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MWC 2014: What gadgets to expect at this year’s show

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After launching the super slim Huawei Ascend P6 all the way back in June 2013, the Chinese company may use MWC to showcase the Ascend P6S.

If Huawei had a 6.18mm thin chassis to boast about its Ascend P6, sadly the updated model offers an increased thickness to 6.48mm. Its original 1.5GHz quad-core processor has been bumped up to 1.6GHz while the RAM stays at 2GB. That the device’s internal memory has been doubled from 8GB to 16GB may sound good to you.

Unfortunately, the phone still doesn’t support 4G LTE and makes do with 3G. With its 4.7-inch display and a 2,000mAh battery, the phone doesn’t seem too different from the original model. It still comes pre-installed with Android 4.2.2 and Huawei’s EmotionUI over the top.

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Cambodia Is Rapidly Freeing Itself From Wintel

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Cambodia is an emerging market and that other OS is sinking into oblivion pretty rapidly. “8″ is already swamped by Android/Linux, XP too, and “7″ is sliding rapidly. There is just no way for Wintel to keep up with sales of small cheap computers. In January 2013, the entire share of page-views counting desktops, notebooks, tablets and smartphones was 64.4% Wintel. Now, it’s 51.7%. That’s a 20% per annum decline. The tax is too prohibitive. Bundling the OS with the hardware doesn’t hide anything when there’s competitive hardware and software in the market. The positive feedback that locked the world into Wintel is now pushing the world away from M$. A similar pattern is emerging in Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and many other regions although less dramatic. It’s all good.

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Google-backed Developer Group condemns NSA over app spying

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Reacting to recent revelations that smartphone apps such as Angry Birds and Google Maps are being used by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarter (GCHQ) to spy on their users, the Application Developers Alliance has condemned the NSA for damaging the industry.

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As free software users, we need to speak out against the TPP

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Lobbyists and officials from twelve countries, including the US, are currently bickering over the details of this massive international "free trade" treaty. They are creating the TPP to strongly promote Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and enforce draconian copyright law, which will hinder free software development.

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

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Stephen is plainly unaware, to begin with, that CP/M was not a piece of IBM software. It was actually created by Digital Research founder Dr Gary Kildall. With CP/M Dr Kildall (not Bill Gates) had truly pioneered the portable operating system for microcomputers – an operating system capable of running on different kinds of hardware that created a common platform for application developers and users – and the low-cost licensing model that went with it.

Worse, it seems clear that Mr Fry is also unaware that the QDOS which Gates so hastily bought up to offer to IBM under the name MS-DOS was a poor-quality effort (QDOS actually stands for Quick and Dirty Operating System) which had been created by simply copying code straight out of CP/M.

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