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Motorola launches customisation service in UK

MotoMakerBritish smartphone fans now have the opportunity to create their own version of the Moto X handset courtesy of the Moto Maker facility launched by Motorola this month.

Previously, the feature was only available in the US, but now customers from the UK can choose the specific style and materials used on their new mobile, as long as they are willing to pay for the privilege.

Customisation options are available to view online and as well as adjusting the colour, you can add different types of trim and alter the amount of onboard storage that the Moto X has available.

While the tool is relatively simple to use, it definitely delivers a rich array of personalisation opportunities and means that you do not need to rely on a third party case to jazz up the look and feel of your smartphone.

So far, most other manufacturers have not followed in the footsteps of Motorola, but the new Moto X is a decent device in its own right and the ability to customise it should be a significant selling point when offered to a certain audience. So while the firm may no longer be owned by Google, it remains a powerful force in the market.

Two new Nokias unleashed

Image via nokia.comThis month at the IFA conference a pair of new Lumia devices from Nokia were given their first official showing in public, with each appealing to users who are after an affordable phone which is still capable of taking decent pictures.

The Lumia 735 offers a 4.7 inch 720p display, quad core 1.2GHz processor and simple yet colourful design. But with a 5 megapixel camera on the front, it is a killer selfie machine, capable of capturing high quality images, while allowing the user to see what they are shooting on the screen.

The Lumia 830 has a similar processor setup, but has a larger, five inch 720p screen and also an exterior design which is constructed using premium materials, making it a little more desirable.

A dual SIM Lumia 730 was also showcased, with all of these devices helping to give Nokia and its owner, Microsoft, a better foothold in the modern marketplace. Along with top tier handsets like the Lumia 930 and the photography-focused Lumia 1020, users should have more than enough choice if Windows Phone is their favourite operating system.

New features on Windows Phone 8.1, including the voice controlled assistant Cortana, will help to convince Android and iOS users that it might be worth making the switch.

EE to offer Wi-Fi calling on iPhone 6

Image via techradar.comThe iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus launch event was so packed with information that there may be features that you overlooked. And one of the more interesting capabilities offered by Apple’s new smartphones is that which allows them to make voice calls through Wi-Fi hotspots.

The idea is that even if your mobile network provider’s coverage is not available in your area, you will still be able to make calls as normal as long as you have access to a wireless broadband service. And UK network operator, EE, was one of the partners that Apple announced for this feature.

With the rise of VoIP and instant messaging, networks are seeing revenues from calls and texts slip away. But by integrating Wi-Fi, calling companies like EE might be able to prevent this drop-off, while also making the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus more convenient for customers.

Network coverage is improving annually but in the UK there are still places where patchy signal can mean dropped calls. And with Wi-Fi hotspots proving to be so ubiquitous, it makes sense for providers to jump on this bandwagon, especially now that Apple is onboard.

Apple launches iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 sizesAt a launch event on September 9th a pair of new iPhones were released, as Apple attempts to stop the rot and keep its customers loyal in spite of the rise of Android.

The standard iPhone 6 lived up to the expectations laid out by rumours and arrived with a 4.7 inch screen to help it compete with bigger rivals, like the Samsung Galaxy S5.

The panel only has a 1334×750 resolution, which means that it cannot quite match 1080p displays, but early indications are that it does a decent job of advancing the range.

The iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch screen and an impressive 1080p full HD resolution, which is what you would expect from a device of this size. Again, it may look a little lacking next to the quad HD display of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but for Apple, it is a step in the right direction.

The new iPhones arrived alone with the Apple Watch, the first smartwatch from this top tier tech firm. And since you will need at least an iPhone 5 to make this peripheral work, it has tied in fans with yet another device in its ecosystem.

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Apple looks into iCloud hacking scandal

Image via dw.deThis week over one hundred of the world’s most famous celebrities were caught up in a major leak of private photos, which were apparently stolen in part from Apple’s iCloud storage service. And now the Californian tech giant is committing some of its resources to investigating just how this happened, according to company spokesperson, Natalie Kerris.

Kerris told Recode that the firm was actively attempting to work out just how hackers were able to take advantage of a bug in the iPhone’s feature, that allows users to pinpoint its location if it is lost or stolen.

Incursions of this kind have happened in the past, but never on the same scale. And while some of the victims have said that their leaked snaps were fakes, others have confirmed that they are the genuine article.

The intimate nature of the images has been the most shocking aspect of the hack, as well as the reason that it has become so newsworthy. And average iPhone users will no doubt be worried about just how easy it is for their own private details to be accessed by third parties, which means Apple has some work to do to reassure customers that their security measures are robust.