Entries by Nick Duddy

App-addiction Grips the UK

The average Brit will look at their smartphone around 28 times a day, which works out at more than 10,000 times every year, according to a survey. Researchers say that 4,000 of the checks are being made compulsively without any particular goal in mind. However, one in 10 smartphone users are opening their device more […]

Android Phones ‘Betray’ Users

Google has come under fire after revelations that Android smartphones still collect the user’s location data and sends it back to the firm – even when the phone’s location services used for apps has been switched off. The system works by gathering information from nearby mobile phone masts and sharing the information with Google. The […]

Mobile Data Usage in UK Set to Soar

The amount of mobile data being used in the UK will grow sevenfold, say researchers, by 2021. The research from CCS Insight has found that the average mobile phone user will use around 2.5 GB of data every month but by 2021, this will grow to 18 GB. The firm says that mobile phone networks […]

Millions of Phones at Risk from App Mistake

Millions of smartphone users have been put at risk because of a simple coding error in 685 phone apps, warns security firm Appthority. The mistake means that the user’s text messages and calls are at risk of being intercepted by hackers – particularly if app developers have used the Twilio Rest API or SDK platform. […]

Global App Downloads Reach Record Levels

The growing popularity of apps has been underlined with news that nearly 26 billion apps were downloaded around the world, a rise of more than 8%, over the past year. The figures are for new downloads and do not cover app updates or reinstalls. The worldwide consumer spend for apps for Google Play and iOS […]

New Bank App Will Push Deals to Customers

A new app from the bank First Direct will enable it to push personalised broadband and energy deals to its customers in a move that could see the end of price comparison websites. The firm says the smartphone app will trawl thousands of deals from third-party providers and will recommend specific products to its customers. […]

Free Service to Test Mobile App Security

A new online service for developers to use when testing their mobile phone app’s security and privacy has been unveiled. The service from High-Tech Bridge, a web security firm, will perform dynamic (DAST) and static (SAST) testing as well as behavioural analysis of hybrid and native Android and iOS apps. The system will analyse abilities […]

Users Warned to be Aware of Mobile Phone Budgeting Apps

A leading British bank is warning users not to give their online banking details to any of the increasingly popular mobile phone budgeting apps. The warning comes from NatWest which investigated a customer complaint about the information being requested. A spokesman said: “We do not authorise the using of these phone apps.” The apps usually […]

App Helps Avoid Shopping Queues

A supermarket has unveiled a new app that will enable its customer to scan and pay for their goods on their mobile phones as they make their way around the store. The money is deducted directly from their credit card or bank account. Sainsbury says its trial could make queues a thing of the past […]

UK ‘glued to their smartphones’

The level of mobile device adoption is reaching new heights as the UK’s public is increasingly ‘glued to smartphones’, say researchers. The findings from Deloitte revealed that 53% of those aged between 16 and 75 are using their smartphones while they are walking – though for the 16 to 24 age group, this rises to […]