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  • Carphone Warehouse to launch iD mobile network in May

    25 April 2015, 2:05 am by: Roland Banks

    Do we really need another mobile phone operator in the UK? Carphone Warehouse believes we do, as it’s much-rumoured mobile network is about to be launched. Called “iD”, the new service will arrive in May and in fact be powered by Three’s network under…
  • So, who got an Apple Watch this morning?

    24 April 2015, 8:21 am by: Ewan

    My social channels are filled with shots of shiny new Apple Watches on very proud wrists. Sadly, I had no signal for 30-40 minutes on the pre-order morning and missed Apple’s artificial deadline to get the device today. 😉 I have to say that the photos I…
  • The best smartphone you’ve never heard of – Xiaomi’s Mi Note

    23 April 2015, 2:46 am by: Roland Banks

    The smartphone industry undergoes huge changes every few years, and even one-time giants have sadly been dethroned: Sony has almost given up on smartphones, HTC is struggling, and Nokia, once the largest phone manufacturer in the world, exited the business…
  • Critical Kit: Anker Astro Mini ultra-compact power bank

    20 April 2015, 2:54 am by: Roland Banks

    In this edition of our Critical Kit series, we take a quick look at an essential mobile accessory that anyone who owns a smartphone should find immensely useful – an external battery pack to charge your phone and get you through the day when you’re…
  • Apple Pay will heat up European mobile payments battle, mobile operators must respond to stay…

    18 April 2015, 7:46 am by: Roland Banks

    With Apple Pay and other mobile wallets gaining momentum, it seems that mobile operators face increasing challenges in staying relevant in terms of our mobile money. After all, would you rather use a payments service from Apple or Vodafone? A new report…
  • Wearables Wednesday: anticipating the Apple Watch

    15 April 2015, 7:04 am by: Roland Banks

    It’s Wearables Wednesday again, and once more, it’s unfortunately almost impossible this month without mentioning the elephant in the room – the Apple Watch. So once again we have succumbed to the temptation to add to the countless thousands of pages…
  • Apps that changed the world: Twitter

    13 April 2015, 7:44 am by: Roland Banks

    In our series in apps that changed the world, perhaps the most obvious candidates are social media sites and apps such as Facebook and Twitter. Twitter has arguably had more of an impact on the way we use our mobiles, and reporting and influence on world…
  • The wearables boom is all about the wrist

    10 April 2015, 5:46 am by: Roland Banks

    A boom in wearables? Since the tablet market has decline somewhat in recent years, many people have predicted wearables to be the net big thing in the technology and mobile industry. With the Apple Watch about to go on sale today, all the signs are pointing to…
  • 9 urban myths about mobile phones

    9 April 2015, 3:53 am by: Roland Banks

    In this post, we’ll take a look at a few common (and many astoundingly unbelievable) urban myths about mobile phones. There have been lots of great stories and misconceptions about mobiles over the past few years, so here’s just a quick summary of the…
  • Classic Handsets: the NEC e606 heralded 3G video calls

    6 April 2015, 7:13 am by: Roland Banks

    In another of our “classic handset” series, we take a brief look at another handset of yesteryear and sprinkle in a few insights into the chosen phone from my personal experiences. In this instalment we focus on one of the very first 3G handsets that…
  • Mobiles are revolutionising the way we travel

    3 April 2015, 6:46 am by: Roland Banks

    In another of our “how mobiles are revolutionising…” series, we briefly consider how smartphones and mobile technology is changing every aspect of travel – for example from booking flights to hailing a cab in a strange city, finding a restaurant…
  • Tidal enters the crowded music streaming scene

    2 April 2015, 7:11 am by: Roland Banks

    Last week, some of the biggest music industry stars came out on stage to announce the launch (though it was actually a relaunch) of Tidal, a new music streaming service that supports a lossless, high quality format aimed at audiophiles. The announcement…
  • My Top 7 Apps: Martin Macmillan of Pollen VC

    2 April 2015, 3:30 am by: Sarah

    I’m back with another Top 7 apps post. This week we have Martin Macmillan, CEO of Pollen VC. You can find out more about him here. Pollen VC gives app developers faster access to their app store revenues. Martin uses an iPhone 5S. Let’s get on with his…
  • Vodafone UK to launch water supply services for South England

    1 April 2015, 3:23 am by: Ewan

    Vodafone UK has surprised the marked today by announcing VWater, marking its first foray into the supply and delivery of more traditional commodity services. This builds on their landmark mast sharing agreement with O2 and will see Vodafone grow to become a…
  • Mobile app revenues are booming, but for how long?

    30 March 2015, 6:03 am by: Roland Banks

    It’s a shame that more than 90% of apps are languishing in a fairly lonely state, with small numbers of downloads for the vast majority. However, iOS app revenues topped Hollywood movie revenues in 2014, driving app developers to spend large sums of money…
  • The mobile revolution is changing how we work

    27 March 2015, 10:42 am by: Roland Banks

    As consumers, mobility and smartphones have undoubtedly changed our lives, with more than 90% of the British population owning a mobile phone. Most adults in the UK use a smartphone, mainly for personal activities like checking email, surfing the web, and…
  • Critical kit: the Sonos wireless music system

    26 March 2015, 5:12 am by: Roland Banks

    As part of a regular new content series, we aim to cover some of the essential tech and seriously cool items that you can easily buy in the UK. For the first article, we’ll take a brief look at a product that enables music lovers to stream high…
  • Classic Handsets: the Nokia 3310 – the greatest mobile ever?

    23 March 2015, 1:12 am by: Roland Banks

    Since Nokia was purchased by Microsoft, Nokia as we know it has long gone. However, there was a time at the end of the last century in which Nokia launched a series of wonderful handsets that would lead the company to dominate the mobile market. In the 90’s…
  • Gemalto study finds young people love mobile banking

    21 March 2015, 5:34 am by: Roland Banks

    It’s no surprise that the younger generation are keen users of mobile banking, considering the benefits it offers and the prevalence of smartphones among the age group. Gemalto recently conducted a study (“An international study of youth attitudes to…
  • Wearables Wednesday: the Apple Watch (again)

    18 March 2015, 9:19 am by: Roland Banks

    You may not be aware that today is “Wearables Wednesday”, which means covering a relevant piece of wearable tech, gadget or news item. To kick things off, even though most tech sites on the planet have already contributed thousands of lines of opinion…
  • Mercedes and mobile advertising: Constantly in the wrong gear?

    16 March 2015, 8:53 pm by: Ewan

    I trust there are embarrassed faces all round in the marketing team at Mercedes UK. I saw a Facebook ad today on the iPhone. It was for a funky looking Mercedes. I thought it might be useful for my brother so I clicked to take a look. Here’s the actual…
  • Yes, the mainstream retail experience is still really rubbish

    16 March 2015, 3:29 pm by: Ewan

    I’m back in London now, if you haven’t been following my updates on LinkedIn. Being back in London means I am now once again being exposed to all manner of excitements and frustrations, rather than simply driving to Swindon every day and having a pleasant…
  • Apps that changed the world…

    16 March 2015, 9:01 am by: Roland Banks

    In the first of several posts, we take a look at mobile apps that changed the world in one way or another, for better or worse. There are dozens of apps that could lay claim to having changed the world or had a far-reaching impact – some of these are…
  • How mobile is revolutionising shopping

    13 March 2015, 10:31 am by: Roland Banks

    Over the past few years, the way we communicate has been revolutionised by advances in mobile technology, and the ubiquity of smartphones and other devices. The way we shop has also changed forever, as retailers embrace new ways to optimise their products,…
  • TalkTalk focuses on improving chat-based customer service

    11 March 2015, 9:18 am by: Roland Banks

    It’s rarely a pleasure calling customer services for any company – long delays, a poor quality connection, and inevitably not achieving what you were trying to do in the first place. British MVNO operator TalkTalk seems to have recognised this, having…

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