Smartwatches likely to rival popularity of smart wristbands in 2015

New research by Gartner suggests that half of the consumers wanting to buy a smart wristband next year will opt for a smartwatch instead. Explaining the difference between the two, research director Angela McIntyre said that although there tends to …

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Nokia opens up HERE mapping tech to developers

Nokia opened up its HERE mapping services to third party developers — meaning they can integrate the technology into their own apps — as it continues to drive use of the technology. The developer portal includes a menu of location …

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Proportion of hacked apps increases in 2014 — research

The number of mobile app security hacks have increased over the past year, according to research from app security provider Arxan Technologies. The State of Mobile App Security report found that 97 per cent of the top 100 paid Android …

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Forked Android set for 2015 slowdown — report

Smartphone growth for forked Android, developed under the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), is set for a dramatic slowdown next year, according to ABI Research. The reason is that Chinese smartphone growth is forecast to fall to 13 per cent …

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Snapchat teams with Square for IM cash transfers

Ephemeral instant messaging (IM) service Snapchat has teamed up with payment processing outfit Square to allow users to transfer cash to each other over IM. The new service is called Snapcash, appropriately enough, and will initially only be available in the US.

Samsung drastically cuts smartphone models; shifts engineers to IoT

Samsung is to cut the number of smartphone models it releases in 2015 by about 25 per cent to 30 per cent, as the South Korean vendor tries to cut costs in the wake of a disappointing financial performance. The …

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Telefónica to sell yourfone to Drillisch

The process of consolidation following the acquisition of E-Plus by Telefónica has begun with the announcement of a non-binding “Letter of Intent” between Telefónica Germany and German MVNO Drillisch for the latter to buy yourphone, which is currently a sub-brand of E-Plus.

Nokia name to make devices return with N1 tablet

Nokia announced the N1 Android tablet, the first device to be developed under a brand licensing agreement since the sale of its Device & Services unit to Microsoft was completed earlier this year. The N1 will be manufactured and distributed …

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

Virgin Media: UK fans pay the most for the least matches

UK communications watchdog Ofcom has opened an investigation into Premier League football TV rights, following a complaint from Virgin Media.…