Phones4U heads into administration, iPhone 6 orders cancelled

Phones4U, a troubled UK mobile phones retailer, has gone into controversial administration resulting in the closure of 550 stores. The company has long had issues after mobile operators dropped support for the business after reportedly being unable to conclude new distribution agreements.

Vodafone said in a statement: "Phones 4U was offered repeated opportunities to propose competitive distribution terms to enable us to conclude a new agreement, but was unable to do so." Vodafone...

By Ryan Daws, 15 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

Emergency legislation gives UK authorities NSA-like powers

In the face of an escalating terror threat, which has led to increased airport security measures, emergency legislation is being controversially rushed through parliament to force phone and internet companies to retain data for at least 12 months despite a lack of discussion around its impact.

TelecomsTech reported this week of the EU Commission's distaste the Data Retention Act...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Smartphones.

Leaked document reveals Nokia's future at Microsoft

Prolific leaker, Evleaks, has released internal documents sent to ex-Nokia employees about how they should make the transition to Microsoft and what they should expect going forward. It consists of several pages and contains a 31-question FAQ to help answer worries and ease the process.

The document reveals that Microsoft acquired Nokia for $7.5 billion and reserves the right to use Nokia's Lumia...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Licence to Kill: Laws signed for cell phone ‘kill switch'

Minnesota has become the latest state to sign legislation that requires all mobile phones and tablets sold within its borders to be equipped with anti-theft software which includes a remote ‘kill switch’ able to shut-off and lock the device if it is stolen or being used for illegitimate purposes.

iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices already come with built-in software which can locate, wipe, or shut-down the missing device. On iPhone and iPad this comes in the form of ‘Find my...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Government, Industry, Smartphones.

Google prepares for the digital currency revolution with Wallet, but where is Apple?

Google offers their Google Wallet which supports NFC payment technology – and the team say they are working on integrating Bitcoin.

Ariel Bardin, Vice President of Payments at Google, has asked a Redditor to ask “What would I want Google to do with Bitcoin?” so he can watch the conversation.

Microsoft has a digital wallet, but there’s no word whether it will support Bitcoin (or others.)

The...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Mobile, Smartphones.

S5 is the most expensive smartphone to build in this Galaxy

Samsung’s smartphones have never been known for their build quality. Reviews have called outer shells “cheap plastic” and although changing to a more faux leather texture with their latest Galaxy S5 – few would pit the build cost as being above rivals such as the HTC One M8.

But, it is. In fact an IHS teardown has revealed the Galaxy S5 carriers the biggest bill of materials of any smartphone.

The 32GB iteration of the handset carries a BOM of $251.52 and rises further to $256.52 once...

By Ryan Daws, 16 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Smartphones.

Microsoft is taking Cortana for a joyride in your car

Car manufacturers are well-acquainted with Microsoft. For over 15 years the company’s Windows CE or Windows Automotive embeddable software has been behind software from BMW, Fiat, Ford, Kia, and Nissan.

What the company hasn’t had any control over is the end experience – with Apple bringing ‘CarPlay’ to upcoming vehicles; it’s overdue that Microsoft takes the car for another spin…

A new version of Windows for the car was shown off at last week’s BUILD developer...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Entertainment, Smartphones.

A closer look at Virgin Media Business' “Three New Things” shortlist of web technologies

UK telecoms giant Virgin Media Business is currently running a competition to find “Three New Things” alongside some very appetising rewards for digital entrepreneurs up and down the country. The list has now been whittled down to 10 finalists – and most have something in common…

Perhaps unsurprising for a competition run by a modern and forward-looking empire as Virgin Media – the majority of the finalists have some relation to the web and connected...

By Ryan Daws, 07 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices, M2M, Smartphones.

Spectralink’s PIVOT offers a familiar experience where BYOD isn’t feasible…

Earlier in the week, we spoke to Simon Watson from Spectralink and discussed that whilst BYOD in the workplace offers convenience to the user; there are applications, such as in medical institutions, where bringing your own device simply isn’t a feasible option…

Watson highlighted that consumer devices aren’t built to handle the bumps and bruises of industrial areas, or the harsh cleaning chemicals required to sanitise hardware...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.