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All posts tagged "smartphone"

  • Worldwide mobile data usage expected to double over the next four years

    According to a new research by Juniper Research, data mobile traffic generated by smartphones, featurephones and tablets will double over the next four years, approaching 197 000 Petabytes by 2019. The research estimates that 41% of all mobile data traffic will be carried over cellular networks by the same year. The rest of the data traffic will be offloaded via Wi-Fi networks which the research points out as a major player in data usage. The consumption by mobile users will continue to rise, impacted heavily by the rise in 4G adoption and factors such as HD video usage. Video already...

  • LG G4 launches with leather back, curved 5.5-inch screen

    LG hasn’t done much to quell the stream of leaks spilling from the internet in the weeks leading up to the LG G4 launch, but the phone is finally official, and features practically everything leaks have covered. Hosting simultaneous events in New York, London, Paris, Istanbul, Singapore and Seoul (strange grouping of time zones), the company launched its new figurehead smartphone a few weeks after the Samsung Galaxy S6 was outed at MWC 2015, a just days since the subdued Sony Xperia Z4 announcement.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Hands on with the Hisense H6 smartphone and Sero 8 Pro tablet

    Something interesting happens a technology starts to become so ubiquitous that we can’t imagine living without it: the ability for manufacturers to differentiate themselves from the competition starts to slowly diminish. If you’re one of the big Android manufacturers especially, then you’re starting to see it in the smartphone and tablet space in the same way as notebook manufacturers did a few years back. You can try innovating, but someone, somewhere out there can simply copy said innovation at a much lower cost. And let’s be honest, your average member of the public is going to care a lot more...

  • Thumbtom is an app that pays you to look at advertisements

    Currently trending on South Africa's Google Play store is Thumbtom -- an app that pushes ads to your smartphone's lockscreen in return for vouchers and airtime. What the app does is it turns your phone into an advertising hub, channeling brands straight to the palm of your hand. But it also ads a dash of incentive by giving people the ability to earn points for buy vouchers and airtime. The company claims the app to be the first South African app that pays you to view ads. Each time the you unlock your smartphone, you'll earn points. This also allows the...

  • The next Nokia you own may not even be a phone

    Nokia is not done yet, at least a brand name. You see, the Finnish company looks set to license its iconic brand to other businesses, and not necessarily in the mobile space either. The reason it can do that is because in its deal with Microsoft, Nokia sold its smartphone line but held on to its brand name. Although the former mobile giant has seen massive revenue losses since 2012, it is still the world’s 98th most valuable name with a net worth of around US$3.2- billion. Its plan is to profit off that name by licensing...

  • Samsung expects a poor quarterly profit, smartphones wearing it down

    Samsung is expecting its quarterly profits to punch in at 4.1-trillion won (US$3.8-billion) -- that's about 60% down from last year's 10.2-trillion won forecast. The tech company seemingly has its fingers in all pies on the market -- from televisions to smartphones, smartwatches and processors. The latter seems to be where it's placing its bets going forward, nudging away from its poor performing mobile sector. A report by Counterpoint Research in July highlighted the company's struggle to keep up with the likes of Apple's iPhone 5s. Even though Apple's then flagship smartphone has been on the market for about seven months,...

  • In China, they now have designated sidewalks for people on their phones

    China has over half a billion smartphone users. It's then almost no surprise then that in the City of Chongqing, a new sidewalk has been unveiled exclusively meant for people walking around, looking down at their glowing screens. China's People Daily popularised the news when it tweeted that it's an "exclusive sidewalk for mobile phone users to avoid possible crashes." --essentially, the lanes are designated areas for slow-moving, distracted people on-foot. Chongqing City has set up China's 1st "exclusive sidewalk for mobile phone users ” to avoid possible crashes on Fri pic.twitter.com/jFiCbbE1yk— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) September 13, 2014 Ever since...

  • Take my phone, take my cash: why Amazon’s Fire Phone gamble could pay off

    Amazon has, at last, launched a smartphone. It's called the Fire Phone and -- apart from the badass name and a key feature (called Firefly), that's bound to raise the interest of at least of few hardcore geeks -- it doesn't appear to have all that much going for it at first glance. After all, smartphones as we know them have been around for the best part of a decade now and of the late starters, only Windows Phone with all Microsoft's might behind it has been able to make any dent in the iOS, Android duopoly. The thing...

  • Check out these 8 ingenious uses for your old iPhone or Android

    In with the new and out with the old, that's the name of consumerism. If you’re keeping up with the latest trends of what tech has to offer, chances are you’re carrying the newest iPhone or fancy smartphone. That also means it's pretty likely you’ll have one of its predecessors lying around in your bedroom drawer not knowing what to do with them. Instead of cutting the cord and passing your old smartphone on to a friend or selling it off for petty cash at the month's end, we’ve rounded up some ingenious life hacks that will help prolong the...

  • No end in sight for gadget lust: PC, tablet, mobile sales still growing

    Things might not be great if you're a traditional PC maker. Headline after headline has been proclaiming your downfall for a good couple of years now. If you were clever though and diversified your business a little, then things suddenly don't look so bad. We might not be buying the same gadgets we were a few years ago, but that doesn't mean we're any less hungry for them. In fact, our appetite only appears to be growing. According to tech research company Gartner, combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.5-billion units...

  • This is what you look like when you won’t get off your smartphone

    If you own a smartphone, there's a fairly good chance you've been guilty of allowing it to distract you from interacting with the people around you. Thing is, you're usually so wrapped up in what you're doing that you don't even notice. This video, written by and starring actor, tap dancer and comedian Charlene deGuzman is a pertinent reminder of how that device you spend so much of your day cradling actually forms a barrier to physical social interaction. The message is clearly resonating, given that the video has skyrocketed past 10-million views after going up five days ago....

  • China-only smartphone from Phillips rocks 13-hour battery life

    Who is Phillips again? The company that cranks out stereo systems and microwave ovens? Not so, Phillips is a still a player in the mobile phone race, albeit sticking to the Chinese market for its top-end smartphones. The latest such device is the Philips W732, a cantankerous 4.3-inch mobile phone with a frankly astonishing battery life of 10-hours and more. Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Smartphones start to overtake feature phones in China

    China has over one-billion mobile phone users and for the first time they're buying more smartphones than feature phones. According to Tech in Asia, the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a report detailing the number of mobile phones sold in the first half of 2012. Of the 190-million phones sent out to retailers across the country, 107-million were 3G capable. Admittedly not all of those are smartphones. MIIT...

  • Geek out your home with these 10 awesome accessories

    Have you ever thought your home could do with a smattering of app icons, a science fiction artwork or two and a doormat covered in binary code? Did you just cry "it's like you're reading my mind"? Then this list may be the answer to your never-ending quest to make your home look as awesome as your smartphone. 1. Slide to unlock doormat: You may be used to sliding to unlock your phone -- but can you slide to unlock your front door? No. No, you can’t. But I’m sure it’s fun to try on this springy rubber doormat. If you’re...

  • Beyond connectivity: The ‘gigabyte revolution’

    The latest trends in mobile are leading the "gigabyte revolution" which will take us to the one gigabyte per user per day by 2020, says CEO of Nokia Networks Rajeev Suri. The evolution of mobile technology will lend itself to an era where connectivity will be a human right and download speeds will be 10 times what they are now. Suri was speaking at the Korea Communications Conference, which explores the journey of...