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It might not be something we like to admit, but we’re all in serious relationships with our phones.

We trust them with our most personal questions, photos, stories and secrets. They never leave our sides. Most of us have slept with our phone1. And nearly 1 in 5 people would be more willing to give up seeing their significant other, showering or sleeping than having to go without their smartphone for a weekend1. Now that’s devotion.

But let’s face it, most of the time, these relationships are one-sided. Our phones simply aren’t as devoted to us as we are to them. They desert us with a dead battery when we need them the most, embarrass us during important meetings, and pester us while we’re driving, demanding we take our eyes off the road to pay attention to them. And needless to say, most of the time, our phones rarely match our personal style. No wonder less than half of people say they are happy with their phone.

At Motorola, they believe everyone deserves the choice of a better mobile relationship. One that is personal, fulfilling, stands the test of time and fits your budget.

Your phone should know you by the sound of your voice, but also realise when you want to be left alone. It should offer a customised look that perfectly complements your individual style. It should keep you safe with easy-to-access, hands-free control. It should grow with you, learning your preferences and habits, getting better over time. And it certainly should be with you for the long haul: durable, water-repellent, and backed up with lifetime customer service.

They have just announced the next generations of our their most popular phones — Moto G and Moto X — giving you the mobile relationship you never knew existed. The new phones feature best in class cameras, meaningful software experiences and personalisation options – all at exceptional prices.

The new Moto G: The phone that’s always there for you.

The new Moto G is ready to weather any storm with you, literally, thanks to IPX7-rated protection and Corning Gorilla Glass, so you’re safe from accidental drops into water2 as well as unsightly scrapes and scratches on your display. With an all-day battery3, it won’t ever bail on you when you need it most and its 13 megapixel camera is ready to capture new memories with a flick of the wrist. Personalise Moto G with Motorola Shells, available in a variety of colours, and now, complement your personal style even more with customisation options on Moto Maker4, our online design studio where you can pick the colours, memory and accents to make your phone as unique as you are. New in 2015, we’re expanding Moto Maker into Brazil, where Moto G was the best-selling device for a year.

The new Moto X family: Finally, phones that love you back.

Announcing two editions to offer you even more choice:

Moto X Play With up to 48-hours of battery life and a water-repellent design, Moto X Play will love you back day and night, rain or shine. Stay connected on your commute, at work, at play and whenever you need it most—and still have enough battery to get you into the next day. Take brilliant photos and stunning videos with its 21 megapixel camera, and show them off on the edge-to-edge 5.5-inch HD display. And living up to its name, get all the power you need for gaming, streaming and multi-tasking at the speed of life with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor.

Moto X Style Looking for a phone that doesn’t compromise, offers powerful performance, and looks gorgeous all at the same time? Then the bold new Moto X Style is for you. We certainly wouldn’t call it “Style” if it didn’t complement yours, offering more customisation options than any other phone on the market. Make yours a true reflection of you by choosing from a variety of vibrant colors or authentic materials including new Saffiano leather and real wood with unique grains. Immerse yourself in entertainment with an expansive 5.7-inch edge-to-edge display that’s enhanced by rich stereo sound. And when your battery needs a boost, the world's fastest charging smartphone5 will get 10 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging with TurboPower. With all three of these new smartphones, we’ve used some of the most advanced camera technologies available, so Moto X Style now boasts one of the best cameras in the industry. You can take crystal-clear photos and video with the 21-megapixel camera or look your best in selfies or video chats with the 5-megapixel front-facing camera featuring a wide angle lens and selfie flash. 

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Microsoft Lumia announces the launch of a limited edition commuter newspaper, The Five to Nine, with five daily issues to be published between 22 June and 26 June and distributed the following morning. The Five to Nine newspaper will inspire and encourage people to get out of the office and do what’s creatively and personally important to them.
As people work longer hours, they are not able to spend time doing the things they are passionate about outside of work. The Five to Nine newspaper demonstrates what can be achieved by using technology to work smarter and more efficiently.
Microsoft Lumia also believe that when people are happy and inspired they work more efficiently, so whilst most newspapers lead with stories on crime, disasters and scandal, The Five to Nine newspaper will focus on positive, uplifting content.
Speaking at the launch of the newspaper, Jules Grudniewicz, Campaigns and Partnerships Manager for Microsoft Devices in UK & Ireland, says: “With time so often at a premium, Microsoft Lumia is committed to enabling people to get the most out of their days. Using the combined power of Microsoft devices, we will create a fresh new publication that will help commuters go to work with a smile on their faces, reinvigorated.”

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Each edition of the newspaper is being curated in collaboration with the editorial teams from some of the UK’s most exciting and forward- thinking print and online publications, covering five themes. They are:
Monday 22nd June | Culture: Protein
Tuesday 23rd June | Music: Boiler Room
Wednesday 24th June | Fashion: Schön!
Thursday 25th June | Design: Grafik
Friday 26th June | Sport: The Green Soccer Journal
In addition to commissioned content, the newspaper will crowd source “good news” stories, life hacks and musings from contributors across the UK via collaborator networks and social media. Budding creatives and members of the public can submit content using the hashtag #AchieveMore.
Each day’s editorial team will also host a free workshop where members of the public can learn a new skill or listen to an industry professional at The Five to Nine workspace at Protein Studios in East London.
‘The Five to Nine’ newspaper will be edited every day between 5pm and 9pm at Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EY and 10,000 copies of The Five to Nine newspaper will be distributed the next morning at creative and commuter hubs in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh.
William Rowe, Founder and CEO of Protein, says, “With Microsoft Lumia, you have everything you need to write, take photos, create, design and manage at your fingertips. We’re incredibly excited about the challenge and can’t wait to see the results.”
For more information and submissions please visit lumia.ms/submissions

text neck and text claw facial

Yep, apparently these are actual 'things' - luckily though - now you know these are 'things' we can solve this problem for you!

ARK Skincare, renowned for its signature Cleavage and Derriere Facials, continues to innovate with the launch of the iPosture Facial Massage this April.

This unique treatment was created to combat the detrimental effects to the skin and posture which occur from long periods of smartphone and computer use.

‘Text Neck’ is a phrase used by doctors to describe the excessive strain on neck muscles caused by hunching over a phone or tablet for long periods. This term is also used to refer to the premature lines and wrinkles that are created on the neck as a result.

Squinting at a small screen or furrowing brows by trying to focus through screen glare causes premature fine lines and wrinkles to appear around the eyes.

‘Text Claw’ refers to sore hand muscles which develop as a result of constant scrolling and holding a smartphone for long periods.

The iPosture Facial uses a series of precise massage movements, pressure points and active products to diminish the appearance of fine lines on the neck, rejuvenate the eye area and relax sore shoulder and hand muscles.

Precise massage techniques are used to stimulate muscles, improving circulation and aid in detoxification. Highly active products are applied to firm the skin and boost elasticity, including the innovative Regenerating Skin Defence created from Alpine Rose Stem Cells, which is used as an intensive masque to the neck area.

This deeply relaxing and restorative facial is ideal for anyone who spends long hours in front of a computer screen or who regularly uses smartphone and tablet devices.

The ARK iPosture Facial, £60 for 60 minutes, is available from April 2nd at the ARK Flagship Salon in Putney. For more information or to review the treatment contact Victoria Waite on victoria@arkskincare.com or

0208 339 6112

HT_best_sprout_jef_141028_16x9_992This is an interesting one. We've not seen something quite different in the computer field since Google started their laptop collaborations but this 'Sprout' (what's with the food names guys?) is pretty different.

Great no doubt for designers and creatives (though not those on the go) the Sprout offers a strange but wonderful combination of projection, 3D scanning, and a desktop computer enabling it to do some pretty crazy things.

Watch the video -

London parcels delivered by drone

Boris Johnson, ever happy to embrace the new technological options out there for London has said that using drones to transport goods across London could happen.

Amazon has suggested that this may be the way forward for them however what's stopping the progress are rules on unmanned airborne vehicles flying overhead. Amazon's prototype drone is pictured above.

These drones would be carrying all sorts so if there was a problem, they broke down, they fell out of the sky or on lowering someone simply jumped one the potential issues could be many.

Property maintenance company Aspect also want to make drones a reality for London and would use them to carry objects from keys to heavy metal pipes to circumvent traffic jams - though of course some of these items would do serious damage if they came dropping out of the sky.

Property manager Paul Rowland is so sure that this could be a feasible idea however that he has set up a meeting with the CAA’s head of Intelligence, Strategy and Policy to put forward the case.

Would you be happy for your items to be delivered by drone if you had the chance? Would you also feel comfortable with them flying overhead carrying objects?