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Temple Run 2, Snapchat, BBC iPlayer and WhatsApp messenger among the most popular apps in the UK

Potential dangers for consumers using mobile banking highlighted

More than a billion people are expected to use their mobile phones for banking services worldwide by the end of 2017

Survey suggests half of Britons fear being without their mobile

Anxiety related to being out of mobile phone contact dubbed 'nomophobia'

Twitter users can now share looped video clips of six seconds' length using the comapny's standalone iPhone app, Vine

Will Vine and video kill the snapshot?

Are we done with the snapshot? Following an Independent report on Vine last week (the 'six-second video app that is reinventing film') Slate's Farhad Manjoo believes so. The thesis runs like this: if we've got the technology to take video - and transmit it at high speed - then the need for actually-not-moving-at-all photography is pretty much null and void.

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Almost one in 10 five-year-olds own a mobile phone, finds survey

One in 10 schoolchildren get a mobile phone by the age of five, new study reveals, although most children have to wait until they are 11

Artist implants an RFID chip under the skin to turn into a walking gallery

Chip encased in glass holds just 1Kb of data - enough for a small gif

Not now - I'm live on air! Daughter interrupts mother as she presents the news

Bring your children to work day may not be the best idea if you are a news presenter, as Moroccan broadcaster Lena Alwash found out.

New iPhone will be gold, but 'think champagne, not ingot'

Gold colouring expected on high-end iPhone update, the new iPhone 5S

Nikhil Kumar: At last, Apple could be ready to start doing business the Chinese way

Apple’s share of the smartphone market in China is less than 5 per cent

Hongmi: The Chinese smartphone that sold 100,000 units in 90 seconds

Xiaomi, the company who created the Hongmi, say they are like Apple, Amazon and Google combined

Samsung’s factory in Campinas, where staff work to precise rules

Samsung faces £70m damages claim over conditions

Samsung, the electronics giant, has been accused of “serious” labour violations at a huge factory in the Amazon rainforest and is facing a claim for £70m in damages.

Apple’s slice of smartphone pie slides as US technology giant loses ground to Samsung

Carl Icahn’s huge bet on Apple suffered an early setback today as figures showed the technology giant had lost ground to Samsung.

Smartphones outsell basic handsets for the first time

Latest reports on mobile sales also shows that Windows Phone OS has overtaken BlackBerry

An ailing BlackBerry to explore 'strategic alternatives'

Options could include sale of the company or going private

A man talks on a mobile phone as he walks past an iPhone advertising board in Beijing July 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

New Apple iPhone release rumoured for 10 September

Next handset expected to be cheaper, plastic model with built-in fingerprint sensor

Asus announce Nexus 7 UK launch date as August 28th

Google have announced the UK launch date for their latest tablet, the new Nexus 7, as August 28th.

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