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Android Co-Creator's Phone Company Essential to Close

February 13 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Essential, the phone company launched by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, has announced its closure. Established in 2015, it had planned to release several phones, a smart home speaker and its own operating system. But it only ended up releasing one handset, the Essential Phone, and a few accessories for it. It had been working on an unusual super-slim smartphone called Gem...

Samsung Surprises with Galaxy Flip Z Oscars Reveal

February 11 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Samsung gave the first glimpse of its Galaxy Z Flip smartphone in a surprise teaser during the Academy Awards. The device was revealed ahead of its heavily-rumoured official unveiling at the Galaxy Unpacked event on 11 February. The first-look focused on the s...

Coronavirus: Amazon Pulls Out of Major Tech Show

February 10 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Amazon is the latest major company to pull out of one of the world's largest tech shows because of risks posed by coronavirus.

Amazon said "due to the outbreak and continued concerns about novel coronavirus" it would no longer take part in Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The organiser said the event, which attracts 100,000 people,...

Microsoft Fixes Windows 10 Search Bar Fault

February 06 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Microsoft has fixed a glitch in Windows 10 that meant one of the operating system's core features stopped working. Dozens posted on social media that Windows Search had stopped working for them on Wednesday morning. Users said that when they used the desktop search tool it brought up a blank box rather...

Mobile Operators Clash on 'notspots' Costs

February 05 2020 | TW News Correspondent

An agreement to share network equipment in order to improve phone coverage in rural areas has hit a stumbling block over costs. Rival operators are unhappy at the price BT-owned EE is asking them to pay to share its equipment. O2's chief said the fees being sought by its rival "may undermine the viability of the...

Galaxy Z Flip: Video Leak Shows Off Samsung's Foldable

February 03 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Samsung will reveal the Galaxy Z Flip later this month, but you don't need to wait until its Unpacked event to see the upcoming foldable phone in...

WhatsApp To Stop Working On Millions Of Phones

February 02 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Messaging service WhatsApp will no longer work on millions of smartphones from 1 February. Android and iPhone devices which only support outdated operating systems will no longer be able to run the Facebook-owned app. WhatsApp said the move was necessary in order to protect the security...

UK to Decide on Huawei 5G Ban

January 28 2020 | TW News Correspondent

The UK government is expected to decide on Tuesday whether to ban equipment made by Chinese technology giant Huawei from its 5G networks.The US is lobbying the UK to exclude it on the grounds of national security. Huawei insists it would nev...

Facebook and YouTube Moderators Sign PTSD Disclosure

January 26 2020 | TW News Correspondent

The Financial Times and The Verge reported moderators for Facebook and YouTube, hired by the contractor Accenture, were sent the documents. Moderators monitor objectionable materials and often view hundreds of disturbing images in a day's work. Accenture said the wellbeing of workers was a "top priority". In a statement the company a...