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  • Google I/O: five things we care about: Android Pay

    3 July 2015, 3:25 am by: Roland Banks

    In the last of our five-part series about Google I/O, we’ll take a quick look at Android Pay, Google’s attempt at mobile payments. The company unveiled the Android Pay app, which replaces Google Wallet, in a bid to power tap-to-pay purchases on mobile…
  • The future of mobile technology – surely it’s intuitive?

    1 July 2015, 4:37 am by: Roland Banks

    Today’s post is something a little different to normal, in that it’s an opinion piece on the future of mobile technology by Waiman Lam, ZTE’s Senior Director of Mobile Devices. In the article below, he discusses ZTE’s take on where mobile technology…
  • What’s your favourite 361 podcast episode?

    29 June 2015, 6:39 pm by: Ewan

    It’s me again, working through my todo list. One of the items is to ask you, dear reader, which episode of the 361 Podcast really stands out in your memory. We’re going to do a re-visit of some of the top ones as suggested by listeners soon. Now, clearly,…
  • Apps that changed the world: Instagram

    29 June 2015, 2:21 am by: Roland Banks

    This instalment of our apps that changed the world series looks at the phenomenon that is Instagram (“Instagram” is a portmanteau of “instant camera” and “telegram”). How has it changed the world? There is arguably nothing quite like it in…
  • Google I/O: five things we care about: Project Ara

    26 June 2015, 4:02 am by: Roland Banks

    In part four of our Google I/O series, we mull over another of the interesting developments that Google covered at its developer conference in May. We’ve already covered Android M, virtual reality and wearables,  but this time we’ll take a quick look at…
  • Aeromobile is off to a flying start in 2015

    25 June 2015, 3:47 am by: Roland Banks

    Over the past few years, you may have noticed talk of being able to use your mobile phone on a plane. Despite what seems like many years of discussion on the topic, you might not realise that some airlines have already installed special mobile network…
  • Retailers need to focus on retail technology to drive footfall

    24 June 2015, 9:31 am by: Ewan

    Today’s post is an interesting viewpoint from Gavin Ray, SVP of products and marketing at ip.access, on how retailers are embroiled in a ‘retail arms race’ – battling for in-store footfall. Gavin’s view is that the high street is still alive and…
  • Need a free sat nav app? Try Navmii

    22 June 2015, 4:00 am by: Roland Banks

    Just about everyone with a smartphone will appreciate just how essential they can be when it comes to finding directions and getting around. Not that long ago, sat nav software was mainly limited to hardware solutions from the likes of TomTom and Garmin, but…
  • Google I/O – five things we care about: wearables

    19 June 2015, 8:34 am by: Roland Banks

    The Google I/O developer conference is now but a distant memory, but the search giant provided some insights into its plans for the year ahead and discussed how its various products are being improved. Android M, the next version of the world’s most…
  • Facebook sends operators a friend request at the TM Forum

    17 June 2015, 8:02 am by: Ewan

    At the recent TM Forum in Nice, Facebook used the opportunity to reach out to operators to try and persuade them to open their hearts and minds. Historically the relationship between Facebook and mobile operators has been a little… frosty. Some love the…
  • Here are some incredible facts about WhatsApp (Infographic)

    17 June 2015, 1:23 am by: Roland Banks

    WhatsApp has become one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, loved by many people due to its focus on the core experience, eschewing complexity and ‘frivolous’ features like games and stickers. In the UK, it consistently features amongst the…
  • Have a quick listen: Here’s Season 9 of the 361 Podcast

    16 June 2015, 7:02 pm by: Ewan

    If you’ve been loosely following the podcast I do with colleagues Ben and Rafe then here’s a quick opportunity to have an audible browse. We use Soundcloud to host the podcast and they offer a rather nifty episode list that you can easily dip into. Ben…
  • Critical Kit: an iPad stylus

    15 June 2015, 3:23 am by: Roland Banks

    In our latest Critical Kit series, we take a look at an item that anyone using productivity software on a tablet will find immensely useful – a stylus. Tablets such as the iPad are immensely useful devices for a huge variety of tasks, but one of the…
  • I now have 2 petabytes of Google storage

    14 June 2015, 7:17 pm by: Ewan

        I’ve been experimenting with Google Photos recently. My policy has been to stick 7,000 photos and videos from my iPhone on to Google Photos via their iOS app and then see how the service performs.  I am pretty impressed. The iOS client is lightweight…
  • Google I/O – five things we care about: virtual reality

    12 June 2015, 12:46 am by: Roland Banks

    At the recent Google I/O conference, as expected the search giant showed off the next version of Android, Android M, which is expected to arrive sometime in the autumn. But amongst other things, the company also focused on virtual reality (VR) viewers…
  • Have you booked your Mobile World Congress travel yet?

    11 June 2015, 4:05 am by: Ewan

    It’s me again. And I’m here with a pertinent reminder. Mobile World Congress: Are you going? If you are, then it might be worth booking your travel right now. I had a look on British Airways and goodness me it looks like they’ve been reading my blogs.…
  • Mobile technology is making our life more complicated

    10 June 2015, 5:56 am by: Roland Banks

    On a bright weekday morning, Wallace (of Wallace and Gromit fame) is just waking up from a restful night’s sleep by an electronic alarm, which then kicks off a series of machines and gadgets that help him get dressed and into his day clothes. Various…
  • Hello BlackBerry Passport! Yes.. I’ve got one and I’m using it!

    9 June 2015, 8:27 pm by: Ewan

       Thanks to the team at BlackBerry, I have taken delivery of a brand spanking new BlackBerry Passport. You know the one. The super-wide one, with the keyboard. The one you’ve been wondering about. The one you’ve been quietly evaluating for just a few…
  • Xiaomi just launched its European online store

    8 June 2015, 2:55 am by: Roland Banks

    Xiaomi, the largest smartphone maker in China, and one that most people in the UK will probably never have even heard of, last week launched in the UK, Germany, France and the US. The startup, now 5 years old, has seen a meteoric rise in the land of the rising…
  • Google I/O – five things we care about, part 1

    5 June 2015, 5:49 am by: Roland Banks

    At the recent Google I/O developer conference, Google focused a lot of its time on talking about optimising Android, which is a fairly large undertaking. Making Android work more smoothly and conveniently is something that we care a lot about at Mobile…
  • First impressions of the Apple Watch

    3 June 2015, 5:23 am by: Roland Banks

    As some of our regular readers may know, I have been eagerly awaiting delivery of an Apple Watch since April 10th, and I have now finally got my hands on a space grey aluminium model (the larger, 42 mm variant) with a black sport band. I have had it for four…
  • Is BlackBerry still relevant?

    29 May 2015, 6:02 am by: Roland Banks

      Everyone knows that today, iOS and Android dominate the industry when it comes to smartphones and tablets. It wasn’t that long ago when BlackBerry was a force to be reckoned with, with an army of devoted followers, much the same way that many people are…
  • New in-app photo printing SDK PRYYNT launches!

    28 May 2015, 12:10 pm by: Ewan

    Long term readers will know I am a huge fan of photo printing service Touchnote. This is an interesting move by London startup Pryynt — if they can make it a totally seamless service then I could imagine using this in my other apps. That will be the…
  • Classic Handsets: the Nokia 8800

    27 May 2015, 4:44 am by: Roland Banks

    As part of our classic handsets series, this week we’re taking a look at the old school Nokia 8800, a device that was widely praised at the time of its release for its luxury appearance and premium quality feel. The phone itself was originally available…
  • What’s next for mobile networks?

    25 May 2015, 6:01 am by: Roland Banks

    Many of us now have access to hi-speed 4G networks, with mobile operators around the world racing to roll out the latest flavours of the technology. But what comes next, and what will it mean for you and me? So-called fifth-generation or 5G networks are…

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