What is an embedded SIM?

We’ve been using SIM cards for decades, and they’ve been getting smaller and smaller as technology has advanced. Now, they’re about to go through another radical change. The embedded SIM, also called eSIM is a reprogrammable chip that comes in different shapes and sizes. It can even be removable and soldered into the device. It … Continued

What will the world be like in 2025?

The future has always fascinated us. When we think about life years from now, we tend to think of futuristic technology that will make everything easier. At Gemalto, we are always thinking about the future, but were curious to learn what other people from around the world thought too. So, in January 2016, we asked … Continued

Reader response: How do I regain my phone contacts?

The answer depends on whether you’re an Android or iPhone user. If you’re an Android user, it’s a little complex. You’ll need the Android recovery tool on your Windows or Mac computer. Next, you’ll need to link your Android to the computer and make sure USB debugging is enabled on your phone (if it isn’t, … Continued

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