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 announced plans to open 60 of its own branded stores in Britain and six other European countries, in a bid to challenge Apple's successful retail store approach.

Smart TV boosts Imagination

Demand for smart TV sets is helping to keep profits on track at Imagination Technologies, the British company which designs graphic processors for smartphones and tablets including the iPhone and iPad.

February 27, 2013: Visitors are reflected in a mirror at the Samsung stand during the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona. The GSMA Mobile World Congress, representing the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, takes place from February 25 to 28 in Barcelona.

What's new with the Samsung Galaxy S4?

Details of eye-tracking software revealed by Samsung employee

Sir Robin Jacob ordered Apple to apologise in the dispute over the iPad and Samsung Galaxy tablet

Judge who issued ruling for Samsung against Apple is...advising Samsung

He was the judge who handed a major PR win to the South Korean electronics giant Samsung when he chastised rival Apple in court last year during their long-running and bitter legal fight. Now, the Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob is to be involved in another Samsung legal case – this time employed as an expert on its behalf.

It's now safe to stream films in the bath (and to fill it with water) with the waterproof Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Mobile World Congress highlights: A mobile for your nan and movie-streaming in the bath

Ever had the urge to record a gig and your reaction to it simultaneously?  David Phelan reports from the mega mobile tradeshow in Barcelona on the new mobiles and tablets that will let you do that and more

Nokia 105: Finnish company launches new £13 mobile phone with a battery that lasts 35 DAYS on a single charge

Nokia 105 aimed at the mobile market in the developing world, but is likely to be a success in the west too as a back-up for smart phones

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - a new tablet with 8in display - is poised to take on the Apple iPad mini.

Brave new world: First look at the Mobile World Congress' new venue

David Phelan explores the biggest mobile phone trade show in the world and checks out Samsung's latest offerings

Domestic appliances: The coolest status symbol? A fridge

As a status symbol, you might not think that something that keeps your leftovers at a steady temperature would be much cop. Sports cars are a more traditional social signifier (not least of someone trying to convince their peers that they have an enormous… amount of money), as are regular holidays and the resultant tans. But for hundreds of years, having a way to keep food cool, and thus prolong its edibility, was far more show-offy than  a supercar.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 19 February 2013

Five-day airline strike hits Spain

Sales of new BlackBerry in UK better than expected, says chief

The chief executive of BlackBerry has boasted that sales of its new device, launched last week, have boomed in the UK.

BlackBerry 'is picking up in UK' after new device launch

The chief executive of the BlackBerry today boasted that sales of its new device, launched last week to much fanfare, have boomed in the UK.

Is it an iPhone? An HTC? Surely not a Samsung! North Korean leader Kim Jong-un spotted with mystery mobile phone

Speculation arose after a photograph emerged of Kim Jong-un chairing a meeting with top security advisors

Samsung chief fends off £2.5bn suit – and tablets work well, too

Samsung’s run of good news continued today as a billion-dollar lawsuit against the South Korean electronics giant was dismissed, and the company said it doubled its share of the tablet market at the end of last year.

Sony Playstation meeting sparks rumours of 20 February PS4 unveiling

Sony Corp will this month host its first major Playstation meeting in two years, sparking a flare-up in online speculation the Japanese consumer electronics giant is preparing to unveil the successor to its 70 million-selling PS3 games console.

Market Report: Imagination gets a vote of confidence

Apple wobbled last week, and shares in smartphone makers shuddered. The US superstar tech brand reported its lowest sales growth since 2009, and investors ran scared from Apple suppliers such as Imagination Technologies, which lost more than 5 per cent after the bad Apple news.

Philips moves from audio to physio

Philips Electronics was once one of the world’s largest manufacturers of television sets and video gadgets but today it all but admitted defeat, selling a key business and vowing to focus on healthcare and wellbeing.

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
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Young at hort

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Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
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Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

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Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment