EE UK make 4G mobile broadband roaming possible in 14 new countries
Customers of UK mobile operator EE (4GEE) will be pleased to learn that they’ll now be able to benefit from “superfast” 4G (LTE) based Mobile Broadband connectivity when roaming around across an additional 14 new global destinations. The operator first allowed 4G roaming outside of the UK in Spain and France during March 2014 and their plan is to make this service available to “all major destinations” by the end of 2014.
Virgin increases broadband charges – again
Virgin Media’s broadband-only customers must pay £1.50 per month more for their service starting from October. Virgin won’t say how many of its 4.5m customers are affected, as it doesn’t strip out those who take broadband alone. But the number is expected to be large as Virgin is unusual in offering broadband without requiring a phoneline. In fact this is something Virgin promotes as a unique advantage, claiming: “We’re the only major provider that let’s you do that”.
LG targets 3G markets with two new affordable Android smartphones
Even though 4G is undoubtedly the better technology for data consumption, in most markets across the globe 3G is still prevalent. The lower cost as well as the broader device selection certainly helps the latter remain attractive to consumers, at least until 4G is as readily available. South Korean maker LG is keen to supply 3G-toting handsets going forward, as it announces the new Android-based L Bello and L Fino smartphones. The two, which are aimed at price-conscious consumers in “growing 3G markets”, are said to pack solid specs, so let us take a look at what they have to offer.
GCHQ launches ‘Cyber Security Challenge’ to find hacking superheroes
Spy agency GCHQ has launched a “virtual game” to find and recruit talented hackers, calling on players to protect a UK aerospace company from a fictitious group of cyber criminals known as The Flag Day Associates. As part of the game, called Astute Explorer, potential recruits will be asked to search for vulnerabilities in the company’s network and suggest ways to close them before attackers can take advantage.
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Google gets one million DMCA piracy takedowns a day
Rights holders are sending Google more than a million copyright takedown notices in the battle against piracy each day.
Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), web firms are given so-called “safe harbour” if they take down content that infringes copyright upon request. In Google’s case, rights holders are looking to have links removed from search results.
Big rise in PC sales behind surprise HP revenue increase
Systems giant Hewlett-Packard posted a surprise increase in revenues in its latest quarterly results, which it attributed to an equally surprising increase in PC sales. The company posted revenues of $27.6bn in its third quarter results to the end of July, up by one per cent compared to the same period a year earlier. The company’s operating margins, however, slipped quite substantially in the process.
Channel 4 invests in Arrow Media, Lightbox, Popkorn and True North
Channel 4 has announced that it has taken a minority stake in a quartet of independent production companies through its £20m growth fund as part of efforts to nurture small and medium-sized creative businesses. Arrow Media, Lightbox, Popkorn and True North will each benefit from this largesse following a selection procedure overseen by the broadcaster to ensure there was clear opportunity for growth and adding value to the wider UK creative sector.
McDonald’s plans to release global mobile ordering app and digital music program
McDonald’s is taking on a new strategy to get us to eat more of its artery cloggers — one that involves ramping up its digital efforts. Golden Arches has just hired its first ever U.S. vice president of digital (former Ticketmaster exec Julia Vander Ploeg) and, at the same time, posted a bunch of relevant job opportunities. By the looks of it, the company wants to form a team of professionals under Vander Ploeg to be able to reach its goals, including offering “a variety of digital music and entertainment experiences” (as stated in its posting for a product director for music and entertainment) to its patrons.
Sky takes aim at Netflix with recommendations and Smart Series Link
Sky has announced a new recommendation engine, not unlike Netflix uses, that aims to offer up showings based on a viewer’s likes and dislikes. The recommendation engine comes as part of Sky’s latest Electronic Programme Guide update that’s rolling out today and should be on all Sky+ boxes by the winter.