Battery life!

2014-08-21 07:24

Battery life is the last frontier for smartphone evolution, says Arthur Goldstuck.

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New Note 'just a white elephant'

2014-08-08 13:04

Smartphones boast of their functionality over older models, but for Reshigan Moodley, his Samsung Note was less useful than a notebook.

Frustration as Nokia Lumia acts up

2014-08-08 13:03

Smartphones can be temperamental when they decide to act up. Fin24 users share their nightmare stories of breakdowns and the often poor after sales service.

Misstep for MTN Steppa

2014-08-08 13:01

South Africans have come out in support of a Fin24 user who has had problems in trying to get his smartphone repaired with stories of their own.

Chinese smartphone makers top in sales

2014-08-01 10:36

Chinese smartphone makers have racked up big gains as the global market for internet-linked handsets grew to record levels in the second quarter.

Massive smartphone shift

2014-07-30 07:38

SA’s largest mobile retailer shows some startling numbers, says Arthur Goldstuck.

SA men have less sex than global average

2014-07-22 12:36

According to a survey, South African men are having sex on average 52 times a year – far less than the average for the rest of the world.

Smartphones waste time

2014-07-21 09:32

Smartphones even eat into restaurant time. How? Mandi Smallhorne elaborates.

Pope demands justice for Argentina terror attack

2014-07-18 12:49

Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using an amateur Smartphone video message, recorded on the fly by a visiting friend.

Alcatel turns heads

2014-07-16 06:56

Alcatel's new offerings compete on design as well as price, says Arthur Goldstuck.

BlackBerry's new messaging security

2014-06-17 13:22

BlackBerry has announced the release of new "enhanced security" for its popular BBM messaging, aiming to win back corporate users with high security needs.

Mobile revolution sweeps Sub-Saharan Africa

2014-06-04 17:27

Mobile internet usage is expected to increase at twice the global rate in five years in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a report.

Smartphones, tablets driving retail growth

2014-05-30 18:00

Smartphones and tablet computers are expected to boost online retail sales in the Asia-Pacific region to more than $400bn a year by 2018.

Smartphone market still growing

2014-05-29 10:03

Global smartphone sales will jump 23% this year to more than 1.2 billion units, fueled by growth of low-cost handsets in emerging markets.

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

2014-05-17 17:54

The technology titans behind the top two smartphone platforms in the world have called a truce in a long-running patent war.

Dixons, Carphone agree to retail merger

2014-05-15 21:15

Britain's Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Retail have agreed to a £3.8bn all-share merger, seeking to tap into the increasing convergence of smartphones.

EU moves to end smartphone patent wars

2014-04-29 15:10

The European Commission has moved to stem aggressive patent lawsuits by smartphone and tablet makers against rivals.

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

2014-04-22 11:05

A former Apple chief executive, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India.

Nokia recalls Lumia chargers on shock jitters

2014-04-18 09:00

Finnish telecom company Nokia has recalled 30 000 chargers for its Lumia 2520 tablet due to risk it could give customers an electric shock.

Samsung Galaxy S5 makes global debut

2014-04-11 10:11

The latest version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphone went on sale worldwide, days after it announced it was facing a quarter of profit decline.

Samsung's profit falls as smartphones cheapen

2014-04-08 09:48

Declining smartphone prices hit profit at Samsung Electronics for a second straight quarter as competition heats up in emerging markets.

Video goes large

2014-03-19 07:24

The force behind bigger smartphone screens won't reverse, says Arthur Goldstuck.

BlackBerry goes back to basics to woo clients

2014-02-26 10:08

BlackBerry has unveiled a new, cheaper phone and a "classic" model as it tries to stem losses and win back security-conscious business and government users.

Beyond the phone cam

2014-02-12 10:48

Add-on lenses are reinventing phone photography, writes Arthur Goldstuck.


Most smartphones don't last even a working day, and are dead within eight hours. Arthur Goldstuck looks at the options.

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Bad BlackBerry leaves man bamboozled

2014-08-08 13:04

Smartphone problems are not only limited to Android devices, as Jamie Wood discovered with his BlackBerry.

Sony budget smartphone somehow less smart

2014-08-08 13:03

Sony makes a range of smartphones for multiple markets, and Louis Ash had an issue with the Xperia V.

MTN eyes e-commerce to grow revenue

2014-08-07 14:15

Africa’s largest cellphone group is betting on rising smartphone usage to spur online shopping in the continent as part of its plans to diversify revenue streams.

Smartphone flaws put users at risk

2014-07-31 17:10

Security researchers have revealed two separate threats they say could put up to 90% of the world's two billion smartphones at risk.

SA men have less sex than global average

2014-07-23 16:05

According to a survey, South African men are having sex on average 52 times a year – far less than the average for the rest of the world.

SA men have less sex than global average

2014-07-22 12:06

According to a survey, South African men are having sex on average 52 times a year – far less than the average for the rest of the world.

Nokia X phones die from identity lack

2014-07-18 17:11

The Nokia X phones, which have been discontinued by Microsoft, blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each.

Apple, IBM team up on mobile for business

2014-07-16 11:45

Historic rivals Apple and IBM have joined forces to win over business customers by offering iPhones and iPads especially tailored to the corporate world.

Naver goes global with messaging app

2014-07-08 16:00

The founder of Naver is stepping onto the world stage with Line, a messaging app developed to overcome communications wiped out after the 2011 tsunami.

Amazon stirs smartphone launch talk

2014-06-05 09:03 has revived speculation about its next major product, using a mysterious YouTube video and website post to tease about a "launch event".

New Samsung phone a break from Android

2014-06-02 10:09

Samsung has announced the launch of a new smartphone based on its own operating system, in a step towards independence from the Google Android platform.

Tablet sales losing steam, survey shows

2014-05-29 19:23

Global sales of tablet computers are likely to slow this year, hurt in part by saturation and adoption of large-screen smartphones, a market tracker says.

AT&T buys DirecTV for nearly $50bn

2014-05-19 11:14

US telecommunications giant AT&T has clinched a deal to acquire broadcast satellite service provider DirecTV for nearly $50bn.

No clear winner in Samsung-Apple battle

2014-05-16 14:13

A Japanese court has ruled that Samsung may seek minimal damages from Apple for patent infringement, but both sides claimed victory.

Tesco to launch own-brand smartphone

2014-05-06 12:18

Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, will launch its first own-brand smartphone by the end of the year and would run on Google's Android software.

Free app helps visually impaired find their way

2014-04-29 10:54

A free app for Android detects a person's location and uses audio voice-overs to announce nearby attractions.

Android gains, basic phones almost extinct

2014-04-20 15:48

The Google Android platform has grabbed the majority of mobile phones in the US market in early 2014, as consumers all but abandoned non-smartphone handsets.

Amazon to release smartphone

2014-04-12 19:35

Amazon is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of 2014, thrusting itself into a market already crowded with Apple and Samsung models.

Smartphone margins in the spotlight

2014-04-09 11:37

As the smartphone action shifts to the mass market, the leaders are under pressure to make their high-end phones more affordable to revive sales.

Japan chipmaker soars on Apple talks report

2014-04-02 10:42

Shares in Japan's Renesas Electronics surged following a report it is in talks with Apple to sell the US giant its stake in a unit that designs microchips.

Drivers may use smartphones for maps: court

2014-03-03 12:50

A California appeals court has tossed out a fine for a driver checking a smartphone map to escape traffic.

Lenovo aims to be world's No 3 smartphone

2014-02-13 09:43

Chinese computer giant Lenovo wants to be the third-biggest global smartphone seller, following an acquisition binge as the firm announced a 30% profit surge.

Beyond the phone cam

2014-02-12 10:44

Add-on lenses are reinventing phone photography, writes Arthur Goldstuck.

Smartphone profit slips

2014-01-24 15:34

Samsung Electronics has announced that its earnings were significantly down in the final quarter of 2013 compared to the previous record quarter.

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