile phones will be available to vast majority by 2020, says communications firm Ericsson It forecasts that 90% of the world’s population over 6-years-old will have a mobile phone within 6 years. And smartphones are expected to soar in popularity. There have been 800 million new smartphone subscriptions in 2014 – bringing the total to 2.7 billion globally, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson mobility report, which is a comprehensive update on mobile trends. But this smartphone figure is predicted to…

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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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