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Samsung supplier suspended 'for using child labourers'

South Korean electronics company Samsung has suspended a contractor in China after it found "possible evidence of child labour and illegal hiring", at its Dongguan Shinyang Electronics plant.

The company said it was working with Chinese authorities to investigate the new allegations. Credit: Samsung.

A new investigation by China Labour Watch found that during busy seasons, the factory hired child labourers and underage students. Their report said:

"These minors will usually only work for a period of three to six months, toiling for 11 hours every day without overtime pay, and the factory does not purchase social insurance for them as required by law."

The report said part-time workers, who made up 40% of the workforce, received no safety training, no overtime pay and no social insurance.

The report came after Samsung said it did an audit and found no child or underage workers at hundreds of Chinese suppliers.

The company said Chinese authorities are investigating and that if they find child labour they will stop using the contractor permanently.

Samsung ordered to pay Apple $119m in patent case

A US jury has found that South Korean smartphone maker Samsung had infringed Apple smartphone patents and ordered the company to pay its US rival $119.6 million (£71 million).

A US jury has ruled that Samsung must pay Apple $119.6 million.
A US jury has ruled that Samsung must pay Apple $119.6 million. Credit: Reuters

During the month-long trial in a federal court in San Jose, California, Apple accused Samsung of violating patents on smartphone features including universal search, while Samsung denied wrongdoing.

In a counterclaim filed by Samsung, the panel also said Apple infringed Samsung patents and ordered it to pay $158,000 to the South Korean company.

Apple had sought $2.2 billion after accusing Samsung of infringing five of its patents covering functions such as slide-to-unlock, universal searching and quick linking.

Samsung claimed that Apple violated two patents on streaming video and had sought $6 million.

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HTC One smartphone wins coveted gadget gong

The HTC One smartphone has edged out Apple and Samsung to win the coveted T3 magazine gadget of the year award.

The Taiwanese-made model also won the T3 design award and the phone of the year accolade at a ceremony in London tonight.

It beat the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the phone of the year category, chipping at the dominance held by both technology giants.

However Apple won computer and tablet of the year and Samsung took the brand of the year title, while Sony won digital camera and television of the year.

Stars on time for Galaxy smartwatch party

A preview party for Galaxy's new smartwatch and Note 3 drew celebrity crowds tonight.

Jonathon Ross and his son Harvey arriving for the Samsung preview party for the Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Jonathon Ross and his son Harvey arriving for the Samsung preview party for the Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Credit: PA

The likes of Jonathan Ross, Donna Air and Iggy Azalea attended London's Radio Rooftop Bar, at Hotel Me, to take a look at the new technology.

A Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
A Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Credit: PA

The Note 3 is Samsung Galaxy's newest smartphone, while the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is designed to be "companion" technology.

Find out more: Samsung smartwatch unveiled

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TV presenter Donna Air is dating James Middleton, brother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: PA

The watch has a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen and built-in 1.9MP camera. Linking to Bluetooth enables it to show notifications, control media, hands-free calling and more.

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Tech bloggers give their reaction to new smartwatch

Technology journalists have given their reaction to Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch - and they are not all complimentary.

Bloggers from TechCrunch, The Next Web and AllThings wrote on Twitter:

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I would show you a hands on pic of a Galaxy Smartwatch but I can’t raise my hand with it on.

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The Galaxy Gear is designed so that Note owners can minimize the amount of mockery they're subjected to over how big their phones are.

Smartwatch to work with and control other devices

Users of the Galaxy Gear will be able to use the voice control to make calls, create reminders and set alarms without touching the smartwatch.

Samsung's Pranav Mistry describes how the Galaxy Gear will work with and can control features on other Samsung devices.
Samsung's Pranav Mistry describes how the Galaxy Gear will work with and can control features on other Samsung devices. Credit: Reuters

The watch will also work with other Samsung devices allowing users to control the music played on them, or find any they have misplaced by making them beep, illuminate and vibrate.

Samsung Gear smartwatch available later this month

Shin Jong-kyun, President and CEO, head of IT and Mobile Communication division of Samsung presents the Galaxy Gear smart watch.
Shin Jong-kyun, President and CEO, head of IT and Mobile Communication division of Samsung presents the Galaxy Gear smart watch. Credit: Reuters

The Galaxy Gear will come in six colours and have 4GB of storage and with a1.6" screen, Samsung say they have designed the watch to last for more than a day on a single charge.

The Gear will be available in the US and Japan in October, but the rest of the world will have it later this month.

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