Apple lowers iPad price and launches iPhone 5C
Technology giant Apple has lowered the price of its fourth-generation iPad, hours after confirming a lower-cost version of its smartphone, the iPhone 5c. The price of the iPad has now been lowered on its online store to £329. The move makes the device the cheapest 9-inch tablet the California company has on sale, despite it being one of the newest versions, replacing the iPad 2, which was released in 2011.
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Taiwan Mobile selects NSN as sole supplier for LTE-Advanced network
Nokia Solutions and Networks supports Taiwan Mobile, a leading wireless operator, in a rapid roll-out of its multi-band LTE network built with NSN’s Liquid Radio and Liquid Core technology. NSN will also deploy LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation technology to increase bandwidth and network performance by combining the 700MHz and 1800MHz spectrum bands.
Mobile video calling users to reach 130M by 2018
Users of mobile video calling services such as Skype are forecast to increase to over 130 million by 2018, but question marks remain over the potential for mobile video calling to generate revenues in its own right, according to Juniper Research. The company observed that as with many OTT services, only a small proportion of mobile video calling users pay for the service directly.
London NHS Trust takes records into the cloud as part of NHS-wide roll out
One London NHS trust has got a head-start on its counterparts by taking its records into the cloud in what will be regular occurrence among the country’s medical organisations over the coming years. The Royal London NHS Trust is bringing in a cloud-based information management system that allows it to take all traditional paper patient records and case notes, and store them in the cloud.
UK Parliamentary ICT to be consolidated with digital office
The UK Parliamentary ICT (PICT) will soon be replaced by a Digital Office, merging the management of all Web and Intranet Service (WIS) and ICT services into a single administration to upgrade its IT offering while renewing its legacy strategy. In addition, the House of Commons and House of Lords Management Boards have also decided to appoint a Head of Digital, who will run the organisation as well, be responsible for delivering increasing satisfaction levels with Parliament’s digital services from Members, staff and the public.
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Payleven announces NFC-capable mobile point-of-sale card reader
Payleven, which began life as Rocket Internet’s Square clone for Europe, will later this year bring out a mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) card reader that accepts contactless payments using near-field communication (NFC) technology. The rollout of NFC-based contactless payment facilities among retailers has been patchy, apart from where banks are enthusiastically pushing them, such as in the U.K. and Poland. Certainly for very small businesses – the kind that will use cheap mPOS readers from the likes of Payleven, Square or iZettle to accept card payments for the first time – NFC has not factored thus far.
Sony unveils prototype virtual reality headset for Playstation
Sony Corp unveiled a prototype for a new virtual reality headset accessory for its Playstation 4 games console on Tuesday at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, as it bids to further acceptance of the concept. The headset, still in development under the name “Project Morpheus”, is designed to provide an immersive experience for gamers by projecting a virtual reality image in front of their eyes that shifts as it tracks the movement of their head.
Music industry slumps despite online growth
Music subscription services’ revenues grew to over $1bn (£603m) worldwide in 2013, but the dramatic growth from the likes of Spotify and Rdio was not enough to support the music industry which contracted 3.9 per cent overall to $15bn.
4K TV shipments set to grow exponentially
4K LCD TV shipments are beginning to snowball: units of the UltraHD sets reached 1.6 million in 2013, with the bulk of that — nearly one million TVs — shipping in the fourth quarter. According to the latest NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report, growth was significantly driven by China, although shipments from countries outside of China more than doubled in Q4, as well. Chinese brands comprised 84 per cent of global 4K TV shipments in 2013 and 80 per cent of 4K TV shipments in Q4.
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