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Samsung Electronics has pledged to boost its 2016 dividend more than one-third to Won4tn ($3.5bn) and expand its share buyback programme, in a move aimed at assuaging investors’ anxieties over meagre returns and poor corporate governance.

The move by the South Korean technology group comes two months after Elliot Management, the activist hedge fund, launched a campaign for a slice of Samsung’s $60bn cash pile by calling for a special $27bn payout to shareholders.

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Three models, three display screen sizes three viewpoints. The Nexus 6p provide excellent performance and always on the top with a huge 5.7-inch screen, the Galaxy S7 Edge will provide you powerful processors alongside with a gorgeous camera features whilst the iPhone 7 brings rather small display but an unmatched performance and gets better in time. Which one to pick?

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Facebook is focusing on growing user base and expanding partnerships with businesses in India, which is one of the key growth markets for the world’s largest social networking platform. “We (India) are leading the charter for the emerging markets for Facebook. We are part of Asia Pacific, which is the fastest growing region in the world in terms of Facebook revenue and India is a strategic focus within the region,” Facebook’s newly appointed India and South Asia head Umang Bedi said today.

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Who here is a Nokia fan? If you are, then you must have heard of Nokia to launch a new smartphone line next year at the Mobile World Congress. Yeah, the same legendary brand that produced the 3210 and 3310 (back when mobile phones were tough as coffin nails). For all those who had the privileged to own those mobile phones back in the day, you must be very excited like me.

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Apple has launched a new repair program for a widely reported on iPhone 6 Plus hardware malfunction known as “touch disease,” which renders the touchscreen useless and manifests as a thin grey line at the top the display. According to Apple, however, this flaw is caused by dropping the phone repeatedly. The company says it will not cover the cost of a repair and will ask those affected by the issue to pay $149 to have it fixed. That might not sit too well with the iPhone owners who filed class action lawsuits against Apple over the touch disease issue.

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WHAT would you expect to pay for a coffee-table book that chronicles 20 years of Apple design?

Quite a bit if you go by the price tag selected by the tech giant.

In what could be described as a self-indulgent act, Apple is selling a coffee-table book containing 450 photographs of past and current products for $A429.00.

Admittedly, there is smaller version of the coffee table book for $A289, which some could argue is still a tad excessive.

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Facebook yesterday said that is working to fix flaws in its metrics calculations that led to the audience being overestimated at times.

It was the second time in months that Facebook acknowledged problems with assessing the reach of content at the leading online social network, a key factor in luring crucial advertising.

In September, Facebook said it had overestimated the average amount of time spent watching videos over the course of the previous two years.

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The number of cybercrime victims grew 10 percent globally in 2015, according to the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report released Wednesday by cybersecurity company Symantec.

The growth may come with good reason. Nearly half — 45 percent — of those surveyed feel overwhelmed in the amount of information they need to protect.

 

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Ming-Chi Kuo is at it again. The KGI Securities analyst (widelyregarded as “the best Apple AAPL -0.11% analyst on the planet”) has revealed Apple has decided cancel the annual upgrade of arguably its most successful iPhone in 2016…

In a new research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo says Apple has decided not to release a 2017 update of the iPhone SE. The company’s budget friendly 4-inch handset has been a surprise critical and commercial hit and I recently argued it is a better buy than the iPhone 7.

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Samsung Electronics Co plans to equip its next Galaxy S smartphones with a Siri-like digital assistant, seeking to make a comeback after the global debacle that precipitated the death of its flawed Note 7 lineup.

Samsung, which last month acquired US-based artificial-intelligence software company Viv Labs Inc, said the Galaxy S8 slated for next year will come with AI-enabled features “significantly differentiated” from those of Apple Inc’s Siri or Google, executive vice president  Rhee In-jong told reporters.

Those services now offer up potentially useful information from the weather to flight times based on user activity.

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