Today's Tech: Countdown to Samsung Galaxy S4 launch, Facebook unveils new News Feed, Huawei defends IP record

Always up for a bit of Samsung Galaxy S4 banter? So are we - and we've been keeping track of the best news and rumours about the next-gen smartphone for some time now. Given that the device's launch is nearly upon us, there has never been a better time to catch up on Galaxy S4 gossip, so from today, you can find everything there is to know about the forthcoming handset in our dedicated Samsung Galaxy S4 landing page. From the eagerly anticipated release to the most hotly tipped specs, it's all there - and we'll even be bringing you a live stream of the big launch event on 14 March. Are you as excited about the Galaxy S4 as we are? Follow the link to catch up on everything Galaxy S4 and stay tuned to ITProPortal for all the best ongoing coverage of the year's biggest mobile event yet.

In a bid to respond to growing concerns that it is falling out of favour with users, Facebook yesterday unveiled a redesigned News Feed. The revamp is designed to offer customers a more consistent experience across the site’s web and mobile platforms, especially as the latter is becoming an increasingly important part of its overall strategy. The new News Feed reflects the increasingly visual nature of user-generated content while also adding new, more specific content filters for users. Follow the link to find out more about the changes that will be rolled out to the social network’s users over the next few weeks.

In a bid to help prevent fatal road accidents, auto manufacturer Volvo is introducing a new cyclist alert system for cars. The Swedish company claims that vehicles equipped with this new system will be able to detect threats such as cyclists suddenly veering into its path. Upon detecting a potential collision, the system will automatically deploy brakes, the company said. The new technology was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show and Volvo says the new cyclist alert and brake system will be added later this year to all seven of its current 11 models that have the pedestrian detection technology. Read on for the full story.

Chinese manufacturer Huawei is continuing its PR drive to forge a better reputation in Western economies, with senior vice president Chen Lifang this week launching a rigorous defence of the firm's track record in intellectual property and business collaboration. "Since its early years, Huawei has proactively advocated for strong IPR [intellectual property rights] protection," Lifang said at an EU conference on science and technology in Brussels. "Huawei is one of the first Chinese enterprises to have signed cross-licensing agreements with Western peers. Every year, Huawei pays approximately $300 million in royalties to legitimately use the patented technologies of industry peers." Follow the link for more on what Lifang's speech means for the company and its European aspirations.