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Candy Crush maker 'set for $7.6 billion valuation'

Candy Crush has 97 million active daily users worldwide.
Candy Crush has 97 million active daily users worldwide. Credit: Reuters

The makers of the hit smartphone game Candy Crush Saga are set to offer shares on the stock market for the first time on Wednesday, with the company thought to be initially valued at as much as $7.6 billion (£4.6 billion).

Shares in London-based King Digital Entertainment will launch on the New York Stock Exchange, and analysts of the growing digital gaming industry will be looking closely at how they fare.

The company's revenues soared 1,000% between 2012 and 2013. That largely came off the back of the hugely addictive free-to-download game, which has 97 million active daily users worldwide.

Candy Crush is similar to another popular puzzle game, Bejeweled, with gamers having to match candies to reach a set objective.

Features to expect from Nokia's Android 'X' phone

According to reports, Nokia is expected to launch it's first ever Android smartphone, rumoured to be called the X.

Here are its reported features:

  • A handset at the lower end of the smartphone budget
  • An interface that looks more like Windows than Android
  • Microsoft and Nokia services rather than those made by Android-maker Google
  • Nokia's mapping service instead of Google Maps
  • A Nokia store with Android apps, instead of Google Play

Read: Nokia expected to launch the 'X' smartphone

  • A four-inch screen with a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 512MB of memory
  • 4GB of storage
  • a microSD card slot
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • Six colour options.

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Nokia expected to launch the 'X' smartphone

Nokia is widely expected to launch its first Android smartphone at the Mobile World Congress tomorrow - and has hinted that it's new device will be called the X.

Nokia is widely expected to launch its first Android smartphone at the Mobile World Congress and has hinted that it will be called the X. Credit: Reuters

The manufacturer is expected to reveal the hotly-anticipated device at the world's largest mobile trade show, Barcelona's Mobile World Congress.

On the Finnish company's official blog, it has teased the new smartphone's name with four black arrow signs against a green background forming the letter X.

The handset - which is thought to be at the lower end of smartphone pricing - follows Microsoft buying Nokia's struggling mobile business in September in an effort to "accelerate" its challenge to Apple and Google.

Mobiles putting 'most vulnerable road users in danger'

Mobile phones pose a "similar" threat to road users as drunk drivers would and are leading otherwise responsible drivers into "horrific" accidents, a safety campaigner has said.

Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend explained:

We're living in an age when being constantly connected is the norm. More and more of us have smartphones, and find it hard to switch off, even for a minute.

While there are enormous benefits to this new technology, it's also posing dangerous temptations to drivers to divert their concentration away from the critical task at hand, often putting our most vulnerable road users in danger.

Many people who wouldn't dream of drink-driving are succumbing to using their phone and other distractions while driving, oblivious that the effect can be similar and the consequences just as horrific.

– Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend

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62% of children watched driver talk on a mobile

Over half of all children recalled being driven as the person behind the wheel used a mobile phone, road safety campaigners have said.

According to road safety campaigners Brake:

  • A further 79% had spotted drivers on their mobile outside their school or home.
  • 575,000 UK drivers have points on their licence for using their mobile phone at the wheel or being otherwise distracted.
  • Of these, 6.5% have totted up six points or more;

Phones off and ban hands-free, say road safety group

Hands-free sets should be banned and drivers should turn off their mobile phones when getting behind the wheel, a road safety group has said.

Hands-free sets
Hands-free sets are almost as bad for road safety as speaking to someone over a mobile phone, road safety campaigners say. Credit: PA

Charity Brake want to see drivers focus more on the road by abandoning hands-free sets and are using the start of Road Safety Week to persuade road users to turn off their mobiles.

Brake are also urging everyone not to speak on the phone to someone who is driving.

Europe allows gadgets to be used on take-off

Soon European airlines such as Lufthansa could allow passengers to use tablets and smartphones on take-off and landing Credit: Reuters

Europe's aviation safety authority (EASA) has opened the door for smartphones, tablets and other gadgets to be used on take-off and landing.

Currently they can only be used once the aircraft is in the air.

Under new guidance due to be issued later this month, users would have to keep their devices set to 'airplane mode' to stop radio signals being emitted.

The United States brought in similar rules last month.

In a separate move the European Commission said it is allowing 3G and 4G use above 3,000 metres meaning people will be able to surf the web and send email.

Customers rush to buy latest Apple and Google gadgets

Customers have rushed to snap up the latest gadgets after Apple and Google simultaneously released new technology today.

Apple's new iPad Air tablet sold out in two hours from Apple's Hong Kong stores, the South China Morning Post reported while technology magazine 9to5Google revealed that the Nexus sold out within minutes of going on sale in Google's online shop.

Apple's new iPad Air tablet sold out in two hours from Apple's Hong Kong stores. Credit: Reuters

The Air's impending release had caused a 585 per cent increase in people trading in old tablets, with nearly one in six people planning to trade, consumer website SellMyMobile said.

Computer devices including the first iPad were once released months apart in different countries, but simultaneous launches have become the norm as a result of increasing global communication and zealous fans willing to import from abroad.

Read: Apple hails thinner iPad air as 'leap forward'

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