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  • What hope mobile banking when Web versions are so poor

    A series of bank holidays here in the UK has flagged the rather curious notion of banks switching off the Internet.

     

    Why? Because payments and transactions I authorize via Internet banking on or ...

  • World IPv6 launch undersubscribed

    Today is World IPv6 launch day - the official start of the switchover from IPv4 web addresses to a new standard that promises to extend the number of addresses available to cope with soaring demand.

     Despite the lau...

  • KPN not trying to block America Movil

    America Movil has confirmed a move to acquire 27.7% of Dutch operator KPN, but what's interesting is that the telco's management aren't trying to block the move.

     

    That suggests there is a deal to...

  • Huawei, ZTE deny state subsidies - again

    I'm in two minds about continued claims and counter claims regarding Huawei and ZTE receiving backing from the Chinese state. This week, we've had reports that the European Union is considering probing subsidies received by the pair, and alleg...

  • Contactless payment card security

    I've just been asked something interesting about the security of contactless payment cards.

     

    In short, what's to stop scammers simply scanning your card while it's in your wallet? I guess much t...

  • Huawei Device - er, where are they?

    Six months ago, Huawei Device held a glitzy launch event in London to unveil its first two own-brand products for the European market.

     

    There was champagne, some lovely food, and top-notch entert...

  • Apple red faced over Nokia claim

    I've got to admit I'm loving stories on the wires this morning regarding Apple's Siri voice control giving a big up to Nokia's Lumia 900.

     Apparently the US firm has had to amend its software after Siri named the No...

  • Smartphone development since 1997

    I watched the Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies over the weekend, and couldn't help but notice the 'smartphone' used in the film.

     It was some Ericsson device offering all manner of natty functions, like a built-in tas...

  • I just don't get mobile apps

    I've been getting a lot of comments from friends about why I run a battered and incresingly difficult to use Sony Ericsson W800i rather than a smartphone.

     

    The truth is, while I'm considering buy...

  • Signs of progress at Deutsche Tel, BT

    Some signs of improvement in European telco's finances this morning, as Deutsche Telekom and British Telecom reported results for the first quarter.

     

    Deutsche Tel management claim to be very sati...