Cortana will hit the UK in ‘less than two weeks’
Not even the Halo universe is immune from this tough economic climate, so Cortana has taken a second job as Windows Phone’s voice assistant – though only for people living in the US right now.
But she’s on her way to Britain, and Microsoft has confirmed that the developer preview is less than two weeks away.
Vodafone strikes fibre share deal with Portugal Telecom to reach 900,000 homes
Telecoms giant Vodafone has announced a 25-year deal between its Portuguese subsidiary and Portugal Telecom to deploy and share fibre networks to 900,000 Portuguese homes.
The agreement comes into effect this December, giving each company the potential to reach an additional 450,000 business and residential customers.
SK Telecom and Ericsson demonstrate potential 5G technology
South Korea was the inevitable location for the first demonstration of a new ‘Elastic Cell’ technology that allows multiple cells to serve a handset simultaneously, thus improving performance at the cell boundary. This technology is likely to contribute to the eventual 5G standard. The demonstration was the result of collaboration between South Korean operator SK Telecom and infrastructure vendor Ericsson. It involves two-way communication between the handset and its serving cell in order to select other nearby cells that can improve network quality at the cell edge, while also silencing superfluous cells that can cause interference.
HP Autonomy legal case takes religious twist with Vatican deal mystery
HP’s long-running saga over its acquisition of UK software firm Autonomy took another turn over the weekend after evidence relating to a deal supposedly signed with the Vatican came to light. HP has been pursuing legal action against Autonomy for almost two years after it claimed the former management of the company, including CEO Mike Lynch, engaged in improper accounting activities.
Fox eyes European Sky asset sale
21st Century Fox could agree to sell Sky Italia and its 57% stake in Sky Deutschland to BSkyB in the next two weeks. This, reports Reuters, could help it lodge a higher bid for Time Warner. Just last week, 21st Century Fox confirmed it had made a formal proposal to Time Warner in June to combine the two companies, with reports valuing its bid at $80 billion.
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Edward Snowden asks global hackers to develop anti-surveillance technologies
Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden has asked hackers across the globe to develop technologies to counter illegal surveillance by government agencies. Addressing a hackers conference known as Hackers On Planet Earth (Hope) via video link from Moscow, Snowden said he intends to devote much of his time to promoting easy-to-use counter-surveillance technologies which allow people to communicate anonymously with a high level of encryption.
BBC website and iPlayer hit by major problems
The BBC was hit by gremlins in the works this weekend, with the iPlayer service suffering, and the corporation’s website, too. Some users were confronted with error messages when accessing the SpringWatch and World Cup 2014 sections of the site, and videos were also affected on the website and iPlayer. The latter meant that those trying to view programmes including Russell Howard’s Good News, QI and CBBC were unable to see them, according to a report in the Independent. And the Beeb had to reduce its website to a basic version to keep it running more smoothly – indeed, that’s still the case as we write this story now.
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Post Office celebrates Sunday branch opening with #LoveSundays campaign
In a print ad, using the tagline, “Mail. On Sunday,” the brand explains that it is listening to customers’ opinions and changing the business accordingly. The ad states, “We’re now open earlier, and later, and on Sundays. And we’re open in other ways too. We’ve listened to our customers and created new ways of doing things. “We want to make our unrivalled network of over 11,500 branches better than ever. So keep your eyes open. This is just the start.”
Google to change the way ‘freemium’ apps are listed from September
From September Google will no longer be labelling games with in-app purchases as ‘free’, following criticism from the European Commission. In addition to confirming the way ‘freemium’ apps – those which are free to download but contain paid-for add-ons – are listed will change the Android-owner has agreed to devise new guidelines for developers to avoid encouraging children with approval prompts added to all apps by default.