Samsung Galaxy S5 to hit shops soon for your fondling pleasure
Want to get your hands on the Galaxy S5? You won’t have to wait until its 11 April launch day. Samsung is releasing a small batch of S5s to shops in selected countries, including the UK, starting today. The “Global Preview” starts in the US and Switzerland today, with Samsung promising it “will be expanded” to the UK, China, Germany and other major countries.
Obama might dump his Blackberry for an Android smartphone
United States President Barack Obama might be about to dump his beloved Blackberry for an Android smartphone, dealing yet another blow to the struggling Canadian phone maker. That is according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported on Thursday that the White House is testing Android smartphones from Samsung and LG that it will consider adopting internally. The report cites people with knowledge of the matter, who have let slip that the devices are being tested by the White House internal technology team and Communications Agency, a military unit in charge of Obama’s communications.
HTC One M8 event live streaming, countdown begins
The all new HTC One M8 smartphone will be unveiled in a blaze of publicity at an event in just a few more days, on March 25th. This successor to the HTC One flagship that was released last year is generating huge waves of interest, and anticipation for the device is high. Now we have good news for those who want to follow the HTC One M8 event as HTC is offering live streaming and has also started a countdown.
MtGox finds 200,000 Bitcoins in ‘forgotten’ wallet
MtGox said on Friday it found 200,000 “forgotten” Bitcoins on March 7, a week after the Tokyo-based digital currency exchange filed for bankruptcy protection saying it had lost about $500 million worth of Bitcoin, nearly all its holdings. tGox made the announcement on its website. Online sleuths had noticed the same amount of Bitcoin moving through the crypto-currency exchange after the bankruptcy filing. he exchange said the Bitcoins were found in an old-format online wallet which it had thought no longer held any Bitcoins, but which it checked again after its bankruptcy filing.
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Freedom of Information laws to extend to IT outsourcers
It looks like the government will soon extend the Freedom of Information Act to private companies including IT suppliers to government. A recent Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report into government procurement reported that suppliers “were content that Freedom of Information provisions should apply to public sector contracts with their companies.” Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes said the change would be written into the contracts of companies after the publication of a new code of practice, which should be in place by the end of this year.
Facebook hacks out PHP alternative
The big “HACK” signs reputed to adorn the walls of Facebook offices aren’t just a command from His Royal Zuckness: The Social Network also uses a programming language called “Hack” and has just given it to the world. Facebook describes Hack as “a programming language we developed for HHVM that interoperates seamlessly with PHP” and “… reconciles the fast development cycle of PHP with the discipline provided by static typing, while adding many features commonly found in other modern programming languages.” The Social Network says it already uses Hack for all sorts of things, and likes it because it reduces the likelihood of simple-to-make errors that slow the development process.
Huffington Post shelves Russian launch plans after Crimea crisis
The Huffington Post has shelved its plan to launch in Russia following the crisis in the Ukraine, reports Angela Haggerty in The Drum. She quotes HuffPo’s chief executive, Jimmy Maymann, as saying: “We had a plan of 15 markets and we’ve launched in 11 so far… We were in negotiations in Russia but then they decided to invade Crimea. Right now, there’s sanctions against them so we’re putting that on the back burner.” Sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and the European Union do not directly affect the US-based Huffington Post’s ability to do business there.
Nokia partners high-end fashion magazine Centrefold
Nokia has partnered with high-end fashion magazine Centrefold to create a magazine and exhibition made up entirely of photographs taken on the Lumia 1020 as the mobile brand looks to win over the discerning creative audience. The two brands held an exhibition of the photographs in Shoreditch last night (20 March), the same date 4,000 copies of the large-format A2-size magazine began to be distributed to offices and individuals involved in the creative, fashion, design and music industries across the UK, New York and some European cities.
UK leads the way in ad spend growth
The UK advertising market is forecast to grow faster than any other market in Western Europe during 2014. This will be the fifth year running that the UK has outperformed Western Europe, this year growing eight times faster than the rest of the region. That’s the verdict of ZenithOptimedia’s first UK Advertising Expenditure Forecasts, which predicts that the advertising market will grow by 5.8 per cent to £13.7bn in 2014, beating the healthy 5.5 per cent growth it achieved in 2013. The strong growth will be supported this year by the UK’s continued economic recovery and by the World Cup in Brazil.
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