WeChat has transformed from a social media to a payment platform (among other things) and had success in China. Could Australia be next?
While Apple Pay may have won the battle against some of Australia’s banks, it may lose the war against the providers of digital wallets, such as Tencent and Alibaba.
You're four times as likely to have an accident while talking on the phone while driving – even hands free.
Ethiopian farmers exchanging phone numbers with a research assistant.
Mobile phones are often touted as technology that can help bring economic benefits to the poor. But the benefits to those living in rural and remote areas without other infrastructure are limited.
Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen testing a prototype Mesh Extender device in Arkaroola, in Outback South Australia.
Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen
Technology designed to keep mobile phones connected during a natural disaster could have wider uses in regional australia.
Studies show wifi, mobile phones and other sources of electromagnetic radiation don’t make us sick. So, why are some people convinced they’re electrosensitive?
Studies suggest electrosensitivity is a "communicated" disease, spread by people hearing about the alleged dangers, and sometimes worrying themselves sick.
Mobile phones can be used as human tracking devices.
You can learn a lot about the movement of people and animals if you tap into the tracking data from many of today's mobile phones.
What if even you didn’t know your own password?
Password via shutterstock.com
As searches of smartphones and other digital devices at US borders become more common, can research and computer science help protect travelers' privacy?
The new/old Nokia 3310 revealed at this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Nokia's decision to revise an old mobile phone classic should appeal to a movement of people who prefer to play with the older technologies.
Can’t beat a classic.
Rumours have emerged that Nokia will relaunch a version of one of the best-selling phones of all time.
The scientific evidence is surprising – and terrifying.
Donald Trump is famously attached to his phone.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke
The best way to protect a presidential device is to keep it off the internet altogether. If that's not going to happen, how else can such a sensitive gadget be kept safe?
Students could learn how to program with the right applications on their mobile phones.
Computer programming is best learned through practice, but students in developing economies don't always have access to desktop or laptop computers. Mobile phones may be the solution.
A smartphone could help people fight depression.
Woman with phone via shutterstock.com
Using sensors on smartphones and smartwatches can shed light on patients' symptoms of depression, even identifying ones they didn't notice or share with counselors.
Does our dependence on smartphones harm our social fabric?
Alone with phone via shutterstock.com
The more often Americans used their phones to obtain information, the less they trusted strangers. How can this be, and what does it mean?
When calling these people, you want to be able to get through.
Fairfax County, Virginia
'Denial of service' cyberattacks are increasingly used to shut down websites. New research reveals that 911 call centers are vulnerable to the threat as well.
An M-Pesa agent and mobile phone shop in Nairobi. A decade after it was introduced economic benefits are being felt.
M-PESA was launched nearly a decade ago in Kenya. New evidence suggests that the mobile money banking system has helped reduced poverty levels, particularly in households headed by women.
Pocket your phone without worry.
Phone image via www.shutterstock.com.
Did your holiday gift list include radiation-shielding undies to protect your privates from cellphone radio waves? A radiation expert explains they're unnecessary – your phone won't affect your fertility.
By the end 2015, nearly 560 million people in Africa had some kind of mobile phone package.
The African continent appears to have the most remarkable potential for growth and transformation, but can it be sustainable?
John Magufuli after he was declared president in 2015. His distaste for social media has heralded a national clampdown in the digital space.
The biggest cyber security concern for many Tanzanians is the risk of inadvertently becoming a perpetrator of politically-defined cybercrime, rather than becoming a victim
Pokémon Go’s developers may have moved the goalposts too many times.
Since spawning a global craze, Pokémon Go has shed a third of its players, while downloads have dried up. What did the developers do wrong, and what can others learn about keeping gamers happy?