T-Mobile US reaches out to BlackBerry customers…again
T-Mobile US has reached out to BlackBerry customers with another special offer after the Canadian smartphone maker announced it will stop supplying its devices to the mobile operator. In an open letter published on Thursday, T-Mobile US CEO John Legere said BlackBerry customers are eligible for a $100 credit on their next device, including the BlackBerry Q10 and Z10, until the end of the year.
EU Parliament votes to end roaming
The European Parliament voted to end mobile phone roaming fees by 2016 and barred telecoms operators from prioritising some Internet traffic over others, moves that will cheer Europe’s consumers and frustrate industry seeking new forms of revenue. In a session in Brussels, lawmakers backed telecom reform legislation that will phase out roaming fees across the 28-country European Union by December 2015, bolster consumer protections on mobile and broadband contracts and seek to make the sale of mobile licences more uniform across Europe.
VAT reform on China’s telecom carriers delayed
As part of the country’s tax and fiscal reforms, the VAT which was initially planned to be imposed on the Chinese carriers from April 1, is likely to have been put off as all the three major carriers — China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom – said they didn’t receive any notice from the regulators till today, according to a Sina news report on Friday.
Government signs £5m deal with Microsoft to extend Windows XP support for a year
The decision to stop offering support and security updates for Windows XP may be good news for Microsoft executives tired of their ‘zombie operating system’ but it’s proving an expensive decision for big institutions that aren’t ready to move on. Among these institutions is the UK government, who has signed a £5.548 million deal with Microsoft in order to secure a year’s worth of extra support for Windows XP, Office 2004 and Exchange 2003.
New USB cable design unveiled, can’t be plugged in the wrong way
A design for a new type of USB connector has been shown off, and it’s one that will put an end to all your USB worries. The great thing about the new USB Type-C standard is that it’s orientation agnostic when it comes to slotting it in – or to put it another way, it’s symmetrical, and you can plug it in either way up. It’s also smaller than existing USB connectors, and the idea is that it will replace both USB and micro USB with one single standard in the future. Of course, that means it won’t fit existing USB ports on PCs across the land.
Licencing and entitlement management key to monetising IoT
Laurie Wurster, research director at Gartner, says the hyper-growth of IoT will require a rethinking of manufacturers’ underlying business models, including the manufacturing supply chain and the critical role that software plays in product development and product revenue models. Licencing and entitlement management will enable flexible pricing and packaging, so manufacturers can bundle product features, capabilities and capacities, ensure payment, provide upgrade paths, as well as new revenue streams.
Google and Netflix to be protected from telecoms charges
Google, Netflix and other internet companies are celebrating a political victory over telecoms network operators after MEPs approved legislation that would ban extra charges for delivering particular types of data such as video. A block of left-wing MEPs at the EU introduced the new restrictions via late amendments to a broad package of telecoms reforms that was approved by a resounding majority on Thursday. The amendments would protect what internet lobbyists and campaigners call “net neutrality”, the principle that the owners of telecoms infrastructure should not be allowed to treat the various types of data passing over their networks differently.
Tablets and mobile phones blamed as more than nine in ten young people fail to get a good night’s sleep
Mobile phones and tablets are being blamed for leaving Britain in the grip of an epidemic of insomnia. The devices emit ‘blue light’ which disturbs our brains before bed time and means millions of us are going without enough sleep. Young people are suffering most, with more than nine in ten saying they do not get the recommended seven hours’ rest a night, a study shows. Now, the researchers are urging people to switch off mobile phones, tablets and even TVs at least two hours before hitting the hay.
BBC Trust approves 30-day iPlayer catch-up window
The BBC Trust has approved proposals from the BBC Executive to extend the catch-up window for programmes on BBC iPlayer from seven to 30 days. The decision follows a formal assessment of the significance of the plans and advice from Ofcom on the potential impact of the proposals on others. The catch-up extension will mean that programmes will be available on iPlayer to stream or download for 30 days after they are first broadcast, rather than the current seven days. The changes are expected to be implemented from this summer.