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What Was Your First Smartphone?

Smartphones were once a boutique item, but now they’re essential. Still, we all remember a time before smartphones — at least, the time before we got our first one. How old were you when you got your first, and what year was it?


The Best Of Mobile World Congress 2015

Mobile World Congress, the big annual tech show that goes down in Barcelona every year, is now coming to a close. There were a few really big hits this year — a new flagship Samsung phone and Valve’s VR headset! — plus a few, lower-profile but still awesome announcements. Here’s the best of MWC 2015.


Blackphone 2: Beat Australia's Data Retention Laws With This Super-Secure Smartphone

“While the rest of the market is going one way, with selfie sticks and curved screens, we’re going down another, to the heart of problems, sticking with privacy and security,” said Silent Circle’s Mike Janke at the launch of the company’s new secure smartphone, the Blackphone 2. And he’s not kidding — though no frills in design, it’s kitted out with some serious security features. It’s the phone that promises to help you beat the Australian Government’s data retention scheme.


LG Is Bringing Curved Screens To Its Cheaper Phones, Because Why Not

That curve on LG Flex’s screen might seem like a total gimmick, even if it’s pretty rad. As far as LG’s concerned though, it’s the next big thing for all phones How so? They are bringing curved screen to their mid-range phones and they plan to keep doing so in the future.


The Best New Windows 10 Phone Features In Six GIFs

The Windows 10 preview for laptops has been out for a while, but the beta version of the new Microsoft operating system only came to (a few, select) phones yesterday. The update is super limited, so it’s far from Windows 10 for phones in full. But! There’s some cool stuff in there. Here’s that stuff in GIF form:


Bloomberg: Samsung's Galaxy S6 Will Have A Screen Covering 3 Sides

Samsung’s next big flagship phone — presumably to be the Galaxy S6 — will almost certainly be announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. According to Bloomberg, one model be all-metal and feature a screen that covers three of its sides.


Oh, Hey, An Ubuntu Phone Is Actually Happening

Remember how there were maybe going to be some phones that ran Ubuntu? They’re coming! With a list of caveats approximately one mile long!


The Galaxy S6 Could Be (Almost) Free Of Annoying Bloatware

Samsung’s next big flagship phone, presumably the Galaxy S6, is almost certainly going to be announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March. And, according to new rumours, it’s looking more likely than ever that it will be running something close to stock Android. Be still, my heart.


Giz Explains: How To Not Be Wrong When You're Talking About Smartphone Displays

A lot of amazing engineering and design goes into making your smartphone. And smartphone displays are one of the most important parts — they’re your window onto the internet, and the world. But the technical terms we use to describe them can be pretty confusing. Here’s how to sound like you know what you’re talking about when it comes to displays.


A Galaxy S6 With (Almost) Stock Android Sounds Like A Dream Come True

There are some pretty unsubstantiated and vague rumours that Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 won’t just have a new Note-inspired hardware design; it will also have less ugly TouchWiz skinning than ever. Who knows if this is true! It’s probably not. But man, it still sounds fantastic.