Mobile money users reach 61 million
The number of active mobile money users has grown to 61 million in June 2013 from 37 million a year earlier, according to trade body the GSMA. It added that the number of registered mobile money accounts has grown to 203 million, up from 71 million two years earlier. 219 mobile money services are now deployed in 84 countries, growing from 179 services in 75 countries at the end of 2012.
EU focus on mobile roaming charges is ‘outdated’ says EE chief
EE’s chief executive thinks that the EU and media focus on roaming charges for using mobile phones aboard is “completely outdated” and that Europe is slipping behind on technology. Olaf Swantee was speaking about Mobile World Congress in reaction to plans by Neelie Kroes, in charge of the European commission’s digital agenda, to abolish charges for incoming calls in other EU countries by July 2014, and all roaming charges by 2016.
BlackBerry CEO confirms Foxconn-made Q20 and Z3 phones
BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed two new phones were on their way this year. The first, codenamed “Jakarta,” but known as the Z3 will launch first in Indonesia in April before moving to other markets. It will retail for less than US$200. The second phone, the BlackBerry Q20 (which Chen dubbed “BlackBerry Classic” because of its keyboard) is designed for big business and government clients and will launch by the end of the year.
Box boosts BYOD security in lead up to $500m IPO
Cloud storage startup Box’s enterprise security has been given a shot in the arm after it enlisted the help of the former CEO of one of the world’s most renowned security brands. Former Symantec CEO Enrique Salem joins up as a special advisor to the startup that is working with security firms and other partners to protect corporate clients that are continuing to use smartphones and tablets more frequently in the workplace.
England To Get £184m Share Of Latest UK Broadband Funds
The UK government has confirmed how it will be allocating the £250 million earmarked for superfast broadband deployment last summer. Culture Secretary Maria Miller, announced that under the plans, England will receive £184.34 million, Scotland £20.99 million and Wales £12.11 million, with £7.24 million going to Northern Ireland. The government hopes the money will help it reach the target of connecting 95 percent of the population to superfast networks by 2017.
Facebook kills off its @facebook.com email addresses
Facebook has notified users of its @facebook.com email addresses that their use of those addresses will soon come to an end. The firm has started emailing users of its bespoke email accounts to let them know that any email sent to them there will just be sent on to the original email address that they used to join Facebook in the first place.
Don’t worry, humans: Yahoo says best news crafted by real people
At MWC 2014 I managed to sit down with former Summly founder and recent A-level Yahoo hire Nick D’Aloisio. He spoke to me hot on the heels of Yahoo bringing its News Digest app to iOS device users in the UK. Edited automatically by brainy software but curated by real, live people, Yahoo’s graphically flashy mobile application apparently still needs a human touch.
LinkedIn Expands in China With Local Site Limiting Content
LinkedIn Corp. is introducing a Chinese-language website that will restrict some content to adhere to state censorship rules, expanding in a country where U.S. technology companies have clashed with the government. The Mountain View, California-based professional social-networking company is offering a new version to provide a more localized service after more than a decade of having an English-language site there, Derek Shen, LinkedIn’s China president, said in a blog post.
Mobile now driving 80% of Twitter traffic
New research from Nielsen published by Twitter today (24 February) to coincide with the start of the Mobile World Congress also finds that the UK is Twitter’s most mobile market in Europe. In the UK, users are not only more mobile; they are more engaged than average Twitter users. Those who primarily use Twitter on their mobile device are 1.2 times as likely to engage daily than average users and 58% access the platform several times a day.