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Read the latest mobile phone and smartphone news and announcements including news about Apple's iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and the many devices running the Android operating system.

Apple confirms September 9 launch event for new iPhones

applesept9inviteApple has confirmed it will be holding a launch event on September 9 to launch the new iPhone and possibly a new wearable device.

Invitations were sent out to media and have a close up of the top of the Apple logo with 9.9.2014 and the words: “Wish we could say more”.

The event will be held at 10am at the Flint Centre for the Performing Arts on the campus of the De Anza College in Cupertino – not far from Apple headquarters.

Read more: Apple confirms September 9 launch event for new iPhones

Apple's iWatch may be unveiled on September 9 with new iPhones

iwatchrumour1The rumoured iWatch that Apple is reportedly working on may be unveiled as part of the September 9 event to launch the latest iPhones.

According to Re/code, the wearable device which many believe will be called the iWatch will also be revealed with two new iPhones.

There are not many details about the iWatch itself but it’s safe to say the device will be a health and activity tracker and will link wirelessly to the iPhone.

Read more: Apple's iWatch may be unveiled on September 9 with new iPhones

Telstra trials the future of 4G in Sydney and Adelaide

telstrafacebookthumbTelstra will begin testing what the company believes is the future of 4G technology connectivity in Sydney and Adelaide – the 700Mhz spectrum.

Trials are due to start in these two cities in mid-September with testing already underway in Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Mount Isa and Griffith.

The low band 700Mhz spectrum will not only offer faster data speeds and wider bandwidth but also allow signals to travel further and reach deeper into buildings.

Read more: Telstra trials the future of 4G in Sydney and Adelaide

Qantas, Virgin allow gate-to-gate gadget use on flights

inflightmobilesFrom today, Qantas and Virgin passengers will be able to use their electronic devices onboard the aircraft from gate to gate.

The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) approved new in-flight rules that mean passengers don't have to put away their smartphones, tablets and ereader products at any time – including take off and landing.

But larger devices weighing a kilo or more, like a laptop, must still be stowed for take off and landing.

Read more: Qantas, Virgin allow gate-to-gate gadget use on flights

Smartphones reducing young users' face to face social skills

emotionalstuntedYoung people glued to their smartphones and constantly plugged in to social media are losing face-to-face social skills according a UCLA study.

The University of California, Los Angeles says children are losing the ability to identify emotions because they are having less face-to-face interaction because of their increased use of social media to communicate.

The UCLA psychologists studied more than 100 sixth-graders and split them into two groups.

Read more: Smartphones reducing young users' face to face social skills

Samsung Galaxy S5 takes ice bucket challenge, nominates Apple and HTC

samsungiceWe’ve seen people taking the ice bucket challenge but Samsung has cleverly shown waterproof Galaxy S5 take the plunge before calling out Apple, HTC and Nokia.

The ice bucket challenge has swept social media to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) with celebrities, sporting men and women and CEOs getting dunked and nominating others to do the same.

Samsung jumped on the opportunity with the new Galaxy S5 which is completely waterproof.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S5 takes ice bucket challenge, nominates Apple and HTC

Apple to kick off iPhone 5 battery replacement program

iphone 5 angledsharp front back white printApple will this week kick off a battery replacement program for iPhone 5 devices that run out of charge quickly because of a faulty battery.

The program will kick off in Australia on August 29.

Apple says a small percentage of iPhone 5 models sold between September 2012 and January 2013 are affected.

Read more: Apple to kick off iPhone 5 battery replacement program

Is this the best look at the iPhone 6

behanceiphone7It seems the rumour floodgates have opened ahead of the iPhone 6 launch next month with even more images and specs emerging.

Behance.net, a site that showcases industrial design, has what appear to be the most comprehensive images and stats about the upcoming iPhone.

If the images on Behance are to be believed, the iPhone 6 – which could also be called the iPhone Air – will have a 4.7-inch screen and have a thickness of 6.5mm.

Read more: Is this the best look at the iPhone 6