Six more London Underground stations get WiFi as Android and iOS dominate network
Six more Tube stations in London will be equipped with WiFi services from Virgin Media, as the firm reveals that iOS and Android users dominate the use of the subterranean network. The new stations that will come online are: Golders Green, Southgate, West Kensington, Parsons Green, Kilburn and East Putney. This will take the total number of stations online to 137. There are now a total of 800,000 devices registered on the network and Virgin Media revealed that iOS and Android users dominate use of the network with 95 percent of all page views coming from these devices.
Cable & Wireless sells Monaco Telecom stake to Xavier Niel
Cable & Wireless Communications has sold its stake in Monaco Telecom to French entrepreneur Xavier Niel, chief executive and founder of low-cost telecoms provider Iliad, for 322 million euros ($445 million). The British group, which has been disposing of businesses outside its core central America and Caribbean regions, previously agreed to sell the stake to Bahrain’s Batelco, but the deal collapsed late last year.
California’s smartphone kill-switch bill flops in the state senate
US carriers can all collectively breathe a sigh of relief today: California’s mobile kill-switch bill is dead, at least for now. The would have required all smartphones sold in the state to include a remote-kill feature designed to render stolen phones useless. The bill was designed to curb phone robberies by making the crime less lucrative. If carriers didn’t comply, the state would have been able to fine them $2,500 for every unsupported device sold.
Tech titans Amazon, Dell, IBM, Facebook and more join forces to battle Heartbleed threat
In an effort to stop the next Heartbleed, a group of tech giants have joined forces to fund critical open source projects. The Core Infrastructure Initiative’s first task will be OpenSSL, which fell prey to Heartbleed and caused panic across the Web. Essentially, organisation members – which include Facebook, Microsoft, and Google – will invest in open-source projects to make sure they get off the ground and are as secure as possible.
Is Google+ being killed off?
It seems Google have finally got the message. Presumably it was posted on Facebook or Twitter, so someone actually saw it. Everyone hates Google+, and if TechCrunch are right, it seems Google have decided to finally take action. Rather than take Google+ out to the shed and humanely put it out of its misery with a simple bullet between the eyes though, the company have instead apparently decided that the loathed social network is no longer a “product” but a “platform”.
Facebook puts the moves on Moves
On something of an acquisition spree at the moment, Facebook has picked up Finland-based activity tracker app Moves for an undisclosed sum. Moves set to take on the likes of Fitbit and Nike in the tracker band market, launching in early 2013 after scoring $1.6m of seed funding, led by Lifeline Ventures and PROfounders Capital.
Starbucks credits loyalty programme for sales boost and seeks to monetise online platforms
Starbucks has credited its ‘best-in-class’ loyalty programme for helping to boost global sales at its coffee shops, but revealed that sales at its UK business fell for the first time in 16 years as it shut a number of unprofitable stores. The firm says it will look to find new ways to develop and monetise new social and mobile platforms, although it does not detail any specific plans. It has already said it will introduce mobile ordering by the end of the year.
Domino’s launches its pizza ordering app for iPad with 3D custom pizza builder
Domino’s Pizza has revamped its menu and turned around its financials over the last few years, during which time it also started to offer mobile ordering. Next Monday, the pizza chain will launch its iPad app, which will allow you to build your pizza and order it for take-out and delivery right from your couch. What makes this app stand out is the 3D pizza builder that uses OpenGL to give you a more realistic view of what your final pizza will look like (of course, as in all food photography, the preview will still look quite a bit different from what will be in the box by the time it arrives at your door).
Apple iTunes dominates music streaming market with 800m customers
Apple this week announced that iTunes accounts are approaching 800 million. That’s a “staggering number,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said during a Wednesday earnings call with analysts. Most of those accounts, meanwhile, are linked to a credit card, he said. “iTunes software and services revenue continues to grow at a double-digit rate, thanks to an incredible ecosystem and our very large, loyal and engaged customer base,” Cook said. “With its strong momentum in growing profitability, iTunes is a very important driver of our business not only here in the United States, but around the world.”