Google's Motorola buyout enters the home straight

Google's Motorola buyout enters the home straight

Martin James  May. 21, 2012 at 10:00

It was all of 10 months ago that Google stunned the mobile tech world by announcing it had agreed in principle a $12.5bn deal to acquire Motorola.

Well incredibly, the deal still isn't wrapped up, but finally the finish line is in sight after China gave the takeover its stamp of approval – the final country to do so in a worldwide review process.

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Android 4.0 ICS update heading to Sony's Tablet P this week

Android 4.0 ICS update heading to Sony's Tablet P this week

Martin James  May. 21, 2012 at 09:30

Sony's Tablet P is one of the more interesting takes on the whole tablet thing we've seen so far – and even more than six months after its release we're still not sure whether it's a good interesting or a bad interesting.

What we do now know, however, is that Sony has announced some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness for its split screen slate, with the Android 4.0 update set to roll out on Thursday, May 24.

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Met Police rolling out new phone-zapping tool that can copy your info in minutes

Met Police rolling out new phone-zapping tool that can copy your info in minutes

Martin James  May. 20, 2012 at 12:00

London's Metropolitan Police are to start using new software that will dramatically fast-track the process of extracting data from a suspect's mobile phone.

The Aceso mobile phone data extraction software from intelligence industry specialist Radio Tactics will reportedly enable officers to extract call and messaging info on the spot, even if the SIM card is locked.

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Is Samsung a bigger threat to Android than Apple?

Is Samsung a bigger threat to Android than Apple?

Martin James  May. 19, 2012 at 18:00

Here's an interesting stat: according to Gartner's bean counters, Samsung accounted for more than 40% of all Android smartphone sales in Q1.

It's just reward for giving us a steady supply of strong products for a good five years now, and keeping a clear and consistent sense of its own identity and brand value, something a fair few of its Android stablemates could learn a lesson from.

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Nokia running out of chances as cash reserves dwindle

Nokia running out of chances as cash reserves dwindle

Martin James  May. 19, 2012 at 13:00

It has been a monumental last 18 months for Nokia, it's safe to say, and no matter what happens from here onwards, it's safe to say that the good people of Finland are unlikely to forget the name Stephen Elop anytime soon.

But despite the upheaval, the promises, the burning platforms and everything else that's gone on under Elop's leadership, things are now coming to a head: either it turns it around now, or faces sinking for good.

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Are Nokia and Samsung about to kickstart the 3D smartphone market?

Are Nokia and Samsung about to kickstart the 3D smartphone market?

Martin James  May. 18, 2012 at 20:00

A leader without followers is just a guy taking a walk, as the saying goes, and that's pretty much how LG must be feeling these days about 3D.

In the 15-odd months since the LG Optimus 3D's arrival, just one other 3D smartphone has been launched – the HTC Evo 3G – but could the floodgates finally be about to open after all?

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Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer is the world's worst CEO – Forbes

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer is the world's worst CEO – Forbes

Martin James  May. 16, 2012 at 10:30

Think of bad bosses and you typically think of either a) yours, or b) David Brent. But now there's a third bad-boss stereotype to disturb your peace of mind: Steven Anthony Ballmer.

Better known to the wider world as the tongue-out, sweaty pits, slightly disturbing Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer has just received the singular honour of being named by Forbes as without a doubt “the worst CEO of a large publicly traded American company today”.

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Apple patches Siri to keep her quiet

Apple patches Siri to keep her quiet

Martin James  May. 15, 2012 at 20:00

Let's be honest: it was never going to last, was it? Much to the disappointment of Nokia fans, Windows Phone users, probably most Android users... OK, pretty much everyone who doesn't use iOS, Siri is no longer telling anyone who asks that the Nokia Lumia 900 is the best smartphone ever.

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Act surprised: HTC has announced the Desire C

Act surprised: HTC has announced the Desire C

Martin James  May. 15, 2012 at 19:00

Vodafone Portugal managed to draw any kind of surprise element out of the whole thing by dishing up all the important details ahead of schedule, but what the hell, we'll do our best: look everyone! It's the HTC Desire C!

HTC has finally done the decent thing and given official credentials to the smartphone formerly known as the Wildfire C, which was formerly known as the HTC Golf. Don't all cheer at once, now.

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LG Optimus 2X only getting Android 4.0 ICS update in Q3

LG Optimus 2X only getting Android 4.0 ICS update in Q3

Martin James  May. 14, 2012 at 20:00

So you got yourself an LG Optimus 2X. Some would say you made a bad decision, but I'd argue that it doesn't have 3D, and doesn't run Windows Phone 7, so you're already two good decisions up right there.

But sadly, that doesn't exempt you from getting bad news: those crazy kids at Lucky Goldstar have revealed that your helping of Android Ice Cream Sandwich is only coming in Q3.

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Dial M for Omnia: Samsung reminds us it still makes Windows Phones

Dial M for Omnia: Samsung reminds us it still makes Windows Phones

Martin James  May. 12, 2012 at 12:00

Samsung clearly isn't the sentimental type. While the rest of the world debates whether the Galaxy S III is good enough to keep Samsung at the top of the Android pile, Samsung itself has already moved on.

Now its Windows Phone's turn to get some Korean love courtesy of the Mango-flavoured Omnia M, a budget 4in contender aimed at smartphone first-timers.

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Microsoft's Windows 8 RT browser snub has Mozilla and Google up in arms

Old habits die hard, it seems. These days, Apple may be the big kid in the tech industry playground – or “the man” if you prefer, in the sense of how plucky underdogs look to “stick it to the man”.

Well OK, lingo like that is probably a couple of decades out of date, but that brings us nicely to the subject of this piece – Microsoft, and some Windows 8-related news that sounds like something from MS's bad old days.

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HTC boss Chou on the run as London 2012 Olympics draw near

HTC boss Chou on the run as London 2012 Olympics draw near

Martin James  May. 11, 2012 at 14:15

Samsung must be getting used to having things its own way in the mobile playground these days, but in one respect at least it's still a distinct second best behind former Android favourite HTC.

Never mind the Samsung Galaxy S III being the official handset of the Olympic Games – HTC boss Peter Chou has been selected to carry the actual Olympic flame on its long journey to east London.

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Is Amazon's Kindle Fire already starting to die out?

Is Amazon's Kindle Fire already starting to die out?

Martin James  May. 10, 2012 at 10:00

The Apple iPad almost singlehandedly established the tablet market as we know it today, but arguably more impressive has been Apple's success in building on its head start, easily coming out on top of every rival that's come along fancying a share of the tablet spotlight.

Amazon's Kindle Fire is the latest pretender to the throne, and has probably been the most credible threat to Apple's tablet dominance yet. But is Amazon's tablet fire already starting to burn low?

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HTC 'Golf' pictured again, will it launch as the Desire C?

HTC 'Golf' pictured again, will it launch as the Desire C?

Martin James  May. 10, 2012 at 09:00

It seems like we've been hearing about HTC's entry-level Golf for ages now, and it's just popped up again in another couple of images, this time through the unflattering eyes of Mr Blurrycam.

The pics come our way via ITProPortal, and to be honest don't tell us very much. However, more interesting is the claim that the handset won't be launched as the Wildfire C as we were previously led to believe, but rather the HTC Desire C.

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Sony Xperia GX launches in Japan: now we're talking

Sony Xperia GX launches in Japan: now we're talking

Martin James  May. 9, 2012 at 14:00

Sony may have left the Ericsson part of Sony Ericsson behind, but what hasn't yet changed – despite the initial promise of the latest Xperia handsets – is the brand's place just behind the leading Android contenders.

But Sony's working hard at changing that, and has just announced two new LTE-enabled faces over in Japan, the Xperia GX and Xperia SX, that look mighty fine indeed from where we're standing.

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Suprise, surprise! The Samsung Galaxy S III is the official London 2012 Olympics phone

Suprise, surprise! The Samsung Galaxy S III is the official London 2012 Olympics phone

Martin James  May. 9, 2012 at 12:15

Samsung has finally come clean and confirmed what we all knew already: the Galaxy S III is the official smartphone of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

It was all of a year ago now that Sammy first hinted that it would be making the official Games blower, and while it hasn't said a single word since on which specific handset would get the nod, there wasn't really any doubt.

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RIM announces BlackBerry Curve 9320, available next week

RIM announces BlackBerry Curve 9320, available next week

Martin James  May. 9, 2012 at 11:00

Typical RIM. It's taken a fair bit of stick recently for making a huge deal over new hardware announcements, only to keep everyone waiting for months before the stuff actually goes on sale.

So what does it do with the BlackBerry Curve 9320? Ignores its own high-profile annual event, announcing it instead to minimal fanfare a couple of weeks later, with an on-sale date just five days later.

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HTC One series not hitting the mark?

HTC One series not hitting the mark?

Martin James  May. 9, 2012 at 10:30

HTC has really got its game face back on in 2012 after a less-than-stellar 2011, but it's looking increasingly like the public just aren't responding to the new HTC One range as positively as hoped.

The company's latest numbers are in, and the figures for April just don't hint at the kind of turnaround we were expecting once the One handsets went on sale – leaving a serious cloud over the Taiwanese firm's prospects for the rest of the year.

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BlackBerry 10 device names revealed by BB10 Dev Alpha handset

BlackBerry 10 device names revealed by BB10 Dev Alpha handset

Martin James  May. 8, 2012 at 10:30

One of the best bits of this whole mobile lark is hearing those exotic working titles mobile makers come up with for new devices and visualising the tantalising goodness that lies in store – even if the reality ends up being far more mundane.

So it really was poor show on RIM last week for not playing ball with its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 crew. Yes, they're only coming later this year, but really would it really have been so hard to use the BlackBerry World pulpit to tease us with names like Blackforest, Naples and Winchester?

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