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Apple buys virtual reality company NextVR

Apple buys virtual reality company NextVR

Technology giant Apple is reported to have bought California-based virtual reality company NextVR.
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O2 and Virgin Media to merge in UK

O2 and Virgin Media to merge in UK

Two of the world's communications giants have agreed to merge their UK operations. Liberty Global will combine its Virgin Media UK broadband network with Telefonica's O2 UK mobile business.
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Ofcom offers advice to help mobile and broadband users stay connected at home

Ofcom offers advice to help mobile and broadband users stay connected at home

UK communications regulator Ofcom has launched a government-backed information campaign to help mobile users and broadband customers to get the best from their connections.
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Sky launches its own mobile service

Entertainment company Sky has announced what it’s calling “the UK's most flexible mobile service”.

Customers with another Sky service will be able to sign up for Sky Mobile from mid-December, with a full launch expected in early 2017.

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BlackBerry moves away from handset production

BlackBerry moves away from handset production

Veteran smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry says it’s moving away from producing its own handsets and will instead license its software to other companies.

The first deal is with an Indonesian partner, BB Merah Putih, which is led by a leading telecommunications distributor in Indonesia.

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Predictions for 2016: Network Function Virtualisation, 4G throttling and video calling

Mark Windle, head of marketing at OpenCloud, predicts that this year’s reduction in the number of traditional telecoms operators in some countries will provide an opportunity for other operators to innovate and capture market share in 2016.

He says next year will be a year of rapid change for telecoms… whether it’s MVNO disruption, competitive tariff pricing or simply defence from the ‘dark art’ of hacking.

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Kapture review: the audio-recording wristband

Kapture review: the audio-recording wristband

A 'recording watch' that links to your smartphone

Mark Bridge writes:

The most memorable moments in life often go unrecorded. You don't have your camera in your hands. Your finger is still hovering over the 'pause' button on your audio recorder. Or you were simply too busy experiencing whatever was happening. It's all about the one that got away.

That's where Kapture can help.

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Making mobile websites work better

Making mobile websites work better

Device detection and responsive design explained

Mark Bridge writes:

James Rosewell shows me a colourful roll of paper that's the width of an iPhone but well over three metres long. When I look closer, I can see it's a printed copy of the Wall Street Journal's mobile website. That's a lot of scrolling to do... and a pretty unfriendly user experience for anyone reading the news online. Why does it work so badly?

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Podcast transcript: O2 counts on 3, Microsoft counts to 10 and Apple counts its profits

Here’s an edited transcript of our new monthly podcast, broadcast on 30th January 2015.

[Iain Graham]: Hello, it's Friday 30th January 2015. Welcome to this month's edition of The Fonecast. That’s right, you heard correctly: we’ve temporarily moved to a monthly format. If you’d like to join 51Degrees in sponsoring the podcast and returning us to weekly programmes, please get in touch via our website. Now, on with the show.

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The secret of Apple's success

Mark Bridge writes:

What’s the secret of Apple’s success? That’s the question I was asked earlier this week by LBC radio during a report on Apple’s impressive iPhone sales and its record quarterly results.

So here are six reasons I think Apple is doing so well at the moment.

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Huawei Watch goes on show at Mobile World Congress

Huawei Watch goes on show at Mobile World Congress

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has revealed a ‘smartwatch’ that runs the Android Wear platform on a Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor.

Simply called the Huawei Watch, this new wearable technology is being shown at Mobile World Congress 2015.

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New smartphones and tablets from UK mobile brand KAZAM

New smartphones and tablets from UK mobile brand KAZAM

Android and Windows Phone devices

London-based mobile phone producer KAZAM is showing a number of new devices at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

Announced today, the KAZAM Tornado 455L is a 4G LTE device with a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera.

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Microsoft announces new Windows Phone smartphones at Mobile World Congress

Microsoft has used Mobile World Congress 2015 to reveal a number of new smartphones powered by its Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, including two of its own phones.

In addition, Microsoft CEO Stephen Elop says the company is planning new flagship devices later this year.

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Doro launches a pocket-size version of its Liberto 820 smartphone

Doro launches a pocket-size version of its Liberto 820 smartphone

Doro Liberto 820 Mini revealed at Mobile World Congress 2015

Easy-to-use mobile phone pioneer Doro has revealed its latest smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2015.

The new device is called the Doro Liberto 820 Mini and uses Doro’s own user interface on top of Android v4.4.2, although customers also have access to the Google Play Store.

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Samsung confirms its mobile payment plans

LoopPay tech will be part of Samsung Pay

Samsung Electronics has announced a new mobile payment service called Samsung Pay.

It combines what it’s calling Magnetic Secure Transmission - the technology used by its recent acquisition LoopPay - with Near Field Communication. As a result, it says consumers will be able to use secure mobile payments at ‘nearly all’ merchant locations.

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