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Row of modern mobile phones on white (photo: graphicstock.com)

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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Fish Eye lens taken using a clip-on macro lens on an iPhone 6 Plus (7dayshop.com)

Smartphone Photos: How To Get A Different Angle

Want to try out something different when it comes to snapping pictures on your smartphone? How about using a simple, affordable compact clip on lens kit? The photo above of a fish eye lens showing the fine detail of the letters was taken with an iPhone 6 Plus and a macro lens, safely and quickly clipped on over the phone’s camera. Get up nice and close to get the best results with the macro lens. It’s part of a universal…

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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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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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Row of modern mobile phones on white (photo: graphicstock.com)

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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End of the line for new Nokia branded mobile phones?

The Nokia brand name is set to disappear from new mobile devices, it has been revealed. Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile devices business less than a year ago – and did have a 10-year agreement to use the name on mobile devices. But Nokia will now be ditched from new products with new Nokia Lumia smartphones being known as Microsoft Lumia, reports the BBC. Nokia was once synonymous with mobile phones and had a huge market share, but that dominance faded as…

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Street lanes for mobile phone users in China

How’s this for an idea? The city of Chongqing in China has created separate pedestrian lanes for mobile phone users – handy given people’s adherence to their devices. We’ve all seen people looking at their mobile phones or texting, heads down as they walk along  – risking the potential of bumping into other people. The photo above was tweeted by CCTVNews, the English news channel of China Central Television (CCTV) and shows a lane in operation. And as our mobile devices become more and…

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What’s best – Apple, Android or Windows phones? Vote here

Are you an Apple or Android mobile phone fan. Or perhaps you use a Windows or Blackberry phone. Which type of mobile phone do you use and why? Please take part in the poll below – it will be interesting to see which is the most popular. What's best: Apple, Android, Windows or Blackberry phones? Other links to click on Could shouting charge your mobile phone in future? Shop for mobile phone accessories, tablets Could your phone store millions of…

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Could shouting charge your mobile phone in future?

If you have ever shouted at your mobile phone, it could actually do some good in the future. Using sound to charge a mobile phone could become a reality, according to new research. A team from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and mobile phone maker Nokia have created an energy-harvesting prototype – a nanogenerator – that could be used to charge a mobile phone using everyday background noise. That could be traffic, music or even our own voices. The…

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