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Here’s what the Nokia Lumia 1520 does better than any other smartphone

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Just because a device isn’t a hot seller doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time. As we observed with the BlackBerry Z30′s impressive capabilities as a messaging device, sometimes a mobile device simply does certain things better than the iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy devices even if it has no hope of ever matching them in terms of sales. This brings ...

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Trust in the internet ‘now missing’

Neelie Kroes says billions no longer trust the internet

Billions of people around the world do not trust the internet, claims European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes. Following allegations that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone was hacked, Ms Kroes said it was clear that trust was now missing. Speaking at the Cebit tech fair in Hanover, Ms Kroes said the future of the internet was based on trust. “Trust ...

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Snowden: Surveillance is ‘setting fire’ to the internet

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Global mass surveillance conducted by the US and other governments is “setting fire to the future of the internet”, Edward Snowden told a packed auditorium of technology innovators via video link in Austin at the South by Southwest Interactive conference on Monday. He said: “You guys are all the firefighters, and we need you to help us fix this.” The ...

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Samsung jumps into the Internet Radio race — Without Ads

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Samsung is the latest company with music on the brain. The manufacturer is going up against iTunes Radio, Pandora and Spotify with its newly-announced ad-free radio service called Milk Music. The service, which is powered by Slacker and includes a library of 13 million songs, is only available for download via the Google Play store if you have a Galaxy ...

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Facebook’s WhatsApp purchase challenged

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Facebook’s purchase of mobile messaging service WhatsApp has been opposed by privacy groups. Mark Zuckerberg’s firm is planning to buy the company for around £11bn. Opponents want US regulators to stop the deal until Facebook provides more information on what it plans to do with the personal data of WhatsApp’s users. But Facebook said it will operate as a separate ...

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Tablets expected to outsell PCs by 2015

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Whether you prefer the iPad, Galaxy Tab or Kindle Fire, the tablet market has become a big part of the mobile computing landscape. In fact, studies show that 42% of American adults currently own tablets, and sales reflect it. Market intelligence firm IDC released two forecasts on Thursday: one for tablets and one for PCs, which suggest tablets will outsell ...

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Facebook, YouTube face ban in Turkey

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Turkey’s embattled prime minister has warned that his government could ban social media networks YouTube and Facebook after a raft of online leaks added momentum to a spiralling corruption scandal. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already tightened his government’s grip over the Internet, generating criticism at home and abroad about rights in the EU-hopeful country. “There are new steps we will ...

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Ghanaian in the run to win $25,000 in Google’s Africa Connected

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A Ghanaian entrepreneur, Christopher Panford has made it to the top 10 finalists in Google’s Africa Connected competition. The competition was launched in August last year, calling entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators and web-lovers to share stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work. The 10 finalists were selected by a panel of judges from over 2,200 entries from 35 ...

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Facebook tightens rules on gun posts

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The world’s biggest social networking site Facebook has tightened its rules on posts relating to guns. The site said it will remove posts from users who “indicate a willingness” to break the law – like requiring no background check – to sell firearms. Access to posts related to sale of guns and other regulated items will be restricted to users ...

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Steve Ballmer questions Facebook buying WhatsApp

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Steve Ballmer, the former chief executive of Microsoft, has questioned the value of Facebook’s $19bn (£11.4bn) purchase of WhatsApp, saying he does not know if the messaging service will make enough money to justify its pricetag. Speaking at an event at Oxford University, Mr Ballmer said that having millions of users was often an unreliable indicator of a company’s value, ...

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