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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

Ofsted and council staff criticised in review into rape of toddler by paedophile nursery worker

Paul Wilson jailed for life in 2011 after using mobile phone to film two separate attacks on an infant

Survey suggests half of Britons fear being without their mobile

Anxiety related to being out of mobile phone contact dubbed 'nomophobia'

Twitter users can now share looped video clips of six seconds' length using the comapny's standalone iPhone app, Vine

Will Vine and video kill the snapshot?

Are we done with the snapshot? Following an Independent report on Vine last week (the 'six-second video app that is reinventing film') Slate's Farhad Manjoo believes so. The thesis runs like this: if we've got the technology to take video - and transmit it at high speed - then the need for actually-not-moving-at-all photography is pretty much null and void.

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Almost one in 10 five-year-olds own a mobile phone, finds survey

One in 10 schoolchildren get a mobile phone by the age of five, new study reveals, although most children have to wait until they are 11

Mozilla's Firefox OS-powered ZTE Open sells out in US and UK

Budget handset sold on eBay for just £60

Nokia Bandit rumours: a 6-inch, quad-core 1080p Lumia phablet

Device said to be relased by the end of the year

New iPhone will be gold, but 'think champagne, not ingot'

Gold colouring expected on high-end iPhone update, the new iPhone 5S

Nikhil Kumar: At last, Apple could be ready to start doing business the Chinese way

Apple’s share of the smartphone market in China is less than 5 per cent

Hongmi: The Chinese smartphone that sold 100,000 units in 90 seconds

Xiaomi, the company who created the Hongmi, say they are like Apple, Amazon and Google combined

Drivers face on-the-spot fines for tailgating and lane-hogging

Fraudsters reported to file almost 400 false insurance claims every day

New Zealand woman drives 200 miles through the night while texting her friends (oh...and she was asleep the whole time)

The woman, who has not been named, reportedly drove for almost 200 miles asleep while also sending text messages from her mobile

Samsung’s factory in Campinas, where staff work to precise rules

Samsung faces £70m damages claim over conditions

Samsung, the electronics giant, has been accused of “serious” labour violations at a huge factory in the Amazon rainforest and is facing a claim for £70m in damages.

Is it rude to use your smart phone during screenings? Cinema etiquette debate rages in US

Film buffs fight to keep tweeters and bloggers who use tech silent

Smartphones outsell basic handsets for the first time

Latest reports on mobile sales also shows that Windows Phone OS has overtaken BlackBerry

Firefox powered ZTE Open to hit US and UK markets for just £60

Budget smartphone will target first time users switching from feature phones

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