The U.K. telecommunications regulator Ofcom has just released an interactive “map” of the country’s radio spectrum, showing which frequencies are assigned to which use types – all the way from the 8.3-11.3 kHz band (weather stations) to the 250-275 GHz band (radio astronomy). For fans of such things, it’s a delightfully presented and highly useful resource, though it stops short of naming specific companies that own chunks of spectrum, like mobile carriers. For newbies, it’s at the least a great visual representation of the finite and invisible spectrum resources on which much of our technology relies. Ofcom’s U.S. equivalent, the FCC, also provides a spectrum dashboard with similar functionality.
The service looks better on mobile than it does on the web, and it’s coming to iOS soon as well. It would be nice to see it broaden out from its narrow product focus, though. Read more »
Is it different building a connected device in Europe? Where are wearables heading?What are the risks of hacked smart home integrations? We discuss these questions and more on the podcast this week. Read more »
Regulators have put an end to certain Motorola and Samsung shenanigans in the companies’ long running anti-Apple campaigns, in decisions that spell good news for both consumers and patent lawyers. Read more »
Older people are increasingly going online, in part thanks to tablets, according to the U.K. telecommunications regulator. In one of its periodical media use reports, Ofcom noted on Tuesday that 42 percent of those aged over 65 accessed the web in 2013, up from 33 percent in 2012. The regulator linked this with an increase in tablet usage within the 65-74 demographic from 5 percent to 17 percent — I would assume that those older users who are less tech-friendly find tablets simpler to use and easier to maintain than full-blown PCs. More generally, the proportion of adults accessing the internet through a tablet jumped from 16 percent to 30 percent between 2012 and 2013.
The rumors were true: Rajeev Suri now heads up the old/new Nokia. His track record in turning around the NSN networking business points to a focus on that field, but the company has other important weapons in its arsenal too. Read more »
The plucky Spanish outfit’s own-brand smartphone may offer loads of operating system options, but its repeated discounting suggests it’s not terribly popular. Geeksphone has also revealed the processor for its upcoming Blackphone. Read more »
The Israeli outfit operates a kind of hybrid crowdfunding-VC model with relatively high minimum investments of $10,000 — Kickstarter this ain’t. Read more »
The FCC is proposing new rules that would govern cable networks and other carriers — rules it says will protect the open internet. But critics say the regulator is going to cripple net neutrality and introduce a pay-to-play internet. Here’s what you need to know. Read more »
In the wake of the Heartbleed mess, a who’s-who of tech vendors — Amazon Web Services, Google, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, IBM, Intel and others — are all aboard an effort to bolster theOpenSSL security project. Read more »
A few operators have taken their first tentative steps into LTE-Advanced, but the technology hasn’t yet taken root. The reason? All of the technical and political pieces aren’t yet in place, explains Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg. Read more »
Viber’s new look for iOS 7 isn’t just cosmetic. It’s added a handful of new features such as multi-photo messaging and block lists. It’s also finally supporting BlackBerry’s latest OS. Read more »
The need for speed (and scale) is driving the growth of private networks owned by companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Microsoft. While the public internet is still larger, the private one is growing. Read more »
For fitness tracker enthusiasts looking for the next new thing, Withings has added a sensor that tracks your respiration to its upgraded Pulse O2 activity tracker. Read more »
After 8 months, Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business becomes official on April 25. Nokia’s network and mapping groups will remain separate, but Nokia phones will become Microsoft phones. Read more »
When a billion sensors meet the cloud, OpenSensors hope that companies and municipalities reach for its software as the base layer to manage how and to whom those sensors report. Read more »
Citymapper is more known in London than it is in the U.S., but with $10 million in new capital it plans to expand into other big metro areas where large numbers of public transit commuters live. Read more »
The use of OpenStack in Ericsson’s core next-gen gear means mobile operators will be able to roll out features faster and use cheaper hardware, said Mirantis CEO Adrian Ionel. Read more »
Netflix is getting ready to launch in Germany in September, according to a local media report, and preparing an advertising campaign for multiple German cities. Read more »
Volvo has struck a deal with AT&T to embed wireless connectivity into its model year 2015 vehicles. AT&T will provide the internet link for Volvo’s new Sensus infotainment system and its telematics services. Read more »
Carriers are becoming more interested in app recommendations, not only because of potential advertising revenues but to promote their ever-increasing number of app partnerships. Read more »
Does the Heartbleed hubbub mean we should re-consider use of open-source software? Probably not, but it’s worth discussing. Read more »
Europeans who buy a new Samsung Galaxy S5 phone will get 6 months of free music with it, courtesy of Deezer. Its just the latest move to give premium music services away. Read more »
Italy’s VisLab has selected BlackBerry’s QNX OS to power its computer vision experiments in autonomous cars. The idea is to help the car to combine and process the information it gets from two-dozen different sensors. Read more »
Iliad’s Free Mobile isn’t just acquiring mobile subscribers in droves. It’s looking to acquire entire mobile carriers. According to a report in Le Parisien, Iliad is in talks to buy Bouygues Telecom. Read more »
Researchers have discovered a serious flaw known as Heartbleed that affects the security software that runs on about two-thirds of the servers on the internet and could expose user data, including passwords. Here’s what you need to know about it Read more »
E-Plus is offering up a cheap prepaid SIM-card plan that exempts WhatsApp traffic from its data plan, effectively creating a mobile service that leans primarily on over-the-top messaging for communication. Read more »
Wondering if the new Android Wear smartwatches will cost an arm and a leg? It doesn’t appear so based on the U.K. price of £180 for LG’s G Watch. The company confirmed the cost to Pocket Lint, saying it would be available in July. This bodes well for other Android Wear devices as I’d anticipate the Moto 360 to cost about the same, although it could have a premium price due to the unique circular touchscreen. Regardless, the ability to bring voice-activated Google Now features to your wrist won’t likely cost more than the smartphone you’ll pair them with.
In a major victory for privacy advocates, the European Court of Justice has ruled that the EU’s data retention policies for phone and internet companies are too broad. Read more »
The Spanish e-voting management company will use the new cash to boost R&D, strategic investments. Read more »
Like the full enterprise-grade Projectplace package, ToDo is based around the idea of Kanban boards and cards. It’s free, though there are paid tiers that give more functionality and storage. Read more »
Thin is in, as always, but recent breakthroughs in printed and flexible electronics herald a whole new age of gadgets, imaging devices and user interfaces. Read more »
In one of the sillier European privacy cases involving Street View, the company has also agreed to notify towns’ citizens through local papers and radio of the cars’ impending arrival. Read more »
On Thursday Turkey lifted its ban on Twitter and on Friday the same looks set to happen regarding YouTube — sort of. According to reports, an Ankara court decided that blocking the whole of YouTube was overdoing it; the court said only 15 contentious videos should remain blocked. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reportedly said he would grudgingly comply. His social media crackdown followed multiple leaks of purported evidence showing corruption all the way to the top of the Turkish administration, though the YouTube ban may have been triggered by a leaked phonecall in which officials discussed possible military action in Syria.
Formerly known as Futureful, content discovery outfit Random has once again turned its user interface upside-down in order to better learn how people browse when they’re not thinking too hard about it. Read more »
And the Chromecast apps keeping coming: Music subscription service Rhapsody added Chromecast support to its Android app this week, making it possible for users to cast any of its 32+ million songs to the TV. Chromecast support also popped up in Rhapsody’s Napster app, which is available in a number of European countries. Rhapsody’s embrace of Chromecast comes just days after Rdio rolled out its support for Google’s streaming stick. Competitor Beats Music has said that it wants to support Chromecast in the future as well, but Spotify is still non-committal.
As the internet of things heats up, so do the number of businesses hoping to claim a piece of the pie. Senaptics has launched to help municipalities connect their cities. Read more »
Russia’s answer to Mark Zuckerberg either has a very weird sense of humor, or he is genuinely preparing to fight censorship of the platform he founded until the bitter end. Read more »
It was a closely-fought contest, but Europe’s crucial telecoms package has passed through its first European Parliament vote, as have amendments that remove loopholes that would have clashed with the open internet. Read more »
As a new power-saving technology called envelope tracking makes its ways into smartphones, interest in Nujira, a company specializes in the technology, is growing. Read more »