Mikael RicknäsLondon Correspondent, IDG News Service

Mikael Ricknäs reports on telecommunications, cellular, and mobile technology for the IDG News Service, and is based in London.

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Microsoft to strengthen cloud security with latest acquisition

Microsoft has acquired security company Adallom in a bid to give IT departments more control over application access as well as data stored across cloud services.

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Smartphone makers hope excess will lead to success

At the IFA trade show in Berlin, manufacturers sought to impress with huge batteries, bigger screens and millions more pixels.


Connected homes, smartwatches and gaming PCs dominate IFA in Berlin

If you wanted to make your dumb home smarter, buy a fancy TV or get on board with the smartwatch craze, the IFA trade show this week was the place to be.

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Samsung will start shipping its new Gear S2 smartwatches in October

Samsung revealed that its new round Gear S2 smartwatches will start shipping in October, but has not revealed what they will cost.

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Ten things you need to know about the new Motorola and Samsung smartwatches

The hottest smartwatches at IFA in Berlin are Motorola's Moto 360s and the Gear S2s from Samsung Electronics. Here is how they compare.


Samsung launches next-gen SmartThings smart home hub

Six months late, the home automation hub is here at last, with new sensors and a new video monitoring capability.

Motorola's new Moto 360 smartwatch comes in two sizes and a Sport version


Motorola Mobility is upgrading the Moto 360 smartwatch by releasing four new variants, including two case sizes, a Sport version with onboard GPS, and one aimed at women.

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Sony's new Xperia Z5 Premium aims to wow with 4K screen, 23-megapixel camera

Sony is hoping the Xperia Z5 Premium’s 4K screen and 23-megapixel camera are a winning combination.

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The metal-clad Mate S is Huawei’s most stylish phone, but at a steep price

The Mate S from Huawei Technologies has a design that rivals any other Android-based smartphone, but the price is equally awe-inspiring.

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Ericsson's next-gen LTE targets faster mobile networks and IoT

LTE with faster upload speeds, using unlicensed spectrum to speed up downloads and customized for the Internet of Things, are some of the things Ericsson is working on for next year.

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor gets technology to secure Android phones

Qualcomm is promising to improve security and privacy on high-end smartphones with Snapdragon Smart Protect, which uses on-device machine learning to help detect zero-day malware.

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Smartwatches, smartphones and TVs vie for IFA spotlight

Consumer electronics companies are ready to rumble at Berlin's huge IFA technology trade show.

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Access points with 802.11ac are taking over enterprise WLANs

Wireless networks based on the 802.11ac standard are taking over in the enterprise, resulting in faster connections for users with compatible devices.

NTT helps integrate private and public clouds with dedicated connectivity

NTT Communications will provide its enterprise customers with direct private connectivity to Microsoft’s and Amazon Web Services' public clouds through a new service, Multi-Cloud Connect.

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7 reasons why modular smartphones are such a nightmare to develop

Developing modular smartphones is presenting challenges relating to size, performance and price, and at the end of the day there are no guarantees users will want one.