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More than a quarter of UK children have a tablet by the age of eight, says uSwitch.com

More than a quarter of UK children have a tablet by the age of eight, says uSwitch.com

New research published by price comparison service uSwitch.com shows that 27% of UK children have their own tablet device by the time they’re 8 years old. That’s almost 3.5 million children.

In fact, 10.7% of children were using touch-screen devices before they were 2 years old.

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Google announces the connected contact lens

Google says it’s testing a ‘smart’ contact lens that’s designed to help people with diabetes monitor their glucose levels.

The lens, which is being developed by Brian Otis and Babak Parviz within the next-generation Google X project team, contains a wireless chip and glucose sensor.

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New Blackphone smartphone focuses on privacy and control

Private communications specialist Silent Circle and open source handset producer Geeksphone have announced a joint venture to produce a security-focussed smartphone.

The new device is called Blackphone and runs a custom version of Android.

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Police warn about 'urban myth' that calling 999 will boost a mobile phone battery

Bedfordshire Police have issued a statement warning mobile phone users that calling 999 won’t charge their mobile phones.

Operators answering emergency calls in the force control room have also received calls from people who believed that ringing 999 and then hanging up would boost their battery life. This ‘urban myth’ has been circulating for several months.

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Ovum reveals 2014 will be a year of innovation, disruption, and consolidation in mobile payments

Analyst firm Ovum has published its mobile payment and mobile advertising predictions for this year.

Ovum expects continued technology and service innovation, notably around location-based applications, in the mobile payments space in 2014. However, there will be increasing complexity within the mobile payments ecosystem this year, and on-going challenges around the business model for digital wallet services.

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