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Android Security Report Published by Google

Compared to Apple and their almost uncrackable iOS, security on Android has always seemed poor. Despite the constant security patches, it seems like Google’s mobile OS is fraught with security flaws with new flaws like Stagefright…

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HTC Confirms Date of Vive VR Headset Pre-Orders

HTC has confirmed the date on which it will begin taking pre-orders for its Vive VR headset. Cher Wang, CEO of HTC, has told The Telegraph that pre-orders of the Vive, produced in conjunction with Valve,…

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Microsoft Admits Nokia Deal Failure – 7800 to Lose Jobs

It was coming. Microsoft has announced that up to 7,800 employees of its phone division could be made redundant, implicitly admitting to the failure of its $7.9 billion purchase of Nokia in 2013. The move follows…

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PC Sales Expected to Nosedive This Year, Despite Windows 10

Shipments of personal computers are expected to drop by -6.2% this year, according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, marking the fourth year in a row that PC sales have…

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Kids Do a Lot Better When Schools Ban Smartphone usage

Tap, Tap, Tap. Smartphones are rapidly taking over children’s free time and social life, but is it affecting them at school? A recent study undertaken by the London School of Economics showed some very interesting results.…

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EE Introduce Two Affordable Smartphones With 4G Capabilities

In the growing market of smartphones there is no denying that whilst the technology improves dramatically, prices still remain unaffordable to many, with new phones costing over £600 for a top of the line model. But…

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Samsung Targets Fast 128GB On-Board Storage for its Smartphones

Samsung is planning to integrate its new 128GB Universal Flash Storage (UFS) memory chip into its smartphone models. Such large drives used to be slow, but by utilising command queuing and serial interface, the UFS chip…

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Kodak Launching Android Smartphones in 2015

Kodak is launching some Android smartphones, with the first to be shown at CES in January. However, this is not a comeback for Kodak in a different business per say, this is more like Kodak licensing…

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Xiaomi Now in Top Five Global Smartphone Manufacturers

Xiaomi is now the fourth most successful smartphone manufacturer in the world, according to researchers at Gartner. During the third quarter of 2014, Xiaomi sold 18.8 million handsets. Over the same period in 2013, it only…

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Sony Slashes TV and Smartphone Lines

Reuters reports that Sony is to cut its losses and slim down its product line. Sony has been losing money in the last few years, largely due to the decline of its TV and smartphone businesses –…

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Google Search Updated for Phones and Tablets

Google search on phones and tablets has received some major updates to its shopping feature. Searches for products can now deliver 360 degree images and much more detailed information, along with handy customer reviews. By tapping…

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Samsung Invests $3 Billion in a New Vietnamese Manufacturing Plant

In an interesting move, Samsung have announced that they are to spend up to $3 billion on a smartphone manufacturing plant in Vietnam. The new plant will join their existing $2 billion factory in the country,…

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Your Phone Could Be Spying on You Using Its Gyroscope

Lately, it seems that there is a lot of surveillance paranoia about and people are being a bit more careful what apps they are allowing to use the microphone on their device. This new trick could…

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BT Launches “One Phone” Mobile Service For Businesses

BT is returning to the mobile market for the first time in 10 years with its “One Phone” service that allows business users to make fixed-line and mobile phone calls using the same handset. Designed specifically…

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Samsung Struggling to Keep up With Chinese Smartphone Rivals

Korean electronics company Samsung has emerged as a global smartphone and tablet powerhouse, but is now struggling to woo consumers in emerging markets. Three major Chinese manufacturers, Lenovo, Xiaomi and Huawei are stepping up to the…

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Selling Your Google Android Smartphone? Might Want to Double Check All Data is Wiped

Consumers reselling their Google Android smartphones need to focus on overwriting data because simply deleting files isn’t enough anymore, AVAST Software recently discovered. The security company was able to easily retrieve personal data from smartphones it…

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Gartner Believes PC Industry Will Receive Brief Reprieve in 2014

Shipment of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones will grow 4.2 percent from 2013, reaching 2.4 billion units this year, according to research group Gartner. It’s a welcome sign for PC OEMs, trying desperately to get…

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China’s Xiaomi Smartphone Sales Booming, Quadrupled in One Year

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has enjoyed a busy first half of 2014, shipping 26.1 million units during the first two quarters.  It’s an impressive sales figure considering the company shipped just 7 million units year-over-year –…

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Samsung Knox Mobile Security Platform Receives Support From Governments, Companies

The current shift of smartphones and tablets in the workplace, as part of ‘bring your own device’ efforts, has confused companies trying to keep their networks secure.  To entice organizations to use its smartphones, Samsung is…

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Amazon Offers Developers Money in Exchange For Mobile Apps on Fire Phone

Amazon wants to entice developers to create mobile apps for the recently introduced Amazon Fire Phone, providing up to $5,000 USD (£2,938) in virtual currency. The popular etailer will also include up to $500 in Amazon…

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Emerging Markets Embracing Low-Cost Smartphones as Competition Rises

The Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S smartphones dominate the United States and Europe, but struggle to sell their pricey models in emerging markets.  Meanwhile, local smartphone makers are finding great success selling their low-cost devices…

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European Union Will Work With South Korea in Push to 5G

The European Union (EU) and South Korea plan to join forces in developing and promoting the next-generation 5G wireless standard – and they hope to provide a better glimpse of what can be expected by the…

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Patent Royalties Getting Out of Hand: Could Exceed $120 Per Smartphone

Anyone who follows smartphones will know that the rise of patent wars, patent trolls and massive battles over intellectual property has already started to get out of hand – you only have to look to the…

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Google Demanding Android Smartphone Makers To Only Use Android KitKat

Google is about to get tough on Android smartphone makers. Google is seeking to enforce a new rule that all smartphone makers must ship their smartphones with Android 4.4 KitKat if they offer their phones with…

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Survey Suggests iPhone Owners Have Blind Loyalty To Apple Brand

A survey conducted by SIMOnlyContracts.co.uk reveals that iPhone users display blind loyalty towards the Apple brand and its products. It is a revelation that isn’t surprising and most Android users will now be saying “I told…

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Samsung’s Context Service May Take Data Collection And Surveillance To Worrying Levels

A report by TheInformation, via the Verge, suggests that Samsung is working on a new service that will allow app developers to know even more details about mobile users. The new service is to be called…

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Criminals Can Recover Personal Details From Used Phones, Even After Factory Reset

A recent Channel 4 investigation into the used phone trade in the UK has exposed some worrying privacy concerns. An investigation into two of the largest pawn brokers that are selling second-hand phones, CEX and Cash…