As UK rural broadband rollout drags on, EE 4G hits 2,588 small towns and villages
4G mobile broadband speeds are now hitting more of Britain’s rural towns and villages thanks to the latest infrastructure upgrade from the UK’s leading LTE network EE. During an event at which the network revealed a host of own-branded 4G devices including tablets and an in-car 4G unit, it also revealed next-gen speeds are now available in 2,588 of the UK’s smaller regions.
Truphone looks to boost business customers after overseas launch
Truphone has greatly increased the numbers of countries it includes in its roaming offering as it looks to ramp up its base of business customers. The enterprise-focused mobile operator has added 58 new countries to the eight “core” zones where it offers its service – a SIM card to which customers can add up to eight international numbers and roam by paying local rates.
LG releases official pictures of its LG G3 smartphone
LG will unveil its next generation flagship Android phone next Tuesday, 27 May, but beforehand it has officially released press pictures of what the handset will look like when encased in the newly-minted QuickCircle Case. The case is a replacement for the QuickWindow Folio Case released last year to match the LG G2.
Nest kills ‘Wave’ feature amid safety concerns
Nest Labs, the home automation company bought by Google for $3.2 billion in January, has released an automatic electronic update for its Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, after lab tests revealed the device could be unsafe. Nest Protect has a feature called ‘Wave’ that enables the user to temporarily silence their alarm with a wave of the hand. The company halted sales of the smoke alarm and disabled the Wave feature last month, after lab tests revealed that some users could disable the device unintentionally.
All aboard! Network Rail awarded for scheme to get women into tech
Network Rail has won the IT Ambassador Award at the Real IT Awards for its attempts to encourage women to consider an IT career. The organisation’s CIO Susan Cooklin took six women from her IT team of 500 people to launch the “Could IT Be You?” campaign and competition. The aim was to show young females aged 16-18 what their career options are, including the reality of today’s IT profession.
Microsoft says no to fixing ancient IE
It appears that the software king of the world Microsoft has had a gutsful of fixing ancient versions of its software because businesses cannot be bothered upgrading. Microsoft has decided not to fix an IE 8 zero-day first identified seven months ago, instead telling users to upgrade their browsers and stop messing about. The vulnerability meant that attackers could execute arbitrary code on computers running the older Internet Explorer version 8.
YouTube’s subscription music licensing strikes wrong notes with indie labels
Independent music labels are at loggerheads with YouTube over the licensing terms for its upcoming streaming music subscription service. The service – still not officially announced, but the subject of longstanding speculation within the music and technology industries – is expected to compete directly with Spotify, Deezer and their rivals. Music industry trade association the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has accused YouTube of strong-arm negotiating tactics trying to force indie labels to sign up to the new service.
Financial Times kicks off trials to sell advertisers ‘blocks of time’ to tackle industry’s viewability issue
The Financial Times is set to begin a new method of digital trading, selling blocks of time to advertisers in a bid to tackle the industry’s ad viewability problem. The publisher has been trialling a method whereby the amount of time users are exposed to ads is measured and clients can buy inventory using a currency of ad time rather than ad space. The FT has been working with New York firm Chartbeat on developing the method and it expects it to launch fully in the fourth quarter of this year.
Vodafone partners with Netflix to offer free streaming to customers
Vodafone has entered a deal with Netflix to offer free video streaming to its customers. Red 4G subscribers in the UK can take advantage of six months of free Netflix as part of their contract agreement. Users can then stream content on their tablet, smartphone or other device over WiFi or 4G, but the mobile data will not be free. Vodafone previously offered a choice between free Sky Sports or Spotify content for Red 4G subscribers in Britain.