Many websites are built for mobile devices these days, but you’ll still run into the occasional page that refuses to run. Wouldn’t it be nice if you got a heads-up before you wasted a click? As of today, you will: Google search now warns you when a site isn’t likely to work on your hardware of choice due to incompatible content, such as Flash.
Back in the early days of handheld devices, Microsoft dubbed its contender the “Pocket PC” and, indeed, designed it to emulate a small version of a Windows PC, because the PC was the main — often the only — way to perform digital tasks. My, how things have changed.
Over the last seven years, since the introduction of the iPhone, the PC has gradually been dethroned by the smartphone (and to a lesser extent, by the tablet) as the key digital device. PC sales have fallen significantly in recent years, racking up their worst annual sales ever last year, while smartphone and tablet sales have soared. Almost all of the energy that developers once put into making software for laptops and desktops is now devoted to making mobile apps and mobile websites.
The pinky is unquestionably the forgotten finger, often considered a mere accessory in a lineup of more valuable digits. If you had to say goodbye to an appendage, the pinky is an easy sell.
But there’s far more to the pinky besides looking refined while sipping tea. In addition to playing a key character in maintaining balance, it’s the most important supporting role of the entire digital age. The pinky is the mobile shelf.
With magazine and newspaper subscriptions and sales falling every month, more and more people are getting all of their news exclusively online - and with our phones and tablets with us every day of the year, what better way to consume all that news than with the sharp, vibrant screen of the smartphone?
When it comes to cases to protect your phone, you’re spoiled for choice. Do you got for flashy colours? Waterproofing? One with a keyboard? But what about one that protects you from your phone? BioArmor has come up with a case that does exactly that – the Antimicrobial iPhone 5s case packs in Silver-Ion technology to kill bacteria and keep away nasty germs. So how does it fare? And is it any good as a normal case? We suited up our iPhone 5s to find out.
Bigger, higher resolution, simpler to use. That’s how we described LG’s latest flagship, the G3, when we finally got our hands on it last week. The headline feature is, without a doubt, that Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) screen. I’ve been gazing at it intensely since the review unit landed in my hand. But, the G3’s not just a one-trick pony; there’s a lot going on under that “metallic skin.” Good thing there’s a full Engadget review here to tell you all about it.
The Nokia Lumia 630 is a low-end phone. As it is set to sell for around £100, you could call it Nokia’s Windows Phone 8.1 alternative to the Motorola Moto G, currently one of the most popular lower-cost phones.
The screen disappoints next to the best Android phones at the price, but otherwise this is a likeable phone for those on a budget.