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  • Nokia eyes a comeback with the N1 Android tablet

    21 November 2014, 6:03 am by: Roland B

    Nokia caused a stir this week with the revelation that it would return to the consumer hardware business with an all-new 7.9-inch Android tablet called the N1 which, it has to be said, bears a striking resemblance to Apple’s iPad Mini – even down to the…
  • Episode 6 of 361 Degrees Season 8: Phablets

    19 November 2014, 9:50 am by: Roland B

    We’ve just published episode 6 of Season 8 of the 361 Degrees Podcast. As usual, it’s a relaxed debate as Ewan, Ben and Rafe pool their collective knowledge to provide insightful, witty and topical commentary on all things mobile… Here’s the…
  • Apple Pay gains momentum

    19 November 2014, 9:05 am by: Roland B

    Apple’s mobile payment system, Apple Pay, was launched last month in the U.S. and despite some resistance from a handful of retailers, initial usage figures are encouraging and confirm the service is rapidly building momentum. So how many people…
  • Love the #PhoneDrop Challenge from mobiles.co.uk!

    18 November 2014, 5:39 pm by: Ewan

    Have you see the Phone Drop Challenge video from mobiles.co.uk (“the smart phone people”) yet? It reminds me of the “Push Button for Drama” virals I loved from a years ago. I came across it this evening thanks to this Twitter ad I saw: I have to…
  • The worst technology failures of 2014

    17 November 2014, 8:43 am by: Roland B

    The end of 2014 will soon be upon us, and even though there is still more than a month left for some major newsworthy gaffes and missteps to happen in the world of technology and mobile, we thought it would be interesting to take an early look back on…
  • Mobile Advertising Keeps Getting Better thanks to Mapp Media

    14 November 2014, 9:01 am by: Ewan

    I love it when I hear about great mobile advertising campaigns. When it’s done right mobile advertising is amazing. When it’s done badly it is just awful and makes me feel like we are back in 2004! But this is a campaign that was done well and has got an…
  • 4G networks in the UK – the state of play

    14 November 2014, 3:00 am by: Roland B

    With the rapid adoption of 4G networks across the world, people in the UK now have access to some of the fastest mobile download speeds on the planet. The move from 3G to so-called next generation networks (which netted the government £2.4 billion in the…
  • Internet of Things will change everything

    12 November 2014, 6:49 am by: Roland B

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to become as ubiquitous as the mobile phone. The technologies required, such as low power microchips, sensors, and energy efficient networks, have all become small and inexpensive enough that everything from smart…
  • Smartphones of the future – what to expect?

    10 November 2014, 6:32 am by: Roland B

    Smartphones have evolved to the point where we can perform tasks and activities that would have seemed impossible a few years ago. Every month, a new smartphone is released that is faster, more powerful, and better in every way compared with the models that…
  • Does the “app gap” matter?

    8 November 2014, 8:29 am by: Roland B

    What is the app gap? Many people with a smartphone will have heard the words “app gap” when talking about the app stores from each of the major smartphone platforms. App stores have become the de facto channel to obtain apps for our smartphones and…
  • The best time to buy a flagship smartphone?

    7 November 2014, 6:45 am by: Roland B

    Whenever the latest and greatest flagship smartphone is released, it’s very tempting to trade in your old model and upgrade immediately. Buying a new smartphone is not always a straightforward choice; unless you have simply chosen your favourite brand,…
  • Nationwide is first to launch Android Wear quick balance app

    5 November 2014, 10:13 am by: Ewan

    Putting the 24/7 follow-the-sun development efforts of some of the world’s largest banks to shame, Nationwide Building Society, has launched it’s first ever Android Wear app (and, to my knowledge) ahead of absolutely everyone else on the banking High…
  • BlackBerry – down but not out

    5 November 2014, 3:00 am by: Roland B

    BlackBerry looks to the future These days, few people insist on carrying around a BlackBerry. In fact it’s almost as rare as seeing somebody with a flip phone. BlackBerry stalwarts say that it’s pretty tough being one of the few faithful,…
  • Samsung mobile business continues to struggle

    3 November 2014, 6:27 am by: Roland B

    Samsung reports huge drop in profits Last week Samsung announced its latest financial results, and it was not a pretty picture at all. In fact, it was so bad that in its Q3 2014 earnings release, Samsung Electronics reported its operating profits were 4.06…
  • Smartphone security – what’s the risk?

    31 October 2014, 4:00 am by: Roland B

    Every week there are countless stories about smartphone security breaches, mobile malware and cloud services that have been hacked or compromised in some way. We all use our smartphones to store personal and sensitive information – emails, messages,…
  • Loving my Barclaycard bPay pay band (and paying with my contactless cufflink)

    30 October 2014, 6:06 pm by: Ewan

    I’ve always liked the idea of contactless. Two years ago I took up the ‘contactless challenge’ from the team at Gemalto and tried out a series of tasks with the Gemalto supplied contactless SIM (in the Galaxy S4). It was a superb experience which really…
  • My Top 6 Apps: Annekathrin Hase from Mindlink

    29 October 2014, 6:30 am by: Sarah

    It’s time for another list of favourite apps. We have Annekathrin Hase, MindLink’s director of marketing and strategy; MindLink provides integrated, secure Enterprise Group Chat for business use. Built specifically for Microsoft Lync™, MindLink works…
  • Microsoft Lumia ditches the Nokia brand

    29 October 2014, 4:00 am by: Roland B

    Nokia Smartphones are dead, long live Microsoft Lumia It makes a refreshing change to write about Microsoft, Lumia and Windows Phone because it gives us an excuse to scrutinise the latest developments in Redmond’s smartphone business.…
  • Fire Phone fails to spark interest

    27 October 2014, 5:00 am by: Roland B

    Millions of Fire Phones left unsold It was obvious that a smartphone marketed mainly on gimmicks would fail. The confirmation came in Amazon’s latest earnings call, in which it revealed revenue and profits missed the target while losses ballooned to…
  • My Top 7 Apps: Rohith Bhat from Robosoft Technologies

    24 October 2014, 3:30 am by: Sarah

    It’s time for some midweek apps! This Top 7 apps submission comes from Rohith Bhat, CEO at Robosoft Technologies. Robosoft Technologies helps businesses plan, design and build mobile apps. We work with many globally acclaimed brands and have built over 1400…
  • Apple SIM: bad news for mobile operators?

    24 October 2014, 3:00 am by: Roland B

    Apple SIM quietly introduced Anyone who saw last week’s Apple keynote (where the company predictably introduced new iPad, Retina iMac and Mac Mini models) probably missed the moment when Apple quietly introduced its carrier-neutral Apple SIM in…
  • Nationwide’s mobile app wins Best Innovation award at the UXUK Awards

    22 October 2014, 5:03 pm by: Ewan

    Congratulations to all my colleagues at Nationwide Building Society, the world’s largest mutual society. In my capacity as Nationwide’s Group Head of Digital Capabilities, I went along to the UXUK Awards this evening, hosted on Microsoft’s huge London…
  • Voice recognition – has it come of age?

    22 October 2014, 3:00 am by: Roland B

    “Hey Siri, wake me up at 7 a.m.”…that’s about all I use Apple’s Siri for at the moment, short of asking what song is currently playing (which always amazes me). It’s not that voice recognition on the iPhone is bad – most of the time it…
  • My Top 7 Apps: Leigh Middleton from Cura TV

    20 October 2014, 3:30 am by: Sarah

    We are back with another Top 7 apps submission. Today we have Leigh Middleton, CEO at Cura TV. Cura TV is a video-based mobile marketplace that provides a tailored and immersive shopping experience, on-demand. The platform allows vendors to easily shoot…
  • Wearables…this time it’s personal

    20 October 2014, 3:00 am by: Roland B

    Wearables are personal devices that can be worn almost everywhere. The term is a fairly broad definition that encompasses fitness trackers, smart watches, connected glasses, intelligent clothes and even camera-equipped “life loggers”. It is still a…

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