Peter SayerIDG News Service Paris bureau chief, IDG News Service

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation, and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service.

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Oral B's high-tech toothbrush has Bluetooth, gyroscopes, accelerometers, and cloud storage

Oral B's next toothbrushing system will have accelerometers, gyroscopes, a Bluetooth link to a smartphone app, and cloud storage. Have they left anything out?

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Oppo shows off faster-than-fast charging for its future smartphones

The most frustrating thing about Oppo's SuperVOOC fast-charging demonstration at Mobile World Congress is waiting for the battery to discharge so that they can run it again.

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Two different routes to crowdsourcing indoor location data at Mobile World Congress

Determining indoor location based on Wi-Fi signal strength is easy enough if you know precisely where the access points are located, but gathering that information across a wide area is time-consuming. What, though, if you could offer an indoor location service while crowdsourcing the information needed to provide it?

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Apple vs. FBI case colors European debate about securing digital identity

Although Apple does not exhibit at Mobile World Congress, the iPhone maker influences exhibiting app developers and accessory vendors and, now, debate at the show about securing digital identity.

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The CAT S60 is a smartphone that sees in the dark and swims with the fishes

It can see through smoke, it can dive underwater, and it can run Android Marshmallow: The CAT S60 is a 4G LTE smartphone with a 3,800 mAh battery that owners of thinner and lighter phones might kill for.

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Apple’s GPU designer aims to bring high-power graphics to low-cost phones

The designer of the graphics chips for the iPhone 6s and HTC One M9+ is setting its sights lower for its next generation of products, a move that spells good news for mobile gamers with a smaller budget.

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With Samsung Connect Auto, your car could run Tizen

Samsung Electronics wants to turn even old clunkers into smart cars by plugging dongles running the Tizen OS into their diagnostics ports.

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Samsung follows Apple into Chinese mobile payment market

Days after Apple extended its mobile payment service to China, Samsung Electronics has said it will follow suit.

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These European mobile networks will block 'irrelevant' ads on customers’ phones

Two European mobile network operators are hoping to profit from mobile advertising -- by allowing customers to block irrelevant or excessive ads. But buyer beware: Blocking irrelevant advertising is just another way of saying advertising should be more targeted.

This simple labelling trick could make gadgets last longer -- and help save the planet

The lifespan of consumer electronic and electrical devices is getting ever shorter, and it's at least partly our fault, not just the manufacturers', according to a new study published by Germany's Environment Agency (UBA).

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Samsung will show a new wearable at Mobile World Congress: a shoe

Samsung Electronics will play host to a new wearable device on its stand at Mobile World Congress next week: a smart shoe.

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Nice SaaS, Amazon Web Services tells Italian software developer

Amazon Web Services has agreed to buy Nice, an Italian vendor of high-performance computing software and services to extend its as-a-service offering.

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Nasdaq to use blockchain to record shareholder votes

Later this year, Nasdaq plans to record stockholders' electronic votes on its own blockchain system for companies listed on its exchange in Estonia. By digitizing the entire process, it expects to speed and simplify the proxy voting process.

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Google execs defend tax deal to UK legislators

Google executives defended the company's recent U.K. tax settlement before a hostile Parliamentary committee in London.

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SAP slaps patch on leaky factory software

SAP's February round of critical software updates includes one for SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (xMII) that may be of interest to hackers and spies.