Boeing launches smartphone which self-destructs if tampered with
Boeing has unveiled a smartphone that appears to come straight from a James Bond spy movie. In addition to encrypting calls, any attempt to open the casing of the Boeing Black Smartphone deletes all data and renders the device inoperable.
Telefonica earnings top estimates amid cost cuts in Europe
Spain’s biggest phone company, reported fourth-quarter earnings that topped analysts’ estimates as the carrier cut costs in Europe to cope with falling revenue.
IDC: Smartphone market growth blighted by mature markets, growth dropping to 6.2 per cent by 2018
Global smartphone growth is set to drop below 20 per cent this year and continue its decline until 2018 with low demand in North America and Europe fuelling the decrease. Figures from IDC show that smartphone shipments will grow 19.3 per cent in 2014 with the rate down to 6.2 per cent by 2018 – both significant drops from the 39.2 per cent decrease that was seen in 2013.
Google debuts online education tool Oppia to help anyone create interactive activities for teaching others
Google today launched a new online education tool called Oppia, currently an open source project with the goal of making it easy for anyone to create online interactive activities that others can learn from.
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London leads contactless charge
New figures from WorldPay show contactless payments more than trebling (249 per cent) between 2012 and 2013 (from 12.5 million UK payments processed by WorldPay in December 2012 to 43.6 million in December 2013). There are currently 38.1 million contactless cards in circulation across the UK, making up 25.7 per cent of all credit, and debit and charge cards.
Simplivity brings converged infrastructure platform to UK for data centre efficiency
Simplivity – a firm specialising in converged infrastructure for cloud and virtualisation – is setting up a UK presence to better target organisations with its OmniCube hardware and OmniStack software combination, which promises to deliver a “data centre in a box” solution.
Greggs launches loyalty app
The new rewards app which went live nationally this week, is the first entirely digital loyalty scheme launched by a UK food-on-the go retailer that eliminates the need for customers to carry a separate loyalty card or their wallet when they shop.
Livefyre pushes the limits of its technology with Oscars red carpet photo boot that tweets for fans
The Academy Awards’ #MyOscarPhoto campaign, powered by Livefyre and Twitter, offers a good look at the power of Livefyre’s platform and its ability to use technology and social media to connect fans with their favourite celebrities.
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How wearable tech is set to disrupt businesses
Wearable gadgets are set to be one of the most disruptive trends in business over the next 18 months, according to a report from Deloitte yesterday. A range of smartwatches – like Samsung’s Galaxy Fit and Sony’s Smartband – were announced this week at Mobile World Congress, and are among some of the first entries into this new category set to shake up business.