BT 4G for business arriving within weeks
BT’s 4G superfast broadband service will be rolled out to businesses over the summer, running on EE’s existing 4G infrastructure. BT is the last network to roll out its 4G broadband after it won a significant chunk of the spectrum in February 2013, paying £186 million for three blocks in EE’s and Vodafone’s 2.6GHz.
Ofcom to allow Openreach to set wholesale fibre prices…for now
Ofcom has proposed new rules that make it quicker and cheaper to switch broadband providers that rely on BT’s network, but stopped short of capping wholesale fibre prices. Today, when a consumer switches ISP, the company they are switching to has to pay BT’s wholesale arm Openreach a £50 fee. As part of its Fixed Access Market Review, Ofcom has recommended lowering this fee to £11.
O2 continuing to dangle the free 4G carrot
In March we told you how O2 were rolling out 4G for free to selected customers. Now it looks like they’re taking it one stage further, with texts rolling out to further customers to offer free 4G upgrades. The odd phone call to O2 also seems to be working, with some existing O2 customers getting the “OK” over the phone provided they have a certain package. From what we’re hearing in the HotUKDeals post, it seems that you might need to have a package with at least 1GB of data per month, else they’ll be charging you £3 per month for the privilege.
Google takes a bite out of Apple as world’s most valuable brand
Google has dethroned Apple as the world’s most valuable brand, as its total value soared to nearly $160bn (£95bn) this year, according to new global research. The online search giant’s rise is due to its booming financial performance – Google’s revenues last quarter grew nearly 20 per cent to $15.42bn – and Apple’s lack of dramatic new product launches, according to Millward Brown Optimor and WPP.
Facebook targets malware with new notifications
Facebook is again targeting malware, this time by adding a new notification that will show up on infected users’ computers. If the notification shows up, one of two software options will be displayed depending on the type of issue the user is having. The notifications advise the user that they can remove the detected malware using the recommended product. For those who have their own software or don’t want to run it at the moment, the option exists to skip the installation.
Small firms urged to get down with the ‘Internet of Things’
Small businesses are being encouraged to embrace the so-called ‘Internet of Things’, but are advised to beware of the potential security risks. The ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) is the latest buzzword in the technology world, a term used to describe the way devices connect and communicate with each other through the internet.
Netflix launching in six more European countries this year
Netflix is planning to expand to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg in late 2014. While the company intends to offer subscribers the full smorgasbord of on-demand movies, television shows, and Netflix original series like House of Cards, content availability will vary depending on country. France, for example, prohibits movies from appearing on services such as Netflix until three years after their theatre debut. Details about pricing, programming, and supported devices are to follow at a later date.
This is London calling, we’re the selfie capital of the world
You can’t walk around a big city without seeing someone snapping a selfie. The selfie trend gained increasing popularity over the last few years with front-facing cameras and Instagram filters that make anyone look good. It’s dominated social media, influenced pop culture and even reached space.
Twitter planning Soundcloud purchase?
Twitter is in talks to buy popular music streaming service SoundCloud, as the newly listed social network tries once again to expand into music, according to a news report. Technology blog Recode reports that Twitter is “considering a deal” to buy the German firm, currently valued at $700m, that would mark its biggest acquisition to date.