Nokia celebrates 150th birthday

Nokia celebrates 150th birthday
Nokia turned 150 this month. Yes, we said that right. Nokia, the Finnish multinational tech company, famous for bringing mobile phones to the masses was founded in 1865. And no, it wasn’t making such devices back in the late nineteenth century.Back then, it was innovating with wood, specifically pulp. Indeed, the origins of one of the most iconic brands in recent times was something altogether…

New iPhone case ‘harvests electricity from the air’

New iPhone case ‘harvests electricity from the air’
A tech company has developed a case for the iPhone that it says can harvest energy from the air.Nikola Labs explains that the case has the ability to transform RF signals - such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE - into DC power.In other words, through a proprietary energy harvesting circuit, people can benefit from power to their mobile devices - all without a wire or…

Phablets growing in popularity

Phablets growing in popularity
It still takes some getting used to the description of this device, but names aside, the phablet is becoming increasingly popular.According to new data, the handheld device - which sits between a smartphone and a tablet - went down a treat during the first three months of 2015.The latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech analysis revealed, for example, phablets accounted for 21 per cent of all smartphone…

Smartphone shipments for Q1 2015 total 291 million units

Smartphone shipments for Q1 2015 total 291 million units
The smartphone industry is in robust health, with all players, big and small, confident that they can continue to develop new and exciting products and increase revenues.However, as a new study shows, every now and again, the market will take a hit. Simply put, this is just one of those things.In its latest report, TrendForce revealed that 291.2 million smartphone units were shipped around the…

Huawei unveils P8 and P8max

Huawei unveils P8 and P8max
Huawei has lifted the lid on its latest generation P Series smartphones in an event in London.The Chinese company has followed suit with Apple and Samsung by unveiling not just one device, but two.So, not only is there a P8 smartphone, there is also a P8max. The title of the latter says enough about the size.“The Huawei P8max builds on the beauty of the P8…

iPhone 6 sees Apple and IOS grow in Aus

iPhone 6 sees Apple and IOS grow in Aus
The iPhone 6 has solidified Apple's position in the Australian market yet further, with research showing the smartphone has grown both the manufacturer's penetration and that of IOS.According to a study by Kantar World Panel, iPhone 6 sales in Australia have shifted IOS from a 29.3 per cent share to a 40.4 per cent share across the three months of the final quarter of 2014.This…

Go retro with the BlackBerry Classic

Go retro with the BlackBerry Classic
There has been talk about it for months since it was announced back in February and now the BlackBerry Classic is ready for pre-order, we finally have the specs.Going back to its roots, the Canadian firm will be offering us a “no-nonsense” smartphone in the hopes that the company will become just as popular as it was back in the days of the BlackBerry Bold.The…

The world’s thinnest smartphone has been unveiled

The world’s thinnest smartphone has been unveiled
In a world where smartphones are getting bigger and bigger, it is interesting to hear that the thinnest smartphone has been unveiled.Coming in at a very, very small 4.75mm thick, the Vivo X5Max will undoubtedly bring the Chinese vendor to the forefront of the world of smartphone news, stealing the thunder of OEM Oppo, which released the 4.85mm thick R5 only a few weeks ago.While…