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Tesco Mobile launches IMO S2 – a smartphone designed specifically for children
We all remember our first mobile phone. For many it wasn’t that flash and, for most of us, we were not that young when we had it. However, Tesco Mobile is now launching a new smartphone that’s specifically designed for children. The IMO S2, with built-in Monqi technology, looks... Read more
This is how Instagram is improving accessibility for users with visual impairments
Instagram has announced that it will introduce new improvements, making the app more accessible for people with visual impairments. Yes, the app is all about imagery and video content – but now Instagram is making big steps to better support visually impaired users. Screen readers will now be able... Read more
This is the ‘life-changing’ iPhone space bar hack that everyone is talking about
An apparently ‘secret’ hack involving the iPhone space bar is, rather hilariously, ‘blowing minds’ across the world right now. Surely, we’ve all been in the situation where we have to move the cursor while texting to edit a misspelt or unwanted word? This can be potentially problematic, especially if... Read more
EE confirm first UK cities to get 5G in 2019
EE has revealed which six UK locations will be the first to enjoy faster 5G mobile networks. 2019 is set to be a bumper year for Britain’s leading mobile network, thanks to plans to launch this service within 16 cities. It will come in two phases. Phase one will... Read more
Volkswagen drivers can now unlock their cars just by talking to Apple’s Siri
Siri is now allowing Volkswagen drivers to unlock their cars with just the command of their voice. We all know that life in 2018 can be pretty busy. Often you rush to your vehicle with your hands full of the most essential things – your workbag, your laptop and... Read more
The New iPhones Have A Problem, Apple Admits
A feature of the new range of iPhones sparks debate. Apple just released what is arguably one of its most impressive tech lineups since the very invention of the iPhone/iPad family, and according to numerous industry experts, the hype is completely justified. New enhancements to both the iPhones and... Read more
You Can Now Whisper To Alexa…But Why?
Amazon’s Alexa can now listen and respond to whispers, but will she whisper back? Amazon has finally unveiled a feature that its Alexa/Echo virtual assistant has needed for a long, long time: the ability to respond to a whisper. Unfortunately, the programmers forgot to give Alexa a crucial feature... Read more
Google And Orange Team Up To Lay New Data Cable Between US and France 
Google and Telecoms giant, Orange have officially announced a new partnership to work on laying the ‘Dunant’ transatlantic submarine cable. The new 6,600-kilometer-long data cable will be laid across the floor of the Atlantic Ocean and connect France and the United States. “I am extremely proud to announce this collaboration with Google to build a... Read more
American Life Insurer Adds Fitness Tracking To All Policies 
Smart move, or the beginning of a privacy nightmare?  The North American life insurance company, John Hancock, has announced that it will no longer underwrite traditional life insurance policies, and instead only sell ‘interactive’ policies that include optional fitness tracking through wearable gadgets and devices. The move by the 156 year-old company follows... Read more
Apple Live Event: How Did They Improve The iPhone?
Apple unveiled the next generation of iPhones at the annual Apple Event CEO Tim Cook took the stage of the Steve Jobs Theater on Wednesday to share a few innovations from the Cupertino tech company, and the iPhone got its own special segment. After expounding on the great features... Read more
Apple Live Event: Next Gen Apple Watch S4 Is a Lifesaver
Apple has revealed the next generation Apple Watch S4, and here’s what you need to know On Wednesday, Apple kicked off a highly-anticipated live event from Steve Jobs Theater at its Cupertino headquarters. The Mission: Impossible theme, plenty of humorous throwaways, and a running agent, complete with furniture hurdles... Read more
No, Your iPhone Isn’t Listening To Everything, Apple Says
Apple have insisted in a letter to US Federal authorities that despite the number of conspiracy theories going around, iPhones only listen to their users when they use the ‘Hey Siri’ trigger phrase. Apple has also said that there is a clear visual indicator that lets users know when Siri is listening, to a... Read more
Teen Pleads Guilty In Apple Hacking Case
Kids these days, right? A little juvenile mischief used to involve shoplifting a pack of gum or spray painting your name on a bridge outside of town. Now, it involves hacking into the world’s first trillion-dollar company, Apple, over the course of about one year. An unnamed Australian teenager–his... Read more
Google Play Store Bans Crypto-Mining Apps And Cleans Up Others
Google has followed up on earlier announcements to further regulate apps available from its Play Store by banning cryptocurrency mining apps, and making a plethora of other prohibitions in other genres including those with disruptive advertising, sexual content in childrens apps, and those that purport to facilitate the selling... Read more
LEO Workaround For Apple Anti-Snooping Tech
The fight between Apple and the FBI continues… Apple has had a long-time adversary when it comes to invasion of privacy, namely, local, state, and even federal governments. The tech giant was at one time embroiled in a lengthy, expensive legal battle over breaking into a user’s iPhone, specifically... Read more
What’s New With The Apple HomePod?
The latest update aims to bring more features to user devices – and make it worth the money. In the home virtual assistant sphere, Amazon’s Echo has pretty much barreled through the gates and managed to stay in the lead, at least in terms of consumer response and brand... Read more
Apple To Begin Publishing Global Government App Takedown Requests
…but not the ones it takes down itself. Apple has announced that it will soon start providing statistics for app takedown requests from governments around the world. The news comes in the tech giant’s latest Transparency Report that it publishes bi-annually. The aim of the report is to highlight... Read more
GPS Yourself Into Your Next Read
Ambient Lit project aims to immerse smartphone users with stories influenced by GPS data It might seem like e-reading and digital publishing have been around for ages, but the current digital revolution isn’t very old. While tech fans have been reading digital files off of small screens since Project... Read more