Lifting the lid on the future smartphones and tablets: What to expect from Mobile World Congress 2014
Mobile World Congress 2014 began yesterday in Barcelona – lifting the lid on the smartphones and tablets you’ll be using in the future. The mammoth showfloor also features a whole host of related tech from accessories to apps and the growing convergence between mobile technology and motoring. So what can you expect to see and hear coming out of sunny Spain? Here are 10 things to watch for…
GSMA aims to add a billion more people to the mobile web by 2020
The GSMA aims to increase access to the web via mobile to more than 4.4 billion in next six years The GSMA today announced ambitious targets to connect an additional one billion people to the mobile internet by 2020. The target was announced by GSMA chairman Jon Fredrik Baksaas this morning (February 24) during the opening keynote at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in front of more than 2,000 people. If achieved, the number of people connecting to the web via mobile would reach more than 4.4 billion.
EU’s 5G plans ‘falling far short’ – Telekom Austria
Telekom Austria CEO Hannes Ametsreiter on Sunday said Europe needs a clear plan to reclaim is leading position in the telecoms industry. European telecoms regulation “just doesn’t work”, because it has left operators with insufficient margins to justify large-scale investments in new technology, he said at a press briefing on the eve of Mobile World Congress. He said initiatives by the European Commission to drive the development of new technology, such as the recently launched 5G public private partnership scheme “fall far short” of what Europe needs.
Google nets Spider.io to thwart fraudsters
Google is looking to boost the security and fraud prevention arms in its advertising business with the acquisition of London’s Spider.io. The company announced on Friday that it had agreed to terms on a deal to integrate the fraud-detection specialist into its advertising services. The company will seek to help Google spot fraud on its advertising network. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Microsoft turns bosses into the NSA
Software giant Microsoft has invented tools which can turn control-freak bosses into the NSA. For a while now there has been a hole in the market for autocratic bosses who love to spy on their employees. After all they have looked at the US government looked at how they can check everything that their citizens do and said “I want some of that”. Now the friendly software maker Microsoft is allowing such bosses to set up a NSA spy network in their own companies.
Government invests £1.5m in public sector open data initiatives
The government has announced a multimillion-pound investment fund for public sector organisations that release data for use in community and technology projects. The funding, which starts with an initial £1.5m investment in several open data initiatives, is led by the Cabinet Office and the Open Data User Group (ODUG), an advisory group for the access and use of public sector data. The fund will aid public sector organisations actively releasing the data, and will also go towards training existing staff to incite a “culture change” to improve the future availability of public data. More than 100 spaces have already been awarded to senior public servants who will act as ambassadors for the release of data across the public sector.
Why Did WhatsApp Crash?
If you’re a regular WhatsApp user you might have noticed this weekend that the service was down for long periods – not great timing, given it just announced a $19 billion deal to be acquired by Facebook. So what happened? WhatsApp founder Jan Koum on Sunday issued an apology and blamed a network router for Saturday’s outage of the mobile messaging app.
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Yahoo announces UK edition of its news app
Yahoo has just made official the launch of the UK edition of its Yahoo News Digest app. Nick D’Aloisio, the former teenage CEO of the Summly and current Yahoo Product Manager after he sold the company to Yahoo, made the announcement via a press release. The iOS app will deliver the top news for UK readers two times a day and uses aggregation algorithms to generate a story based on multiple sources and which are then editorially curated.
Mobile World Congress: MasterCard deepens mobile services with in-app payment launch
MasterCard has extended its mobile payments proposition with the launch of MasterPass in-app payments, letting users make transactions from within any mobile app. The credit card giant, which unveiled the new service at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, has created the service to “eliminate” the need for users to store their bank card information across multiple mobile apps, providing a fast, simple payment experience. It also means users can buy items or service via one tap on their smartphones, without leaving the app environment.