BlackBerry defends classic QWERTY keyboard, promises high-end smartphones for business
BlackBerry is going to keep making high-end, QWERTY phones, with a few touch-screen models as well, but the company isn’t putting all of its financial eggs in the handset basket, CEO John Chen and global enterprise services head John Sims told a reporters’ round-table today. Fending off perpetual queries about BlackBerry’s struggling phone business, Chen insisted that “I love the handset business, [and] I think we can make the handset business profitable … we’re committed to the handset business.”
Smart launches telecom services in Tanzania
Smart has launched its services in Tanzania, becoming the eighth operator in the country. Smart joins Zantel, Airtel, Vodacom, Tigo, TTCL, Sasatel and Benson in the provision of telecommunications services in Tanzania. The network was officially launched by Industrial Promotion Services (IPS), the infrastructure and industrial development arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED).
China considering US$750mn loan to finance Mexico’s telecoms networks
Chinese officials have offered the Mexican government funding for two telecommunications networks it is planning to build, sources said. The networks, estimated by the Mexican government to cost about US$750 million, are meant to reach rural areas in the country where America Movil is often the sole phone provider. If Mexico accepted the loans, the networks would probably use equipment from Huawei Technologies, two sources said.
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France bans work emails after 6pm
A new law says that if French workers happen to notice a phone call or email from the office over dinner, they simply have to look the other way. About a million French workers in the digital and consulting industries will be required to switch off work phones and avoid email before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m., barring “exceptional circumstances,” according to a BBC News article. The agreement reached by employers federations and unions also says employers cannot pressure their employees to flout the directive.
Snapchat-style self-destructing email service created
A Snapchat-style self-destructing email serviced has been created by two Harvard law students. Pluto allows users to unsend emails at any time, unlike Gmail which currently only offers their users five seconds to stop any embarrassing errors being sent. With Pluto, you also have the ability to edit sent emails if the recipient has not yet opened the email.
Unify and BT Reach Enterprise Agreement
Addressing strong customer demand for integrated and collaborative infrastructure and applications and building upon a track record of customer success, Unify and BT has announced a new multi-country enterprise agreement. The agreement makes it easier for customers in the UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany to realise the productivity and cost-saving benefits of a joint solution offering.
Google Glass to go on general sale in the US for one day only
Google Glass is going on general sale in the US for one day only in what could be the biggest test to date of public desire for the wearable computer. Following the publication of a leaked document by The Verge, Google has confirmed in a blog post that they will be selling Glass online to any adult in the US on April 15th from 6am PDT. Google will also throw in a free sunglass shade or prescription glasses frame for the $1,500 plus tax price tag.
ECJ enforces illegal downloading ban on The Netherlands
Downloading movies, TV series and music from illegal sources does not fall under Dutch home copying regulations and compensation schemes, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday, April 10. The ban takes immediate effect and the Dutch government said it will look at changing the law as soon as possible. The Ministry of Security and Justice specified that the ban is based on civil law, so infringers will not be prosecuted and will not face criminal charges.
Only 10 per cent of UK shoppers have made use of in-store tablets
Retailers are failing to engage consumers with in-store technology, with only a tenth of British shoppers having ever experienced tablet devices while out shopping. Research by retail technology company Omnico Group found that only 10% of UK shoppers have ever seen or used tablets in-store for retail services.