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Nokia phones to make a comeback…

As long as there’s snake, people will be happy Nokia mobile phones are coming back from the dead. The news was confirmed by the Finnish firm’s chief executive, Rajeev Suri, at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, reported the cnet technology news site. Nokia was THE mobile phone maker for many back in the 1990s and 2000s – with their phones proving a massive hit, although the company failed to keep up with the smartphone revolution. NEED A…

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THREE-QUARTERS of the world will be connected to mobile network by 2020

But mobile phone operators face “saturation point” across the world – forcing them to develop new services and business models, according to research. An extra ONE BILLION people will become mobile subscribers over the next five years, bringing the total to 5.6 billion – equivalent to 72 per cent of the expected global population by this point. It comes after rapid growth of 1.4 billion new subscribers between 2010 and 2015, with 4.7 billion unique mobile subscribers worldwide at the end of 2015 – 63…

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Frog photo by Bignoter (English WP) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons. Battery (photo credit graphicstock.com)

How the battery was invented because of an unfortunate frog

Italian scientist Alessandro Volta is credited as the inventor of the electrical battery, but a frog played a role. Volta’s invention, the voltaic pile, was made up of pairs of copper and zinc discs on top of each other. A layer of cloth or cardboard soaked in brine separated the discs, and acted as the electrolyte. This produced a stable and continuous current, and lost little charge over time when not in use – although the voltage wasn’t strong enough to produce sparks…

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Your next smartphone could have a touchscreen that you can use with WET fingers

New technology could end the nightmare of touchscreens going crazy when they get a bit of water on them. LCD manufacturer Japan Display Inc has begun making what it calls second generation “Pixel Eyes” LCD modules for premium mobile products that require high performance. Using a new sensor structure and new materials, the new Pixel Eyes display even works with wet fingers. What's best: Apple, Android, Windows or Blackberry phones? It’s also possible to have thinner borders, deep black level and…

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18 amazing space photos by British astronaut Tim Peake from orbit

Incredible photos taken by British astronaut Tim Peake from on board the International Space Station, which is orbiting the Earth. Tim, a former British Army Air Corps officer, has since been taking amazing photos from space and posting them to his Twitter account @astro_timpeake.  You can see them in their full glory by clicking on the images in the gallery above a wide-screen view. Tim beat more than 8,000 other hopefuls to secure one of six places on the European Space…

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This is what Facebook looked like in 2004 and its changing face over the years

It was originally called thefacebook before the was dropped and it went on to become the global social media giant that it is today. It was slowly opened up to the wider world from college students initially to now. Here’s a selection of screen grabs of how the login page has developed over the years taken from the Internet Archive wayback machine website. Facebook’s birthday is on 4 Februrary 2016 having been created in 2004 as thefacebook. MORE TOP LINKS –…

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Screen grab from video on Samsung Indonesia YouTube channel (photo credit: Samsung/YouTube)

New Samsung Galaxy S7 video “leaked early”

People are saying this could be a video of the next Galaxy S7. Technology news website techradar.com says the video was uploaded an unlisted YouTube link on the Samsung Indonesia channel. There’s no mention of what the phone actually is in the video, but techradar thinks it is the Galaxy S7 Edge with a 5.5 inch display with waterproofing and wireless charging features showcased – and that the video has accidentally surfaced before the launch date. MicroSD memory card slot set…

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Facebook reactions have arrived: like, love, wow, haha, angry and sad

No more just LIKE button, new reaction buttons have been added to Facebook when you want to comment on posts. Wow, haha, love, angry and sad are now alongside the thumbs-up button. Of course not everything deserves a Like on Facebook, and some have campaigned for a dis-like button – with the new offerings a response to this sentiment. The usual thumbs-up button appear under each post but if you press on it a little longer on your smartphone, then the…

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The easy way to stream music from your phone via Bluetooth to NON-BLUETOOTH headphones and speakers

Receive and transmit music with this tiny, affordable gadget to and from non-Bluetooth and Bluetooth devices from Hi-Fi systems, TVs, speakers and more. Turn non-Bluetooth headphones, speakers and more into Bluetooth devices to stream music from your smartphone or transmit audio to Bluetooth headphones. Have you got a favourite pair of headphones, Hi-Fi system at home or perhaps the stereo in your car but can’t wirelessly stream music from your smartphone or tablet? Well, there’s a simple way to turn…

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5 Fun things to type into Google and Bing

Enjoy the fun results from FREE classic arcade games, to your screen doing a roll or going lopsided – click here to see what you need to type in. 1. Type askew into Google and see what happens…. 2. Go to Microsoft’s search engine bing.com and type in pong… 3. And if you like retro games, go to Google images and type in Atari breakout… 4. Do a barrel roll – type these words into Google and your screen will do, well a…

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