T-Mobile offers insulted BlackBerry users a special deal
After T-Mobile’s poorly received promotion intended to tempt BlackBerry users to switch to new iPhones, the company is doubling down on its commitment to the dwindling but passionate Blackberry faithful — to the tune of hundreds of dollars. The deal is this: Bring in your working BlackBerry handset to any T-Mobile store and get $200 off any phone there. If you’re on T-Mobile and you want a new BlackBerry, you get an additional $50 off. If you’re not on T-Mobile, then you still can trade in the phone, and your early termination fees will be taken care of.
Deutsche Telekom and Orange connect to RCS hub
Operator groups Deutsche Telekom and Orange have signed up to an RCS hub from cloud communications firm Jibe Mobile, enabling interoperability between RCS and Joyn services hosted by third parties as well as in-network deployments. Jibe said that operators typically have two basic options when deploying RCS services. They can base the service on their own IMS infrastructure or they can use a hosted service.
Gionee announces world’s thinnest smartphone
A show like Mobile World Congress is a lot more focused than the likes of CES. While the latter is more of an ‘anything goes’ kind of affair, MWC is all mobile, so companies have to try harder to stand out. To that end, we are expecting next week to bring a lot of ‘firsts,’ ‘biggests’ and ‘smallests.’ Kicking things off is Chinese company Gionee with what it’s claiming is the world’s thinnest smartphone.
Microsoft rallies partners in government open standards debate
Microsoft’s UK chief has written an open letter to the company’s partners encouraging them to support the software giant’s stance against government proposals for open document standards. Michel Van der Bel, area vice-president for the UK, urged the Microsoft community to respond to the government consultation that closes on 26 February.
IBM and AT&T develop Internet of Things solution
IBM has teamed up with AT&T to combine analytic and security technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT) market.The alliance will target city governments and midsize utilities as they integrate and analyse data using mass transit vehicles, utility meters, and video cameras. AT&T’s VP for Advanced Solutions, Chris Hill, said the collaboration will help deliver a more connected planet.
Banks haven’t got their heads round big data yet, says EY
Despite being an early adopter of high-volume processing, data-warehousing and analytics, the financial sector is largely behind the curve when it comes to utilising big data technologies. That’s according to Robert Toguri, partner at EY Enterprise Intelligence Services. Speaking at a CODE_n press event on big data start-ups in London, Toguri said that since the 2008 crash and the tighter regulations that followed, the financial sector has being looking inward, overly focused on ensuring its internal data is compliant with the rules.
Hour of code campaign tops one million
More than one million students have signed up to a new scheme aimed at getting more people interested in computer coding. The Hour Of Code campaign was launched in the UK less than two weeks ago and is already a hit in schools and classrooms. It is the biggest ever initiative to give students in primary and secondary schools, and their parents, the opportunity to experience coding for at least 60 minutes. The campaign will culminate in a week-long focus on coding between March 3 and 9.
Warner eavesdrops on your Shazam requests to find hits
Warner Music Group is getting smart about looking for breakout artists. Today, the old-school record label revealed it has entered a rather clever partnership with Shazam, maker of the popular smartphone app that helps people identify unfamiliar songs. Through the deal, Warner will gain access to Shazam data that describes what songs people are listening to, and using this data, Warner will seek to identify break-out artists.
Study finds content theft is ‘big business’
Content theft sites made nearly a quarter of a billion dollars last year from advertising on rip-off sites, according to a new report – Good Money Gone Bad: Digital Thieves and the Hijacking of the Online Ad Business – from the Digital Citizens Alliance, a consumer-oriented coalition focused on educating the public and policy makers on the threats that consumers face on the Internet. According to the study, the 30 largest sites that profit exclusively from advertising dollars by pushing stolen movies, music, and television programmes will each make more than