Best alternatives to FaceTime

If you’re an iPhone user, you’ve probably heard about – or used – FaceTime. It allows you to make video calls via your smartphone’s camera. However, it’s not the only video telephony service out there. While we really like FaceTime, we’re keen to take you through some other video calling products which might be worth … Continued

What is Google Now?

Google Now is Google’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. It’s an intelligent personal assistant, which is equipped with Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Text to Speech (TTS), enabling the user to instruct it with their voice. You can use Google Now by downloading it from your App Store. It comes with a range … Continued

How do I share articles on social media?

One of the best aspects of social media is the ability to share important, engaging or humorous news content with your friends. Sharing news stories and features can also enhance people’s engagement with your profile, which is crucial if you’re keen to maximise your impact on social media platforms, a particularly important part of Twitter. … Continued

What is a Secure Element?

A Secure Element (SE) is a microprocessor chip which can store sensitive data and run secure apps such as payment.  It acts as a vault, protecting what’s inside the SE (applications and data) from malware attacks that are typical in the host (i.e. the device operating system). Secure Elements handle all sorts of applications that … Continued

The five best voice commands for Cortana and Siri

Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana are a bit like virtual personal assistants. They’re able to help you manage your phone, diary and even answer questions for you. Best of all, you can instruct them with your voice! They work using Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Text to Speech (TTS). There are a number of questions … Continued

What is Augmented Reality?

If you’ve been reading the news lately, particularly coverage of Mobile World Congress 2016, you will have probably heard about Augmented Reality (AR). According to some noted tech experts, it has the potential to revolutionize many aspects of everyday life. So, what exactly is it? AR is the integration of digital information with the user’s … Continued

How to make the most of your smartphone

So, you’ve just bought your brand new shiny smartphone. Sure, you know you can make calls, send texts and take photos, but how can you make your mobile as useful and rewarding as possible? With your new iPhone or Android, there are a number of things you can do to make your smartphone the centre … Continued

How do I choose the best mobile provider?

Choosing your mobile provider can be a little bit nerve-racking. With so many options out there, how on earth are you supposed to make the choice that’s best for you? Making a good decision involves taking into consideration a number of factors; the price, the phone you want to use, the type of contract that’s … Continued

What is Vine and how do I use it?

Ever wanted to share a video clip with your friends – and do so in a creative way? Vine is the downloadable mobile app which allows you to do just that. It’s a video blogging service where you can share six-second video clips with your friends or followers, either through Vine’s own platform, or on … Continued

What are Facebook Reactions, and how do I get them?

You may have noticed a few new icons appearing in your Facebook newsfeed over the last few weeks. These new icons, appearing alongside ‘Likes’ under your friends’ posts, are known as Facebook Reactions. Facebook Reactions allow you to acknowledge or respond to a friend’s post in a way that expresses a more specific emotion than … Continued