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Half of the world will be online by 2017

Our connected world is becoming ever more connected, according to the latest State of Broadband report. The report's 2014 edition estimates that more than half of the global population will have internet access within three years' time. The report also says that mobile broadband via smartphones and tablets is now the fastest growing technology in…

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Stuart O'ConnorHalf of the world will be online by 2017
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Panasonic’s new Toughpad tablets will let you tweet whatever the circumstances

Panasonic is known for its range of Toughpad enterprise tablets, and now it adds two new 5-inch handheld devices to the lineup. Careful, there's a bowl of ice beneath the device... The two new Toughpads are the Android-based F-X1 and the FZ-E1, which runs embedded Windows Phone 8.1. The Toughpads are…

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Stuart O'ConnorPanasonic’s new Toughpad tablets will let you tweet whatever the circumstances
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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…

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Stuart O'ConnorQantas and Virgin loosen their in-flight phone rules
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Britons still prefer to watch television live – on their TVs

As our "second" screens get smaller while our TV screens get larger, it seems that the old adage that "bigger is better" just might hold true. Some new research has shown that despite the growth in watching television via a PC, tablet or smartphone, 90 per cent of viewers still regularly use the TV to…

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Stuart O'ConnorBritons still prefer to watch television live – on their TVs
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The Nook GlowLight comes to the UK TODAY – here’s our review!

The name “Kindle” has become almost synonymous with e-book readers, but Amazon’s device isn’t the only game in town. Kobo has been around for some time now and now Barnes and Noble is back with its latest device: The Nook GlowLight. But does it deserve a glowing review? Read on to find out. The Hardware…

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James O'MalleyThe Nook GlowLight comes to the UK TODAY – here’s our review!
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Microsoft working on a split controller for tablet gaming?

Getting rid of physical buttons on our gadgets has been a massive advantage for phones and tablets - but for gaming... it makes things more difficult. Luckily though, it appears that Microsoft could be working on an interesting solution. Patently Apple has dug up some diagrams filed by Microsoft with the US patent office that…

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft working on a split controller for tablet gaming?
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Battery breakthrough could lead to longer-lasting smartphones

As new rules come into force about proving your phone is actually a phone when you catch a plane, there is good news for people worried that their battery may well give out on the journey from home to the airport. Beacon News reports that a team at the energy storage technology company AdvEn Solutions…

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Stuart O'ConnorBattery breakthrough could lead to longer-lasting smartphones
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UK digital banking reaches £1bn a day

Remember the very, very old days where, if you wanted to get money out of your bank account, you had to walk into a building and conduct a conversation and a physical transaction with an actual human being? How those times have changed - most of us now do pretty much all our banking online…

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Stuart O'ConnorUK digital banking reaches £1bn a day