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Smartphone extravaganza in 2014; big-screen handsets became popular

Smartphone extravaganza in 2014; big-screen handsets became popular

The year 2014 witnessed an extravaganza of sorts on the smartphone front; with several noteworthy handsets having been launched by major vendors like Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony and Xiaomi. In addition, the year also marked the definitive arrival of Chinese handset makers in the Indian market.

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Four-storey electronics mall in Shenzhen sells stacks of old iPhones every day

Four-storey electronics mall in Shenzhen sells stacks of old iPhones every day

In a four-storey electronics mall in Chinese city Shenzhen, stacks of old iPhones are sold every day. Despite the fact that Shenzhen is the city where millions of new Apple devices are produced at huge manufacturing plants, it is also one of China's biggest grey markets, catering to countless Chinese customers who desire an iPhone but cannot afford to purchase a new one.

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Phones 4U goes into Administration after Vodafone and EE cut ties

Phones 4U goes into Administration after Vodafone and EE cut ties

Phones 4u, a major independent mobile phone retailer in the United Kingdom, has gone into administration after its last remaining mobile operator partners, EE and Vodafone, announced cuts in ties with the retailer on Sunday night.

The retailer is owned by private equity firm BC Partners. It has 720 outlets, including 550 standalone stores and employs 5,596 people. The management will brief the staff in stores and at head office on Monday morning. BC Partners said it is "intended that employees will continue to be paid until further notice".

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Reuters: Apple iPhone 6 production hit by screen snag

Reuters: Apple iPhone 6 production hit by screen snag

According to a Reuters report, the production of Apple's next generation iPhone - the iPhone 6 - has apparently hit a snag involving the manufacturing of the screens for the handset.

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Researchers discover flaw in mobile operating systems

Researchers discover flaw in mobile operating systems

Researchers at the University of California's Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and the University of Michigan have discovered a flaw in mobile operating systems like Android, iOS and Windows.

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WSJ: Amazon set to unveil its own phone at Seattle event; the handset will be an AT&T exclusive

WSJ: Amazon set to unveil its own phone at Seattle event; the handset will be an

In a Tuesday report, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) revealed that online retail giant Amazon will likely unveil its much-rumored smartphone at a Wednesday event to be held in Seattle.

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Amazon expected to unveil a smartphone at its June 18 launch event

Amazon expected to unveil a smartphone at its June 18 launch event

Online retailer Amazon is reportedly set to plunge deeper into the competitive mobile-device arena, with the launch of an Amazon-branded smartphone - which, as per rumors, will be equipped with some kind of 3D motion sensor - later this month.

Hinting at the imminent unveiling of a smartphone, Amazon said in a Twitter post last week that it is holding a 'product launch' event in Seattle on June 18. The company said that the event will be hosted by CEO Jeff Bezos.

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Amazon expected to introduce 3D handset at June 18 launch event

Amazon expected to introduce 3D handset at June 18 launch event

With Amazon having sent out the invites for its new product launch scheduled to be held on June 18 in Seattle, technology experts speculate that the company will apparently introduce its much-rumored 3D smartphone at the forthcoming event.

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Motorola to shut down smartphone assembly plant in southern Denton County by year end

Motorola to shut down smartphone assembly plant in southern Denton County by yea

In a recent announcement, Google's Motorola Mobility handset division has disclosed that it plans to shut down its smartphone assembly plant in southern Denton County by the end of 2014. The plant - which is in the city of Fort Worth but sits within Denton County - is operated by Singapore-based international contract electronics manufacturer Flextronics Ltd.

The announcement about the closure of the assembly plant comes nearly four months after Google's imminent sale of the Motorola Mobility smartphone business to Chinese device maker Lenovo, in a $2.9 billion deal.

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Microsoft releases official File Manager app for Windows Phone 8.1 devices

Microsoft releases official File Manager app for Windows Phone 8.1 devices

In a recent announcement, software giant Microsoft has revealed that it has officially rolled out File Manager app for Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

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