No more webOS backup, restore or lost password recovery from January 2015
HP says it’s ending support for the webOS cloud services platform from 15th January 2015. This means that anyone with a webOS-based smartphone or tablet won’t be able to set up, backup, restore, recover passwords or download apps via the webOS service.
However, any devices already set up will continue to work.
New iPads add TouchID sensor for extra security
Apple has announced the latest version of its iPad tablet range: the iPad Air 2. The new device is just 6.1 mm thin, weighs 437g, has a 9.7-inch (2048 x 1536 pixel) anti-reflective display and runs iOS 8.1.
There’s also an update to the iPad mini, now called the iPad mini 3, with a 7.9-inch screen.
Nexus smartphone, tablet and media player all confirmed
Google has formally confirmed that the next version of its Android operating system - version 5.0 - will be nicknamed ‘Lollipop’.
There are also three new Nexus devices created in partnership with hardware manufacturers: a smartphone, a tablet and a TV box.
Podcast - 8th October 2014
We begin this week's podcast with stories that go beyond the mobile industry, as HP plans to split into two companies and eBay prepares to separate itself from PayPal.
We're also talking about the Microsoft/Samsung legal case, a new Tesco tablet, BT's updated text relay service, a new way to avoid buying a stolen iPhone... and #Hairgate.
Figures from court documents show that Samsung paid Microsoft around $1 billion (£622 million) in a year to use the Android operating system.
The two companies signed a patent licensing agreement in 2011, with Samsung agreeing to pay Microsoft, although the amount was undisclosed at the time.