Telco giant BT is to enter the mainstream smartphone market again this year and will offer 4G services at an aggressive £5 SIM only rate.
But the move is likely to prompt investigation by UK regulators as the number of providers has now sunk to just three companies. more»
There’s more bad news for the PC market as it appears that Google Chromebooks are taking market share in the low end and the education markets.
ABI Research said Chromebooks, which rely heavily on the cloud, start up much faster than Windows PCsand are pretty affordable too, have “gained traction” in the North American market. more»
While there’s no doubt that in the next few years things ain’t what they used to be, and everything will be connected, there’s a distinct lack of standards right now.
But, according to a report from heavyweight analyst Frost & Sullivan (F&S), the move to standardise the IoT is taking shape. more»
A frenzy of competition from major vendors for advertising revenue including the mobile market means growth between now and 2020 compared to the conventional advertising market.
That’s the conclusion of ABI Research today, which said in a report the competition is between Yahoo, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others to push adverts at you through your mobile device. more»
AMD has been talking up its upcoming Carrizo chip for notebooks and low-power desktops claiming that it will cut power significantly over Kaveri.
Although AMD still is not saying what the actual power consumption or the performance of the Carrizo chip will be it hinted that will offer double-digit improvements in performance and battery life compared to Kaveri. more»
Samsung has bought US mobile wallet startup LoopPay, which is seen as an intention to launch a smartphone payments service.
Mobile payments have been slow to catch on in the United States and elsewhere, despite strong backing. Apple, Google, and eBay PayPal have all launched services to allow users to pay in stores via smartphones and the stores themselves are expected to release a new standard of their own. more»
Purveyor of meat themed products McDonalds is installing 600 charging hotspots in 50 of its British restaurants.
The move means that anyone with a compatible smartphone or tablet can simply sit it on the counter to start automatically charging its batteries. more»
BT has confirmed it will acquire EE in a move that will scare the beejeesus out of the UK mobile market.
Buying EE will give BT the biggest 4G network in the UK which it is says will complement its fibre network. more»
Big Blue has assessed that 80 percent of executives in charge of security think that challenges by external threats to their enterprises are on the rise.
And IBM said 60 percent of enterprises believe they are being outgunned in the cyber war. more»
Embattled Samsung co-chief executive J.K. Shin still has his job, despite rumours that the knives were out following the awful results at the company.
Shin heads Samsung’s underperforming mobile division and it had been expected that he would have to clean out his desk and be lead sobbing from the building with a photocopy box of his personal items. more»
Enterprises wanting to leverage their legacy systems using devices like smartphones and tablets are being tempted by IBM to enter its garden of mobility delights.
The company said it has added a number of pieces to its Mobility Services jigsaw.
That includes “desktop as a service” (DaaS) intended to let companies implement desktop features on mobile devices using a subscription service offered using the IBM Cloud. more»
Intel has decided to merge its PC and mobile processor divisions under one roof, claiming that the line between tablets and laptops has blurred.
Starting from next year, Intel will form a division called the Client Computing Group, which will include the teams that develop its Core processors for desktops and laptops, as well as those that develop its Atom chips for smartphones and tablets. more»
The British government launched a consultation on new legislation to force mobile operators to improve coverage around the country.
Sajid Javid, the government’s culture secretary, said the consultation will complement the work industry is doing and allow the Government to hear from the wider telecoms sector, businesses and the public,”
Traditionally governments hope that private enterprise will undertake such work voluntarily. more»
Hong Kong’s activists are relying on a free app that can send messages without any mobile phone connection.
The move comes about because of fears that the Chinese government would block local phone networks to stop protestors organising.
However activists have turned to the FireChat app to send supportive messages and share the latest news. more»
Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, which faces continual attacks from the Tame Apple Press for daring to make a phone similar to Apple’s, is facing a cloning problem of its own.
Chief Communications Officer Li Lei at Xiaomi said that it was wrong that Xiaomi was an iPhone clone and the outfit created a masterpiece from scratch. more»