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.

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Imagination Technologies tanks on smartphone slowdown

Shares drop to a three-year low amid slowing smartphone growth and a slide in profits

Samsung attempt to 'silence' customer whose phone caught fire

YouTube user GhostlyRich posted a video of the letter online and made Samsung's PR blunder even more visible

Nikhil Kumar: Going back to its roots is the best way for struggling mobile phones firm BlackBerry

Global Outlook: John Chen will focus on the business buyers that helped the company grow in the first place

Microsoft's Xbox 360 is equipped with a Kinect motion-sensing controller

Apple buyout of 3D-sensor company PrimeSense gives fans a hint of the next big thing

The tech giant has acquired PrimeSense, a start-up specialising in the kind of 3D motion technology used in Microsoft’s Xbox

Apple wins $290m in damages from Samsung in patent infringement case

Final end to a year-long dispute brings Samsung's total damages owed to a total of $930 million

US network operators reject plans for mandatory smartphone kill switch

Software to deter theft will not be pre-installed on Samsung smartphones, with networks fearing profitable insurance policies will be affected

In pictures: how Samsung's 'wraparound' smartphone will actually work

Samsung and LG have already produced smartphones with curved displays and Apple are rumoured to be working on similar products - but just how will this new 'feature' be used?

Apple rumoured to release curved-screen iPhone next year

Latest rumours suggest that two new devices will go on sale in 2014 sporting 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens

Huawei plans $600m investment in 10Gbps 5G network

Chinese telecoms firm predicts that the next-next-gen mobile network be commercially available from 2020

Google smartwatch code-named 'Gem' rumoured to be released this month

Smartwatch would be powered by Google Now, offering notifications from users' phones as well as responding to voice-commands and queries

Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8 Update 3 aimed at 1080p, quad-core devices

Microsoft's mobile OS continues to grow its market share, but does this update mean a greater push into the phablet sector?

HTC One Max: Could 5.9-inch 'phablet' with fingerprint sensor rival Apple's new iPhone 5S?

Taiwanese phone-maker join Apple by offering fingerprint security to lock the handset

A rival to Samsung's Galaxy Round? Images of LG's curved G Flex smartphone are leaked

Flexible OLEDs are a minor trend for smartphone makers, but it's only speculation that they'll even be wanted by customers

Blackberry at centre of bidding war between its co-founders and largest shareholder

Blackberry, the struggling smartphone maker that last month agreed to sell itself to a group of buyers led by its largest shareholder, could find itself at the centre of a bidding war after the company's co-founders said they were considering buying the business.

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