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Will Apple Pay launch in China in time for Chinese New Year?

Apple Pay‘s quest for global domination continues. Following successful launches in the US and the UK, the company recently expanded to And now, it appears the next big conquest is China, with the Wall Street Journal reporting today that the Cupertino company has inked deals with four of the major state-run banks to launch Apple Pay early next year. That ... Read More »

In Depth: How the rise of emoji has left the world lost for words

Emoji has changed the way the world communicates. You can now order a slice of pizza, request room service or even show support for politicians with emoji. Sony is even mid-way through developing an animated movie based on those little characters you find in your phone. Emoji is now so much part of our culture, the Oxford University Press declared ... Read More »

LG jumping on the mobile payments bandwagon

LG announced today that it will soon be launching its own mobile payment system, dubbed LG Pay. While LG Pay will compete with Apple, Android, and Samsung’s own payment systems, LG’s model is currently planned to be available only in South Korea. This news confirms a rumor that sprung in October that LG was going into the mobile payments game. ... Read More »

Updated: LG G5 release date, news and rumors

Update: The LG G5 could have a full metal body, finally allowing it to compete with the HTC’s and Apple’s of the world. The LG G4 got a lot right, but with a couple of significant missteps and a few other minor niggles it didn’t quite reach the heights of greatness we’d hoped. That’s okay though, because 2016 is another ... Read More »

In Depth: Tangerine Dream: how an award-winning movie was shot on an iPhone 5S

Back in 2007, SMS Sugar Man was the first feature-length film shot on a mobile phone. The handset used was a Sony Ericsson W900i. Since then filmmakers have been pushing the boundaries of phone filmmaking. The latest movie to do this is Tangerine, an American comedy-drama that had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is out ... Read More »

Sony CES 2016 press conference invite gives us plenty of clues

As we hurl ever-closer to CES 2016, we start to look at what individual companies may bring to the big show. Thanks to Sony’s press conference invite, which went out earlier today, we’re getting a better idea as to what it may have in store. First, the details: Sony’s CES 2016 press conference is going down on Tuesday, January 5 ... Read More »

A team used phone data to help distribute aid after Nepal earthquake

British researchers used mobile phone signals to track people and better coordinate the distribution of humanitarian aid following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th this year. The IET reports that, coincidentally, a team from a company called Flowminder had been set up in Nepal since last December. The idea behind the company’s technology is that it ... Read More »

In Depth: How the voices of Siri discovered they were inside your iPhone

When Siri was introduced on the iPhone 4S back in October 2011, no one knew the people they were speaking to, yet they fast became some of the most recognised voices in the world. The only people who knew the voices speaking back at them were the voice actors themselves, and even they weren’t certain at first. Apple didn’t publicly ... Read More »

BlackBerry Priv will be the most secure Android phone yet

The BlackBerry Priv isn’t even publicly available yet, but it seems there are already some big plans for the future Android handset. BlackBerry announced today in a blog post that it plans on rolling out monthly updates and hotfixes ahead of Google’s monthly security report that exposes vulnerabilities in Android software. Essentially, the company is promising to keep you protected ... Read More »

Updated: 50 best Android apps 2015

Shuttle+ Music Player £1.10/$1.75/Around AU$2.50 There’s an enormous number of music players to choose from on Android, but Shuttle+ is one of the best. With an attractive and intuitive Material design-inspired interface and most of the options you’d hope for from a premium player, including gapless playback, a sleep timer, lots of themes, automatic album artwork downloads, a 6-band equalizer, ... Read More »

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