Eight million phones damaged in past five years

Eight million phones damaged in past five years
A new study from the UK has revealed that a staggering £3.1 billion (AUD5.5 billion) has been spent either fixing or replacing broken gadgets over the course of the past five years. This gives a flavour of the kind of expense involved in failing to insure a phone, with mobile phones being highlighted as the most likely personal item to meet its end through accidental causes. Some…

New Android smartphone set to challenge dominance of Apple and Samsung

New Android smartphone set to challenge dominance of Apple and Samsung
OnePlus - a China-based smartphone manufacturer - has announced the launch of its latest flagship product, the OnePlus 3. Touted as one of the most eagerly anticipated Android smartphones of the year, it is a premium device that could mount a challenge to the dominance of offerings from industry heavyweights Apple and Samsung. OnePlus says it intends to build a better smartphone experience - and one of…

Self-retweeting among the latest Twitter updates

Self-retweeting among the latest Twitter updates
Twitter has introduced a new feature that makes it possible for users to retweet their old tweets afresh. This was originally announced last month and the feature is now live - although it is only possible for people to retweet themselves once. If you feel a reflection or a witty remark went unnoticed, it can be given a second chance - although it might be time to…

Vulnerability exposed in Facebook Messenger app

Vulnerability exposed in Facebook Messenger app
A security flaw has been uncovered in Facebook's Messenger app for smartphones, which allows malicious users to alter the content of a message after it has been sent. The vulnerability was discovered by online security company Check Point Software Technologies - and it is thought to affect the online desktop version of the browser software, as well as the smartphone version. Check Point reported the issue to…

New service helps smartphone users avoid excessive roaming fees

New service helps smartphone users avoid excessive roaming fees
Bill shock is something everyone is keen on avoiding if they go abroad for a holiday - but many people still fall into this trap. This is the unpleasant feeling you get when you come back from a holiday in another country to find you are expected to pay a huge mobile bill for additional data used outside the terms of your contract.Notoriously, this has come…

Mobile charging points could leave phones vulnerable to hacking

Mobile charging points could leave phones vulnerable to hacking
We've all been caught out with low battery in public - just at a time when we really need to make an important phone call or let our friends know where we are. It's because of this that public charging points have been a boon - simply plugging your handset into a shared computer in a public library or at an airport can be a life-saver. However, by doing…

Next iPhone could drop 16GB base model

Next iPhone could drop 16GB base model
It feels like the iPhone 6s has barely arrived, but speculation is already rife as to what features and technical innovations will be incorporated into the next iteration of Apple's perennially popular smartphone. Indeed, with the handset widely expected to be launched in the usual September slot, rumours are becoming slightly more authoritative, with news leaking from firms in Apple's supply chain. According to a report posted…

Sales of iPhones surging overseas

Sales of iPhones surging overseas
Apple has continued to enjoy strong performance in terms of phone sales in the overseas markets. According to the findings of data from Canalys, Apple shipments increased by 56 per cent year-on-year in India, making it the second-fastest growing major vendor. Canalys mobility analyst Wilmer Ang said it is outperforming the overall market and has further growth potential. This has led to it mounting a challenge to…