Are the days of extravagant Apple launches over?

Are the days of extravagant Apple launches over?
What springs to mind when you think about the day a new iPhone comes out? For many of us, it will be the buzz and excitement among an expectant crowd. Every time the latest model is released, hundreds of people will head to their local Apple store, hoping to be among the first to bag a state-of-the-art iPhone.The launch of the handset becomes a media event…

Is your smartphone addiction putting you at risk?

Is your smartphone addiction putting you at risk?
Have you ever stopped to think about how often you check your smartphone? Probably not, as it's often a natural impulse done without any thought at all, in almost any situation.Bored at work? Half-watching the telly? Checking your phone seems like the most natural way to pass an idle moment, doesn't it?And while there's nothing wrong with that in itself, there will always be people…

Australia ‘is a nation of smartphone streamers’

Australia ‘is a nation of smartphone streamers’
What do you mainly use your smartphone for? Checking your emails? Sending text messages? Taking photos while you're out and about?Chances are you probably do all these things regularly, but according to Telstra, we're increasingly using our smartphones to stream as well.Indeed, a spokesman told NewsMail that Australia has become "a nation of smartphone streamers"."Our research shows...one in four smartphone users [are] watching catch-up TV,…

What next for smartphones?

What next for smartphones?
Smartphones are such a big part of our lives these days that it's easy to forget they're a fairly recent innovation.Technology moves at such a staggering pace, so whereas a few years ago, the idea of being able to check the internet on the move would have been fanciful, nowadays we demand and expect speedy connectivity everywhere we go.So what, if any, changes can we…

Can you live without your smartphone?

Can you live without your smartphone?
A groundbreaking new study into smartphone usage in Australia could throw up some potential findings, one of the researchers believes.ABC has teamed up with experts from Griffith University, Murdoch University and Western Sydney University to identify exactly how smartphones are changing people's lives and relationships, especially with their kids.Members of the public have been asked to reply to this survey and answer questions on how…

Take part in a national smartphone survey

Take part in a national smartphone survey
Smartphones have become truly indispensable, allowing us to stay connected with our friends and relatives easily.But for parents, the ability to stay in close contact with their kids is particularly valuable.They're now only a phone call or text message away, so smartphones are offering mums and dads invaluable peace of mind every day of the week.That's a huge transformation, so perhaps it's no surprise that…

How clean is your smartphone?

How clean is your smartphone?
How often do you use your smartphone? And do you use it in lots of different locations, such as on the bus or while you're in the bathroom?We're betting that the answers are 1) lots and 2) yes. So it stands to reason that it probably picks up a few nasty bugs along the way.How could it not when you're using it anywhere and everywhere?…

Smartphones have transformed what we want from brand experiences

Smartphones have transformed what we want from brand experiences
Smartphones have fundamentally altered how we engage with the wider world over the last few years.They've changed how we communicate with our friends, how we spend our free time and encouraged us to share every detail of our lives with everyone we know.But they've also had a huge impact on how we deal with brands and feel about the organisations we transact with.According to a…