BlackBerry willing to stop selling phones
BlackBerry would consider exiting its handset business if it remains unprofitable, according to the company’s CEO. “If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business,” John Chen said in an interview, adding that the time-frame for such a decision was short. He would not be more specific, but said it should be possible to make money off as few as 10 million handsets a year.
Piramal sells stake in Vodafone India
Indian conglomerate Piramal Industries has sold its 11 per cent stake in Vodafone’s Indian operation for almost $1.5bn, generating a 50 per cent return on an investment made during the 2012 financial year. The stake was sold to Prime Metals Ltd, an indirect subsidiary of Vodafone Group, Piramal said.
Huawei launches APAC’s first ever OpenDaylight Lab
Huawei announced the opening of its OpenDaylight (ODL) Lab in Shenzhen, China. OpenDaylight is an open and collaborative network programmability platform for software defined networking (SDN). It also creates a solid foundation for network virtualisation function (NFV) for networks of any size or scale. The Huawei run ODL Lab will become the first of its kind in Asia Pacific, and second in the world to be hosted by a third-party as part of the approved OpenDaylight Community Labs list.
Google invests in robotics start-up Savioke
Google has further demonstrated its interest in robotics by investing in a Silicon Valley start-up that specialises in the field. The internet giant, which has acquired eight robotics companies in the past 12 months, has not revealed how much it has invested in Savioke, as the company is called.
Police forces still struggling on cyber front
Less than 7 per cent of police forces in England and Wales have a comprehensive plan to deal with a large scale cyber incident, reveals an official report. Cyber incidents are one of just five threats government set as police priorities in 2012. The report notes that the culmination of individual cyber-crimes or the commission of a single attack could cause a large scale cyber incident.
Greg Christie to leave Apple as Jonathan Ive seizes design reins
Apple design boss Jony Ive appears to be consolidating his power within the fruity firm, with longtime software UI chief Greg Christie reportedly leaving the company. Cupertino confirmed Christie’s exit in a statement to the Financial Times, saying, “Greg has been planning to retire later this year after nearly 20 years at Apple. He has made vital contributions to Apple products across the board, and built a world-class Human Interface team which has worked closely with Jony for many years.”
Social users have 3 times higher level of ad awareness than those who do not use these social networking sites
Those who use Twitter and Facebook have a level of ad awareness up to three times higher than those who do not use these social networking sites, research from YouGov Brandwatch has found. The research focussed on Three’s #SingItKitty ad, discovering that 73 percent of those who watched the new ad said they liked it. It was also discovered that advertising awareness has almost doubled since it launched, standing at 10 per cent as of 24 March, whilst consideration for Three increased by up to three per cent since the campaign started.
Facebook to remove messaging from mobile app, users must download Messenger
Facebook is to switch off the messaging service in its mobile app, meaning users will have to download the Messenger app. The social networking giant has notified users in some European countries that they won’t be able to message friends through the Facebook app in two weeks’ time. This will roll out to every country in the near future.
BBC must tackle complacency over the way it spends licence fee, say MPs
The BBC must tackle a “culture of complacency” in the way it spends licence fee payers’ money, MPs say, after describing the corporation’s bungled £100m Digital Media Initiative as a “complete failure”. The House of Commons public accounts committee delivered a damning verdict on the DMI, which aimed to do away with an extensive video archive and editing system and create a YouTube-like “tapeless” environment, which was scrapped by BBC director general Tony Hall in his first few weeks in the job, at a cost of £98.4m.