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BlackBerry chief executive plans lawsuit in effort to stomp out product leaks

TORONTO - BlackBerry (TSX:BB) chief executive John Chen says he's fighting against future product leaks by taking "legal action" that he hopes will set an example. The head of the Waterloo, Ont.,-based smartphone company alleges that a person he did not name stole confidential details about a future BlackBerry product and leaked them to the public. He said the individual posed as an employee of a wireless carrier to gain access to BlackBerry's secured networks. From there, the information was taken.

Review: Windows Phone shows promise, benefit of learning from iOS, Android

NEW YORK, N.Y. - In the market for smartphones, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 system is barely there. It's dwarfed by Apple's iOS and Google's Android systems in both attention and sales. But over the past few months, I have come to appreciate many of the software's innovations, which rivals would be wise to consider. More features are coming through an update that Microsoft is expected to showcase at its Build conference in San Francisco next week.

SK Telecom launches first Galaxy S5, Samsung puzzled

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top mobile carrier SK Telecom, the only mobile carrier currently operating in the country, started selling Samsung Electronics Co.'s latest Galaxy lineup at home Thursday, without receiving prior consent from the tech giant. SK Telecom said the Galaxy S5, first shown at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain last month, is now available for purchase, with the price slated at 866,800 won (US$806.1) but can be discounted to as low as 660,000 won for long-term subscribers.

SK Telecom launches first Galaxy S5, Samsung puzzled

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top mobile carrier SK Telecom, the only mobile carrier currently operating in the country, started selling Samsung Electronics Co.'s latest Galaxy lineup at home Thursday, without receiving prior consent from the tech giant, also inducing other players to advance their launch dates.

BlackBerry's enterprise offering wins U.S. security clearance

TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd has received a coveted security clearance that paves the way for U.S. government agencies to use its systems to manage and secure Android- and iOS-powered devices operating on their internal networks, the smartphone maker said on Wednesday. The company's Secure Work Space offering now has Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 certification.

HTC debuts flagship smartphone in race against Samsung

By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Taiwan's HTC Corp unveiled a new flagship smartphone on Tuesday, an upgrade to the award-winning HTC One that it hopes will claw back some of the market share lost to Samsung. The HTC One M8 has a 5-inch display, slightly larger than its predecessor, as well as improved camera technology, a faster processor and updated software, the company said.

HTC updates flagship One phone, aims to raise awareness by emphasizing metal design

NEW YORK, N.Y. - HTC is updating its flagship HTC One smartphone by giving it a larger screen, better software and more camera features. The original HTC One received good reviews and was named the best smartphone of 2013 at the wireless industry's premier trade show in Barcelona, Spain, last month. But HTC has failed to translate that glowing praise into sales.

Odds of getting a lost cellphone returned? Not much better than 50/50: study

TORONTO - The odds of having a lost cellphone returned are just a little better than 50/50, while the chances of it being probed by its finder are close to 100 per cent, according to the results of an experiment conducted in six Canadian cities. Security software company Symantec dropped 10 phones each in Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver and waited to see if they would be returned. Each phone was preloaded with icons for phoney apps designed to tempt the finders into tapping on them. Tracking software recorded what they couldn't resist peeking at.

LG to update 'Knock Code' on previous models

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, March 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's No. 2 tech player, LG Electronics Inc., said Tuesday it plans to apply its latest "Knock Code" feature to its earlier devices, further promoting its new unlocking technology. The company said the feature, first introduced in February with the launch of the 5.9-inch phablet G Pro 2, will also be available for the G2 and the G Flex models through updates, and will gradually expand to other previous lineup as well.

Nokia sees closure of Microsoft deal delayed to April

By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia does not expect to close the sale of its phone business to Microsoft until April as talks with Asian regulators drag on, it said on Monday, fuelling speculation it may have to make more concessions to get the deal done. Analysts said the delay meant Nokia, which had expected to close the deal by the end of March, might have to make concessions over the license fees it will charge on patents that will remain with the Finnish firm after the deal is closed.
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