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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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How brand loyal are users to iPhone and Android?

A new survey has revealed that mobile phone customers are rather brand loyal after all – with customers broadly sticking with the operating system that they are familiar with. Check out this chart from mobiles.co.uk – which surveyed 2,300 smartphone owners: What’s really interesting is how loyal customers are. 81% of iPhone and remarkably, 81% of Android users picked iOS …

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James O'MalleyHow brand loyal are users to iPhone and Android?
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Water may soon be used to charge your phone

Smartphones and water are not normally best buddies – as anyone who has dropped their handset in the loo can attest – but that all may change soon thanks to some clever scientists. It seems that researchers at MIT (aka the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) could well have have found a way to harness the power of water to charge …

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Stuart O'ConnorWater may soon be used to charge your phone
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HTC One Mini 2 Review: The M8’s little brother shrinks in its shadow

The trend for releasing a smaller, more budget-friendly version of a flagship phone continues with the confusingly named HTC One Mini 2, which is to the One M8 what the One Mini was to the original One. Yes, this is a hugely confusing situation, and it’s not helped by the fact that the M8 and Mini 2 look extremely similar, …

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Holly BrockwellHTC One Mini 2 Review: The M8’s little brother shrinks in its shadow
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Three makes 0800 numbers free on SIM-only plans

It’s always been somewhat puzzling that we have to pay to dial a freecall number from a mobile phone. Those 0800 numbers are free to call from a landline, so why not from a mobile too? From June 2015, Ofcom will bring in new rules that will include requiring 0800 to be free from mobiles too, but UK mobile operator …

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Stuart O'ConnorThree makes 0800 numbers free on SIM-only plans
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Mobile signal boost for UK national parks

Have you ever been frustrated when, on a day out to a British national park, you haven’t been able to download the latest cat video, or find out what Kim Kardashian is up to, thanks to a lack of mobile phone signal? Well, fret no longer. The BBC reports that England’s national parks are to get improved mobile phone coverage …

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Stuart O'ConnorMobile signal boost for UK national parks
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Sony announce “Selfie”-centric Xperia C3

Sony has announced a new phone that specialises in taking Selfies. Narcissists will love it almost as much as they love themselves. The Xperia C3 has been built with selfies in mind: front-facing camera is an unusually generous 5 megapixels, and it has been given a wide-angle lens, giving the camera an 80 degree field of vision. This means you …

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James O'MalleySony announce “Selfie”-centric Xperia C3