WhatsApp launches push-to-talk voice messages for 300m users

New feature could help the app succeed in countries where typing on smartphone keyboards is difficult

Nokia set to slash 8500 jobs at its equipment arm

The troubled Finnish telecoms giant Nokia is considering slashing 8500 jobs, or around 17 per cent of its workforce, at equipment arm Nokia Siemens Networks, which provides infrastructure for mobile carriers.

One in twelve UK adults admit they photograph attractive strangers on public transport, in the park or at the doctor's surgery claims poll

The survey also claims that almost seven million people in the UK have admitted to taking an intimate picture of themselves

Nokia's Lumia 625: With its 4.7-inch display this is a budget big-screen aimed at first time smartphone buyers

Latest addition to the Lumia range aims to provide a winning multimedia experience though may be hamstrung by a slow processor

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The Indian mobile phone market: An alien world where seven-inch tablets are big sellers

David Phelan explores the way mobile phones are sold in India and finds it a breathless, price-conscious market

Boost for women in boardroom as companies seek fresh skills

More first-timers and more women are joining the upper ranks of Britain’s biggest companies, offering fresh evidence that the make-up of blue-chip boardrooms is changing for good.

Nokia Lumia 1020 launches with 41-megapixel camera, limited approval

New handset focuses on photographic capability but there's speculation as to whether consumers even want this

Nokia's Lumia 925 handset

Nokia Lumia 1020: Latest leaks and rumours round-up

New handset set to be unveiled on July 11 with a rumoured 41-megapixel camera

Developers bet on Crossrail boom with West End investment

Two of Britain’s top property groups are spending almost £700 million on West End developments, placing major bets on the success of Crossrail.

The ZTE Open is the first public handset to be sold with Firefox OS

Firefox OS kickstarts battle for the bottom with €39 smartphone

ZTE Open offers a basic smartphone experience that makers hope will challenge Android & Apple

Nokia stumps up $1.1bn to buy Siemens stake

Nokia looks to be repositioning itself as a 4G network operator after buying out partner Siemens AG in a network equipment joint venture.

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The Business Matrix: Friday 14 June 2013

Monarch takes flight

The curtain was pulled, and the Xbox One was revealed

Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: Why Microsoft's console name game just doesn't add up

On Tuesday, before a roomful of panting games journalists and sore-thumbed enthusiasts, Microsoft unveiled its latest games console. The curtain was pulled, and the Xbox One was revealed. As gamers ruminated on the implications of the ’box (not hardcore enough? Better than the forthcoming PlayStation 4?), some of us were left confused.

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