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Nokia confirms the death of Symbian

The end of Symbian has been coming for a while now and in Nokia’s Q4 2012 earnings report that Finnish company has finally confirmed it. Nokia says that the 808 PureView, which was announced nearly a year ago, will be the last Symbian device from them. “During our transition to …

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Samsung winning the battle of smartphones

While many other companies are struggling, Samsung are experiencing huge profit increases of 76%, thanks to the Galaxy smartphone range. Their net income rose to a record 7.04tn won (£4.2 billion), up from 4.01tn won in the same period a year previously. Analyst expectations have been beaten. The Korean organisation …

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Google’s ‘X Phone’ could debut at Google I/O in May

Ever since Google took over Motorola in May 2012 rumours have circulated about the possibility of a smartphone collaboration between the now-merged companies. Better known as the ‘X Phone’, the device would be a fully in-house smartphone offering from Google. Since 2010 Google has contacted various Android device manufacturers including HTC, Samsung, …

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The first Firefox OS phones have been revealed

Mozilla’s Firefox OS was announced last year in an attempt to introduce a new major operating system to the ever-growing smartphone market. Retail hardware is on the horizon and today the first two developer orientated devices have been announced to go on sale next month. The low-end Keon device has …

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Steve Jobs threatened Palm if they employed Apple staff

Steve Jobs had apparently threatened Palm with a patent suit if they didn’t agree to not hire Apple employees. The report came from Reuters which was made public yesterday. The court filing is part of a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google, Pixar, Lucasfilm and others over an agreement those …

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Apple pull photo sharing apps: too many nude pictures

500px are a Toronto photo sharing startup and they reported that both of their applications 500px for iOS and ISO500 have been pulled from the Apple Application store due to concerns over nude photos. Both of the applications are popular, and have acquired over 1 million downloads, according to a …

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Samsung launch Galaxy Grand phablet

Samsung India have launched their Galaxy Grand which features dual sim functionality. This phablet has been released just a day after Micromax announced their Canvas HD with 5 inch screen. The Times Of India reported on the new product which has been announced at RS 25,000. The Galaxy Note and …

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Windows Phone 7.8 roll-out to commence January 31

In mid-November last year we heard that Microsoft will commence the Windows Phone 7.8 roll-out for first and second generation handsets by the end of the year. For reasons unknown this schedule was pushed back and the latest date appears to be January 31st. Windows Phone Colombia has informed users …

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Apple want writer to improve Siri dialogue

Apple have posted a job on LinkedIn which shows that the company are wanting to enhance the SIRI software, which has its roots in a Pentagon-funded artificial intelligence research project. Apple want SIRI to be ‘smarter’. The ad read “[S]omeone who combines a love for language, wordplay, and conversation with …

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O2 dropping phone chargers

Chargers

UK mobile phone provider O2 has announced that by 2015 it will no longer offer phone chargers with its handsets, as part of a new initiative called “Charger out of the Box,” which suggests that since most people have a compatible charger anyway, they don’t need another. According to the …

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Lenovo introduces education focussed Chromebook ThinkPad X131e

Days after rumours starting to circulate around Lenovo’s involvement with Chrome OS, the first such device has been revealed. Lenovo has introduced the ThinkPad X131e, an 11.6 inch Chromebook aimed exclusively at K-12 (kindergarten through to the end of high-school) education segment. Availability will commence from February 26th via special bid volume pricing …

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 specs leak

SamMobile have leaked information regarding the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet. They claim that the new tablet will feature an 8 inch 1280×800 TFT (Super Clear LCD) display. They say there will be two versions – the Samsung GT-N5100, a 3G+WiFi version and the GT-N5110, which is Wi-Fi only. The …

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ASUS is “interested in making Windows Phones”

ASUS has revealed in a recent interview that the Taiwanese company who is typically better known for PC components and laptops are looking into producing smartphones based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. In the interview Benson Lin, corporate vice president of mobile communication products at ASUS says that they are …

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LG planning a return to Windows Phone?

LG was an original Windows Phone 7 partner way back when the platform originally launched in late 2010 but apart from a couple of launch day devices we have yet to see a follow-up Windows Phone device from them. Now, new rumours suggest that the Korean company will debut a …

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Apple Retail VP Jerry McDougal leaves

Last year Apple fired John Browett, the ex Dixons executive who joined as Vice President of retail. Browett joined Apple as a replacement for Ron Johnson who left Apple in 2011. The latest reports indicate that Jerry McDougal has just resigned as Apple’s Retail VP. ifoAppleStore says  that McDougal’s responsibilities …

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Huawei Ascend W2 scheduled for MWC debut

Throughout the second half of 2012 there were several rumours surrounding two Windows Phone handsets from Huawei. One of these devices, the Ascend W1, was announced last week at CES in Las Vegas. The Ascend W1 is their modest low to mid-range offering. The other, as yet unannounced handset is …

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Apple share price drops to lowest in a year

Apple are the world’s most valuable company but even they have little ups and downs. As we reported yesterday, they halved their orders for component parts for their iPhone 5. Apple had originally ordered 65 million screens from LG Display and Sharp Corp for the 2013 Q1 period. Due to …

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Sony may stay clear of entry-level smartphones

Sony may have plans to abandon entry and low-level Android smartphones in an attempt to rise its product image. Apple is the best example of this; by only offering flagship quality devices across a large range of electronic devices. Whether it would be smartphones, ultrabooks or laptops it would be …

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Panasonic showcase new Windows 8 Toughpad

Panasonic have earned a reputation for their ‘Tough’ Series of laptops, sold to professionals with specialized demands in the field. In keeping with this range of systems, the company have just announced their new Windows 8 Toughpad. A new tablet designed to withstand abusive conditions. This 10.1 inch tablet computer …

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Samsung Galaxy S series claim over 100m channel sales

Samsung have announced that their Galaxy S series has achieved over 100 million channel sales since their launch in May 2010. The Korean company announced the incredible milestone via their Flickr stream. The excellent sales figures were driven by the popular Galaxy S3. “Samsung Electronics’ flagship Galaxy S series surpassed …

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