Nokia set to pack high-end power into smaller Lumia 930
As if Nokia’s Android-flavoured Normandy handset wasn’t enough to get us excited about the Finns’ MWC 2014 announcements, we’ve now heard about two more. First up there’s the Nokia Lumia 930 which, according to the Twitter tipster @NextLeaks, will have a 4.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a 20 megapixel camera and a 2700 mAh battery.
Vodafone in talks to build government assisted €400 million Irish Fibre network
Irish state-owned Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has named Vodafone as the preferred bidder to construct a new €400 million (£328m) fibre network across the country, using existing electrical infrastructure. The British operator was reportedly competing for the deal with BT Ireland, but the company has now entered exclusive negotiations with the ESB.
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Alcatel-Lucent unveils new enterprise cloud products ahead of sale
Alcatel-Lucent has launched a new cloud-based communications solution for SMEs and expanded its services for mid-to-large enterprises. The news comes as the France-based vendor announced last week that it has entered into exclusive discussions with China Huaxin for the sale of its enterprise division.
German official doubtful on binding no-spy deal
The German government’s new coordinator for trans-Atlantic relations says he doubts talks aimed at securing a “no-spy” agreement with the U.S. will produce a deal that’s legally binding. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is seeking such an accord following revelations about surveillance by the National Security Agency, including allegations Merkel’s cellphone was monitored.
VMware and Google put Windows apps on Chromebooks with view to XP migrations
VMware and Google are taking aim at corporate laptops with a new partnership that delivers access to Windows applications on Google’s Chromebook computers, touting it as one way to avoid issues with the Windows XP cut-off deadline. Announced at VMware’s Partner Exchange 2014, the move sees Google’s Chromebooks supported as an endpoint for VMware’s Horizon View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform. Chromebook users will be able to access Windows applications, data and desktops from a web-based application catalogue using VMware’s Blast technology, which can serve up a remote screen onto any HTML5-compliant device.
Cisco profits plummet for second quarter
Profits for Cisco have fallen dramatically in the past three months, according to figures released by the firm this week. Revenues fell by 8% year on year to $11.2bn in its second quarter results, and profits plummeted by almost 55% to $1.4bn. The latter figure was mostly blamed on a one-off charge of $655m for faulty memory chips shipped within a number of products between 2005 and 2010.
Virgin Media reaches two million TiVo customers
UK operator Virgin Media reached a milestone figure of two million TiVo customers this week, after first launching the service in December 2010. The firm marked the occasion by surprising the two millionth customer, a family in Manchester, with an impromptu visit by Hollyoaks and Dancing on Ice star Jennifer Metcalfe. Virgin Media said that TiVo is the “UK’s fastest growing pay TV service” and along with 2 million installs, received 519 million on-demand TV programme requests last year alone.
GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan
The Tory-led government has failed to make a good case for its plans to share GP medical records with information that is already stored by NHS England, the Royal College of General Practitioners warned on Wednesday. Patients have, in turn, lost confidence in the so-called care data scheme, said RCGP’s honorary secretary professor Nigel Mathers. His comments come after NHS information chief Tim Kelsey admitted earlier this month that the health service had failed to adequately inform patients about how they can opt out of having their GP medical records shared throughout England.
Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside to join Dropbox as COO
Dropbox, the cloud storage company, has anointed Motorola Mobility’s CEO Dennis Woodside to its team. Woodside will become the first chief operating officer for Dropbox, while Jonathan Rosenberg, formerly head of product management at Google, will take over Woodside’s role at Motorola Mobility.