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The suprise sale allows Google to drop a struggling part of their business and lets Lenovo leapfrog their way to third place in smartphone sales

HTC reveals new mid-range phones (and accessories) to recapture the middle ground

Taiwanese phone maker HTC reveals its autumn handsets this morning. <b>David Phelan</b> had extensive hands-on time with the phones

Microsoft buys struggling mobile arm from Nokia for £4.6bn

The software giant is looking to make gains in the mobile market, and will acquire all of the Finnish handset-maker’s patents as part of the deal

HTC executives held over ‘stolen secrets’

Three executives at the phone maker HTC have been arrested on suspicion of leaking trade secrets, sending shares in the Taiwanese smartphone specialist plunging.

Windows Phone's market share finally on the rise as Android's lead lessens

European markets backing Microsoft's mobile OS most strongly, but Android remains the dominant global force.

Acer's Liquid S2 is the first smartphone to record in 4K resolution

But with only 16GB of onboard storage, you won't be able to keep more than a couple minutes of footage.

Watchdog warns of mobile dangers

People using mobile-banking services to transfer cash are risking making mistakes, the City watchdog has warned.

Who just poached top Google talent? What you need to know about Xiaomi

The Chinese smartphone maker are often called the 'Apple of the East' but that comparison is misleading.

Road safety revealed: Thousands of children injured in crashes near schools

Research shows more than half a million vehicle collisions on roads around schools in UK from 2006 to 2011, resulting in more than 85,000 child casualties

O2 and Vodafone launched their 4G services today as Three says it will offer theirs for free in December

The battle for 4G: Vodafone and O2 switch on 'super-fast' mobile services as 3 promises to offer theirs for free

Rivals to EE playing catch-up on coverage, while Three says those willing to wait until its December launch would not need to pay an additional premium, regardless of their price plan

Student Loans Company rakes in over a million in student call costs

0845 numbers cost students calling the not-for-profit government company up to 41p per minute

Google cuts price of Nexus 4 smartphone to just £159 as it launches Nexus 7

New price likely to clear inventory before an updated handset is released

Blurred Lines? Miley Cyrus twerks during her performance with Robin Thicke at the VMAs.

Will it twerk? Oxford Dictionary Online embraces selfies, geek chic and Bitcoins

Twerking, the raunchy bum wiggling dance performed by Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards, is among a slew of new terms included in an update of the Oxford Dictionary Online.

Samsung to launch child-friendly tablet: the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids

Rubberised casing and advanced Parental Controls will help keep both children and the tablet safe,

Potential dangers for consumers using mobile banking highlighted

More than a billion people are expected to use their mobile phones for banking services worldwide by the end of 2017

Samsung confirms Galaxy Gear smartwatch for 4 September

Event will also see the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note III

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