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Indian mobiles 'must have panic button'
All mobile phones sold in India from January 2017 will have to include a panic button, authorities have ruled.
[BBC News]

EE to improve 4G and customer services
Mobile phone operator EE is aiming to bring 4G to 95% of the UK landmass as well as relocating its customer services to the UK and Ireland
[BBC]

US authorities drop another iPhone fight after being given passcode
The legal maneuverings in two cases illustrate the challenge Washington faces as it pressures the technology industry to build wiretap-friendly products The US government dropped a court case that could have forced Apple to unlock one of its iPhones, the second time it has done so in as many (...)
[The Guardian]

Researchers develop magnifying smartphone screen app for visually impaired
A smartphone application that projects a magnified smartphone screen to Google Glass has been developed, which allows users to navigate using head movements to view a corresponding portion of the magnified screen. They have shown that the technology can potentially benefit low-vision users, (...)
[Science daily]

San Bernardino hack 'cost FBI over $1m'
The figure paid by the FBI to unnamed experts to unlock the phone of the San Bernardino killer has been estimated at $1.3m or more.
[BBC]

San Bernardino hack 'cost FBI over $1m'
The figure paid by the FBI to unnamed experts to unlock the phone of the San Bernardino killer has been estimated at $1.3m or more.
[BBC News]

Europe v Google: how Android became a battleground
The European Commission has accused Google of abusing its dominance of the smartphone market. Why has it done this? And what exactly is Android? The European Commission has accused Google of abusing its dominance of the smartphone market through Android, blocking competition and innovation. But (...)
[The Guardian]

EU chief to charge Google over anti-competitive practices, sources say
Margrethe Vestager, European competition commissioner, is concerned the firm unfairly promotes its apps on Android phones Europe’s antitrust chief is expected to hit Google with anti-competitive charges concerning its Android mobile phone operating system. Margrethe Vestager, European (...)
[The Guardian]

Apple transparency report: over 1,000 government requests for user data
Number of requests went up in second half of 2015Requests pertain to services such as iMessage, email, photos and backups US authorities asked for user data from Apple accounts 1,015 times during the second half of 2015, according to figures the iPhone maker released Tuesday. The requests (...)
[The Guardian]

UK phones only get 4G '53% of the time'
A new study into the use of 4G in the UK has found all four networks provide limited access to the service
[BBC]

SS7 hack explained: what can you do about it?
A vulnerability means hackers can read texts, listen to calls and track mobile phone users. What are the implications and how can you protect yourself from snooping? Hackers can read text messages, listen to phone calls and track mobile phone users’ locations with just the knowledge of their (...)
[The Guardian]

Construction giant launches smartphone
Power-tool maker Dewalt has entered the smartphone market with a tough handset designed for construction workers
[BBC]

Passwords, phones and privacy settings: how to protect yourself online
Stay safer on the internet with these tips on shoring up your digital security, and join our live Q&A on the issue at 2pm today Sensible people are vigilant about online security as a matter of course, ever alert to the possibility that someone might breach their passwords for the purposes (...)
[The Guardian]

US congressman calls for investigation into vulnerability that lets hackers spy on every phone
Vulnerabilities within SS7 mobile phone network brokerage system allow attackers to listen to calls, read messages and track location using just a phone number A US congressman hacked as part of a demonstration showing that all you need is someone’s phone number to record their calls, texts and (...)
[The Guardian]

Skullcandy Grind Wireless: if they didn't hurt they'd be great
Good sound, nice design, Bluetooth freedom with a 12-hour battery life without breaking the bank. If only they don’t pinch your ears Skullcandy has made a habit out of producing pretty good sounding and attractive headphones that don’t cost the earth. The new Grind wireless headphones continue (...)
[The Guardian]

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