News The logo of Samsung Electronics is displayed on a glass door at their headquarters in Seoul on November 6, 2013. Samsung Electronics promised better shareholder returns, dismissed fears over smartphone market saturation and signalled a more aggressive acquisitions policy Wednesday at a rare analysts' briefing to boost its flagging stock price.

Samsung has posted its first fall in quarterly profits for more than two years, fuelling fears that the booming smartphone market may be reaching saturation.

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The shift to online shopping continues apace, the latest figures from Shop Direct confirm.

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The construction worker and his friend, Greg Torkelson, took the law into their own hands after calling the phone repeatedly to no answer

Technology: Foolproof phones are making a splash

I am a phone loser. I have said it loud and not-so-proud on these pages before. Seven handsets have slipped through my fingers – I swear they're like eels – this past two years alone. Lost, smashed, stolen, left unattended on an bus... the list goes on.

Matthew Norman: Stigmatising the poor is a Tory winner

The PDC World Darts Championships concluded last night, and with the bookies going 10/11 the pair at the time of writing, it is far too close to call whether Phil "The Power" Taylor beat the Dutchman "Mighty" Mike van Gerwen. But one thing Mystic Matt will predict is this: at sporadic intervals during last night's Sky Sports broadcast, a raucous Alexandra Palace audience welcomed 2013 with a chant aimed at viewers in less cosseted economic regions.

Claire Beale on Advertising: The smart money is on smartphones

As the nation's favourite brands count their booty from the Christmas sales bonanza, they will be hoping that success in 2013 is defined by more than a bargain rush in the final weeks.

With 4G you'll have mobile data speeds of five times current ones

Seven bidders compete for a slice of 4G

Vodafone and BT will be among seven bidders competing in next year's 4G auction in what marks the largest ever sale of mobile airwaves in the UK.

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No other country buys as much online, but does our digital dependency comes at the price of everyday fulfilment?

Warhammer to get Total War treatment as license passes to Creative Assembly?

Sega and Creative Assembly announce partnership with Games Workshop

Patients groups hit out at plan for online NHS services

Plans to move NHS services online to help free up clinics, including the use of Skype video calls for consultations with GPs, have been criticised by charities representing patients with chronic illnesses.

More older British people die of cold in the winter months than other colder countries

Kate Hughes: Why it's so vital to keep the home fires burning

With winter approaching the cost of staying warm can mean life or death for the elderly

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George Osborne, the Chancellor, is under mounting pressure to shelve a 3p a litre rise in fuel duty due to take effect in January.

Full contracts lift O2

O2, the UK mobile arm of Spain's Telefonica, has added almost six times as many customers on full contracts during the first nine months of this year as it did in the whole of 2011.

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