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EU regulators 'to approve Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp deal'

Facebook's $19 billion offer to but WhatsApp will be unconditionally approved by European Union antitrust regulators, two people familiar with the matter have told Reuters.

EU regulators 'to approve Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp deal' Credit: Armin Weigel

The landmark deal, the largest in Facebook's 10-year history, will give the company a strong foothold in the fast-growing mobile messaging market and pit it against telecoms companies.

Apple apologises for iPhone 6 update problems

Computer giant Apple has apologised after an update of i.O.S.8.1 left some iPhone6 users without service and other problems.

Apple iPhone 6. Credit: PA Wire

They said: "We apologise for the great inconvenience experienced by users, and are working around the clock to prepare iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it is ready in the next few days.”

They added that they had a workaround for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users which enabled them to restore the phone service and Touch ID functionality after updating to iOS 8.0.1.

They said: "Affected users can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes. For more information visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6487."

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BlackBerry unveils new Passport

The BlackBerry Passport Credit: BlackBerry

BlackBerry has unveiled a new square-shaped smartphone.

The Passport, which costs £529, has a 4.5 in square touchscreen and a "touch-enabled keyboard".

BlackBerry claims the device will make tasks such as reading and writing emails, browsing the web and navigating maps, easier while the physical "qwerty" keyboard doubles as a touch-sensitive swipe pad.

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'Bending' iPhone: Users should exercise common sense

By: Alok Jha - ITV News Science Correspondent

The bending rumours are unlikely to put any die-hard Apple fans (or many others) off from buying their new iPhones but if you’re worried, it seems sensible to exercise a little common sense when using it.

A woman places an iPhone 6 in her pocket. Credit: Caroline Seidel/DPA

As Rik Henderson wrote for Pocket Lint: "Don't put a 5.5-inch superthin phone in your back pocket, no matter whether it is made by Apple, Samsung or any other manufacturer.

“You wouldn't put your glasses in your back pocket would you? And they probably cost less.”

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