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The phablet reigns supreme at #MWC

The Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona this Monday 2 March. Announcements have already been made however. Samsung, HTC, Alcatel One Touch, to name but a few, have unveiled their new big-screen smartphones. These phablets will be in strong competition with tablets featuring screens measuring between 5 and 7 inches. Here is a recap of the main trends in the mobile market in 2014. Samsung was one of the first to concentrate on the virtues of giant smartphones with its devices: notably the Galaxy Note or A7. We learned about the features of the brand’s latest devices at...

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All set for holiday 2.0

Holidays: an ideal time to switch off – but not completely… Here are some original, useful tips and apps that can help you save money and time (and even avoid midgy bites and sunburn). Culture goes digital Museums are becoming increasingly high-tech. Here are some examples of high-tech exhibitions this summer: Paris: the Cité des Sciences (science & technology museum) is holding an exhibition on robotic art featuring giant exhibits (until 4 January 2015). London: until 14 September, the Barbican Centre is devoting a space to the Digital Revolution, an immersive, interactive exhibition featuring art, design, film, music and...

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The rise of cloud-based productivity suites

More and more companies are adopting SaaS collaborative and office suites.  Google, the pure player and Microsoft, the historic office application provider, are the two main players currently supplying this demand which, according to Gartner, is set to rise steadily in the next ten years. Google’s first foray into Software as a Service (SaaS) In 2007, Google launched its free consumer product suite, Google Apps, a range of cloud-based, on-demand communication and collaboration tools. The suite was subsequently expanded for the professional market with Google Enterprise, versions of Google Apps for Business, Education, Government, Non-profits and Industry, which accounted...

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Tablets and OS: the gauntlet has been thrown down

There’ll be a huge gap this year between 7’’ low-budget devices and top-of-the-range models.  Android’s low-cost mini-tablets Cheaper and more portable, the first 7’’ tablets running Google’s OS were popular in the consumer market but, despite reclaiming some market shares from the iPad, are not yet a serious contender for Apple. Other manufacturers are getting in on the mini-tablet market this year, such as Asus, who were already established in the sector with their Google Nexus 7 (€199), and Acer’s model, pictured here. Both Taiwanese manufacturers intend to conquer the market with devices priced at between €150 and €200,...

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