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Is Bono the Gavrilo Princip of a new era of corporate control and digital oppression?

At the flick of a switch last night, Apple distributed U2’s latest album to over 500m iTunes customers. And without us asking, the very worst example of corporate dad-rock began to appear on all of our phones, tablets and computers. Whilst in a just world, the act of inflicting Bono on an already suffering world would surely be enough to …

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James O'MalleyIs Bono the Gavrilo Princip of a new era of corporate control and digital oppression?
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Snapchat finally settles ownership dispute

Messaging service SnapChat has privately settled a long-running lawsuit with co-founder Frank Reginald Brown, who had accused chief executive Evan Spiegel and chief technology officer Bobby Murphy of unfairly removing him from the company. Brown – who is better known as Reggie – had said that he had come up with the original idea of images and videos that “disappear” after …

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Stuart O'ConnorSnapchat finally settles ownership dispute
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It doesn’t matter if Android got there first: It is because Apple has done something that makes it significant

Following last night’s iPhone 6 announcement, there has predictably been a reaction from many of “But Android was doing that years ago!”. And to be fair, this claim sounds pretty plausible: NFC has been a staple feature of many Android phones for years – and smartwatches have been around for over a year now, before Apple waded in. Unfortunately, it …

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James O'MalleyIt doesn’t matter if Android got there first: It is because Apple has done something that makes it significant
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Could Apple Pay revolutionise payments?

We’ve had NFC wireless payments for a few years now, but could Apple have just made the technology actually viable? The rumours were true – Apple has come up with a payment system. With iOS8 and the iPhone 6, you’ll be able to save your credit cards to your iOS Passbook, and pay for stuff in shops by swiping your …

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James O'MalleyCould Apple Pay revolutionise payments?
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iPhone is the most-stolen handset in Britain

As the Apple fans gear up for the excitement of the launch of the new iPhone, we get the news that their beloved handset is the most-stolen mobile phone in the UK. And statistics published by the Home Office show that the previous four models of the device are the most likely to be targeted by thieves. The Mobile Phone …

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Blackberry Q20 looks familiar in leaked photos

Images of Blackberry’s latest offering has appeared on China’s Weibo network (think Twitter but with more state censorship) and it looks… rather familiar. The Blackberry Q20 is to be part of the company’s recovery strategy. After having a disastrous few years, the company is gambling that some mobile users would prefer the familiarity of a hardware keyboard over those new …

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James O'MalleyBlackberry Q20 looks familiar in leaked photos
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HTC announces Desire 820 – a midrange phablet

HTC has unveiled the latest edition to its mid-range handset range: The HTC Desire 820. It’s big. The 820 is a successor to the Desire 816 (us neither) and is powered by a Snapdragon 615 processor. The screen is a large-for-midrange 5.5″. Crucially too the handset has HTC’s “Boomsound” dual front-facing speakers. On the rear, the camera is a nice …

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James O'MalleyHTC announces Desire 820 – a midrange phablet
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Microsoft announce Lumia Denim update and Lumia 830, Lumia 730 handsets

Microsoft’s press conference at IFA in Berlin has just finished, and here’s all of the new stuff that you need to know about! Lumia Denim So first the software – Lumia Denim is the next update that will be rolling out to all Lumia handsets. This will add the new features from Windows Phone 8.1, such as live folders and …

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft announce Lumia Denim update and Lumia 830, Lumia 730 handsets
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EE launches £1/week PAYG data

EE has launched a new Pay-As-You-Go tariff for customers wanting to get some 4G data – with the companying offering 100mb of data for just £1 a week. The new tariffs can be seen in the graphic below: it appears they might make a good replacement for users not wanting to make the commitment of a contract. And hey, if …

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James O'MalleyEE launches £1/week PAYG data
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Acer Liquid Jade smartphone and Liquid Leap wristband coming to UK

Acer has announced that its Liquid Leap smart wristband and Liquid Jade smartphone, first presented at Computex in Taipei in June, are now to be released in Europe after their debut at IFA in Berlin next week. The one-inch Liquid Leap bracelet can connect to the Jade smartphone over Bluetooth to access and control a range of functions such as …

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Stuart O'ConnorAcer Liquid Jade smartphone and Liquid Leap wristband coming to UK