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.

China Telecom announces 2012 cloud strategy

China Telecom has announced its cloud strategy for 2012 which includes a number of esurfing cloud devices and storage products due to launch next year.

The national telecom operator was one of the first to establish a cloud project team back in 2009 and has since completed testing in several major cities including Shanghai, Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi as well as setting up a data centre to act as the hub for the scale development of cloud computing. At the beginning of 2011, China Telecom launched a...

By Verity Gough, 05 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, China, Cloud, Devices, Infrastructure, Operators.

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.

5 tips for data center connectivity

This article was originally posted here in DataCentre Solutions (DSC) Magazine.  Ian Harris is a System Integrators Leader for Ciena in EMEA.

1) The right tool for the job There are many system architectures for data centre connectivity, therefore it is important to select the solution that meets your specific requirements. Which applications is your data centre going to support? How important are speed and latency to...

By Ciena, 22 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cabling, Infrastructure, Networks, Security.

HP buys into Cloud with £7bn acquisition

Hewlett Packard is the latest hardware firm to make the move into the Cloud following the acquisition of UK-based software company, Autonomy, for £7bn.

The deal sees HP acquire all outstanding shares for £25.50 each, cash and is yet another step away from the hardware for which it is best known. And while some commentators have suggested that HP have overpaid, Hewlett-Packard’s Chief Executive Officer, Leo Apotheker, was quick to back-up the decision.

Commenting in a press statement,...

By Verity Gough, 21 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud.

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.

First ever Cloud Computing degree available

Those interested in learning more about the SaaS, PaaS and LaaS are now able to take a certified university course after the first ever cloud computing course was launched at the University of Washington, last week.Dr. Erik Bansleben, program development director, Academic Programs at the University of Washington, revealed the outline of a new certificate program offered by the university in cloud computing. Topics covered include cloud computing models: software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure...

By Matt Henkes, 17 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, N America.

What does Google gain from its Motarola deal?

In its largest ever acquisition, Google has announced that it will buy Motarola Mobility, the tech giant’s phone division, for a massive $12.5bn, launching the global search leader into the mobile handset market at mach 5 and surely shaking up the Android ecosystem almost beyond belief.

The deal is yet to win competition approval, which may not be entirely plain sailing, and brings Google into direct competition with the raft of handset manufacturers that licence the Android OS, providing the company...

By Matt Henkes, 16 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Google, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

UK Prime Minister pushes for social networking restrictions

Users of Twitter, Facebook and other such social networking sites could face a ban if they are found to be using them to organsise criminal activity following the widespread social unrest witnessed across the country last week.Speaking in the Commons last week, Prime Minister, David Cameron said that the government were working with the police, intelligence services and industry to look at "whether it would be right to stop people communicating via social networks if they know they are plotting violence, disorder...

By Verity Gough, 15 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Devices, Mobile.

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.

Android to have as many users as Apple’s App Store

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Apple’s and Android’s race in smart device market

One of the heat topics these days are the results of smartphone shipments. Apple became the top-selling device manufacturer with its record-breaking 20.3 million device shipments during the second quarter of 2011, whereas Android owns 48% of market as a largest...

By Research2Guidance, 14 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Mobile.

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.

Apple, Samsung, London Buses and iWorks: This Week In Mobile…

A mainly geographical themed look at mobile this week as we go down under, speak German and take a tour of London buses…

Samsung ‘Down Under’ Apple Lawsuit

If there’s one thing that can halt progress, it’s lawyers. That’s the problem facing Samsung after being forced to agree they won’t sell the newest version of their Galaxy Tab tablet in Australia until a patent lawsuit with Apple is resolved.

According to the Australian injunction won by Apple, the Samsung Galaxy...

By AlwaysOnMessage, 13 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Europe, Industry, Mobile.

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.

Orange partners with Apple to offer free movie app

Orange is set to boost its media credentials with a free film download accessible to customers via their Apple iPhones, thanks to a new partnership.

Orange: Film to Go, set to launch on 11 August is the latest initiative by the mobile giant and follows on from the hugely popular Orange Wednesdays two-for-one cinema tickets offer.

The new scheme will be supported by a multi-platform advertising campaign which illustrates films being watched 'on the move' via various devices including laptops and mobiles.In order to access the free...

By Verity Gough, 09 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Mobile, Operators.