The year is only a few weeks but old but interest in exciting new smartphones that will arrive this year is already building, and V3 readers were clearly keen to see what's on the horizon with our top 10 countdown of potential devices.
Elsewhere, concerns were raised when Dutch security researchers claimed to have cracked the PGP encryption in use on some BlackBerry devices, although the Canadian manufacturer denied this.
A flaw of a different kind left Nest owners cold and angry after their digital thermostats stopped working just as temperatures around the UK started to plummet.
Finally, there was plenty of news from Microsoft last week, not least with the ending of support for IE 8, 9 and 10, and Windows 8. The company urged users on any of these ageing tools to upgrade as quickly as possible.
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Firm disputes researchers' claims that they can read secure messages
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Incident shows the perils of so-called 'smart tech'
Microsoft officially ends support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10
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HPE opens Customer Engagement Centre in London to target digital businesses
V3 pops along to new centre to hear how firm hopes to woo customers
Microsoft unveils free Microsoft R Server Developer Edition for big data analytics
R platform based on technology gained from acquisition of Revolution Analytics
EE and O2 move quickly to fix network problems
Firms blame back-end problem on BT
BlackBerry commits to BB10 OS support despite Android phone plans
Statement promises software updates but BB10 hardware may have had its day
European court ruling does not mean firms can snoop on your emails or WhatsApp chats
Legal experts tell V3 situation is not as bad as it sounds
Applications from some member states were down more than 40 per cent
A new RSA report urges coders to sign a 'Hippocratic Oath' before embarking on AI programmes.
IT security vendor believes APT33 is working for the Iranian government
Darktrace pushes machine learning to take some of the pressure off of IT and security teams