Vodafone earnings to fall as it unveils £19 billion investment plans
Mobile phone giant Vodafone has forecast earnings will fall next year as fierce competition and regulatory changes in Europe have forced it to invest. Vodafone has written down £6.6 billion of assets in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic and Romania and unveiled plans to invest £19 billion in its network over two years to boost speed and coverage.
London Evening Standard
More Nokia X Android smartphones are on the way
It seems that Nokia’s Android oddity wasn’t just a one-off experiment, as despite the fact that the company has now been bought up by Microsoft it’s apparently working on the next-generation of phones in the ‘X’ series. That’s according to BGR India, which further heard that these new phones will come with a dedicated home button.
Google buys Divide to boost android in the workplace
Google said it is buying Divide, a mobile-device-management startup, to help the Internet giant’s Android business reach more business customers. A purchase price wasn’t disclosed. Divide, founded by former Morgan Stanley information-technology executives, helps companies manage the growing number – and variety — of mobile devices used by employees.
Wall Street Journal
UK and Israel in £1.2m pact to develop next-generation cyber defences
The UK and Israeli governments have signed a letter of intent to launch a new cyber security research project designed to fund the creation of next-generation anti-hacker technologies. The agreement will see the two governments allocate £1.2m of joint funding through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to projects researching six key cyber security areas. These areas are: identity management; governance; privacy assurance and perceptions; mobile and cloud security; human aspects of security; and cryptography. The EPSRC will be taking proposals for funding until 24 June.
China bans use of Microsoft’s Windows 8 on government computers
China has banned government use of Windows 8, Microsoft Corp’s latest operating system (OS), in a blow to the U.S. technology company which has long been plagued by sales woes in the country. The Central Government Procurement Center issued the ban on installing Windows 8 on government computers as part of a notice on the use of energy-saving products, posted on its website last week.
IDC lowers IT spending forecasts
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Black Book, worldwide IT spending will increase by 4.1 per cent in constant currency this year, down from IDC’s previous forecast of 4.6 per cent and also down from last year’s growth of 4.5%. According to the new report, IT spending has been volatile since the beginning of the year, with macroeconomic wild cards including the crisis in Ukraine and the slowdown in China adding to the general sense of uncertainty which continues to impact business confidence and investment. Pent-up demand should, however, drive a more positive capital spending cycle in the second half of this year. In mature economies, organizations will take advantage of a more stable business climate to replace ageing infrastructure including servers, storage and network equipment. In some emerging markets, stabilization of the economy after the slowdown that began in mid-2013 could drive a period of catch-up spending, especially in China where IT spending has cooled significantly over the past 12 months.
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David Cameron wades into Google ‘right to be forgotten’ row with reservations
A growing ruckus over a European court ruling granting citizens the right to have links to information held about them online has been joined by no less than the Prime Minister, who voiced reservations about the idea. Though government is still considering the court ruling a spokesperson for the PM said: “I think the prime minister’s view is that it is right that people take some time to look at this judgment. I think whilst taking time to consider and look at the judgment and possible implications, his view is that there is potentially a distinction to be drawn between dealing with the issue of information that is wrong, and correction of factually inaccurate information, as distinct from what some have characterised as seeking to hide factually correct information.
Netflix looking towards a recommendation based future
Netflix is looking towards a future where its interface largely nixes the current navigation setup in favor of one that is primarily recommendations-based. It is suggested the system will offer up just a few choices based on the user’s preferences. The information comes from Netflix’s Chief Product officer Neil Hunt, who discussed it during the company’s Internet Week keynote speech. He points out that it isn’t exactly possible for the system to offer up a single ideal suggestion, but that only three or four might be offered in a future interface.
Harvard and MIT gang up on NSA
After the US spooks effectively shut down Lavabit last year, a truly secure email system which is unhackable by the spooks has been a holy grail. Now boffins from Harvard and MIT have created a new system called ProtonMail that they say will be more secure than Lavabit and will not be hackable by the NSA or other spy agencies.