Students: ‘snatching’ now accounts for 1 in 4 mobile phone thefts

Image: Metropolitan Police Over a quarter of students who’ve had mobiles stolen have fallen victim to thieves swooping on the street, according to research by gadget insurance provider Protect Your Bubble. The scourge of handheld theft has received increasing attention, with shock footage of moped-riding duos snatching phones from unsuspecting victims…

Land Rover to launch Explore rugged mobile phone at Mobile World Congress

Best known for its rugged all-terrain vehicles, Land Rover has extended its brand into consumer electronics with its own rugged mobile phone. Called the Explore, this mobile phone is billed as the toughest phone in the world, built to work in places other phones can’t reach. The mobile, inspired by Land Rover’s rugged ‘go anywhere’ 4x4s for…

Top 5 ways to improve your smartphone battery life

It's perhaps one of the most frustrating problems of the modern world (along with people not thanking you when you give way to them when you're driving or losing your wireless connection when you are trying to work). You desperately need to make a call or check your email/Facebook/Twitter account and your phone suddenly dies.…

Phablet hands on video review: ASUS ZenFone 6 v OnePlus One UK

  Fancy a larger screen? Forget the expensive iPhone 6 Plus, Holly Brockwell gets her hands on two Android phablet smartphones - ie devices with screens larger than 5inches. These include the 5.5inch OnePlus One ( which is the same size as the iPhone6 Plus) and the even larger 6inch ASUS ZenFone6. Both will set you back…

Wireless charging so your mobile doesn’t run out of juice

Running out of battery when you need it most is one of the common annoyances for smart phone and tablet users. Fonesalesman (yes it's a rubbish name isn't it?) has two new wireless chargers,the QiStone+ and the WoodPuck, which have been designed to alleviate the problem. Both these slim wireless receivers feature Qi wireless charging capabilities…
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Yota Phone 2 is world’s first dual screen smartphone and e-reader

Mobile phone company Yota has developed what it's claiming is the world's first dual-screen always-on smartphone. Combining the features of a premium Android smartphone with the benefits of an Electronic Paper Display so you don't have to carry two devices around with you, the Yota Phone 2 has, at the time of writing, attracted over $176,000…

XSories launches Sneaker Bank range of battery chargers

How annoying is it when your phone or laptop battery dies, leaving you unable to make or receive an important call or check your emails? Well help is at hand from French company XSories with its new Sneaker Bank range of chargers. Three units are available to to keep your smartphone, tablet, laptop, and camera juiced…

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…

Mobile phone companies 'should unlock handsets for free'

Mobile phone companies should offer their customers better deals – including unlocking handsets for free, Which? magazine has said. The consumer watchdog has launched a campaign to help consumers "unlock better mobile deals" after a survey it conducted revealed just…