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Once more the banging of drums could be heard resonating through the streets of New York. Instead of a speaker proclaiming the arrival of “King Kong, the eighth wonder of the world”, Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphone, the S4. The new smartphone was brought onto the stage by a little boy meeting JK ...

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If there is one strategic story standing out from the launch of Galaxy S4, it is Samsung’s push bring more and more of on its own software, apps and services onto its flagship devices. This was clearly noticeable already with GS3, and it looks like that since then the firm has just doubled down. Air ...

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The Tallinn Manual on International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare officially launches in London today. The Manual is the fruit of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia. Developed by a group of experts from Academic and Military backgrounds, the Manual is the end-result of 4 years work to ...

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This week I attended SMi’s two day conference on European Smart Grid Cyber and SCADA Security in London. The conference was quite successful and covered a number of really interesting topics. There were some brilliant speakers which were definitely worth hearing;  Patrick Miller from EnergySec, Steve Brunasso from California Water and Power, Justin Clarke ...

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After introducing Yolo, the first smartphone with Intel Inside in Africa, at a low price of KES 10,999 (USD 124.55) in late January 2013, Safaricom announced that it “is soon going to stop selling the cheap feature phones in all [its] retail outlets” and we “will now see the feature phones replaced by ...

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With the launch of Samsung's new flagship next week, the Galaxy S4, I thought it time to put down some thoughts regarding what we might expect, what might it bring that we don't expect, and what impact both this device and Samsung overall might have on the market in 2013.  I think it ...

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Korea hit the telecom news recently as a spat over “excessive handset subsidies” between the mobile operators, the regulator, Korea Communications Commission (KCC), and even the handset manufacturers. On the face of it, the regulatory spat almost appeared pantomime (The KCC slapped approximately one month “No New Subscriber Sign-up” prohibitions on all three ...

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There was a time that WiFi was the scrappy junior cousin of cellular mobile data services. Now most mobile carriers have begun to reassess WiFi as an effective complementary wireless infrastructure for offloading flood-level amounts of data traffic from smartphones, tablets and dongles from their cellular networks.

4G LTE has helped the carriers to enhance ...

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China’s technology ministry has published a whitepaper that criticises Android’s perceived dominance in the local smartphone market. I’d say it is thus far the strongest reminder that mobile computing in China is unlikely to follow the same path as the other major markets. It is what I have earlier identified [client access only] as one ...

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