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August 18, 2018 8:33 PM 'Dumb phone' sales on the rise as smartphone users hope to switch off

Mobile handsets that simply make calls are being marketed as an escape from constantly being connected to social media and apps. Sales of so-called dumb phones have seen an increase for the first time in years. Phones that simply make and receive calls are known in the industry as feature phones and are being marketed as a means to switch off from the constant 7

August 14, 2018 12:27 PM HOW DOES THE PRE-INSTALLED ANDROID APP HACK WORK?

Millions of Android smartphones could be vulnerable to hackers straight out of the box because of vulnerabilities in pre-installed apps. The vulnerabilities were unearthed by mobile security firm Kryptowire, based in Washington, DC. According to Kryptowire, the vulnerabilities are a result of Android’s open source nature. This lets third-parties use Google's 8

August 13, 2018 11:38 AM BBC podcasts are now available on Spotify in the UK

A full library of BBC podcasts has been added to Spotify, bringing thousands of new audio episodes to the streaming app. The streaming service said BBC podcasts produced for the broadcaster’s iPlayer Radio and BBC Sounds apps would now be added to the Spotify platform. “The BBC is one of the largest content creators in the UK, and have worked with the biggest 10

July 12, 2018 11:42 AM NHS still reliant on 'archaic' fax machines

Hospitals are still reliant on "archaic" fax machines with thousands still in use, a survey shows. Senior doctors said the continued use of the outdated technology was "ludicrous", and modern forms of communication were urgently needed. The poll, by the Royal College of Surgeons using freedom of information laws, revealed nearly 9,000 fax machines were in use across 11

July 3, 2018 1:11 PM HOW DO APPS PROVIDE ACCESS TO PRIVATE EMAILS ON GMAIL?

Hundreds of third-party developers have created online services that bring additional functionality to Gmail, the hugely-successful Google email client. Almost anyone can build an app that connects to Gmail using the Application Programming Interface (API) supplied by Google. These apps can provide additional functionality to the Gmail inbox, like the ability 17

June 25, 2018 12:53 PM Kelly Brook defends digitally altering photographs of herself

Kelly Brook has defended her decision to photoshop photographs of herself. The model and TV star sparked controversy when she shared altered pictures of herself at Royal Ascot with boyfriend Jeremy Parisi. She told ITV’s Loose Women: “I’m on telly, people can see what I look like so it’s not like I’m really drastically changing how I look and I have put on weight 12

June 23, 2018 5:03 AM Ladybridge pupils surprised as pupil arrives at Last Drop in helicopter

Marcus, who attended Ladybridge High School, surprised his fellow school pupils who were gathered outside the Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa in Bromley Cross. He has dreams of becoming an airline pilot and is already taking lessons for his private pilot licence. Marcus said: “I was made up with the helicopter ride, it is my first time in a helicopter 2

June 18, 2018 3:04 PM YouTube launches music streaming service and YouTube Premium in UK

YouTube is taking on the likes of Spotify and Apple Music by launching its own music streaming service in the UK. The new subscription service will enable users to listen to tracks as well as watch music videos and discover new artists through a new standalone app. The service will cost £9.99 a month – the same as both Spotify and Apple Music – and also allows 2

April 13, 2018 12:51 AM One in three children under 11 use their parents' smartphones or contactless bank cards in shops

A third of children under the age of 11 have used their parents’ contactless bank cards or phone payment apps. A poll of 1,000 parents found that 34 per cent confessed that their children had used their bank cards in shops or phone payment apps, such as Android Pay and Apple Pay, to buy things online in the past year. Of that 34 per cent, a remarkable 8

April 3, 2018 8:39 AM Grindr admits sharing info on users' HIV status

The gay dating app has denied commercialising the HIV status information, saying it was only shared for optimisation purposes. The data sharing, which Grindr says was legitimate and carried out according to industry standards, was discovered by Norwegian research group Sintef. Following the outcry, the dating app said it would no longer pass on the information 21