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  • Orange to roll out mobile payments

    by PYB James
    Mobile operator Orange is to implement the first payment system controlled exclusively by mobile phones. Anticipating the 2012 Olympics, the scheme, called Everything Everywhere, is run in conjunction with banking and payments firm Barclaycard. The scheme will run from summer 2011, and companies that have taken up the technology include cafe chain Pret A Manger […]
  • BBC iPlayer to be available via iPad and iPhone

    by PYB James
    BBC’s iPlayer will be launched as an application for the Apple App Store in less than a month. The BBC iPlayer is the media streaming service featuring programmes and radio from the BBC’s channels, also available on the PS3, Wii, the Internet and some mobile services. The app was approved by the BBC six months […]
  • HTC to launch new smartphones in UK

    by PYB James
    Chinese telecommunications supplier HTC has announced two new handsets set to compete on the UK smartphone market. Distribution partners Brightstar and Brightpoint will be bringing the HTC 7 Pro and the HTC Gratia to British stores from from Feburary 2011. The HTC 7 Pro will run Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 and has an impressive 1 […]
  • Samsung to release new Galaxy handsets

    by PYB James
    In anticipation of the Mobile World Congress event to be held in Barcelona in February, handset manufacturer Samsung has revealed four new handsets in their popular Galaxy range. Following the Galaxy S, the Ace, Gio, Fit and Mini are all designed to run with Google’s open-source Android operating system. The Ace features an 800 Mhz […]
  • UK-wide Wi-Fi network proposed by O2

    by PYB James
    The size of Britain’s free wi-fi network is set to be doubled by 2013 in a new scheme announced by O2. 450 new sites, with many more planned, will be available for free via a quick sign-up process. Non-O2 customers will also be able to use the service, unlike previous schemes such as The Cloud, […]
  • Orange To Sponsor UEFA 2012

    by PYB James
    Mobile phone tariff provider Orange will be the official sponsor of the UEFA football tournament in 2012. The tournament is being held in Poland and Ukraine. The sponsorship will provide the French company – who have one of the largest market shares in the UK – with access to promotional material and exclusive mobile coverage […]
  • Vodafone Onenet user total reaches 10,000

    by PYB James
    British-based telecommunications provider Vodafone has reported that its Onenet service has reached 10,000 users spread over 1,000 business contracts in the UK alone. The service, which streamlines business landlines and employee’s mobiles to make them far more accessible, was launched in 2009. The company aims to spend £1.5 million in Feburary 2011 on marketing and […]
  • Orange To Sponsor UEFA 2012

    by PYB James
    Mobile phone tariff provider Orange will be the official sponsor of the UEFA football tournament in 2012. The tournament is being held in Poland and Ukraine. The sponsorship will provide the French company – who have one of the largest market shares in the UK – with access to promotional material and exclusive mobile coverage […]
  • Britain to send mobile phones into space

    by PYB James
    British scientists are planning to send mobile phone technology into orbit to test its durability and usefulness in the vacuum of space. The Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) at Guildford will be sending an unknown make of phone running the Google-developed Android operating system into space. The mission is dubbed the Surrey Training Research and […]
  • HTC show healthy profits rise for 2010 Q4

    by PYB James
    Taiwanese smartphone developer HTC have reported a 160% profit rise in the financial quarter from October to December 2010 compared to the same period last year, cementing their reputation as a serious contender to Apple’s iPhone and associated devices domination. Net profits rose to $500 million for the period and the company reported a total […]
  • Ten billion app downloads from Apple App store

    by PYB James
    Briton Gail Davis from Orpington in Kent has won an iTunes gift card worth $10,000 (£6,200) for ordering the ten billionth app download from the Apple App Store. Though she is the account holder, the download of the free Paper Glider app was made by her daughter, and when Ms. Davis received a congratulatory phone […]
  • Chinese mobile manufacturer Huawei to push ahead in UK

    by PYB James
    Chinese mobile technology developer Huawei are looking to promote their brand as well as their new line of smart-phones, dubbed the Ideos, in the UK, with a number of marketing strategies and promotional campaigns. The company has previously only worked on development for other operating providers, but their Ideos brand, running Android and designed to […]
  • Motorola to expand in the UK

    by PYB James
    Mobile phone manufacturer Motorola has initiated plans to dramatically step up both marketing and distribution within the UK. Motorola recently launched their Defy smart-phone, a unit that is reportedly selling tens of thousands a week internationally, and are to promote the launch of their new unit, the ATRIX on Orange, to be released in Spring/Summer […]
  • Orange to introduce teen-targeted 10p top-ups

    by PYB James
    Popular UK mobile service provider Orange are to take the landmark decision to introduce much smaller top up minimums of ten pence on Pay-As-You-Go tariffs called Tiny Top Ups, citing economic downturn and a burgeoning youth market as reasons for the move. Many service providers set the minimum top up at £5 to £10 to […]
  • BBC i-Player inundated with requests for repeats

    by PYB James
    The BBC’s online video streaming and catchup service i-Player was swamped with a record number of requests over the Christmas period, with over 145 million requests for television and radio programmes to be repeated and made available online, a nearly 30% rise over the same period last year. The radio coverage of the cricket action […]
  • Verizon iPhone deal could provide massive sales boost

    by PYB James
    The largest mobile phone network in the United States, Verizon, is set to boost sales of the iPhone after it reached a deal with Apple to begin selling the iconic smartphone. The iPhone had previously only been available in the States with the network AT&T, America’s second-biggest carrier, which helped Apple reportedly sell more than […]
  • Nintendo 3DS launch date and games revealed

    by PYB James
    Games console and video games giant Nintendo have announced that their new Nintendo 3DS product will be released for sale in Japan on 26th February with US and European launches expected in May. The initial line-up of games for the machine will include Samurai Warriors: Chronicle, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Ridge Racer 3D […]
  • Firefox now bigger than Internet Explorer in Europe says research

    by PYB James
    Mozilla’s Firefox web browser is now more popular than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer according to statistics published by Irish research company StatCounter. Although the stats were questioned by other sources, the Dublin based researchers’ study on internet use in December showed that Internet Explorer’s market share in Europe is now 37.5 percent, just behind that of […]
  • QR codes for business cards and social media

    by PYB James
    Traditionally thought of as simply a matrix barcode for tagging products, QR codes are now being added to business cards and flyers by web-savvy individuals and companies as they look to increase their digital footprints. QR codes first appeared in Japan in 1994 and are designed for quick response (hence the name QR), allowing their […]
  • Tablet fever at CES 2011 show in Las Vegas

    by PYB James
    If the buzz at the 2011 Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas over the last few days has been anything to go by, 2011 will be the year of the tablet. A massive range of new devices were on display as manufacturers look set to flood the market, which has so far been dominated by […]

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