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Which? Technology news roundup, 21 February 2014

MWC 2014, Facebook buys WhatsApp and the TPS scam


Next week will see the world’s technology press converge in Barcelona, as Mobile World Congress 2014 gets underway. We preview the event so you can get a flavour of what to expect.

The big MWC 2014 news so far is Samsung’s announced intention to reveal its new Galaxy S5 smartphone. Find out everything we know about that, and what you can look forward to from the likes of Nokia, Sony, LG and HTC.

Elsewhere this week we’ve also seen huge tech news as Facebook swooped in to buy the WhatsApp mobile messaging service for a staggering $19bn. We ask what ramifications the deal has for consumer choice.

We also put the spotlight on a new type of nuisance call: the so-called TPS scam. Find out all you need to know to avoid falling victim to this money-grabbing practice.

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Mobile World Congress 2014 – what to expect

Next week’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona seems set to be yet another important one as we look to the future of mobile tech. We explain what to expect from the world’s biggest mobile technology expo.

Topping the billing is the Samsung Galaxy S5, a smartphone that promises to build on the success of its predecessor, the Galaxy S4. Find out all the latest rumours on Samsung’s new flagship phone.

Facebook buys WhatsApp – a disaster for consumer choice?

Facebook has taken a major step forward in its mobile messaging ambitions by announcing the purchase of WhatsApp, scooping up around a billion users in the process.

Which? Computing editor, Rich Parris, explains the potential implications for consumer choice in one of the most important global communications sectors.

Have you been cold called by a scammer claiming to be from the TPS?

If nuisance calls make your life a misery you may be tempted to turn to one of the many commercial companies that promise to help.

Our telecoms expert explains why subscribing to the Telephone Preference Service is still your best bet however, and also gives warning of a new scam which sees nuisance callers trying to trick their way to your wallet by posing as the real TPS

Best cheap tablets under £200

Don’t fancy spending £399 on a new iPad Air? There are plenty of cheap tablet alternatives available for half the price, or less.

Our updated cheap tablets summary picks out a selection, from the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX to the Google Nexus 7. See which is the right tablet for you.

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