Tesco Mobile shakes things up by making 4G free
Tesco Mobile is doing away with its 4G charges from January 30, and won’t be charging any extra for the faster network from now on. Previously, Tesco added a £2.50 premium for the privilege of using its 4G – customers paying that, will receive a credit on their monthly statement.
Lenovo’s Motorola buy out caps transformation
The news that Lenovo had agreed to acquire the Motorola handset business from Google for $2.9bn drew sharply different reactions after the announcement early on Thursday morning in Beijing. Coming hot on the heels of its $2.3bn deal to buy part of IBM’s server business, it capped a week of dealmaking designed to accelerate the transformation of the world’s biggest PC maker into a broad-based tech manufacturer.
Deutsche Telekom: NSA/GCHQ revelations an opportunity
German operator group Deutsche Telekom has hailed last year’s revelations that the US spy agency NSA and the UK’s GCHQ had been monitoring ordinary citizens’ browsing and messaging habits as an “opportunity” for operators to provide data privacy and data security services. The operator said that before the revelations, primarily from 2014 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Edward Snowden, about the NSA and GCHQ were made, data privacy and security were never in the public spotlight as much as they are now.
Tesco and Waitrose to launch “click an collect” with London Underground
Supermarket chains Tesco and Waitrose are to begin “click and collect” services across the London Underground network after signing a deal with the city’s transport authority. The partnership with Transport for London, which provides for an average 11 million journeys each day, will enable commuters to pick up their online purchases from underground stations. Tesco and Waitrose will trial the scheme in six locations initially.
Amazon plans move into physical payments
Amazon plans to offer brick-and-mortar retailers a checkout system that uses Kindle tablets as soon as this summer, people briefed on the company’s plans said. In one scenario, the Seattle company would give merchants Kindle tablets and credit-card readers. Amazon also might offer retailers other services, such as website development and data analysis, the people said.
Wall Street Journal
UK introduces new Digital Public Services
The UK government unveiled a plan to introduce new online services which are expected to offer cumulative savings of £1.2bn. During Sprint 14, a showcase for digital government, five new services were showcased which claimed to offer a simpler, clearer and faster process for users, and offer better services for PAYE tax, prison visits, electoral registration, driving records and visa applications. With the launch, the government expects to save about £1.2bn through the digitisation of public services and also expects the savings to increase to £1.7bn a year after 2015.
Computer Business Review
IPTV to lead global pay-TV growth to $270BN
Worldwide video service revenue, including cable and satellite pay-TV and telco-based IPTV, grew again in the first half of 2013, to reach $110 billion says the latest report from Infonetics Research. This would represent a 2 per cent uptake over the second half of 2012 with most of the growth driven by IPTV services. Telco IPTV and satellite revenue both continue to rise, thanks to new subscribers and increased ARPU in the critical regions of North America and Western Europe.
Last.fm plots streaming music comeback with Spotify and YouTube
Last.fm remains the biggest digital music company to emerge from the UK, if judged by the $280m that US media giant CBS paid for it in 2007. Since then, though, the company’s profile has slipped as newer services like Spotify have come to prominence. Last.fm’s co-founders left the company in 2009, it shut down its ability to play tracks on-demand the following year, and moved its personal radio service behind a paywall in the UK, US and Germany in 2012, scrapping the service altogether in most countries.
Time Machine app calculates lost days, hours and minutes spent on Facebook
A new app coinciding with the tenth anniversary of Facebook has been published by Time magazine which promises to calculate how much time people have wasted on the social networking site over that period – down to the nearest minute. When activated the app scuttles through a user’s timeline, logging timestamps on posts until it reaches the earliest, from this the app outputs a screen displaying the total number of days, hours and minutes spent interacting with the site since joining.