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Police Call on Major Manufacturers to Make Smartphone Passwords Mandatory

SmartphoneSecuritySmartphone theft is still a big problem in the UK. The authorities are hoping to tackle it by working with the world’s biggest mobile manufacturers to ensure that every new device sold in the future comes with a password to protect it as standard, according to The Register.

Police are targeting major players, including Apple and Samsung, in an attempt to convince them to set passwords as a default, so that people are in the habit of using a code when unlocking their device.

Plenty of people already take this precaution, but it makes it much easier for thieves to access personal information and render devices untraceable before they are sold on if there is no code in place.

Strangely, it seems as if this is not an entirely new scheme from the police but rather one that they have been attempting to push through since 2012, according to TechRadar. And while users will presumably be able to disable passwords once they have started using a smartphone, the idea of shaping a more security-focused set of usage habits is not a bad one.

So far, only Samsung has publically shown support for the concept, but more manufacturers may follow suit in the near future.

Nokia Lumia 730 surfaces in leaked pics

Image via phonearena.comNokia is working on a number of Windows Phone 8.1 handsets, as it attempts to further broaden and enhance its range of smartphones. And now details of a fresh model, known as the Lumia 730, have emerged, along with some spy shots of the device, according to WP Central.

The Lumia 730′s most noteworthy feature is a five megapixel camera mounted above the screen, which is packing a very high resolution sensor for a secondary snapper. This will make it a veritable machine for high quality selfies, riding on a wave of solipsistic image-snapping that has become popular in the past few years.

The phone will additional offer users a 4.7 inch touchscreen display and a range of colourful exterior designs which are in keeping with Nokia’s other Lumia models.

Insiders believe that the Lumia 720 will arrive in the autumn, with the very latest iteration of Windows Phone 8.1 onboard. This should mean that Microsoft’s voice controlled Siri rival, called Cortana, should also be installed along with all the usual features that WP has to offer.

A selfie-friendly mid range model like the Lumia 730 should be a solid success for Nokia, as long as the price is right.

Sony calls time on PlayStation Mobile

Image via a time, there was a lot of hype surrounding PlayStation Mobile, the portable smartphone gaming service that Sony created to court a hardcore crowd of players who were moving away from dedicated handheld systems.

However, the Japanese firm has now announced that it is pulling the plug on the service and renewing its focus on the Vita console, according to TechRadar.

A number of different mobiles were built to offer compatibility with PlayStation Mobile, allowing users to access a variety of different titles, some of which came from the back catalogue of Sony’s older machines. But updating from the current version of Android available for any of these handsets will result in the service being rendered unusable, while those who choose to stick with their existing OS, may find some functionality ceases to work properly over the coming weeks.

The state of mobile gaming is incredibly healthy at the moment, so while PlayStation Mobile may be missed by those who invested in it in the early days, Google Play has tens of thousands of other high quality titles to keep users entertained. And, of course, the PS Vita is always there to provide dedicated portable gaming fun.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to launch sooner than expected

Image via note4galaxy.comSamsung is getting ready to reveal the Galaxy Note 4, although it is now thought that it will actually make its debut a little earlier than originally anticipated, according to PhoneArena.

Invitations to a launch event were sent out last week, with the world’s media outlets all set to cover the Galaxy Note 4′s arrival on the 3rd of September.

This is just before the IFA 2014 conference, the event at which much more coverage of the Galaxy Note 4 will be forthcoming. And when it does arrive, it will be one of the most powerful and technically impressive smartphones on the market.

The big talking point is the rumoured 5.7 inch AMOLED display, which is thought to offer a QHD resolution that pushes ahead of the 1080p panel of its predecessor, in terms of pixel density and clarity.

The Snapdragon 805 chipset and 3GB of RAM are also on the cards, allowing the Galaxy Note 4 to handle even the most taxing tasks without slowing down. And with the launch scheduled for just a few week’s time, fans of this phablet will have all their questions answered very soon indeed.

HTC may revive Windows Phone support

Image via teletimsinternational.comLast week it was revealed that HTC could be getting back into its partnership with Microsoft, to offer a mobile running the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, according to sources and leaked images reported on by PCMag.

The Android-based HTC One M8 is apparently going to be adapted to run Windows Phone, retaining all of its existing hardware credentials but moving away from Google’s OS, in favour of a rising rival.

The One M8 is one of the most powerful mobiles around at the moment, sporting a 5.0 inch 1080p screen and a Snapdragon 801 processor with four physical cores and 2GB of RAM to back it up. And while Windows Phone has similarly impressive specs available, courtesy of the Nokia Lumia 930, it will be good to see HTC entering the fray because of its focus on top tier design and materials in the construction of its phones.

The all-metal One M8 has received rave reviews, not just because of how well it is put together. So if HTC can apply its award-winning knowhow to Windows Phone 8.1, it could be a great combination that bolsters Microsoft?s position in the market even further.