Telstra to trial broadcast updates for mobiles

Ben Grubb Telstra will soon trial a number of technologies to help reduce traffic jams on its mobile network and speed up software updates on smartphones.


From iPhone to mePhone: why mobiles are turning us into narcissists

iPhone  5c

Your smartphone has officially hijacked your life, writes Daniel Sarewitz.


Hoarders have 23 million old mobiles stashed

A collection of Nokia mobile phones is pictured in Warsaw in this May 8, 2012 file photo illustration. In an era when shiny new tech start-ups can be worth tens of billions of dollars, Microsoft's deal to acquire Nokia's mobile handset business for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion) is a modest one from a strictly financial point of view. Yet the deal is likely to go down as a major turning point in the contemporary technology business, one that marks the end of a Finnish company's unlikely run as world-beating tech icon even as it shapes the future of Microsoft Corp - for better or for worse.       To match Insight MICROSOFT-NOKIA/DECLINE        REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files (POLAND - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)

Sarah Whyte If you are hoarding an old mobile phone in your drawer, you are not alone. There are 23 million unused mobile phones in Australia and environmental experts are warning the burgeoning number of...

Mobiles made it through Sandy

Mobile phone Sandy

Tim Maly Hundreds of thousands of friends, strangers and government officials exchanged links, photos, rumours, warnings and corrections about the progress of Hurricane Sandy on sites such as Instagram,...

Solar screen recharges mobiles on the go


A transparent film that costs just one euro to make could bring an end to the anguish of mobile phone users facing the dreaded dead-battery message.

Mobiles to match global population in 2014


The number of mobile phones worldwide will catch up to the globe's population next year, the United Nations says.


Stun guns disguised as mobiles

Mobile phone Stun Gun by Yellow Jacket. Screen grab from promotional You Tube video. March 15, 2013

Nick Ralston It fits in your back pocket, can make calls and give off a 650k volt shock that can stop a man in his tracks.


Call of the wild: rural mobiles gap could prove fatal in emergency, warn residents

Residents in St Albans, north west of Sydney and their poor phone service from Telstra.  Resident Bob Bolin with a Telstra phone cable that was knoked to the ground on Christmas down when a treet fell onto it. The cable still lies across the ground. Photo: Peter Rae Wednesday 13 March 2013.

Asher Moses People in rural and regional areas fear they are being put at risk by poor mobile and emergency communications.

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Samsung ends Nokia's 14-year reign as king of mobiles

Galaxy Nexus.

Samsung Electronics has ended Nokia's 14-year leadership of the global mobile phone market, outselling the struggling Finnish handset maker for the first time ever.

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Restaurants learn not to make a meal out of mobiles

mobile on a plate

Jessica Gelt The use of mobile phones at the table has become so prevalent that restaurants are now catering for them.

US push to ban mobiles in cars

The National Transport Safety Board has called for a ban on the use of all portable electronic devices.

Simon Mann, Washington America's top transport regulator has urged all 50 US states to ban the use of mobile phones by drivers after studying a fatal crash.

Barriers to Skype on mobiles evaporate


Asher Moses in Barcelona New Skype apps for the iPhone and Symbian platforms will allow mobile users to bypass telco voice networks completely, making calls using the internet over the 3G data network.


Siri-like Cortana fills Windows Phone gap

Anick Jesdanun With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows Phone catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way.


Samsung to launch Tizen phones, Android Wear device this year

Miyoung Kim, Se Young Lee Samsung is working to introduce at least two smartphones running on its own Tizen operating system, a top executive says.


Apple iOS 8 to get song-ID feature, sources say


Adam Satariano Apple is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update to its iOS mobile software, sources say.


Windows Phone advances with 8.1 update

Windows Phone 8.1

Anick Jesdanun If you already have a Windows Phone or are thinking of getting one, 8.1's new features should please you.


Hands on: HTC One M8

HTC One M8 Android smartphone.

Adam Turner The sleek HTC One M8 ticks a lot of boxes for Android lovers, especially if you favour elegance over brash style.

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How to keep your old iPhone alive

iPhone 4.

Megan Wiegand How to keep your dinosaur iPhone running until the next model's release later this year.


Sonos embraces Google Play Music

headphones, music

Adam Turner Google Play Music is the first third-party app to tie directly into the Sonos streaming music ecosystem.

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OwnFone: phone without texting, camera or internet pitches to parents

Back to basics: OwnFone.

Paddy Wood A new phone with no texting, no camera, no social media, no games and no apps will likely please parents.