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Mobile technology: Mobile technology is a collective term used to describe the various types of cellular communication technology. Mobile CDMA technology has evolved quite rapidly over the past few years. Since the beginning of this millennium, a standard mobile device has gone from being no more than a simple two-way pager to being a cellular phone, GPS navigation system, an embedded web browser, and Instant Messenger client, and a hand-held video gaming system. Many experts argue that the future of computer technology rests in mobile/wireless computing. (Source : Wikipedia)

Mobility Shapes Consumer Gadget Spending, says Gartner Study


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The consumerisation of IT continues to grow as the latest study from analysts at Gartner has proved. The research has found that household adoption of technology products, which are favouring gadgets and mobile services and those that offer networking capabilities, is shifting faster than expected. This is for the most part due to the way that mobility is shaping consumer behaviour in "fundamental ways”, Gartner say. This is changing the way in which people organise their lives ...   read more

4G Auction Bidders Announced


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Ofcom has announced the companies who will be allowed to put in bids for 4G services in the upcoming 4G spectrum auction. The auction, which is the largest sale of mobile airwaves ever in the UK, will allow the following companies to bid for a part of the spectrum: EE (UK); HKT (UK) Limited; 3G; MLL Telecoms and Niche Spectrum Ventures (both subsidiaries of BT), Telefonica and Vodafone. The auction is due to take place next month and bidders will be "competing” to acqu ...   read more

4G Launch Disappointing in some Areas


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EE’s 4G launched today in ten cities across the UK and has received mixed reviews from those testing it, most due to reach, rather than speed, which appears to be as impressive in some parts as promised. However, a poll carried out by The Telegraph suggests that many people won’t bother switching until it becomes available from all ...   read more

4G Spectrum Bidding Begins


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Ofcom has confirmed that applications have been opened for mobile operators to put in bids for the 4G auction, the largest ever sell-off of the mobile spectrum in the UK. The bidding process only had a short window into which to submit their applications, between 10:00am and 16:00pm yesterday, potential bidders also had to provide an initial deposit of £100,000. Ed Richards, Ofcom read more

4G Won't Affect Short-Range Devices


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Concerns that the introduction of 4G will affect short-range devices, such as hearing aids and alarm clocks, have been allayed in a new study by Ofcom which found LTE handsets won’t be powerful enough to produce enough interference. The auction for the 4G spectrum is to begin later on this year, although it’s unlikely that we will see any 4G services until late next year. The concern over interference has come about due to one of the "uplink bands” being close to the spectrum ...   read more

50% of Mobile Apps Hybrid by 2016, say Gartner


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According to the latest research from analysts at research firm Gartner, hybrid apps will be used in over 50% of mobile devices by 2016. This is due to the growing use of HTML5-based web apps which unlike native apps, do not have to use multiple versions of an app for different devices. However, HTML5 with offline capabilities haven’t really come up to scratch, causing developers to consider using hybrid architectures. "The BYOD trend and the increased pressure on orga ...   read more

App sales Reach 40bn for Apple


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Apple announced yesterday that their customers have now downloaded more than 40 billion apps from its store, including re-downloads and updates, and had a record-breaking December, with customers downloading over 2bn apps in that month alone. Indeed, at the App Store , the firm had a great 2012, with almost 20bn apps be ...   read more

BBC Sports Hits Olympic Record


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BBC Sports hit a record high of 55 million visitors during the Olympic Games, accessed from devices all over the world, with a fair majority from the UK at 37 million. During the Games, there were also 106 million requests for online video, compared to 32 million during the Beijing games. BBC Olympic smartphone app was also downloaded by almost 2m people across a variety of mobile platforms. The busiest day overall was the 3 August, when Jessica Ennis featured at the b ...   read more

BBM Coming to iPhone and Android


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The popular Blackberry Messenger (BBM) app will be offered as a download to run on devices running iOS and Android in the summer. It’s thought that initially, the app will offer texts, MMS and group sharing, with further services such as voice and video calling to be rolled out at a later date. The app is expected to be free, both to download and use. "As we’ve chronicled on our Inside BlackBerry ...   read more

Ex Nokia Staff Make Rival Smartphone


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A new smartphone and mobile operating system is due to be launched at the end of 2013, which has been developed by a team of former Nokia employees. The ‘Jolla’, will run a custom operating system known as Sailfish , which is a leftover of MeeGo, an abandoned project of Nokia’s which the company dropped in 2011 in favour of the Windows Phone OS.< ...   read more

Galaxy S4 Launched in New York


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The Samsung Galaxy S4 launched in New York late last week to show off a host of new features such as eye tracking, but analysts say that the "marketing drive” is "more potent than the device itself,” Total Telecoms reports. The S4 has been hotly anticipated by the industry and consumers alike and has already been billed as the handset that could revolutionise the smartphone market. However, analysts believe that this will depend more on the ongoing marketing campaign than the ...   read more

Gartner Predict Global 7% BI Software Growth


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Analysts at Gartner say that worldwide Business Intelligence (BI) software will see a growth rate of 7% in 2012 and are to discuss their findings at the Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit to be held in Sydney next week. BI software will reach a total of around $13.8bn this year, up 7% from 2012 and is forecast to reach $17.1bn by 2016. As well as the Sydney summit ...   read more

Is 2013 the Year of Video Conferencing?


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Business video devices will spike in 2013, as more businesses of all sizes are warming to the idea that video conferencing can be used as a communications tool in the enterprise, both effectively and efficiently. According to ITProPortal, a recent Canalys UC Market report, this has to some extent been driven by co ...   read more

IT Skills Gap Could Harm UK Economy


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A report from UK technology job site Technojobs has revealed that whilst jobs in the technology sector continue to rise, there are not enough graduates to fill vacant positions. This, they say, is in danger of leaving the UK economy exposed as future generations fail to show enough interest in the subject. According to Technojobs, IT has l ...   read more

Mobile App Development to Leverage Cloud Back-end


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A special report from analyst house Gartner predicts that by 2016, 40% of mobile app development projects will leverage backend cloud services. This could cause development leaders to "lose control of the pace and path of cloud adoption within their enterprises,” Gartner say.

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Mobile Sales Dipped Last Year


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Mobile phone sales declined by 1.7% in 2012, for the first time since 2009, according to analysts at Gartner. However, the sale of smartphones increased by 38.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011, totalling 207.7 million units overall. Smartphones continue to drive the overall mobile market, Gartner say. "Tough economic conditions, shifting consumer preferences and intense market competition weakened the worldwide mobile phone market t ...   read more

Network Budgets on the rise- likely to surge by 8.7% in 2012


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Mobile Technologies, Video and Cloud Computing to increase Network budget by 8.7% in 2012, says a fresh study at IDC. The latest study by IDC, has found that the year 2012, will commence with major spending on networking equipment and infrastructure across market segments. Three new technologies-- Mobile Technology in the Enterprises, exponential rate of Video Consumption and read more

Ofcom Approves Everything Everywhere for 4G


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Ofcom has approved mobile operator Everything Everywhere, owned by Orange and T-Mobile, to use the existing 1800MHz spectrum to allow them to offer 4G services. The telecoms regulator carried out a consultation to determine whether "varying EE’s 1800 MHz licences now will deliver significant benefits to consumers”. They believe that delaying the use of the spectrum will prove to be detrimental to consumers. An auction of the additional 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrums will ...   read more

Ofcom Confirm Early 4G Rollout


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Following yesterday’s meeting with network providers and Maria Miller, Ofcom has announced that the rollout of 4G will come to many UK cities five months earlier than expected. The auction to sell off the spectrum band previously used by terrestrial television will be brought forward to the end of this year "in a way that ensures a competitive market”. It’s expected that the bidding process will start at the beginning of next year. Last month, the telecoms regulator ga ...   read more

Ofcom in 4G Talks Today


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UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is to meet with mobile operators and Culture Secretary Maria Miller later today, to discuss bringing forward the rollout of 4G services, as well as the possibility of bringing the spectrum auction forward. It’s thought that discussions will include possible plans to have 4G services rolling out as early as May 2013, although this is likely to be through Everything Everywhere (EE), who have already been given permission to use a part of their existing ...   read more

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