Britain’s Ofcom proposes further cuts in mobile phone charges
British telecoms regulator Ofcom on Wednesday proposed further cuts in mobile termination rates – the charges operators impose to connect calls across networks – in a move that could lead to cheaper bills for consumers.
UK broadband prep fixed line and 4G LTE Internet for London homes
UK Broadband (UKB), the sibling of Hong Kong based telecoms giant PCCW (HKT), is today expected to take another pop at breaking into the consumer Internet access market when it launches a new fixed line and 4G (TD LTE) fixed wireless based broadband service for homes and businesses in London using its 3.5GHz or 3.6GHz radio spectrum bands.
Vodafone moves major R&D hub from Silicon Valley to London
Vodafone is to move its ‘xone’ research and development (R&D) hub from Silicon Valley to London, hoping that UK and European talent can create new products and services for its customers around the world. A team of engineers, architects and designers will build and test device prototypes, develop new applications and services and help Vodafone accelerate the time it takes to get the latest mobile technology into the hands of its consumers.
Hackers are trying to flog stolen eBay logins part deux
We’ve heard this before, of course, but a new source has emerged claiming that eBay login details are for sale on the online underground. As you are no doubt aware, eBay suffered a major security breach towards the end of last month, with attackers compromising the auction site’s database and making off with a wealth of user data including encrypted passwords (initially, eBay didn’t believe any user details had been compromised, and was therefore rather slow to respond).
Kickstarter now offering a fast track for select projects
Kickstarter is trying to make it easier to get a project started on its crowdfunding site, offering an instant launch option that does away with the need for human approval. The company said on Tuesday that it was easing up on its project posting restrictions — and eliminating some rules entirely — in an effort to give more freedom to the people who use its site to get their projects off the ground.
Technology could save UK £24bn a year by 2020
Britain could save as much as £24 billion a year by 2020 through a more efficient use of technology within central and local government, according to a new report. In its Technology Manifesto report, published today, leading think tank Policy Exchange urges politicians and policymakers to put technology front and centre of their thinking for the 2015 general election.
YouTube accused of trying to strong-arm indie labels into poor deals
A threat to remove Adele and the Arctic Monkeys from YouTube should be investigated by the European Commission, according to the independent record labels they are signed to. The desperate plea for intervention – supported by the likes of Billy Bragg and Radiohead’s guitarist Ed O’Brien – comes amid an escalating row about the fees that YouTube is prepared to pay artists signed to independents.
Half of customers prefer social media for customer service
Social media is an emerging channel for customer-care assistance, with many consumers preferring to communicate this way, a report by Amdocs shows. 50 per cent of consumers have attempted to contact service providers through social media, but three quarters never received a response, demonstrating a clear need for companies to improve their social media presence.
Fans streamed 2.4 billion hours of competitive gaming last year
We’ve known that streaming game video from the likes of Twitch has been popular, but the extent of it hasn’t exactly been clear. Last year 2.4 billion hours were spent watching competitive gaming (eSports) broadcasts online, according to a report from market research firm IHS. Think about this for a second: if there are around 8,766 hours in a year, in 2013 people watched some 273,785 years of League of Legends (LoL), Dota 2 and StarCraft 2 competitions.