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Charging your phone using public USB ports isn't as safe as you might think
One more thing to keep in mind the next time you have a low battery.
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring advanced listening, specific volume control and not cracking eggs.
Unlocking your PC by using your phone's fingerprint scanner? It's coming
Both Apple and Microsoft are working on their own ways to unlock a computer using a phone’s fingerprint scanner.
You can easily set reminders that only activate when you arrive home*
*Or any other location that you plan to travel to.
Should the Huawei Mate S be your new smartphone pal?
Huawei adds another phone to the list, but should you care?
Now you can check if someone has secretly hacked your iPhone
It’s unlikely but if you’re feeling a little paranoid, there’s an app which can tell you.
Your iPhone has a handy feature that lets you access anything with one hand
And it’s easy to forget about.
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring a quick way to clear those redundant WhatsApp images, artsy photos and a motivational alarm from The Rock.
We put these four top smartphone cameras to the test. Here's how it went
Four smartphones, one camera test, but who wins?
So how can you really take care of your battery life?
There are many beliefs surrounding them – but what are the facts?
There are other ways to unlock your Android phone besides your PIN
In some cases, you may be sacrificing convenience for security though.
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring an app to hone your public-speaking, Giphy for Android, and a game in which you control a bucket of paint with legs.
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring a way to keep track of your subscriptions, an intelligent homescreen for Chromecast and magic Scrabble.
One problem stops the HTC 10 from being the best Android phone out there
HTC’s phone has a lot of positives, but the lack of a major selling point for consumers could harm it.
Two cameras are better than one, but does it help make a good smartphone?
Two 12MP cameras for photography is the main selling point for Huawei’s P9, its latest flagship phone.
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring a way to get your family to put their phones down, telling your friends ‘I told you so’ and an endless runner with a twist.
HTC's latest phone is tackling a problem that plagues most devices
The HTC 10 in coming out in May and it’s hoping to revitalise the company’s falling smartphone sales.
There's a way to keep your Android screen always on while charging
Without having to change any display options.
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring bad corgis, self-improvement and blocky mazes.
You can do more with your smartphone alarm than just set the time
Making it go off on certain days and using the volume buttons to snooze are some of the things you can do.
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring Nintendo’s first app, a king rabbit and turning your speech into text.
Police investigating attempted murder filmed on smartphone
The shooting was apparently captured in real-time using Facebook Live.
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring a quick way to transfer your CD collection to Spotify, kids learning music and a strategic board game.
Headwreck: How to make those annoying apps that come with your phone disappear
Apps that you can’t delete can take up space unnecessarily but there are workarounds.
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring a way to play with real pets, reactive radio and a dog’s dreams.
The best smartphone of 2016 has already been released
It’s going to take some effort before Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are topped.
Its software may say iPhone, but how does Huawei's GX8 compare to other phones?
Huawei’s latest mid-range device builds upon last year’s G7, but is there enough to separate itself from its competitors?
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring zooming GIFs, photos in van Gogh’s art style and a race to be king.
An expert in batteries explains why your phone won't last longer than a day
It’s all to do with what people and smartphone companies want.
Teacher quits after student steals naked picture from her phone
Leigh Anne Arthur, a teacher at Union County High School in South Carolina, resigned her post after the photo of her was shared among students.
This is how you can activate light alerts on your phone
Should you need a different way to keep yourself alerted to new updates.
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring counting, completing tasks through cards and a master swordsman’s journey.
A new kind of WiFi could stop it from draining your phone's battery
The method, called Passive WiFi, consumes 1/10,000th the energy current methods use.
Here's the quick way to save battery on your phone
Should you need to prioritise longevity over functionality.
How much does the cheapest smartphone in the world cost? It's the week in numbers
Plus: How many households in Ireland are affected by contaminated drinking water?
A smartphone that costs €6 is going on sale in India
The price tag of the Freedom 251 would make it one of the cheapest smartphones in the world.
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring personal podcasting, figuring out what to watch and drawing your own story.
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring round calendars, bare-bones radio and surviving in an alien world.
Not content with number one albums, Taylor Swift is going to release her own game
The company behind the successful Kim Kardashian: Hollywood will be developing the smartphone game.
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring train times, dozing off to podcasts and expressions for alarms.