EE 4G coverage reaches three-quarters of the UK
EE has claimed its 4G service now reaches three-quarters of the UK, after it added another 13 new towns to its network. The 75 per cent coverage of the UK covers 263 major towns and 2,500 villages, EE said. From Thursday, residents in several more areas, including David Cameron’s constituency of Witney will be able to access 4G as well.
Telefónica makes improved bid for Vivendi’s GVT as Telecom Italia joins the fray
Telefónica has improved its bid for Brazilian fixed-line operator GVT as Telecom Italia entered the fray for the Vivendi-owned company for the first time. The Spanish company said its new binding offer was worth €7.45 billion, up from the €6.7 billion deal it put on the table earlier this month.
ZTE to deliver LTE in Slovakia
Slovak operator SWAN on Thursday signed up Chinese vendor ZTE to deliver a nationwide LTE project. The deal includes the exclusive construction of a core CS/PS (circuit-switched/packet-switched) network, and a GSM/LTE and VAS network, involving over 1,100 dual-mode base stations. A greenfield operator, SWAN was granted the fourth wireless operator license in Slovakia in January 2014 and plans to build out the more than 1,100 GSM and LTE base stations within three years.
Google finally simplifies seeing who’s online in hangouts for gmail
The point of any chat system is to make it easier to communicate with others. This is something that Google Hangouts has singularly failed at, for one reason. Rather than making it obvious which of your contacts are online, it has – up until now – displayed a chronological list of the conversations you have held with people. This is about to change. Rolling out over the next few days, is an update which will see your online contact move to the top of your chat buddy list.
1,500 fake apps kicked off Windows Store
Microsoft has cleaned up the apps in its Windows and Windows Phone Stores, following criticism the platform had become “a cesspool of scams”. The problem of scam apps on the Windows Store was brought to light by How-To Geek earlier this month. The website pointed out there were fake apps for genuine services such as VLC or iTunes that would cost the user money but not deliver what was promised, and that Microsoft would get a cut of whatever was charged.
FBI, Secret Service studying ‘scope’ of reported bank cyber-attacks
A U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman said Wednesday the agency is working with the Secret Service to determine the “scope” of reported cyber-attacks against several financial institutions. Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that Russian hackers struck JPMorgan Chase and another bank earlier this month. A subsequent report in the New York Times said the attacks hit JPMorgan Chase and four other U.S. financial institutions.
Twitter launches learning hub for agencies
Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG), WPP and Omnicom have been the first to pilot the online resource, called Twitter Flight School. The hub will teach agencies how to develop high-impact marketing campaigns for their clients, help them maximise their content on Twitter, as well as promote messages at the right time to their target audience. Twitter has also tailored the content and created bite-size modules to address different agency roles and functions, including senior leadership, account planning and campaign management.
Samsung UHD TVs get Amazon and Netflix on demand services
Samsung has announced its bringing Amazon and Netflix’s ultra-high definition (UHD) on demand services to Europe. The Korean company is expanding its UHD offering ahead of the IFA trade show, which kicks off in Berlin next week. Amazon’s UHD service will launch globally on Samsung’s 4K TVs in October. Netflix’s UHD platform, which has been available in the U.S. since March, is also being added. The move means 4K streaming is at last gaining traction.
World Cup helps STV reach 35 per cent pre-tax profit growth to £8.4m
STV has recorded a 35 per cent growth in pre-tax profits at £8.4m following improved advertising and digital revenue during the first six months of 2014. The Scottish commercial broadcaster released its half year results, which revealed a 7 per cent year-on-year growth in revenue at £54.7m and an operating profit increase of 20 per cent at £9.8m.