Vodafone bags spectrum licences in India for £1.9bn
Vodafone India has announced this morning that it has secured mobile spectrum licences for £1.9bn. The mobile giant said its Indian business was awarded the licenses in 11 telecom circles, in the Indian government’s 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum auction. The deal will allow Vodafone India to roll out 4G services and boost 3G services in key cities like Mumbai, Dehli and Kolkata. It’ll pay £540m this current financial year and the remainder in instalments, starting in 2017.
6bn connected devices to be made in 2014
The global market for connected devices that allow users to access the Internet is set to surpass 6 billion units this year, as new products including mobile phones, tablets and computers enter the electronics ecosystem, according to a report from IHS Technology. Worldwide production of connected equipment will amount to 6.18 billion units this year, up a solid 6 per cent from 5.82 billion in 2013. This will be the largest increase for the market in four years.
HTC to ramp up product launches, marketing in 2014
HTC said this year it will launch more products at more price points and continue to ramp up its marketing efforts in a bid to reverse its ailing fortunes. “We will have more products to show this year,” Peter Frolund, vice president of U.K., Nordic and partner markets at HTC, told Total Telecom this week.
Sandisk announces world’s fastest memory card for 4K video
Memory card maker, Sandisk, has announced what it claims is the world’s fastest SD card. The snappily titled Sandisk Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Card offers up to 250MBps data transfer speed in burst mode and 280MBps under optimum conditions.
Tesco hit by cyber attack as thousands of passwords leaked
A list of more than 2,000 Tesco customers’ email addresses and passwords were posted online yesterday after the grocer’s website came under a cyber attack. Tesco has deactivated the accounts of the customers whose details were posted on a text-sharing site, the BBC reported. Attackers had used the details to steal Tesco vouchers from shoppers. The details were reported to have been taken from other stolen data and then used on Tesco’s website. In 2,239 cases the same credentials had been used.
Apple Mac Pro shipping date pushed back
Apple has pushed the shipping date for its Mac Pro high performance computer back to April. The cylindrical device first went on sale on 19 December 2013 but quickly sold out with the shipping date pushed back initially to 30 December then into February and later March. The problem first manifested on the Apple Store websites of several territories outside North America, including the UK, France and Germany.
Facebook adds more gender options for LGBT equality
One of the world’s most popular websites is taking a huge step toward gender equality: Facebook has announced the addition of customisable gender terms. The social network’s users now have the freedom to identify themselves as a female, male, androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid, or transsexual. “When you come to Facebook to connect with the people, causes, and organizations you care about, we want you to feel comfortable being your true, authentic self. An important part of this is the expression of gender, especially when it extends beyond the definitions of just ‘male’ or ‘female,'” the company wrote on its Diversity page.
Flappy Bird digital memorial celebration marks Game Over for hit title
Gamers in a flap over the demise of their favourite title can now find succour in the form of a ‘digital memorial celebration’ (a world first) to commemorate the untimely demise of Flappy Bird. The memorial will take place on 16 February at 12:00 UTC at www.flappyfuneral.com to mark the passing of a title which racked up 50m downloads in its short life. Visitors are encouraged to send in condolences and video tributes or even give its Vietnamese creator Dong Nguyen a tap on the back for all his hard work.
Nokia Lumia 1520 dress to be shown at London Fashion Week
Nokia has teamed up with fashion design duo Fyodor Golan to create a phone dress. The skirt, which has been created especially for Nokia to celebrate London Fashion Week, will feature 35 Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphones and be shown off this week. Created by KIN, it uses static pictures captured by the phone, or live feeds on the 35 screens that adorn it, that allow it to change around the wearer and their day. KIN, who worked with Fyodor Golan, described the dress as “a wearable and experimental piece of technology”.