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Samsung set to launch new flagship smartphones

Seoul - Samsung Electronics will unveil its next flagship smartphones -- the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ -- on Sunday, after it reported record profits in recent weeks and its vice chairman was released from prison.

UK church spires used to boost phone, wi-fi signal

London - Church spires across Britain will be used to boost broadband, mobile phone and WiFi connectivity in rural areas, under a deal struck between the government and the Church of England, it was announced Sunday.

It's not for you: smartphone ban for N. Korea, Iran Olympians

Seoul - North Korean and Iranian athletes at the Winter Olympics will not receive high-end smartphones being handed out to their fellow competitors because of UN sanctions, organisers said Wednesday.

Third time lucky for another Samsung leader

Seoul - Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong on Monday became the third generation of his family to benefit from merciful legal treatment, when most of his bribery convictions were set aside and his jail sentence was replaced with a suspended term.

South Korea appeals court frees Samsung heir

Seoul - A South Korean appeals court on Monday dismissed most of Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong's bribery convictions and cut his prison sentence to a suspended term, ordering his immediate release.

South Korea appeals court frees Samsung heir

Seoul - A South Korean appeals court on Monday upheld Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong's bribery conviction but cut his prison sentence to a suspended term, ordering his immediate release.

Ariane 5 satellites in orbit but not in right location

Kourou - Two commercial satellites have been placed in orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket but have yet to reach their correct positions, Arianespace said Thursday, after mission control briefly lost contact with the craft in a rare malfunction.

Ariane 5 satellites in orbit but not in right location

Kourou - Two commercial satellites have been placed in orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket but have yet to reach their correct position, Arianespace said Thursday, after mission control briefly lost contact with the craft.The European space workhorse blasted off at 7.

Russia loses contact with Angolan satellite

Moscow - Russia has lost contact with Angola's first national telecoms satellite launched from the Baikonur space pad, its maker said Wednesday -- a fresh embarrassment for Moscow's once proud space industry.

Russia loses contact with Angolan satellite: space industry source

Moscow - Russia has lost contact with Angola's first national telecoms satellite launched from the Baikonur space pad, a source in the space industry told AFP on Wednesday.

Russia launches telecoms satellite for Angola

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday launched a rocket carrying Angosat-1, the first national telecoms satellite for Angola, from its Baikonur space pad, with rare use of a rocket from Ukraine despite collapsed ties between the two nations.

Developing a green business with the Internet of Things

The possibilities presented by the Internet of Things can lead to a low carbon economy, according to a recent report. This presents opportunities for the telecom sector to contribute to business growth and a lower environmental impact.

Illegal transmitters impact on telecom services

Illegal transmitters, such as radio frequency identification tags and signal boosters, which operate outside of approved frequencies, are disrupting communications services and affecting business operations.

Microsoft helping telecom companies to transform

To deliver faster and more effective telecommunication services, companies needs to upgrade their systems. Microsoft has been working with companies in the engineering sector to develop improved global services.

Cuba authorizes sending text messages to US phones

Havana - Cuban telecommunications monopoly Etecsa Friday authorized Cubans to send text messages to the United States, lifting a restriction which has long frustrated the population.

Afghanistan orders suspension of WhatsApp, Telegram

Kabul - Afghanistan has ordered the suspension of WhatsApp and Telegram to resolve "technical problems", officials said Saturday, sparking outcry among social media users.

Appeal trial for Samsung heir starts in Seoul

Seoul - Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong was back in court Thursday to appeal his five-year sentence for bribing South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye, with prosecutors arguing for a longer jail term.

Balloons to help restore Puerto Rico's cell networks

New York - Google's parent company is set to launch balloons into the Caribbean skies in an attempt to restore telephone networks in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.Alphabet Inc.

Digital technologies help telecoms to simplify services

To address an increasingly competitive sector, most telecoms companies are seeking to reduce their public-facing offerings. However, more simplification is needed and digital technologies should be at the front-line, a new report recommends.

Government internet shutdowns cost Africa dear: report

Johanesburg - Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions.

Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees

Dhaka - Bangladesh has banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya refugees, citing security concerns for the latest restrictions, officials said Sunday.

US sued over border searches of phones and computers

Washington - US rights groups sued the government Wednesday over the increasing use of warrantless searches of cellphones and computers of travelers, including American citizens, arriving at US borders from abroad.

Like father, like son: Samsung heir convicted

Seoul - Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong has spent his life trying to prove himself worthy of his father's legacy, and on Friday he followed in the older man's footsteps by being convicted in the same courtroom.

Samsung heir guilty of bribery, sentenced to five years jail

Seoul - The heir to the Samsung empire was convicted of bribery and other offences Friday and jailed for five years in connection with the scandal that brought down South Korean president Park Geun-Hye.

Five charges facing Samsung's Lee

Seoul - The heir to the Samsung business empire Lee Jae-Yong faces five charges in his corruption trial, after being caught up in the scandal that brought down president Park Geun-Hye.

Samsung heir faces corruption verdict

Seoul - The heir to the Samsung business empire, including the world's biggest smartphone maker, awaited the verdict Friday in his corruption trial over the scandal that brought down South Korean president Park Geun-Hye.

Samsung eyes reset with new Galaxy Note

New York - Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a new model of its Galaxy Note as it seeks to leave behind the debacle over exploding batteries in the previous generation of the device, and mount a renewed challenge to Apple and its soon-to-come iPhone 8.

S. Korea prosecutors seek 12 years' jail for Samsung heir

Seoul - South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the heir to the Samsung empire be jailed for 12 years over his role in the corruption scandal that brought down the country's last president.

Indonesia restricts Telegram app over 'terrorism' content

Jakarta - Indonesia has blocked web-based access to a popular messaging service and threatened a full ban on the app due to its "terrorism" content, the government said.

Uber merges with Russia's Yandex in six ex-Soviet countries

Moscow - Uber on Thursday announced that it was merging in Russia and five other ex-Soviet states with the taxi hailing app of the country's leading internet giant, Yandex.
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