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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Pen Stuck? There's A Free And Simple Way To Get It Out Again

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is another of Samsung’s great phones. Personally I’d have like to see the microSD slot and removable battery kept, but with larger internal storage I think I can manage. And if I’m honest, I barely use my microSD card on my Note 4, and I’ve never owned a second battery.<p>But …

Phones

T-Mobile to Restrict Unlimited Customers Using Up to 2,000 GB of Data Per Month

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced that the U.S. carrier will begin taking action against customers with unlimited 4G LTE data plans that deliberately violate the company's terms and conditions by masking excessive tethering usage as smartphone data.<p>T-Mobile notes that less than 1% of customers …

T-Mobile

Wileyfox ‘Storm’ and ‘Swift’: Two surprisingly good Cyanogen OS handsets [Hands-on]

Making a splash in a well-established, some may say entrenched, mobile market isn’t an easy proposition.<p>At the top end of the scale you have companies like Samsung, Apple, HTC, Motorola and other household brands to contend with, while at the ‘value’ end of the scale you get challenger brands like …

Phones

Samsung launches Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 phablets

Samsung has launched two new phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+, in its war with Apple and LG to maintain its large-screen smartphone crown.<p>The Korean company made the surprise move of releasing a larger variant of its popular Galaxy S6 Edge rather than simply sticking with its Note line of …

Phones

Student exposes Messenger flaw, loses Facebook internship

Harvard student Aran Khanna was denied his chance to intern at Facebook after the company learned that one of his creations exposed a critical flaw in its Messenger service, reports Boston.com.<p>In May, Khanna released Marauder’s Map, a Chrome extension that used location data to show you exactly …

Privacy

Puerto Rico's soaring cost of living, from giant electric bills to $5 cornflakes

Puerto Rico is in a severe fiscal crisis due to its $72bn in debt, which its governor recently declared was “not payable”. It has been in recession since 2006, with a generally contracting economy creating an unemployment rate of about 12-13% compared to the US rate of 5.5% and about a 41% poverty …

Caribbean

China nails Samsung and Oppo over smartphone bloatware

A minor Chinese consumer protection group has filed lawsuits against Samsung and Oppo to contest the pair's use of bloatware on their smartphones. The Shanghai Consumer Council believes that the two companies install far too many additional apps on their devices and then make it difficult for them …

The 10 Rules of Packing

When you’ve spent more than a decade on the road, you get asked some pretty interesting questions. The one query I get most, though, is about packing: what to take, what to leave, where to put it. I’ve taken scads of trips, but every time I get back, I know I could have gone even lighter. Let’s …

Say Hello to the World's First Smart Suitcase

Technological advances continue to amaze me on a daily basis. From the latest and greatest apps that help you navigate streets while avoiding traffic and speed traps to the constant evolution of the ways people can connect via the next social media platform, there always seems to be something …

Falling oil prices worry Algeria

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch.<p>Though …

Mourners gather for Ohio St athlete's funeral

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Days before Ohio State plays in the Big Ten championship game, team buses carried players and coaches to a cathedral where they …

Wireless chip cures your staph infection then dissolves away

As bacteria get more resistant to antibiotics, researchers need to get more creative to clear them out. Researchers from the Tufts University and UIUC have definitely done that with a chip implant that can kill a localized staph infection with heat, then dissolve away. It consists of a silk …

Oil prices plummet to low after OPEC decision

OPEC has decided against cutting the amount of oil it produces despite a glut in global supplies, triggering a five-dollar collapse in crude prices.<p>The cartel pumping out one-third of the world's oil opted to stick by its output target, even after prices have plunged by 35 percent in value since …

David Cameron: I’m ready to lead Britain out of Europe if migrant reforms fail

Major speech by the Prime Minister sets out ‘red lines’ including a ban on EU workers claiming a range of benefits for four years<p>Britain must have the right to make European migrants wait four years before receiving welfare or council houses, David Cameron will say, as he warns that he could be …

Volkswagen is ready for a hydrogen-powered future with Passat and Golf SportWagen HyMotion

The world needs a lot more hydrogen refuelling stations before a fuel-cell car makes practical sense, but when the world is ready, Volkswagen has not one but two cars primed for production.<p>The future of the automobile is electric, but the question remains: exactly where will those electrons come …

Alternative Fuel

HTC One M8 review: HTC's stunning sequel steals the show - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The HTC One M8's sumptuous aluminum body makes a beautiful background for this top-flight smartphone's brilliant 5-inch display. It runs on a powerful quad-core processor and Android KitKat, the stereo speakers deliver excellent sound, and the depth-sensing camera brings a ton of useful …

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Samsung's wearable blitz may not be over: here comes the 'S-Circle'

Compared to the glitz surrounding its latest Gear smartwatches, Samsung's more basic fitness bands have so far failed to garner much attention. The electronics giant doesn't seem to be giving up on this cheaper sort of wearable, however, because an unannounced model called the "S-Circle" has just …

How to stop Twitter from seeing what mobile apps you’ve installed

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock/BernardaSV<p>In case you missed it in the run-up to the Thanksgiving weekend, [company]Twitter[/company] is …

Meet Plague, A Social Networking App That Spreads Information Like A Virus

Plague is a new social networking app with a fun twist that could just work.<p>Plague is all about discovering "viral" content, but the way you discover the next viral video or hilarious photo is what's unique.<p>Instead of seeing posts from people you follow or whatever is trending, a post on Plague is …

Google Only Has Itself To Blame If Europe Succeeds In Breaking Up The Company

Today, the European Union took the first step in that extraordinary process: EU parliament members voted in favour of breaking up Google in order to end its monopoly in search. In Europe, 90% of search results come from Google.<p>To be clear: We are a long, long way from actually seeing any part of …

SABC appoints Jimi Mathews as new head of SABC News, ups Nothando Maseko as head of SABC TV News, Bessie Tugwana to run SABC Sport.

The SABC is making executive appointments, which are becoming effective from 1 December 2014, moving <b>Jimi Mathews</b> to head of SABC News and current …

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For Some Nations, Saudi Arabia's Oil Price War Is An Existential Threat

Oil prices have fallen by over 30% since June and appear to be continuing their decline. On Thursday Brent fell to a four-year low of just over $76 a barrel, down from $115 a barrel in June, while US WTI crude dropped to around $72 a barrel.<p>The collapse has taken a heavy toll on states that rely …

French women let rip at 'sadistic' gynaecologists in Twitter campaign

More than 7,000 Frenchwomen vent their anger and frustration at gynaecologists using the #PayeTonUterus or Pay Your Womb<p>A group of French women have launched a bitter Twitter campaign against their gynaecologists, blasting them as brutal, intolerant and abusive.<p>By Thursday, the hashtag …

Chinese users can now shop from Alibaba while watching videos on Youku

Alibaba Group and Youku Tudou, the leading Chinese video site in which the former has a stake, jointly announced two programs for online retailers on Alibaba marketplaces to do marketing on the video platform in different ways.<p>View and Buy on Youku, as the name indicates, allows viewers to buy the …

Google Wallet now alerts you when your balance is low

You can't exactly use Google Wallet everywhere you go just yet, but if you do use it often enough to warrant semi-regular transfers from your bank, then you'll love its latest update. Now, you can activate recurring bank transfers, even pick the amount and the schedule (say, once a month or so) you …

The Week in Review: Marijuana Goes Mainstream

In recent years, American social policy became a very sticky subject. Issues ranging from gay marriage to gun ownership are hotly politicized, and …