Proof that online video doesn’t mean the death of TV

Online video.  It’s the death of TV, or so I’ve been told.  There’s only one problem though…I really love my TV.  And so do a lot of other people it seems.

A recent analysis of two of the largest over-the-top (OTT) video providers in the U.S. highlights this fact, and suggests that the days of the TV as the centerpiece of the living room are far from over.

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By Ciena, 24 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Content, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IPTV, N America, Smartphones.

TalkTalk and Tiscali slapped with fines for billing errors

TalkTalk and Tiscali have been ordered by OfCom to pay a £3 million fine after they were found to have been wrongly billing customers for services they never received.The two telcos failed to clean up their billing systems despite being warned by OfCom in November 2010 and given until 2 December to sort them out.The communications watchdog said this morning that they now have 30 days to pay up. In addition, TalkTalk and Tiscali UK have received a lower penalty than they might otherwise have been given, had they not taken...

By Verity Gough, 18 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Government.

Android doubles share of mobile market

The Android operating system has taken the lion's share of the mobile phone market over the past 12 months, according to the latest research from Gartner.Google's operating system, which runs on devices from manufacturers including Motorola, HTC and Samsung, is now the most widely installed in the world, appearing on 43.4 percent of all new smartphones sold in the first two quarters of 2011.

Of the 107.7 million smartphones shipped to the UK over the period, 46.8 million were Android devices - a complete contrast to...

By Verity Gough, 14 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Devices, Smartphones.

Amazon Web Service suffers outage

Amazon‘s cloud offering suffered a brief outage this week causing a break in service to parts of America’s East Coast, shutting down a number of sites including Netflix, Reddit and Foursquare.

European services were also disrupted as lightening struck a data centre in Ireland’s capital, Dublin.

The Amazon Web Service was restored quickly after a half hour break but the incident was reminiscent of a similar disaster suffered by the organisation in April which lasted for two days.

A...

By Verity Gough, 13 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Consumers, Content, Europe, Security.

Blackberry gets caught up in UK riots

Blackberry has become embroilled in the national riots following reports that rioters used the mobile company's messenger system to coordinate the violet attacks witnessed across Britain this week.

Widespread attacks across Britain's cities including London, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester has forced a spotlight onto Blackberry's messenger system which has been a popular means of the gangs coordinating the attacks. However Blackberry, which is owned by Research in Motion, has been quick to offer full...

By Verity Gough, 12 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Mobile, Networks.

Shiny devices entering the mobile galaxy, but will they fly?

The proliferation of tablets raises questions about the impact of such devices on the network and the role of mobile backhaul

With a range of attractive handsets and tablets being launched ahead of the Christmas season, consumers are likely to get a range of options to choose from, and Apple will face some serious competition. The first serious opponent for the iPad 2 to reach the shops in the UK is the  Samsung

By Ciena, 08 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Mobile, Smartphones.

Five top Cloud trends for 2012

As Cloud computing becomes less of a buzz word and more the norm for forward facing organisations, we take a look at five trends tipped to be hot in 2012.

A recent poll by research firm Gartner revealed that worldwide Cloud adoption is growing at an annual rate of around 17 percent while industry surveys show 50 percent or more of organisations polled have implemented some form of cloud computing.

So now we have dipped our toes in the proverbial waters, what’s next for the Cloud?

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By Verity Gough, 08 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Consumers, Content, Industry, Security, Smartphones.

US Smartphone Adoption & Usage

Research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that one third of American adults – 35 percent – own a smartphone. Furthermore, 87 percent of smartphone owners access the Internet or email via their device; 68 percent doing so on a typical day.

The research, which surveyed 2,277 US adults, highlighted a number of interesting facts about the US smartphone market, notably in relation to adoption rates and...

By AlwaysOnMessage, 12 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, N America, Smartphones.

Verizon Wireless Ups Regulatory Charge $0.03, Will Pay Difference For Life Of Contract Instead Of Waiving ETF

There was a whole bunch of Regulatory Charge talk going on around these parts over the last week or so, and we’ve got some additional information on it today to pass along to those of you looking to exit your VZW contract.

According to our sources, Verizon did indeed up the Regulatory Charge by $0.03 and did not offset the cost in another area. That technically counts as a material adverse effect since it raises your bill and should allow you to exit your contract without paying an ETF (early...

By TotalTelecom, 07 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, N America.