Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy J1

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Earlier this month we saw some leaks that showed off a brand new budget-level phone from Samsung, the Galaxy J1. Samsung has now officially launches the phone. The phone comes with a 4.3-inch 480p display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD expansion, dual SIM, an 1,850 mAh battery, a 2MP front camera,…

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It’s Apple’s fault the Nexus 6 doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner

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Biometric security has started popping up in smartphones recently, most prominently in Apple devices. It's just been confirmed that a fingerprint scanner was supposed to be included in the Nexus 6, and it's all Apple's fault that it wasn't. This little piece of information have been rumoured for a while thanks to the inclusion of a…

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You can have a second display on your iPhone with the popSLATE case

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There aren't many phones on the market with a second display these days, but what if you really want one to make life a little bit easier? Thankfully iPhone owners can do that by buying their phone a special case. The popSLATE case is available for any iPhone 5, 5S, or 6 and sticks an e-paper screen onto…

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Our phones could help us make decisions in future

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Computer scientists from MIT have developed software that could help us make decisions by predicting the probability of success of different options. Brian Williams, from the university’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, says he and his colleagues wanted to make ‘a better Siri’. So rather than just retrieve information, it can help you make…

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CES 2015: StoreDot’s new phone battery can be charged in two minutes or less

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It sounds like something from science fiction, but having a smartphone that charges in less time than it takes to brush your teeth could be a reality in the next few years. While some companies are focusing on extending battery life, StoreDot is happy to make a battery that will only last about five hours…

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CES 2015: Wearables aren’t ready for the big time yet, apparently

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The geek with a Google Glass in your office might disagree (and yes, some of the Shiny Shiny team too), but according to one company boss at CES 2015 wearable tech still isn't quite ready for the mass market yet. At Qualcomm's press conference yesterday, president Derek Aberle admitted that it might still be a…

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CES 2015: The Triby phone system brings clearer communication to your kitchen

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The traditional home phone may have had its day, but with the Triby, Invoxia’s given it a new spin and made it relevant again – and you don’t even need a landline to use it. Announced at CES 2015 this week, it’s designed to be used in the kitchen (although you can carry it anywhere…

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Smartphone use is changing our brains, study says

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According to new Swiss research, smartphone use is changing our brains. As Psych Central reports, a team of neuroscientists from the University of Zurich and the University of Fribourg wanted to find out whether using touchscreen smartphones affects the sensorimotor cortex in the brain, which correlates to finger movements. So they recruited 37 people for…

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Why the HTC One M8 is our Smartphone of the Year 2014 #ShinyShinyAwards

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Brad Pitt was recently spotted taking a selfie with one, the Apprentice candidates use it horizontally, and it's been one of the most popular HTC phones of all time. But none of those reasons are why we chose the HTC One M8 as our Smartphone of the Year 2014: the fact is, it's just a really excellent…

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review – a mini flagship without the compromise

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If you’ve had your eye on the newest generation of Sony Xperia phones, you might be wondering whether you’re better off going for the £549 full-sized Z3 or its ‘mini’ version, the Z3 Compact, at £429. But smaller versions of flagships are often compromised, weakened versions of their namesakes – how much will you be…

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Hipster, hippie or Kim Kardashian: what type of ancient phone user are you?

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It's official: Kim Kardashian uses an ancient phone! Not two tin cans tied together with string, but pretty damn close – a Blackberry Bold, which they don't even sell anymore. So devoted to her favourite B'berry is Kim that she even buys spare handsets on eBay and hoards them for future use. 'I like to…

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Text with care: Research shows a rise in mobile phone-related accidents

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It’s official: technology is dangerous. According to new research, we’re all fumbling, bumbling, and stumbling our way around, so distracted by texting or tweeting that we hurt ourselves and our mobiles. A cross-Europe survey from mobile insurance company SquareTrade found that in the last couple of years, 37.2% of smartphone users in the UK have…

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North Korean women prefer mobile phones to engagement rings

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Despite living under one of the most oppressive regimes in the world, people in North Korea are just like us: when they get engaged, they want a ring. On the phone, that is. According to The Guardian, mobile phones are an increasingly popular engagement gift in North Korea. The country’s brides don’t traditionally wear wedding…

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