Verizon poaches Apple’s global creative director for rebrand

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Verizon is looking to reposition its brand into a leading tech company, and the operator has poached Apple’s global creative director to aid the transition.

Apple is often seen as being a ‘cool’ brand and praise must be given to individuals responsible for maintaining this portrayal over the years. One such employee, Andrew McKechnie, former chief creative director at...

By Ryan Daws, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Operators.

Telenor enables Google’s RCS messaging in Europe and Asia

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Telenor is rolling out Google’s Rich Communication Services (RCS) to customers in Europe and Asia, which it hopes will succeed SMS.

As with most technologies over time, SMS is quickly becoming a relic as more people adopt feature-rich IP messaging solutions like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. These solutions, however, are not universal and require the other user to have the same app installed.

By Ryan Daws, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Standards.

Why consumer IoT devices will deploy advanced security

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Looking across the overall Internet of Things (IoT) security landscape, it's clear that 'consumer IoT' should be viewed as a separate segment, given current trends in the implementation and adoption of robust security measures.

The consumer market is composed of a very wide range of hardware vendors - from large companies to crowdfunded startups. Competition in the market is high, but the IoT security value proposition is much more difficult to present to the end-user, relative to...

By David H. Deans, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, IoT, Security, Small Cells.

UK: 1.4 million premises lack decent broadband connections, finds Ofcom

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In the latest survey from Ofcom, an independent regulator and competition authority for UK’s communications industries, it has been revealed that around 1.4 million homes and offices in the UK do not have a decent broadband connection. This means that properties in the country that are unable to receive at least 10 Mbps fell by 1 million over the past year, and 5% still lack the basic Internet speed.

A...

By Telecoms Tech, 20 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers.

EU creates a €500m fund dedicated to broadband infrastructure

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The European Commission has announced the creation of a €500m fund dedicated to keeping Europe's broadband infrastructure competitive on the world stage – with initial funding coming from the EIB (European Investment Bank) and three National Promotional Banks and Institutions (NPBIs)

Günther H. Oettinger,...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Infrastructure.

Virgin Media embraces omnichannel with 4K-capable 'V6' set-top box

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Virgin Media has unveiled its answer to last year's Sky Q launch with the 'V6' set-top box, and it's still powered by TiVo's software. 

The V6, as you would expect, supports 4K out-the-box and will be further enhanced with HDR compatibility via a firmware update next year as more content becomes available. Its most important feature, however, is called Series Link+...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Multi Screen, Smart TV.