Mark Bridge writes:
There was big news from the United States this week as Deutsche Telekom decided to sell T-Mobile USA to AT&T. Was it a shotgun wedding or is this a carefully calculated deal designed to benefit consumers? Time will tell – assuming, of course, the merger gets approved by the US regulator.
London Underground is inviting telecoms companies to tender for providing public WiFi service across its network by June 2012. It follows last year's trial of WiFi technology at Charing Cross tube station.
The winning bidder will be given the go-ahead by the end of this year, which means the network could be in place for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Multiplatform mobility company Good Technology has enhanced its Good for Enterprise product to include a secure web browser. It means that mobile users can now access intranets and other web-enabled enterprise applications without worrying about the security of the information they're sending and receiving.
Good for Enterprise already offers secure email access across a range of mobile operating systems, along with 'remote control' of device functionality by IT administrators.
Research In Motion says its new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, which launches in the US and Canada next month (and is expected in the UK this summer), will also be able to run Android applications and BlackBerry Java apps.
Two optional 'app players' will be offered by RIM in a few months, enabling users to download and run BlackBerry Java apps and Android v2.3 apps from BlackBerry App World.
Microsoft says its 'copy and paste' update for Windows Phone 7 - the first big software update for the platform - was released on Tuesday. The first phones to be updated will be those that aren’t customised for a specific mobile network operator.
The update adds copy & paste functionality to WP7 smartphones...