iPhone 6 release date may be later than originally thought
We’re fairly confident that the iPhone 6 will launch in September, but the exact date in September remains under wraps. Previously September 19 was rumoured, but a new rumour points to September 25 for the launch, following an announcement on September 15.
Bill Gates asks telecoms standards boffins to define future of money
Two-and-a-half billion adults in the world don’t have bank accounts, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation thinks it’s got the answer: deliver financial services to mobile phones. And the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) agrees: late in June, it established a focus group to look at Digital Financial Services, saying standardisation is the key to making such services affordable.
UK could fall behind Ireland as Vodafone rollout 1Gbps FTTB broadband
According to ComReg, the Irish telecoms regulator, 43% of fixed broadband customers in Ireland receive sub-10Mbps speeds. But all that could change after Vodafone teamed up in a 50:50 Joint Venture with state-owned electricity firm ESB to splash €450m (£358m) on a nationwide roll-out of 1000Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) technology. We can only hope they do the same here.
Department of Health bids to make sharing patient data safer
The Department of Health (DoH) has opened up a consultation with the intention to create new safeguards around information sharing within the organisation. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, Dr Dan Poulter, said that the department wants to establish clear rules around the use of data that could potentially identify individuals circulated by accredited safe havens (ASHs) and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
NSA spying program deemed “effective” by US privacy board
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has said the NSA’s cyber-spying program has been effective in enhancing the country’s security but has raised some worrying privacy concerns. Following leaks by Edward Snowden that revealed many of the NSA’s methods for acquiring information about people, the PCLOB said in a report that the way it goes about collecting information could push it into “constitutional unreasonableness”, before airing concerns that citizens may be subjected to unnecessary tracking.
Physical location of data will become irrelevant by 2020, says Gartner
The physical location of corporate data will become irrelevant by 2020, replaced by a combination of other criteria, according to a Gartner report. Gartner said the location of where companies store data will become “increasingly irrelevant” in the post-Prism era, and will be determined by a combination of legal, political and logical considerations.
Twitter struggles to match growth hopes as mobile powers Facebook surge
Twitter will double its UK revenues this year to almost £100m, while Facebook is expected to enjoy a 40 per cent boost to nearly £570m, according to a new forecast. However, Twitter will fall well short of early forecasts of £180m in UK revenues for 2015, as growth fails to match high investor expectations.
UK schools see tablet usage rise
The use of tablets in UK schools is rising, claims the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA). BESA is a trade association that represents over 300 educational suppliers in Britain, including manufacturers and distributors of ICT hardware and digital equipment to the education market.
Ad industry joins scheme to put creative industries at heart of economic growth
The advertising industry has signed up to a new government initiative to put the creative industries at the heart of economic growth and support young talent. The Create UK scheme was unveiled yesterday (2 July) by Business Secretary Vince Cable, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid and Facebook’s EMEA boss Nicola Mendelsohn. The aim is to double the value of exports from the creative industries to £31bn by 2020 in areas including advertising, gaming, film and animation.