Could Google be moving away from ‘Nexus’ line?

I find it interesting at Google’s annual I/O developer conference, the Mountain View-based company chose to showcase Samsung’s Galaxy S4 running the untouched, stock Android experience.

But it begs the question – could Google be moving away from the Nexus line?

 

This is completely theoretical, with the upcoming release of devices such as ‘Glass’, perhaps Google actually be making more of a play into the hardware market?

Google's acquisition of Motorola may also lend evidence to...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Google, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

UK firm Cable & Wireless taking permanent holiday to Florida

The UK firm Cable & Wireless, based in Bracknell, United Kingdom, has decided after 140 years it’s time to moving its headquarters to Florida. Maybe we should all follow?

When I say we should follow, I’m not even talking about for a nice vacation (which it sure would be) but because it makes great business sense in tough economic times.

Last year the company was looking in trouble after recording a loss of $117 million. This year however Cable & Wireless recorded profit of $35 million;...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Industry, N America, Networks, Telematics.

Trouble may be brewing at HTC, or are we overhyping?

There could be trouble at Taiwanese manufacturer HTC, according to The Verge.

Amongst staff departures, production failures, and the recent disastrous launch of the “First” Facebook phone...is there actually trouble, or are we putting the nail in the coffin too early?

 

HTC had a rollercoaster of a first quarter, with a highlight being the release of arguably the best...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.

Chinese hackers breach Google to reveal US spy data

Chinese hackers gained access to “years worth of US law enforcement and spy data” in a breach of Google’s servers back in 2010, according to a report.

Official response from Google at the time said the hackers were after “human rights activist information”, where in fact US officials actually say they were after a sensitive database.

At the time a dispute was raised between Google and the FBI stemming from distrust for making no reference to the possible hacked database.

It now...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Google, Security.

Google’s possible tax avoidance row gets bigger, Schmidt criticises politicians

Google’s possible tax avoidance row gets bigger and more heated in the UK as Labour leader Ed Miliband promises action, whilst Google Chief Eric Schmidt criticises UK politicians.

Factually both leaders agree on one issue, international tax reform. Schmidt was quoted as saying he wishes to move the avoidance “away from accusation and toward action” for global firms to be more transparent of their tax structures.

Schmidt acts as an advisor to Chancellor George Osborne, and at a meeting of...

By Ryan Daws, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Europe, Government, Industry, Infographic.

Analyst says Samsung is “tail wagging the dog” as Droid profits creamed

It’s common knowledge Samsung is Android’s biggest player – just this month shipping 10 million of the South Korean giant’s latest ‘S4’ flagship – but just how much does the hardware manufacturer take away from Android?

According to Neil Mawston at Strategy Analytics; Samsung holds 41% of the...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Dell profits take hit as consumers drop PCs

The market is changing as consumers move towards mobile devices to perform most of their daily tasks; many simply have no need for a PC, and OEM manufacturer Dell is just one company feeling this switch.

In the first quarter profits have dropped down to $130 million, with total revenues dropping 2% over the past year, now at $14.07 billion.

Revenues from its end-user computing segment slumped 9%; whilst operating profits tumbled 16%.

Many would argue PCs are still a necessity, and they are; there are still...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Marketing.

Virtual Coins – what will this mean for the payments space?

Forget £, $, €, or the whole host of other international currencies, the new kid on the block is virtual currencies; which live on the web and in our virtual wallets.

The latest to launch is Amazon Coins; used for app, game, and in-app purchases on Amazon’s app store.

 

But what are the advantages over standard currency? The main benefit for consumers is discounts. 100 “coins” on Amazon is equivalent to $1, whereas 500 will cost $4.80 (a 4% saving) with more gift cards...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, Marketing, Security.

BT heads into the 4G market, whilst Samsung readies 5G

For the first time in over a decade, consumers could be receiving a BT-branded mobile signal, along with the latest 4G-capabilities. But a particular South Korean company is already testing ahead...

Before we discuss this “next step” let’s investigate BT’s mobile network background, starting with Cellnet in 1985 the fruits of a venture between BT and Securicor.

Back then, as the first provider to offer WAP and GPRS, things looked great along with 11 million customers in early...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.

Has YouTube accelerated the death of TV with paid channels?

The rise of on-demand content and inevitable death of linear scheduled broadcasting has perhaps been pushed forward as YouTube announces monthly paid channels.

Originally launching with a few select partners; including UFC and Sesame Street, the channels will cost on average $2.99 (£1.93) monthly. Each channel will offer a 14-day free trial to test the content before you commit to supporting.

When...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, IPTV, Networks, Smart TV.

Nokia aims to conquer low and mid-range, but is there any chance of success?

The Nokia Asha 501 was announced at a global launch event in New Delhi earlier this week to much praise, mainly regarding the Lumia-esque differential styling, the “swipe” UI, and the price.

For anyone not familiar with the Asha line, it’s the Finnish-manufacturer’s solution to emerging markets; offering fantastic devices at extremely affordable pricing whilst being incredibly attractive.

Taking the 501 as an example of this, the device which is available in many fluorescent colours (and playful design is...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, India, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Smartphones.

Quantum internet used for two years, becoming a reality

Utilising quantum mechanics to provide perfectly secure online communication is something security experts in particular have lusted over for years – well as it turns out, a government lab has been using just that for the past two.

A team at the Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico has developed a not quite “true” quantum internet solution, but it’s very close.

The core theology of quantum internet is through measuring the characteristic of an object such as a photon; it’s...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Devices, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Security, Telematics.

Google’s “Fiber TV” app is now available on iPad

TelecomsTech has previously reported about Google’s “Fiber” initiative, bringing high-speed broadband and TV packages to select areas of Kansas City.

As part of the TV service a mobile app had been released on Android – and now a similar app has just been unleashed on the iPad.

 

The app allows users to have complete control of their Fiber TV experience; from browsing, to buying, to even watching on-demand content directly on the tablet itself.

Whilst the Android app is available...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, IPTV.

Have Belgium’s biggest ISPs been sued for providing Internet access?

Three of the largest Belgian internet service providers (ISPs) have not been paying “copyright levies” according to authors’ association Sabam, whilst still offering access to protected materials.

Being taken to court are the ISPs Belgacom, Telenet and Voo. The call (if passed in favour) will mean each of the three companies paying 3.4% of their turnover towards copyright fees.

Sabam, the suing association, is an institution set-up to protect authors, composers, and publishers from having...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Piracy.

Which telecom providers “have your back” in data security?

The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has released its ‘Who has your back?’ report for 2013, its third edition. As a company whose tagline is “defending your rights in the digital world”, this document helps consumers understand the service providers they can trust.

 

 

Scoring is based on a star system out of a possible six:

1.            Requires a warrant for...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Content, Industry, Networks, Operators, Security.

Nielsen finally introduces metrics for online TV

Most TV viewers have likely heard of Nielsen at some stage. If you haven’t, they are generally the organisation which offers industry-standard ratings to measure viewership. Up until now these ratings have been becoming more and more irrelevant as audiences move online.

Announced today through a press release, Nielsen is to offer Digital Program Ratings, partnering at launch with many of the major networks including A+E, ABC, AOL, CBS, The CW, Discovery Communications, FOX, NBC and Univision.

This is a...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, Infographic, IPTV, Networks.

Does free mobile messaging mean goodbye SMS?

Receiving your very first SMS – at the time it seemed such a marvel of modern technology. These days it’s something we take for granted as ever more advanced features are released for our daily use, but is the era of SMS over?

For the first time, free messaging apps have taken over the now dated SMS system many of us have been familiar with for over 15 years, helping to keep us all more connected.

A study from Informa has revealed the extent of this shift. According to the research firm almost 19...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.

‘White space’ devices are on the way, says Ofcom

Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator of the United Kingdom, has called for a pilot of an innovative new batch of “white space” devices utilising gaps in the radio spectrum.

The plan is to use white space in order to test broadcasts which will not interfere with any current spectrum. This will be enforced by broadcasters only being allowed to utilise where the spaces are, and the power levels they are restricted to on a dedicated website updated by Ofcom.

The scheme will initially launch in the autumn...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Smartphones, Telematics.

BT and TalkTalk fight, Virgin steps in

The last few weeks for both BT and TalkTalk have been interesting for UK telecoms - some may say slightly pathetic - but a lot is at stake for the broadband companies’ financial future.

Now Virgin Media boss Neil Berkett weighs in, calling for peace to the benefit of all involved.

Fighting words broke out between executives over how much BT wholesales its fibre optic network to rival providers, with TalkTalk bosses asking the Government to impose rules preventing investment into the fibre infrastructure...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

Analysing the impact of Netflix’s “Long Term View” plan

Already a favourite service in many households, Netflix has become an indispensable service for on-demand entertainment consumption. With successful ventures into original programming, where do they expand from here?

Luckily Netflix’s “Long Term View” plan gives some insight, beginning the report with a quote from Kevin Spacey’s character on the original hit show ‘House of Cards’: “Look at the bigger picture.”

Most will agree with the first point, “the...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, IPTV, Multi Screen, Smart TV.