Microsoft partners with Telefónica to boost WP against Android and iOS

Although gradually rising, Microsoft has had nowhere near the success with Windows Phone the Redmond-company had surely hoped by this stage.

It’s truly a shame, as whilst Android – the market share leader – could be called an iOS clone, and iOS is still being called “stagnant” in features; Windows Phone has both brought both brand-new design and software innovations to the table.

Now the software giant is looking to Telefónica to help boost the platform against its two...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Hutchison Three buys O2, now owns 40 percent of Ireland’s market

In a drastic acquisition, Hutchison Three has bought O2’s share in Ireland’s mobile market; resulting in 40 percent ownership of the entire country’s networks.

O2 Ireland, previously owned by Telefónica, was acquired for a hefty €850 million ($1.1 billion) this morning. The company is sure to hope this will help to ease the company’s current huge debts.

Announced via press release (PDF), Robert...

By Ryan Daws, 24 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Interview: Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “Connected Cars”

This week Pavan Mathew, Global Head of Automotive Telematics at Telefónica, privileged me with an exclusive interview about a report released by the company on how the “Car industry must remodel itself to exploit the connected future.”

As we move towards a fully digital lifestyle we expect devices to be connected; with not just access to the wider world via the internet and services that entails, but also seamlessly with one...

Avoiding tax on Bitcoin? Think again, friend

Bitcoin has been getting plenty of coverage, ourselves included, but for those of you who don’t know, it’s essentially a decentralised virtual currency. Many people are under the illusion that because of this fact, it doesn’t accrue tax, but I’m sure the IRS would beg to differ.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report (PDF) which gives a clear example:

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  • By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Government, Industry, Networks, Research, Security.

    World War Web: Preparing for Cyberwarfare

    A question I’ve asked myself many times is: if a third World War were to occur today; just how different would it be?

    With everything internet-connected as part of the “Internet of Things”, are we leaving ourselves open, and what prevention measures are in place?

     

    The main issue these days is we expect our information to be easily available; but with a rise of decentralised and increasingly powerful hacktivist groups, alongside the usual...

    Forget IM, is Skype’s Video Messaging the next disruptor?

    Currently many carriers, operators and journalists are discussing how the rise of instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp and iMessage will affect traditional SMS usage, and add to the infrastructure costs for supporting increasing demand for data.

    But we could be missing the mark: what if Skype’s video messaging should cause them concern?

     

    We’re all used to voicemail; it’s a convenient technology which has been around for decades and still going strong today. You ring someone; leave a...

    “Provide clarification on PRISM”, says EU commissioner

    The past week I’ve written two articles regarding the US Government; allegations of spying using PRISM, and calls by involved companies for more transparency as a result.

    The Director of National Intelligence claims PRISM is solely for data-collection of non-US citizens; naturally, the EU’s commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, wants some clarification.

    In a...

    By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

    PRISM: The dark side of the US government?

    The internet is in uproar over the US government monitoring citizens and international users through a “direct access” backdoor to the biggest companies, using a program codenamed PRISM.

    Born out of the “Protect America Act” approved by Congress in 2007, the legislation allows warrantless interception of foreign-to-foreign communications. Created with the aim to protect from foreign threats; not monitor citizens.

    Supposedly the system has instantaneous access to companies including...

    By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

    EE pushes LTE speeds, bumps coverage, and hits out at competition

    As other networks fight and collaborate to get their own LTE solutions into the wild, EE (Everything Everywhere) has announced it’s already saturated the market with 500,000 subscribers. Now they’re looking to secure that title position through improved infrastructure and coverage.

    In a press release, EE has given consumers an insight into their forthcoming expansion plans.

    The next phase of...

    By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

    Billion WebRTC endpoints forces players to adapt or die

    white-moth.jpgFrom an evolutionary standpoint regardless of whether we talk about nature or business, adaptation is a key to success in changing environments.During the industrial revolution in London a species of moth with a white color blended in with the bark of the local trees until soot from the nearby factories turned the trees black. Some darker moths were now camouflaged in the dark trees...

    By Rich Tehrani, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, Infrastructure, IPTV, Networks, VoiP.