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Down in the dumps: Norway man stuck down loo over lost phone

Oslo - Firemen in Norway came to the rescue Friday of a man who climbed into an outdoor public toilet to retrieve a friend's cell phone, after he got stuck in the tank.

This flexible smartphone has a holographic 3D display

Researchers have built a smartphone that features a holographic display capable of showing 3D images without wearing glasses. The phone has a flexible body that can be curved and bent into different positions. Different commands are triggered by flexing.

Hackers helped FBI crack San Bernardino iPhone: Report

Washington - Professional hackers discovered at least one software flaw that helped the FBI break into an iPhone used by a San Bernardino attacker, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Grieving father begs Apple, enlists hackers over son's iPhone

Rome - A grieving father in Italy has written to Apple's chief executive Tim Cook to beg him to unblock his dead son's iPhone so he can retrieve the photographs stored on it.

FBI unlocks iPhone of attacker, ending Apple battle

Los Angeles - The FBI has unlocked the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, officials said Monday, ending a heated legal standoff with Apple that had pitted US authorities against Silicon Valley.

Prepaid phone buyers would have to register if new bill is passed

Earlier in the week, a bill was proposed, that would require people to provide ID when buying a prepaid phone. It will also require them to register themselves.

Top 10 smartphone features that could be about to change

Smartphones are one of the most quickly evolving areas of technology. With launches every year that make existing flagships obsolete overnight, it can be hard to keep track of the industry. Here's a list of the top 10 ways that smartphones are changing.

Cyanogen wants to eradicate apps, replace them with system 'mods'

Cyanogen, makers of the CyanogenMod Android version, have announced an ambition plan to move smartphones away from apps and towards contextually aware experiences built into phones.

$5 smartphone goes on sale in India, already mired in controversy

As announced yesterday, Indian smartphone company Ringing Bells today launched the Freedom 251 for just $5. However, demonstrators sent out to the media look nothing like the phone on the firm's website, which appears to have copied Apple.

1.4 billion smartphones were shipped in 2015

1.4 billion smartphones were sold during 2015 according to market analysts IDC. Smartphone sales may be slowing but overall volumes are still very high. Samsung remains the largest manufacturer, followed by Apple and Huawei.

FacePalm Friday: Burglar uses phone to book taxi for getaway

Birmingham - A woman from England used her mobile phone to book a taxicab after she took thousands of dollars from her employer's safe.

BlackBerry abandoning BB10, launching only Android this year

BlackBerry has confirmed it intends to launch only Android smartphones this year, abandoning its own BlackBerry 10 operating system until at least 2017. The company had previously pledged to remain committed to the platform while building Android devices.

Huawei now third biggest smartphone brand, sold 100m in 2015

Huawei has been enjoying a noticeable increase in demand for its smartphones this year. The extent of its growth is now clear as the company has moved up to third largest manufacturer in the world after selling 100 million handsets in the past 12 months.

Chinese Android phone claims two-week battery life

A new Android phone currently preparing for launch boasts a mammoth battery which lets it run for up to 15 days on one charge, according to manufacturer Oukitel. The K10000's 10,000mAh battery is over three times larger than a conventional unit.

Sony's Xperia Z6 may be five different phones, ready from January

Sony is famed in the smartphone world for its regular release cadences, sometimes launching a new flagship barely six months after the previous version. A new report out of China suggests it is now gearing up for 2016, creating a device in five sizes.

Google: Smartphones to see three 'big shifts' by 2020

A key Google director has explained where mobile tech is going and what changes we can expect to see in the next five years. The future apparently consists of an emphasis on digital assistants and "getting stuff done," instead of finding things out.

Smartphone built in Minecraft can make actual video calls

Representing one of the most ambitious projects ever created inside the constraints of sandbox game Minecraft, Verizon Mobile has teamed up with players to create a working smartphone inside the blocky world. The result can load webpages and video calls.

Microsoft launches another feature phone, the $55 Nokia 230

Microsoft has launched another Nokia-branded affordable feature phone, showing there is still an audience for devices without touchscreens. The Nokia 230 is aimed primarily at developing markets, featuring a 2.8-inch display and Internet connectivity.

Walmart is selling a $10 LG smartphone with reasonable specs

It's still difficult to find a decent smartphone when on a restricted budget, especially if you only have $10. However, Walmart is now selling an Android phone for exactly that price and, as a basic handset, it doesn't even look too bad.

BlackBerry 'Vienna' leaked online, company's second Android phone

Images of BlackBerry's next Android phone have leaked online just days after the company officially launched the Priv. Codename 'Vienna' eschews the Priv's physical keyboard for a fixed one beneath the display and shows BlackBerry is committed to Android.

The BlackBerry Priv Android phone with a keyboard is now on sale

BlackBerry has officially launched its Priv Android smartphone in the U.S. and UK. The device features a slide-out keyboard and curved display and has proved to be a hit with many reviewers, although it still needs to save BlackBerry's devices division.

Citi trials cardless, screenless ATMs controlled by your phone

Citi has started testing a next-generation ATM design that has no keypad or display. Instead, it is controlled by the user's smartphone in what is being billed as a faster and more secure way of getting money.

BlackBerry values its first Android phone at a pricey $750

An accidental appearance of a page on BlackBerry's website has confirmed the unlocked price of its first ever Android phone to be a substantial $750. The phone's release date is listed as November 16.

Android phones on AT&T and Verizon vulnerable to attack

A flaw in the implementation of a security feature on the mobile networks of U.S. providers AT&T and Verizon could put every connected Android device at risk of eavesdropping and identity spoofing, according to a recent report.

90% of Android devices left exposed to critical vulnerabilities

A study has found that almost 90 percent of Android smartphones put users at risk by remaining vulnerable to old security issues. The research calls on manufacturers to do more to push updates to consumers in a timely manner.

Pepsi drinks company making its own smartphone

Soft drinks firm Pepsi is apparently working on its own smartphone. Aimed at the budget market, the Pepsi P1 is reported to have competent specifications and a Pepsi logo on the back.

iPhone 6S caught in 'batterygate' complaints

Some owners of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are reportedly experiencing major battery life issues. The culprit appears to be the processor which has been discovered to vary between handsets, giving some devices more stamina than others.

Lumia 950, 950 XL: Microsoft reveals Windows 10 Mobile flagships

Microsoft's new Windows 10 Mobile smartphones are now official as the company gave its two flagship devices a formal unveiling at its New York event today. The 5.2-inch Lumia 950 is joined by the 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL to showcase Windows 10 for phones.

Stagefright returns: Android devices infected by MP3 files

The security company that uncovered the critical "Stagefright" issue in Android this summer has warned the attack has evolved and now infects devices from malicious multimedia files, circumventing updates that have remedied the original bug.

LG's V10 boasts two displays, two selfie-shooters, flagship power

LG today announced a new premium smartphone that includes several unique features designed to make it stand-out from the crowd. The long-rumoured all-metal device has two displays, two front-facing selfie cameras and flagship-level specs.
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