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# smartphone

All time
# Pick Me
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring a way to keep messages short and sweet, a versatile photo effects editor and a fantastic cartoon RPG.
# cramping our style
8 things women need men to know about their period
Warning! Mentions blood! Filthy blood!
# Review
With the Galaxy S6, Samsung has created its best smartphone in ages
But is it better than the iPhone 6?
# Pick Me
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring a way to get yourself properly organised, a photo app which only reveal them a day later and a one-dot smash.
# Q-tip
Phone running out of space? There's an easy way of checking what to remove
You (likely) have a free day so why not free up some space on your smartphone.
# TechKnowHow
Want to take better smartphone photos? Stop relying on auto
If you take the time to learn about the different camera features, it can make a difference with photos.
# TechGuide
This is how you keep your data usage under control
Especially if you have a limited plan and don’t want to pay extra.
# TechKnowHow
Want to speed up your typing on your smartphone? Here's how
We use it all the time, but there are ways of speeding up the process.
# who's watching whom
Forget photos or videos, your next obsession is going to be mobile livestreaming
Two apps, Meerkat and Periscope, are competing to become the leader in the space, and they’re both addictive.
# FB phone home
Facebook's next idea could replace your standard phone app
It’s testing out an app called ‘Phone’ which will identify calls and block blacklisted numbers.
# Review
HTC has designed the best Android smartphone out there
The quality of the One M9 may be high, but are the improvements good enough to warrant an upgrade?
# Q-tip
Before you head out tonight, take a moment to improve your phone's security
If you end up losing it, you want to make sure you’ve taken some precautions.
# It's a me Mario
Nintendo is finally going to start making smartphone games
But don’t expect to see Super Mario World appearing on your iPhone any time soon.
# TechKnowHow
These services will get your address book in order
Keeping track of all your contacts is tough, so you need a way to sort them out.
# premium
One of the best Android phones is now available to buy here
And it will cost €269/€299.
# Review
The Lumia 535 is big, bright and cheerful, but it's very basic
Microsoft is making its phones as cheap as possible, but does the Lumia 535 end up sacrificing quality for price?
# lookback
6 things we’ve learned at one of the world's biggest tech conferences
There was a lot to take in, but some things stood out more than others.
# tech review
Is the Huawei Ascend G7 original enough to stand out from the crowd?
The mid-range smartphone market is a tough one to win, but does the Huawei Ascend G7 have enough features to warrant a look?
# worst offenders
These Android apps are the ones that drain your battery the fastest
Because knowing is half the battle.
# Kazam
Watch: Ad for 'the world's slimmest phone' banned for objectifying women
Authorities in the United Kingdom received several complaints about the ad.
# TechGuide
How do you record something that's happening on your phone (without a second camera)?
Because sometimes a screenshot just isn’t enough.
# shut down
Turns out kill switches are really driving down smartphone theft
The introduction of kill switches on smartphones has helped reduce the number of robberies and thefts in London, New York and San Francisco.
# Pick Me
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring a fun way to customise your home screen, a vampire just trying to make his way home and a stunning iPad app that allows you to explore the earth.
# TechGuide
Here's how you can quickly clean your device*
*in software terms, that is.
# Pick Me
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring a relaxing ski down the slopes, instant messaging based around drawings, and new motivation to get all those tasks done.
Microsoft's latest patent could remove one of the most annoying problems in cinema
A new patent for an ‘Inconspicuous Mode’, which would silence your phone anytime you enter a cinema, was recently granted to Microsoft.
# Pick Me
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring Microsoft’s cross between Word and Wordpress, playlists based around learning instead of music and a one-bit ninja.
# Pick Me
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring a photo editing app that layers your photos and videos, an easy way to create stop motion videos and a game that’s all about drawing under pressure.
# Getting Started
Receive a new smartphone today? Here's what you need to know*
*And a recap for the rest of us.
# up up and away
Review: Is the Parrot Rolling Spider the affordable drone you've been waiting for?
Drones as toys are growing in popularity, but is Parrot’s Mini Drone the one that will make you splash out on one?
# Pick Me
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring a way for you not to forget those important links, a way to practice those free-kicks (virtually) and a private web browser.
# Buyers' Guide
It can be cheaper, but is buying an unlocked smartphone better?
There are a large number of cheap and unlocked smartphones out there that bypass carrier options, but are they too good to be true?
# Pick Me
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring a brutally tough techno game, a way to send doodles via iMessage and a service that’s takes inspiration from Tinder to help those travelling.
# restructure
Sony places its hopes on the PS4 as it undergoes major changes
The company will slash its TV and smartphone lineup, and place greater focus on its image sensor business as it tries to reverse losses.
# Upgrade
Review: Is Lollipop the best version of Android yet?
The new update sports a fresh look and a plethora of new features, but what is it like in practice?
# unbundling
Facebook has decided that you need another app to download
This time it’s turned Groups into its own app, bringing the total number of available Facebook apps up to six.
# eyes in front please
Attn. 'smartphone zombies': Looking at your phone on the move cuts your vision by 95%
It’s becoming a big problem in Japan.
# Expansion
Why the next step for Hailo involves people without smartphones
The taxi service is setting their sights on both the corporate and hospitality industries, the latter only requiring guests to receive notifications via SMS.
# the competition
Review: Does the Lumia 830 live up to its "affordable flagship" title?
Microsoft has been touting its new phone as the ‘affordable flagship’ but does it achieve either aim?
# TechKnowHow
These are the best smartphone games for your kids
If they’re going to be using your phone to pass the time, they may as well be playing good games.