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  • France ponders smartphone tax France ponders smartphone tax

    The French Government is reportedly considering introducing a tax on the sale of smartphones and tablets. The tax would be one per cent of the sale price of gadgets and would be used to help fund French culture, such as film, music and art. Former chief executive of French pay-TV channel Canal Plu...

  • Smartphone internet use on the rise Smartphone internet use on the rise

    Research has found that more and more people are turning to their smartphones to conduct research online. Conducted by Telmetrics and xAd, the study found that 46 per cent of respondents use mobile exclusively when researching online. Meanwhile, 50 per cent said that they start their search with a ...

  • OFT launches investigation into smartphone apps OFT launches investigation into smartphone apps

    An investigation into smartphone applications advertised as free, which later run up large bills through add-ons, is being launched by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). Thousands of apps are advertised as free. But in some cases, while they are free to download, people are running up large fees by ...

  • Smartphone users checking Facebook '14 times a day' Smartphone users checking Facebook '14 times a day'

    Smartphone users are reportedly checking their Facebook accounts an average of 14 times a day. This is according to recent research conducted by IDC, which has revealed the extent to which smartphones have changed our relationships with social media. The study looked at nearly 7,500 iPhone and And...

  • Are smartphone jeggings set for fashion fame? Are smartphone jeggings set for fashion fame?

    Fashion events around the world always have a mix of the wonderful and the downright bizarre and at the moment it's the turn of New York to see what inspiring designs it can bring to our attention. One company has looked to the growing popularity of smartphones for inspiration, with the launch...

  • Smartphone ownership hits one billion Smartphone ownership hits one billion

    The number of people in the world who own a smartphone has reached one billion, according to research from Strategy Analytics (SA). The market analysis company estimated that around one in seven people around the world has owned a smartphone during the third quarter of the year. It extrapolated its...

  • Tablets prove more popular for shopping Tablets prove more popular for shopping

    Just a few years ago the idea of shopping online while away from a computer was almost unthinkable. Now, however, there are plenty of internet-enabled devices that can be employed to browse and compare prices while on the bus or sitting in a park. Recent research and data compiled by eDigitalResear...

  • Which? continues to investigate 'fixed' phone contracts Which? continues to investigate 'fixed' phone contracts

    The consumer group Which? is continuing its investigation of mobile phone contracts that claim to offer fixed terms. The group has conducted a mystery shopping investigation and found that sales staff in phone shops are giving out inaccurate information about the possibility of price increases. In ...

  • Siri touts Lumia 900 as 'best smartphone ever' Siri touts Lumia 900 as 'best smartphone ever'

    Siri, the virtual personal assistant built into Apple's iPhones, is reportedly claiming that the Nokia Lumia 900 is 'the best smartphone ever'. A number of users have been referred to reviews praising the Nokia Windows phone when posing the question to Siri. It appears that Siri is u...

  • Samsung outselling iPhones Samsung outselling iPhones

    It seems that Apple has a genuine contender in the smartphone ring as Samsung has pipped it to top place in terms of global sales. Samsung sold almost 12 million more units than the Apple in the first three months of the year. The figures, compiled by Juniper Research, showed that Apple sold 35.1 m...