Blackberry service improves but brand damage is done

Blackberry assured its users that services across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India were ‘operating with significant improvement’ this morning, following a disastrous three day outage.

Users of Blackberry’s messaging and email services worldwide have been experiencing severe disruption since the 10 October, when a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure at its data centre in Slough, Berkshire in the UK caused the system to fall over.

Unfortunately for Blackberry,...

By Matt Henkes, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Consumers, Devices, Europe, India, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones, SMEs.

More mobiles than people worldwide, says expert

By the end of 2012 there will be more mobile devices in use globally than people, according to expert, Dr Mike Short.

The current global population is around 7 billion, but Dr Mike Short is confident that uptake of mobile devices will pass that mark during the course of next year. He also predicts that China and India will each have more than 1 billion mobile subscriptions during the first half of 2012.

The new president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - Europe’s largest...

By Verity Gough, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: India, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

France Telecom get strategic about mobile offloading

The French telco has this week said that WiFi offload is the right approach to dealing with mobile data traffic.Speaking at Broadband World Forum on Wednesday, Alain Maloberti, senior vice president of network for France Telecom emphasised the importance of using WiFi to offload traffic from its mobile network, based on its existing network of WiFi access points, but warned that there are still challenges to be overcome.“We have a real opportunity to offload onto WiFi a part of the traffic and leveraging what exists, not rolling out a whole new...

By Verity Gough, 01 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Wrangles and challenges ahead of UK LTE auction

The UK mobile operator three has warned that it may run out of data capacity in built up areas if LTE spectrum auctions do not take place next year as expected.

The bidding process designed to fairly distribute 4G frequency space for rapidly rising data consumption among consumers is earmarked for 2010. However, Three’s CEO David Dyson warned that the timetable was already slipping.

"There is a huge financial...

By Matt Henkes, 27 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.

Samsung woos developers as TV app marketplace gathers momentum

Samsung’s seems to be taking measures to give its TV apps marketplace the characteristics of an accelerating snowball, launching a $100,000 developer challenge as it nears 10m applications downloaded since going online in 2010.

With the Free the TV Challenge, the firm is hoping to entice developers into working on what it calls ‘converging apps’, that is, solutions that enable interaction between Samsung smart TVs and at least one other device screen, a smartphone, for instance.

Developers...

By Matt Henkes, 23 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Smartphones, Smart TV.

Samsung seeks iPhone 5 ban

Samsung is considering blocking sales of Apple’s latest iPhone model in some countries as the legal wrangle over patents continues, according to reports.The South Korean electronics company is considering legally blocking sales of the iPhone 5 by seeking a court injunction in South Korea as well as Europe, it has been suggested.According to a report in the

By Verity Gough, 22 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

RIM Launches Three New BlackBerry Curve Devices

RIM has unveiled three new BlackBerry Curve handsets at a global press conference held in London.

According to a RIM press release the devices, the BlackBerry Curve 9350, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 and the BlackBerry Curve 9370, are designed to “address a large and important segment of the global mobile phone market where customers are looking to upgrade their existing BlackBerry Curve with an affordable, easy-to-use, full-featured and socially connected smartphone”.

Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at...

By AlwaysOnMessage, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Devices, Europe, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

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.

According to

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