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Despite Samsung's best efforts, the smartphone can't replace your computer yet

Samsung has a deep history of testing wild ideas with new products and features. There were the "touchless" controls in the Galaxy S4. Curved TVs that are more expensive without adding much of a benefit. Even refrigerators with tablet computers built into the door.

Samsung's latest trick: turning your smartphone into a full-on desktop computer. That trick is also tied to the very obvious question: "Why would I need that?"

The theory is that smartphones are so powerful that they're the only computer you need in many cases. So why not create a way to make it that one-gadget-to-rule-them-all?

This isn't a new concept. Microsoft gave it a shot with the

Imagination Technologies' former CEO thinks foreign acquisitions like ARM shouldn't be 'normal'

Sir Hossein Yassaie, the former chief executive of Imagination Technologies, has said he "doesn't like" Softbank's acquisition of British chipmaker ARM.

Japan's Softbank bought ARM for £24 billion last year, the biggest British tech acquisition to date. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has used the acquisition as an example of how the UK can be successful after it leaves the EU. But leading tech figures, like Yassaie, don't agree.

A massive global cyberattack affecting 200,000 victims will cause more chaos on Monday

There's going to be even more chaos from an ongoing massive global cyberattack on Monday morning.

Europol's executive director Robert Wainwright told ITV that there were at least 200,000 victims across 150 countries so far, and that number will go up on Monday morning when people go back to work.

A security researcher warned there might be another attack imminently.

Wainwright said: "We're in the face of an escalating threat, the numbers are going up, I'm worried about how numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn their machines on on Monday morning."

Europol is the EU's law enforcement and intelligence agency. It's working with the FBI to track down the criminals responsible for the malware, but Wainwright said this was "very difficult."

Startup bank Tandem is in 'advanced' funding talks but is cutting headcount for now

LONDON — Startup digital bank Tandem has cut its headcount by around 30 people after seeing £29 million ($37.3 million) in funding fall through earlier this year.

A source told Business Insider that Tandem has reduced its staffing levels from around 110 to close to 80. The headcount reduction includes both redundancies and contractors who have not been renewed.

The cutbacks follow the collapse of a significant funding round earlier this year. Tandem announced last December that it

Zopa is the first big peer-to-peer lender to get the rubber stamp from the City watchdog

LONDON — Zopa has become the first of the UK's 'Big 3' peer-to-peer lenders to gain full authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Zopa announced on Thursday that it has gained full authorisation from the FCA, almost two years after it applied in 2015.

CEO Jaidev Janardana says in a statement: "The authorisation process has been rigorous and in-depth and involved extensive scrutiny of our business."

Zopa is the first of the UK's "Big 3" peer-to-peer lenders to be fully authorised. Founded in 2005, Zopa is credited with inventing the concept of peer-to-peer lending. Its platform connects savers looking to invest their money directly with borrowers looking for quick and easy cash. It cuts out banks who would traditionally sit in the middle and take a margin.

This app is modernising the way graduates find jobs by making the company chase the candidate

Four years ago, while at York University, Charlie Taylor realised that something was missing from the apps on his phone.

In the millennial age, we do everything from shopping to emailing to booking holidays on our phones, but planning out careers is something that seems to have missed out on going mobile.

Taylor put a pin in the idea when he joined the Ernst & Young graduate scheme, until after about a year he asked the company's head of recruitment: "How are you reaching the most mobile audience in the world through their mobiles?"

In short, they weren't.

Taylor then went to 40 other heads of recruitment at FTSE 100 companies and found that nobody was filling this niche. That's when he decided to quit his job and build the world's first careers app for students, Debut, which launched in 2015.

How the 115-year-old tobacco giant behind Lucky Strike is trying to 'innovate' with tech

The buzzword du jour in boardrooms globally is "innovation," with industries from banking to pharmaceuticals forced to contend with tech-driven disruption.

Perhaps the most unlikely industry to face this grand wave of disruption is Big Tobacco — a field where the menthol once passed as innovative.

"We are becoming a tech company," British American Tobacco (BAT)'s Dr. David O’Reilly told Business Insider during a recent tour of the company's research and development (R&D) headquarters in Southampton, England.

Dr. O'Reilly is the group scientific and R&D director of BAT, the global cigarette giant known for brands like Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, Benson & Hedges, Dunhill, and Rothmans. The company sold over £14 billion-worth of tobacco products around the world last year.

The 28 coolest tech companies in Berlin
Posted May 14, 2017 0:25 AM
The 28 coolest tech companies in Berlin

With its techno nightclubs, hipster coffee shops, and eccentric residents, Berlin has developed a reputation for being one of Europe's coolest cities.

The German capital — once described as "poor but sexy" by former mayor Klaus Wowereit — may be arty but it has struggled to compete with other German cities such as Frankfurt and Hamburg when it comes to economic output.

There are signs, however, that this is starting to change, thanks in part to a surge in the number of technology companies that are now based in Berlin.

From tech giants like Google and Facebook to local success stories like music streaming service SoundCloud and to-do list app Wunderlist, Berlin is spawning a diverse range of technology firms that employ thousands of people across the city.

The 25 most congested cities in the world
Posted May 14, 2017 0:26 AM
The 25 most congested cities in the world

Navigation company TomTom published a list of the most congested cities in the world.

The TomTom Traffic Index is based on 19 trillion data points collected over nine years from 390 cities, according to the Dutch company.

Each city's congestion level was given a percentage score out of 100, with levels ranging from 66% in the most congested cities to 9% in the least.

TomTom defined the congestion level as the "increase in overall traffic times when compared to a free flow situation (an uncongested situation)."

Ralf-Peter Schaefer, VP TomTom Traffic, said in a statement that the traffic index is "designed to help drivers, cities and transport planners to understand traffic congestion and, most importantly, how to reduce it."


The world's 10 biggest cybercrime hotspots in 2016, ranked

Cybercrime has been in the news recently, whether it was the hack of the Democratic Party in the US during the most recent presidential election, or a scam that sent fake Google Docs links to people's Gmail accounts.

But where does malware, hacking attempts, and other cybercrime actually come from?

American cybersecurity company Symantec released its latest internet security threat report in April which looked at which countries were the biggest sources of malware, spam, and phishing attacks.