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A look at the weekend’s tech news

Weekend roundup: Comet goes under, Android’s in trouble, Apple updates Samsung apology

We take a look at what happened in the world of IT over the weekend.

Comet enters administration

On Friday, Comet closed its stores and website as the retailer’s accountants began an urgent process to try to find a suitable buyer.

The accountants temporarily suspended Comet gift cards vouchers whilst they assessed the situation, causing outrage amongst those who have been turned away when trying to cash theirs in.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3: Over 30m sold

Just a short while after Samsung announced that its Galaxy Note 2 ‘phablet’ has passed the three million mark, the company revealed this weekend that its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3, has moved 30 million units in five months.

Apple posts revised Samsung apology

Apple has reposted its ‘Samsung did not copy us’ statement to its UK website, after the courts deemed the initial wording unacceptable.

The revised version features none of the ‘Samsung is not cool enough’ comments and follows what Apple recently published in nation newspapers last week. If you’d like to read the statement, you can do so over at Apple.com/uk.

London set to get 14,000 iPad-controlled street lights

Westminster City Council is to replace 14,000 of its street lights with bulbs that are able to be controlled using an iPad, which will alert engineers when they are broken.

The installation will take place over the next four years as part of a £3.25m investment.

Smishing vulnerability found in all recent version of Android

Researchers at NC State University have discovered an SMS phishing vulnerability which affects Android 1.6 Donut, 2.1 Éclair, 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and 4.1 Jelly Bean.

SMS phishing (smishing) is a social engineering technique that uses text messaging to bait victims into divulging personal information. Google has announced that it is working of fixing the vulnerability with a future Android update.

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