Tagged With smart phones

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Portable gadgets have become a permanent fixture in our everyday lives. Whether you're into social media, gaming, texting or videos, they're a great way to stay occupied when you need to kill some time. But they could also be making our species gradually dumber.

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BlackBerry Z10 smartphone owners in Australia can now download the latest operating system update; BlackBerry 10.1. The updated OS ushers in a raft of new features including improved cursor control, new Blackberry Hub tools and a high-dynamic-range camera mode.

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The next time a 20-something colleague offers you the use of their phone, you might want to handle with extreme care. A new survey from networking giant Cisco has confirmed Generation Y has a (literally) unhealthy addiction to their smartphones -- in addition to texting while driving, many freely admit to using their phones in the bathroom.

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One of my main reasons for using a BlackBerry has always been that I do a lot of writing and text manipulation on my phone while travelling, and for those purposes a well-designed built-in keyboard is essential. But I've had to face facts: in recent months, I've been using its touch-screen interface a lot more than I realised.

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Android (with Windows): To unofficially tether and use your Android's mobile web on your laptop, you previously had three options: rooting, wonky proxies and purchasing PDAnet. Now there's formerly BlackBerry-only Tether, at about the same price as PDAnet. What's the difference?

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Got Android envy? Just wish Apple handled sync, the web and openness a bit better? Well, you can't have it all but if you want to bring more Google paradigms to your iPhone here's how to do it.