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Samsung, Oppo sued in China over intrusive smartphone bloatware

Smartphone manufacturers Samsung and Oppo have found themselves faced with a lawsuit from their customers in China. The consumer commission is fed up with the massive amounts of bloatware apps installed out of the box, some of which may be intrusive.

Microsoft is using some interesting codenames for its new Lumias

The codenames of four more upcoming Lumia-branded Windows 10 Mobile devices have been revealed, bringing the total number of rumoured phones up to six. The mid-range handsets are currently named after Asian cities and a Finnish mountain and lake.

Samsung Galaxy phone vulnerability affects 600 million devices

A serious vulnerability in some of smartphone giant Samsung's premium handsets means that hackers could gain remote access to the camera, microphone and email inbox of over 600 million phones because of a flaw in the default keyboard.

North Korea's foreign visitors no longer have 3G access

North Korea turned off 3G networks for foreign visitors due to a "service outage" from a "local provider." It is still unclear what happened and when the service will be restored.

Facebook's new Moments app highlights photos of friends

Facebook has released a new photo management app that uses facial recognition to detect forgotten pictures of your friends in your camera roll. It then suggests tags, syncs the friends and tags to the photo's subject and shares the images with friends.

BlackBerry's rumoured Android phone could be built with Samsung

A well-known analyst has suggested that BlackBerry may be turning to Samsung for help in releasing a new phone. It comes after recent insider tipoffs claimed that BlackBerry is considering making an Android-powered smartphone for the first time.

Report: BlackBerry phones of the future may run Android

BlackBerry may be considering a switch to making Android-powered phones as part of its plan to rescue itself from the declining market share and sales that its own BlackBerry 10 phones are faced with, according to a new report.

Report: 20 'Stingray' fake cell towers spy on London phone users

London - An investigation has found that there are more than 20 fake phone towers known as "Stingrays" operating throughout Britain's capital city, spying on phone users and indiscriminately collecting information from them. It is uncertain who owns them.

iOS 9 gets a better Siri, searching, payments and more

Apple has formally announced iOS 9 at its WWDC developer's conference today. Siri has been updated to become much more useful and search functionality has been made much deeper alongside improvements to several core apps and the expansion of Apple Pay.

You can eject the Samsung Galaxy Note 5's stylus with your voice

A leak has suggested that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 5 phablet will be able to automatically eject its stylus from the body of the phone when told to using a special voice command in a manner that has been likened to scenes in Star Wars.

Unused mobile phones are wasting £100 million of gold says report

A study has found that over £100 million worth of gold is being wasted inside unused or broken mobile phones in the UK alone. It suggests that mobile operators should be doing much more to encourage the recycling of old devices.

Contactless payments to be accepted in 'every' EU store by 2020

Mastercard's head of emerging payment products has said that contactless payments with cards and phones will be accepted at every store in the UK and Europe before 2020, sparking a debate on whether this will actually be possible.

Microsoft says dumb phones still exist, updates the $20 Nokia 105

Adamant that there is still a place for dumb phones in a market now almost totally ruled by smart ones, Microsoft has updated its popular $20 Nokia 105 to make it an even more appealing offer in emerging markets or as an emergency backup device.

Here's what's new in Android M, coming later this year

As expected, Google revealed a new version of its Android mobile operating system at its IO developers conference yesterday. A very early preview, some of Android M's features include a new app launcher, built-in fingerprint support and more battery life.

Researchers create a working wooden processor for future PCs

U.S. and Chinese researchers have successfully created a processor made nearly entirely of a material derived from wood. Biodegradable, cheap and fully functional, our phones and computers of the future may be powered by the most basic of materials.

BlackBerry announces global layoffs in next stage of turnaround

Phone company BlackBerry has announced that it will be starting off a new wave of layoffs as it progresses into the next stage of its ongoing turnaround strategy. The company's success has fallen dramatically in the face of powerful smartphone rivals.

Leaked documents reveal New Zealand planned to hack smartphones

A leaked top secret document has revealed that New Zealand and its spy partners attempted to exploit weaknesses in smartphone browsers to hack into the devices without informing companies or the public. The information was obtained by Edward Snowden.

New powerful Xiaomi smartphone tipped for release next quarter

Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi is rumored to be gearing up to launch a new smartphone in the coming months that uses the same processor as the LG G4. The brand is still relatively unknown in Europe and the U.S. but has seen great success in China.

Rumours of the next Google Nexus begin to appear

Rumours have begun to circulate concerning Google's next Nexus Android flagship smartphone. It looks as though Chinese brand Huawei may be the successor to Motorola as the manufacturer of Google's own-branded phone, believed to launch later this year.

You can order food through Google search results on your phone

Those searching for delivery or takeout using Google from their mobile phone will now be able to order food via the search results.

ZTE launches a new powerful Android smartphone

Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE has released its new Android flagship smartphone. Although the brand is relatively obscure in Western markets, this phone is a serious contender to the "conventional" flagship smartphones of 2015 and comes in three variants.

Qualcomm says Snapdragon 810 overheating claims are 'rubbish'

Qualcomm has hit back over claims that its Snapdragon 810 processor used in the year's flagship smartphones often overheats. There have been several reports of delayed phone launches because of the excessive heat, which Qualcomm calls "rubbish."

Is your S6 crawling along? Samsung admits it might, here is why

Samsung has admitted that a major software defect on its new flagship handset, the Galaxy S6, is causing some phones to run excruciatingly slowly when compared with the stated specifications. A fix is on the way but some users aren't happy.

Microsoft Build keynote: Everything you need to know about Windows and more

The keynote of Microsoft Build yesterday was filled with announcements detailing the future and evolution of Microsoft's core services including Windows and Office, as well how the company intends to stock its app store. Here's everything you should know.

Windows 10 will be able to run Android and iOS apps

Microsoft has confirmed at the Build developer conference that Windows 10 will be capable of running apps originally written for Android and iOS. The feature will make it easier for app creators to bring their designs over to Microsoft's platform.

Microsoft and Nokia Lumia phones violate patents, rules judge

An ITC judge has ruled that Lumia-branded Windows Phone smartphones built by Nokia and Microsoft violate patents held by licensing firm InterDigital. Microsoft plans to appeal but failure could lead to an import ban on Lumia phones in the US.

The leather-backed LG G4 is here with impressive specs

LG has officially unveiled its new flagship Android smartphone for 2015, the G4. After weeks of embarrassing leaks about the phone on LG's own website that have revealed most details, the powerful device has finally been revealed in London and New York.

Mix, tune and make music on your mobile device

Beyond just listening to music, your phone or tablet can also do much more when accompanied with the right apps. From instrument tuners to DJ apps and full music creation tools, here are the things you need to unlock the musical potential of your phone.

Nokia confirms that it will return to smartphones next year

Finnish telecom company Nokia has hinted it will begin smartphone production again next year, confirming several recent rumours. Nokia has to wait until Microsoft's acquired license on its name expires at the end of this year.

Google updates Android Wear to defend against the Apple Watch

Google has released an update for Android Wear ahead of the imminent release of the Apple Watch. It adds a few new useful features to the smartwatch operating system and is designed to make your watch "more helpful."
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