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UK adults spent almost £42 billion on technology this year

Brits spent almost £1000 each on tech

This year adults in the UK spent the equivalent of £933.72 each on technology, according to a new survey from price comparison site uSwitch.com. The research looked at all tech-related spending, from equipment to apps.

The most popular tech choice in the UK was a smartphone (chosen by 48% of respondents), with 28% of adults buying a tablet, 22% buying a ‘non-smart’ mobile phone and 18% choosing an ebook reader.

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Shazam uses its music tagging technology to predict the hits of 2013

Shazam, the ‘media engagement’ company best known for its mobile music tagging technology, has published details of the most-tagged songs of 2012 and revealed its predictions of music artists it expects to hit the big time in 2013.

By comparing information about ‘breaking’ artists with trends indicated by Shazam’s data, the company expects French Montana, Bei Maejor, Aluna George, Joey Bada$$, Becky G, Angel Haze, Rhye, Tito Lopez, Baauer and Haim to become increasingly popular in 2013.

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Ofcom plans to avoid capacity problems for 4G and 5G mobile services in the UK

Ofcom has published plans to ensure that UK mobile phone networks are able to support the ever-increasing demand for mobile data capacity. It’s also published new information that shows mobile data usage has more than doubled in the past 12 months; up from 9 million gigabytes last year to 20 million GB.

By 2030, it’s thought that demand for mobile data could be 80 times higher than today.

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Telefonica and Microsoft plan a global video platform

Telefonica and Microsoft have signed an agreement to create a new video platform that’ll be used for entertainment across Telefonica’s operating businesses worldwide.

The new service will take advantage of Microsoft’s Mediaroom online TV technology and will be capable of delivering video content to compatible set-top boxes, Xbox 360 consoles, web browsers, tablets and smartphones. Initially the service will be offered in Brazil, Chile and Spain.

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Completion of analogue TV switchover means the UK is ready for its 4G mobile auction

Ofcom says the UK has now switched from analogue to digital terrestrial television, such as the Freeview and Top Up TV services.

It means the former analogue TV spectrum is free to be used for 4G mobile data services. This so-called ‘Digital Dividend’ is due to be auctioned in a few months’ time.

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