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Samsung announces metal Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3

Samsung has implicitly responded to criticism of its plastic-heavy designs today by announcing the Galaxy A5 and A3, which sport full metal unibody designs. It is the outside of these phones that is getting all of the focus. Here's how Samsung describes it: "The Galaxy A5 and A3 are Samsung’s slimmest smartphones to date, featuring…

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James O'MalleySamsung announces metal Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3
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What is Xiaomi and could it eclipse the likes of Samsung and Apple?

Today most western tech outlets have expressed surprised at the rise of a company called Xiaomi - which according to IDC is now the third biggest smartphone maker in the world and yet... you've never heard of it, right? Yeah, who the heck is Xiamoi? Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics company. It makes everything from…

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James O'MalleyWhat is Xiaomi and could it eclipse the likes of Samsung and Apple?
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Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals that he is gay. But still no comment on an Apple TV upgrade.

Apple has today announced that its CEO, Tim Cook, is gay. Writing in Business Week, Cook says: "I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who…

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James O'MalleyApple CEO Tim Cook reveals that he is gay. But still no comment on an Apple TV upgrade.
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EE switches on “world’s fastest” 4G in London

EE has announced that it has enabled its "4G+" network in central London - which should mean faster 4G for a select few users, with speeds apparently up to 150Mbps. The new technology, which is also known as "LTE-Advanced" works by aggregating together the various frequencies on which 4G can operate - meaning that your…

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James O'MalleyEE switches on “world’s fastest” 4G in London
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The Digest: Microsoft unveils fitness band… and 5 other things people are talking about today

Microsoft unveils $199 wearable fitness device | The BBC "Microsoft has unveiled its first wearable device that can track a user's sleep and exercise as well as connect to a health service on smartphones. The Microsoft Band will retail for $199 (£125) on the company's online store. The device can operate for two…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Microsoft unveils fitness band… and 5 other things people are talking about today
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OK Google, tell me about a trip to a Google-centric universe

Last week an invite arrived in my inbox from Google to see a new... thing... the company had put together. It wasn't hugely specific, so I was intrigued - just what is Google doing in London? Today, I found out. At one o'clock I joined a tour of assembled hacks as we took a trip…

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Real Time Video Conferencing with Smartphones

With the increase in smartphone usage, employers can now make use of video conferencing to effectively increase correspondence with their employees. Business people are usually on the go, and no matter where they are, these smartphones are always with them. Coupled with cloud based video conferencing, smartphones can really transform the future for many organizations.…

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The Digest: Twitter keeps spreading its wings… and 5 other things people are talking about today

Twitter increases users and sales but shares slide | BBC News "Twitter has reported a doubling in sales and a 23% increase in the number of active users of its micro-blogging site for the third quarter. The firm said it added 13 million monthly active users between July and September, meaning it now…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Twitter keeps spreading its wings… and 5 other things people are talking about today
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Amazon Instant Video now available for all Android phones… but there’s a catch

Amazon has finally launched its Netflix-style Instant Video service for all Android handsets... but if you want to install it on your phone, it isn't going to be entirely straightforward. So Amazon has a wide range of products: There's Instant Video on the one hand - but there's also stuff like Amazon's own Kindle Fire…

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James O'MalleyAmazon Instant Video now available for all Android phones… but there’s a catch