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Acer Liquid Jade smartphone and Liquid Leap wristband coming to UK

Acer has announced that its Liquid Leap smart wristband and Liquid Jade smartphone, first presented at Computex in Taipei in June, are now to be released in Europe after their debut at IFA in Berlin next week. The one-inch Liquid Leap bracelet can connect to the Jade smartphone over Bluetooth to access and control a range of functions such as …

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Stuart O'ConnorAcer Liquid Jade smartphone and Liquid Leap wristband coming to UK
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HTC unveils new Desire 510 with 4G LTE

HTC has launched what it says is its most affordable smartphone in the Desire lineup to support 4G LTE. The Desire 510, the successor to the budget Desire 500 launched last year, features a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 480×854 pixels, is powered by a Qualcomm quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor, has 8GB of on-board memory and an expandable …

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Stuart O'ConnorHTC unveils new Desire 510 with 4G LTE
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LG to unveil G3 Stylus

Korean manufacturer LG will officially launch its new G3 Stylus budget Android smartphone at the IFA trade show in Berlin next week. The stylus-equipped LG phone features a 5.5-inch screen with a 960×540-pixel resolution, is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and a 3,000 mAh battery, has 8GB of onboard storage and 1GB RAM, a microSD card slot and a …

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Stuart O'ConnorLG to unveil G3 Stylus
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Spotify now free on Windows Phone

Music streaming service Spotify is now free on the Windows Phone app, after unveiling an ad-supported and shuffle-mode which came to iOS and Android earlier this year. Previously, Windows Phone users were only able to stream via the Spotify app with a premium subscription, which includes ad-free mobile and offline listening. Now, Windows Phone streams free through the shuffle play …

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Stuart O'ConnorSpotify now free on Windows Phone
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Qantas and Virgin loosen their in-flight phone rules

The airlines Qantas and Virgin Australia will now allow passengers to keep phones and other electronic devices powered on during flights. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority has approved applications from both airlines that will allow passengers to keep their phones, tablets and e-readers on even during take-off and landing. The devices will need to remain in “flight mode” throughout the …

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Stuart O'ConnorQantas and Virgin loosen their in-flight phone rules
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EE customers get 4G roaming in 14 new countries

EE has announced that customers going on holiday can look forward to 4G roaming speeds in 16 countries from tomorrow – up from just two before. The countries that are getting the 4G roaming boost are Canada, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, UAE, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland – joining France and Spain, which have supported 4G …

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James O'MalleyEE customers get 4G roaming in 14 new countries
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Chinese cinemas post text messages on-screen during movies

We’ve all been there – getting annoyed with stupid people who insist on using their phones while watching a film in a cinema. But now some cinemas in China are actually encouraging such anti-social behaviour. Cinemas in Beijing, Shanghai and other major Chinese cities are experimenting with “bullet screens” on which members of the audience can send text messages commenting on …

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Stuart O'ConnorChinese cinemas post text messages on-screen during movies
Ice cream van company introduce an app that allows you to track their fleet

FINALLY someone invents Grindr but for ice cream vans

O2 has sent out a press release today about ice cream, clearly having hoped for better weather than the lukewarm temperatures August has actually given us. The company claims to have created the “UK’S MOST HIGH TECH ICE CREAM VAN”. The company has given ice cream makers Tony Fresko Ltd, with 19 vans, a “technology makeover” – ostensibly to promote …

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James O'MalleyFINALLY someone invents Grindr but for ice cream vans
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Budget Lumia 530 gets a UK release date

Microsoft has announced that the Lumia 530 will be coming to the UK next month – and could retail for as little as £60. The phone is definitely on the budget end of Microsoft’s offering. It has a 4″ screen (854×480 – not even HD!), with a 1.2ghz Snapdragon 200 processor, 512mb of RAM and a 5MP camera. As it …

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James O'MalleyBudget Lumia 530 gets a UK release date
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Meet Simon: the world’s first ‘smartphone’ turns 20

OK, so the term ‘smartphone’ wasn’t actually around when IBM released the Simon in August of 1994, but it was easily the smartest mobile phone of its day. The Simon Personal Communicator was was a handheld, touchscreen mobile phone, designed and engineered by IBM and the American cellular company Belself. It was the first gadget to combine the functions of …

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Stuart O'ConnorMeet Simon: the world’s first ‘smartphone’ turns 20