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Stalemate in smartphone patent wars

The courtroom patent battles that have made smartphone industry news for the past few years may be grinding to a halt. With a morally and financially inconclusive court ruling in the United States, following closely on action against these cases by European regulators, it may be time for the handset makers to give up the…

Australian researchers make a microscope from a smartphone

A group of Australian researchers, led by Dr Steve Lee of the Australian National University, have accidentally invented a way of turning a smartphone into a medical microscope. It’s an invention that shows the power of smartphones not just to make our lives easier but to make a real difference in society. Head lice, McNuggets…

Apple regain control as profits rise

Smartphone giant Apple are preparing to buy back shares from investors after better than expected profits. It’s a development that supports attempts by leaders within the company to reassert Apple’s focus as an ethical innovator rather than just a money making machine, both vindicating recent moves and providing support to continue them. Profits against expectations…

Samsung fingerprint hack creates little concern for customers

A demonstration by Berlin company Security Research Labs (SRL) has shown that a skilled hacker can fool the fingerprint sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S5. But this news, following hot on the heels of the S5 release, may not be the big problem some customers fear. Phone hacking Mission Impossible style SRL’s hack is like…

Google gamble on modular phone

Google’s advances technology and products group (ATAP) are once again demonstrating the company’s willingness to take a risk on technological innovation, as details emerge of their plans to release a modular phone. Any new technology represents a big commitment, both for the company producing it and for the early customers trying the new device. So…

Heartbleed fix sought for Android phones

A week after the bug was reported, millions of Android smartphones remain vulnerable to attack from Heartbleed, as Google works to push out a solution for phones running lower versions of its operating system. Bleeding data The existence of a bug referred to as Heartbleed was announced earlier this month, and has caused widespread commotion…

Cuscal promises smartphone payments for Australians

Payment by plastic could soon be a thing of the past for millions of Australians. Cuscal, a major provider of financial services products for Australian banks, has announced the development of an app that would allow Visa card users to make payments using an Android phone instead of their cards. When security and convenience combine…

Introducing Cortana – Microsoft’s take on voice control

With the popularity of Siri, and Google introducing its own voice control software in Google Now, it was only a matter of time before Microsoft got in on voice controllers for phones. And with their newly announced program named Cortana we may see a real step forward in what these apps can achieve. A new…

Samsung and HTC see profits fall

Smartphone manufacturers Samsung and HTC have both faced disappointment in their profits for the first quarter of the year. Following a share dip for Apple as it announced its end of year results, this may reflect a decline in the whole smartphone handset sector, as customers settle for using the handsets they’ve got. Samsung’s struggle…

Regulators delay Microsoft Nokia deal

Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s handset production business has been delayed by the need for approval by various regulators. The delay in the multi-billion dollar deal, part of Microsoft’s attempt to challenge Apple and Google in the smartphone market, may be only the latest drama behind the scenes of what seemed like a dream takeover. Big…

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