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Could this new shatterproof coating save you from a smashed phone screen?

Mobile phones have changed a lot in the last few years: they’re now faster and thinner (and wider) than ever, with sharp graphics and increased storage capacity… and screens that could shatter at a second’s notice. The fact that late-90s devices have had a recent resurgence has even been credited in part to the fact that smartphones are more fragile …

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Diane ShipleyCould this new shatterproof coating save you from a smashed phone screen?

IFA 2012: James Bond's Skyfall smartphone named as the Sony Xperia T

Shiny Shiny's sister site Tech Digest has headed over to IFA 2012 in Berlin this week to find out the latest from the biggest names in tech… Sony have a new Android smartphone flagship in the shape of the Sony…

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Becca CaddyIFA 2012: James Bond's Skyfall smartphone named as the Sony Xperia T

All hail the pink mobile phone: Top ten pink handsets

Remember the days when pink phones were associated with the words 'limited edition' or 'exclusive'. Now they're just run-of-the-mill, they're everywhere, in colours ranging from baby pink, to coral, to cerise, to crimson to aaarrrggghh! No longer are they deemed 'special'. They've been de-ranked to the bog-standard world of mobile phoneage, to join the likes of silver and white outer shells. That doesn't mean to say pink phones have lost their appeal in our hearts. We're paying homage to the pink mobile phone (breast cancer associations and all) – may you continue to make girls giddy with your rosy exterior, spreading joy to the people who own you forever.

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Lucy HedgesAll hail the pink mobile phone: Top ten pink handsets

First we had Smirting, now we have Smexting

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Gosh darn it, even if you don’t smoke you can’t get away from the annoyingly catchy abbreviations that seem to have sprung up in the wake of the smoking ban. Now we don’t have people chatting on street corners while they smoke, no, it’s all smirting, and even texting while we have a discrete puff needs to gain a name, smexting , the (surprise) combination of smoking and texting. Apparently forcing people to spark up outside had lead to a dramatic rise in the number of texts= being sent; according to a recent Orange survey it was revealed that Britons were sending an average 519 million texts in the first two weeks of July, compared to a paltry 512 million in the last two weeks of June. It seems that social smokers can’t cope with a whole five minutes of solitary nicotine and are turning to their mobiles to alleviate the boredom of standing on their own.

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Zara RabinowiczFirst we had Smirting, now we have Smexting

Clarins' Expertise 3p 'blocks' those harmful radiation rays

Needed more proof to add to your skepticism regarding beauty products? Clarins have just launched what they're claiming as being the world's first spray designed to protect skin from the electromagnetic radiation which we're subjected to from mobiles, laptops…

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Katherine HannafordClarins' Expertise 3p 'blocks' those harmful radiation rays

Samsung roll out their F700 Smartphone – Apple quiver in their jocks

Longterm readers should remember that I'm an avid fan of the MDA Vario Smartphone, and up until today I didn't think I'd ever be tempted to stray away from a Windows-based mobile. Yep, not even the bloomin' iPhone tempts me….

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Katherine HannafordSamsung roll out their F700 Smartphone – Apple quiver in their jocks

Top 10 mobile phones of 2007 we can't wait for

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Everyone’s been talking about it the last few weeks – the blogs haven’t buzzed this much since the Lonelygirl15 scandal; the chippies are wrapping pieces of cod in newspapers’ sycophantic gushings about it, heck, even your own Aunt has asked you how integrated the OS X will be in it. Yep, we’re talking ’bout the iPhone. However, in the shadow of Steve Jobs’s phallic phone, many worthy mobiles have been cast aside – until now. Take a look under the jump for Shiny Shiny’s list of the Top 10 Mobile Phones Of 2007 We Can’t Wait For. And, err, admittedly the iPhone is on the list, not just to sate the Apple fans’ thirst for More, More, More Pictures of The Great Shiny Object, but because it’s actually a pretty great phone once you ignore all the buzz. Read on, fellow mobile geeks!

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Katherine HannafordTop 10 mobile phones of 2007 we can't wait for

Three Ultra Edition Samsung handsets launched

sams_ultra-thumb.jpgPhones have very little in common with buses, you might think. But with the current trend among handset firms for releasing a number of models at the same time, hackneyed writers such as myself can fall back on old cliches when desperately digging about for an intro.

So yes, phones are like buses. You wait ages for one that you like to come out, and then three come along at once. The latest form of cellular tempation comes from our friends at Samsung, who have just launched three Ultra Edition phones – the Ultra Music F300, the Ultra Video F500 and the Ultra Messaging i600. Unfortunately for those of us at Shiny towers (but keeping a smile on my bank manager’s face), there’s no news yet as to when – if ever – these phones will be released in Europe. By the time they are, I bet Japanese phones will have learned to make tea and apply makeup.

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Kate WalkerThree Ultra Edition Samsung handsets launched

Cosmos LED and Swarovski chandelier

The Cosmos chandeliers involve webs of bright blue illusionary light made solid by tracing the after-image left by a point of light, and lining it with Swarovski crystals and blue LEDs. Designed by Naoto Fukasawa. “It is as if…

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Gabrielle TaylorCosmos LED and Swarovski chandelier

The Light Bank phasing LED slice

More than a night-light and less than a lamp, the Light Bank is a slab of 16 cubes with 48 LEDs that randomly cycle through pulses of illumination. Mains powered and adapter included. £25. [GT] Light Bank Related stories:…

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Gabrielle TaylorThe Light Bank phasing LED slice

Minox DC1011 Carat gold and diamond digital camera

Take ten 3 point diamonds and embed them around the lens. Gold plate the exterior in 24 karat. All hand-finished, of course. The insides: the Minox DC1011 10.1 megapixel camera, with a 2.5 inch LCD and 3x optical zoom….

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Gabrielle TaylorMinox DC1011 Carat gold and diamond digital camera

Texting style shows: romantic or dumpster

Online dating site Parship did psych workups of a bunch of average, text-happy Britons to find out how it reveals how they date. Results: those looking for a quick fling are much more likely to get their thumbs going…

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Gabrielle TaylorTexting style shows: romantic or dumpster

Baby Boom Watches for the bust and echo (so to speak)

The Baby Boom Watch from LAKS tells you exactly what time it is – if you want to get pregnant, that is. At €90 in black or white (or €150 for a pair of mix or match) it’s a…

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Gabrielle TaylorBaby Boom Watches for the bust and echo (so to speak)