As the London riots showed, youth culture is permeated by mobile phones – and the Blackberry in particular. Kieran Yates reports
Foxconn, the largest electronics manufacturer in the world, is Apple's biggest supplier and conditions in its factory cities in China have driven workers to suicide. Jenny Chan tells us more about life on the factory floor
The ubiquitous presence of the camera phone today means no event, whether mundane or spectacular, escapes public attention, says James Bridle
Mobile phones appear to offer independence and privacy, but in reality we are more exposed than ever before, says Jay Owens
Meet the San Diego manufacturer bringing a touch of the woodland to the communications tower. Lyra Kilston reports
A centre in the US that treats digital addiction is becoming increasingly relevant as technology gets more enticing, says Hilarie Cash
Has the mobile phone killed suspense? What would happen if our lone hero could get a signal? Will Wiles on the contemporary screenwriter's cellular agony
Matt Jones of BERG says that in the not-too distant future man's best friend and faithful companion will be his phone
For our mobile phones special, novelist Will Self muses on signals - are teenagers who use phones to navigate the city and co-ordinate liaisons like bats who find each other in the dark using echolocation? For more on the meaning of the mobile phone, pick up a copy of Icon 106.
Behold the “spime”: a new way of thinking about objects that presents them as immortal, evolving data rather than just physical, disposable stuff.
French designer Sibylle Delclaux has stripped down high-tech electronics to their basic elements to create an elegant, functional and intuitive range of products that has educational as well as practical value.
Talk to Me, MoMA's current exhibition, is a bold display of some 200 interactive-media projects including a Rubik's cube for the blind and a finger implant that can recognise text. Here's our review.
The robots of the future, says Variate Labs’ Miles Kemp, won’t be humanoid servants. They will be the buildings and furniture around us, shape-shifting to our needs. Architecture will be in the hands of the user – or an army of intelligent nanobots.
Disney’s sequel to cult sci-fi classic Tron was placed in the hands of Joseph Kosinski, an architect best known for his commercials. He talked us through the creation of his virtual world – Blade Runner as designed by Mies van der Rohe and Louis Kahn.
Since the launch of the Apple iPad six months ago, the world of digital magazines has seen fevered activity and hyperbolic punditry.
A quilted cube inspired by jellyfish has been erected in Barcelona’s 22@ science and technology district.
A plant/robot hybrid that lives off industrial waste is a new model for sustainable living by Mexican artist Gilberto Ezparza.