ANT Telecom implements comms solution for Eurotunnel
ANT Telecom has implemented a Hytera digital radio solution for Eurotunnel, providing full site communication. The solution will be utilised at the Folkestone site by traffic marshals within four different divisions – tourist, HGV1, HGV2 and motorway, allowing communication between the teams and the control centre.
Sky, TalkTalk and CityFibre link up for ultra-fast network in York
The city of York is to have the fastest broadband speeds in Britain after four telecoms groups, led by Sky and TalkTalk, announced plans to build an ultrafast network. Capable of delivering speeds of up to one gigabit per second (1Gbps), the infrastructure project is the biggest challenge yet to BT’s monopoly of the UK’s fixed-line telecoms infrastructure.
T-Mobile eliminates overage fees, challenges the competition to do the same
T-Mobile on Monday announced plans to do away with expensive overage fees for all customers on consumer plans. CEO John Legere took the initiative a step further by publically inviting AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to do the same. The outspoken T-Mobile chief said the act of charging overage fees is a greedy, predatory practice that needs to go. He added that the worst thing about them is the fact that they’re often inflicted on those who can least afford them.
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Shoreditch firm TransferWise hits £1billion mark
A Shoreditch money-transfer business tipped to be partnering with Facebook said today it has transferred over a £1 billion since launching just three years ago. TransferWise has seen use of its international money transfer service has exploded since last May when PayPal’s co-founder Peter Thiel invested in the business. The total volume of cash sent abroad has jumped from £125 million to £1 billion in just 11 months.
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Up to 1.5m Mumsnet members hit by Heartbleed bug
Parenting forum Mumsnet has warned all 1.5m members that their accounts may have been compromised by the so-called Heartbleed bug – including Justine Roberts, the site’s own co-founder, whose username and password were amongst those stolen.
Facebook is trying to become your online wallet, starting in Europe
Facebook wants your money. No, we’re not talking about credits for FarmVille — not this time. The social network is trying to become your online bank account for making payments and storing cash (or virtual currency). According to Irish Times, the social network is close to getting regulatory approval in Ireland (where Facebook’s EU operations are headquartered). This approval will come from Central Bank and will allow Facebook to become a digital financial institution — to “issue units of stored monetary value that represent a claim against the company.”
Shop entrances are hot spots for mobile use, says Starcom
Almost a quarter of shoppers use their mobile phones while waiting outside retail destinations, whereas only three per cent use them while looking at products, according to research from Starcom MediaVest Group. Last month, the Publicis-owned media agency used its own observational video techniques on 2,000 people around ten retail locations on London’s Oxford Street and in Guildford town centre.
Google buys drone maker Titan aerospace
Google is getting into the high-altitude drone business with its purchase of Titan Aerospace in a move that is closely linked to Google’s Project Loon efforts, which use high-altitude balloons to build a high-speed Internet network. The Titan Aerospace acquisition by Google is being made as the company continues to assemble “more aerial technology to collect images and get more of the world’s population online,” according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
AR book to encourage kids to read with Android app
57 per cent of children spend just an hour reading, whereas 33 per cent usually play mobile games – Jack Hunter combines to two. The interactive AR enabled book, Jack Hunter: The French Connection – which was launched for iOS in February – has been introduced onto Android. Research from Publisher, iBO Live and author Martin King found that 57 per cent of children aged eight to 13 spend just one hour a day reading, however 33 per cent spend most of their time playing games on smartphones and tablets.