Apple retains customers as BlackBerry, Nokia bleed
Apple is in a better position with its iPhone to retain customers as Dutch mobile users move away from devices made by BlackBerry and Nokia. Meanwhile, Sony, LG and Huawei are gaining ground, according to a study by Telecompaper. In the third quarter of last year, 72 per cent of mobile phone users in the Netherlands had a smartphone, compared to 56 per cent the year before. Samsung remained market leader for smartphones, as well as for feature phones, pushing Android’s presence to 70 per cent of all smartphones in the Netherlands.
Slovenia Telekom to be privatised by year end
The state’s stake in Telekom Slovenia is likely to be sold by the end of the year, Economy Minister Metod Dragonja said on Tuesday. “It is my expectation that Telekom will be privatised by the end of this year,” Dragonja told a news conference. Telekom is the largest among more than a dozen companies the Slovenian government listed for privatisation last year as part of its efforts to overhaul the economy. It has market capitalisation of 860 million euros ($1.20 billion).
ZTE ranked in Top 3 for VC
ZTE Corporation has been ranked in the world’s top three vendors of video-conferencing systems in the latest report by Wainhouse Research. According to the “SpotCheck Group Video Conferencing Q4-2013 and YR-2013” report by Wainhouse Research ZTE achieved 14 per cent market share in the shipment of videoconferencing terminals and 15 per cent market share in terminals and system platforms revenue in Q4 2013. ZTE’s overall market share of the videoconferencing terminals and systems market rose to 11 per cent in 2013.
New survey finds many businesses still unprepared for cyber attacks
Over 80 per cent of online businesses are not adequately prepared for cyber attacks and upwards of a third have admitted to not having any concrete plan in place for when an attack strikes. A survey carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Arbor Networks looked at whether business leaders felt ready if a cyber attack befalls the company. Despite over three quarters [77 per cent] of the companies surveyed stating that they had suffered an incident over the past two years, 38 per cent stated that there is still no incident response plan in place.
Parliament to unify web and ICT with Digital Office
Parliamentary ICT (PICT) will soon be replaced by a Digital Office which aims to bring together online and Parliament ICT services. House of Commons and House of Lords management boards have announced updates to the way Parliament will conduct its IT proceedings. The current Parliament IT offering will be replaced by a Digital Office which aims to bring together its Web and Intranet Service (WIS) and Parliament ICT (PICT) services. Off the back of a review into IT in Parliament, the management boards have also decided to appoint a head of digital to run the Digital Office. This person will be “publicly accountable for delivering measurably rising levels of satisfaction with Parliament’s digital services from members, staff and the public”.
How the Internet of Things will put pressure on data centres
Smart devices will put pressure on data centres as they generate big data that needs to be processed and analysed in real time, according to the latest research. Gartner predicts that there will be 26 billion Internet of Things (IoT) units installed by 2020 as IoT suppliers generate $300bn in revenue. IoT refers to appliances enabled with sensors and assigned their own IP address that connect to the internet – thus creating a world where devices and machines can communicate with each other, interpret information and make intelligent decisions in real time as more and more devices connect to the internet.
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Mobile overtakes TV as most popular way to consume media
People in Britain will spend more time consuming media on their desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones than they will on their televisions in 2014, according to a new report. The average UK adult will spend more than 8.5 hours each day consuming media in 2014. Of that total, 3 hours 41 minutes per day will be spent online, on non-voice mobile activities or with other digital media, according to analyst eMarketer’s estimates, compared to 3 hours 15 minutes watching television.
‘Netflix for piracy’ Popcorn Time back up and running after going open-source
Popcorn Time’s closure lasted just two days, with the site allowing users to watch movies free online being picked up by other developers. Described as a “nightmare scenario” for the film industry, the site was shut down by its creators, only for the software to be made open-source on a popular code-sharing website. This paved the way for anyone and everyone to host the software, in a sort of digital game of whack-a-mole that will make it very difficult to shut down for good. Powered by BitTorrent files, the service has now been translated into 32 different languages.
11.16am time Brits panic they’ve left devices on
11.16am is the time most forgetful Brits worry they’ve left devices running once they’ve left for work, according to new research. Almost half (45 per cent) of Brits have had to return home in the morning when already on their way to work to double check they have locked up, and more than a third (38 per cent) have returned home just to assure themselves that they have switched an appliance off. Over a quarter (29 per cent) admit to having called a relative they know is at home to check on an appliance they think they have accidentally left on, with 11.16am revealed to be the time the average Brit starts to panic about what they might have forgotten to do at home.