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Is the latest all-rounder from the Nokia stable your next business device of choice?
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Fairphone has pulled off the impossible by selling a phone that makes social responsibility its flagship feature. Here's the unlikely story of how the team did it, and what's next.
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This is a great article and explains just how difficult it is to create an ethical smartphone: "Fairphone, however, decided to stick with supplies from the country, working with the Conflict Free Tin Initiative and Solutions for Hope. It did so knowing that sourcing its tantalum and tin from the DRC could mean using mines with poor working conditions or child labour. Many other tech companies have opted to use minerals from conflict-free areas like Australia, which means they meet their Dodd-Frank obligations, but has caused the bottom to drop out of the mineral market in the DRC, which is unlikely to lead to an easing of conflict in the region.

"We said, we're going to join initiatives that put economic perspectives into the region, otherwise people will join the militia because they don't have any work any more," van Abel said." Definitely worth reading.
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While the early hands-on reviews of Nokia's 2520 have been pretty positive, I'm still not convinced the world needs another RT machine...
Nokia's 10.1-inch Lumia 2520 runs Windows RT, is positioned as a companion device to its smartphones. Can it succeed where others have failed?
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Anyone know if this is happening elsewhere in Europe?
Apple is offering iPhone owners up to £175 off a new model if they turn in their unwanted handset.
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A third competition probe for Apple in France...
French competition watchdogs have begun an investigation into the deals Apple strikes with mobile carriers around its handsets.
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So, Nokia's been experimenting with running Android on a Lumia. Quel surprise. 

Here's my take on it, and why an Android powered Lumia could only ever be backward looking, and never the future for Nokia. 

http://www.zdnet.com/nokias-android-lumia-experiment-a-great-idea-but-only-if-youve-got-a-time-machine-7000020708/
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Should have done it with the previous family of phones. My N8 running Android would have been the Shizz (or whatever it is the cool kids say).
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Summary: While the battle lines are being drawn up over the right to be forgotten, it seems we may be making the best of an imperfect system.
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Barely have we got used to LTE in London, and now EE is launching a superfast supersibling, LTE-Advanced. Want to try it out? There's a long wait ahead...
While an LTE-A pilot is going live in Tech City next month, civilians will have to wait at least a year to give the new network a go.
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More on the gendarmerie's switch of 20,000+ PCs from proprietary software (bye Office!) to Ubuntu. Interestingly, they've got their eye on Ubuntu Touch too...
The gendarmerie will have a fleet of 72,000 PCs on its own Ubuntu distro by next summer, as a result of the looming XP deadline.
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MEPs harshly deprived of 4G coverage
Base has switched on its LTE network in 15 cities, and Mobistar is testing its own equivalent, but regulations mean that Brussels remains a notable 4G black spot.
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For every cloud there's a silver lining. A €100m+ silver lining, in Microsoft's case...
Microsoft is in line for substantial payouts if its acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business doesn't come off. But if the deal fails and it's not Nokia's fault, it'll be landed with a €750m bill.
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When Apple launched the 5s and 5c, it only named 11 countries that would get the devices next week. 

At the moment, only three in Europe are scheduled to get the handsets. But don't worry, at least six more are in the pipeline. 

Which ones? Answer here: http://www.zdnet.com/next-six-countries-to-get-the-iphone-5c-and-5s-revealed-7000020595/
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