Three billion folks will be on the Internet come the end of 2014
At the end of this year, there will be three billion users on the Internet – approaching half the world’s total population of around seven billion – according to a report from the United Nations International Telecommunications Union. And the ITU claims that two-thirds of these surfers will be from the developing world.
5G trials to take place
Japan’s NTT DOCOMO has today announced plans for major 5G experimental trials with six of the industry’s leading equipment vendors. Alcatel – Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEW, Nokia and Samsung will collaborate with the mobile operator to confirm the potential of 5G mobile technologies to support diverse types of applications, including M2M, in very high capacity scenarios.
BT reports strong results on back of broadband boom
BT has today reported pre-tax profit of £2,312 million for the year to March 31 2014. Reflecting what the company said was the benefit of its focus on capital expenditure efficiencies and debt reduction, revenue was up one percent. Adjusted revenue, which excludes specific items, was flat at £18,287 million.
Are British companies “drowning in data”?
Chief information officers in Britain’s biggest firms believe their companies are “drowning in data” according to research. Only 8 of the 200 CIOs interviewed disagreed with the view that their organisations were facing a data glut with 87 per cent fearful the untapped data may lead to compliance or regulatory issues.
Google picks up cloud monitoring service Stackdriver
Google has snapped up startup Stackdriver that offers a service for developers to monitor apps and services on the cloud. Stackdriver is joining the company’s cloud platform team, Google said Wednesday, without providing the financial details of the transaction.
Budding tech entrepreneurs to be mentored by heroes
Up-and-coming technology entrepreneurs could win the chance to be mentored by their technology heroes in a new competition. Launchpad, a new Royal Academy of Engineering award aimed at 16 to 25 year olds, is designed to cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurs by encouraging young people to think commercially early on in their engineering careers.
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King stock gets crushed as app spending slows
Candy Crush Saga developer King Digital saw its share price tumble far below its IPO pricing yesterday after disappointing investors with its first quarter results. Revenue beat expectations and profit rose nearly 150 per cent but the number of players paying for in-app purchases declined from last quarter.
Mink 3D printer lets you print makeup at home in any colour shade found on the web
Sometime in the near future you won’t need to visit a store to test and buy makeup, you’ll be able to pull out the Mink and 3D-print all the cosmetics you desire in any shade imaginable. Former Harvard researcher spoke at TechCrunch Disrupt NY conference today to debut the upcoming 3D printer and simultaneously reveal a few hidden secrets about the beauty industry.
Sony customers shift to Kobo platform in UK
Sony e-reading customers in the UK will shift to the Kobo platform from June 16th. The move will also take effect in Germany, Austria and Australia. The Sony Reader Store in the four countries will close on 16th June, with customers and their libraries shifting to the Kobo platform and directed to use the Kobo e-book store to purchase e-books from then on.