Android 5.0 Lollipop embraces the enterprise

With version 5.0, Android makes the work of enterprise admins much easier. Security is stronger and more standardized. Android fragmentation is crumbling.

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And now for some good news… Here are the strangest Nokia phones ever made

Just ten years ago, Nokia’s phones were diverse, innovative, and in some cases downright strange — as the company tried to meet every customer’s demands.

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SQL, NoSQL? What’s the difference these days?

SQL databases with in-memory column stores, NoSQL with query languages; it looks like the two schools of database design have begun to merge.

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BT in acquisition talks with EE and O2 — reports

BT confirmed it is in acquisition talks with two UK operators, one of which is O2, following a media report that Telefonica was willing to offload its UK unit in exchange for a 20 per cent stake in the UK fixed incumbent.The second operator attracting the interest of BT is thought to be EE.In a statement, BT said it had received expressions of interest from the shareholders of two mobile operators in the UK, one of which is O2, about acquiring their businesses.However, it cautioned discussions are at a preliminary stage and their outcome is uncertain.El Confidencial said Telefonica is exploring a strategic alliance with BT to block any moves by US operators, including AT&T, to enter the European market. “Telefonica is exploring a strategic alliance with BT to create a European giant,” it said.Such a move would shore up Telefonica’s UK strategy in the face of rising fixed-mobile competition.Jose Maria Alvarez Pallete, Telefonica’s COO, said last week the group was keeping its options, including a sale of O2, open in response to the aggressive fixed-mobile strategies of rivals EE and Vodafone, as well as the re-entry of BT into the mobile market.Indeed, creating a powerful, integrated player in the UK would turn up the heat on rivals, particularly the smaller carrier Three.”Buying O2 would give BT a terrific set of assets to deploy a quad-play strategy, including a dominant presence on the UK high-street,” noted CCS Insight analyst Kester Mann in a tweet.BT is also thought to be in talks about a possible acquisition with EE, the UK’s largest operator with which it has an MVNO agreement.The UK fixed incumbent has its own spectrum and a significant network of Wi-Fi hotspots. It is expected [1] to launch a mobile service over the next few months. That prospect seems to have spooked existing mobile operators.There is speculation that BT is developing its own quadplay strategy, bundling mobile with broadband, phone services and BT Vision (BT has spent generously on TV rights for English Premier League football and other sporting events in an attempt to lure subscribers).BT’s statement did not mention quadplay but did talk about its return to the mobile market. Ironically, its last serious involvement in the consumer market ended with a spin off of O2 more than a decade ago.“We continue to develop our own plans for providing enhanced mobile services to business and consumer customers, in line with our previous announcements. We remain confident of delivering on these plans and have also been exploring ways of accelerating them, including assessing the merits of an acquisition of a mobile network operator in the UK,” said BT’s statement.[1] http://www.mobileworldlive.com/bt-delays-consumer-4g-wi-fi-handover-glitch-report

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BT in acquisition talks with EE and O2 — reports

BT confirmed it is in acquisition talks with two UK operators, one of which is O2, following a media report that Telefonica was willing to offload its UK unit in exchange for a 20 per cent stake in the UK fixed incumbent.The second operator attracting the interest of BT is thought to be EE.In a statement, BT said it had received expressions of interest from the shareholders of two mobile operators in the UK, one of which is O2, about acquiring their businesses.However, it cautioned discussions are at a preliminary stage and their outcome is uncertain.El Confidencial said Telefonica is exploring a strategic alliance with BT to block any moves by US operators, including AT&T, to enter the European market. “Telefonica is exploring a strategic alliance with BT to create a European giant,” it said.Such a move would shore up Telefonica’s UK strategy in the face of rising fixed-mobile competition.Jose Maria Alvarez Pallete, Telefonica’s COO, said last week the group was keeping its options, including a sale of O2, open in response to the aggressive fixed-mobile strategies of rivals EE and Vodafone, as well as the re-entry of BT into the mobile market.Indeed, creating a powerful, integrated player in the UK would turn up the heat on rivals, particularly the smaller carrier Three.”Buying O2 would give BT a terrific set of assets to deploy a quad-play strategy, including a dominant presence on the UK high-street,” noted CCS Insight analyst Kester Mann in a tweet.BT is also thought to be in talks about a possible acquisition with EE, the UK’s largest operator with which it has an MVNO agreement.The UK fixed incumbent has its own spectrum and a significant network of Wi-Fi hotspots. It is expected [1] to launch a mobile service over the next few months. That prospect seems to have spooked existing mobile operators.There is speculation that BT is developing its own quadplay strategy, bundling mobile with broadband, phone services and BT Vision (BT has spent generously on TV rights for English Premier League football and other sporting events in an attempt to lure subscribers).BT’s statement did not mention quadplay but did talk about its return to the mobile market. Ironically, its last serious involvement in the consumer market ended with a spin off of O2 more than a decade ago.“We continue to develop our own plans for providing enhanced mobile services to business and consumer customers, in line with our previous announcements. We remain confident of delivering on these plans and have also been exploring ways of accelerating them, including assessing the merits of an acquisition of a mobile network operator in the UK,” said BT’s statement.[1] http://www.mobileworldlive.com/bt-delays-consumer-4g-wi-fi-handover-glitch-report

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Telefónica negocia con BT la venta de su filial 02 en el Reino Unido

La operadora española reconoce al regulador bursátil que hay conversaciones sobre la divisón, pero “en una fase muy preliminar”

Source : Noticias sobre Telefonía móvil http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2014/11/24/actualidad/1416827639_402645.html

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Drones? What could possibly go wrong? Plus can China cripple our power networks? [Government IT Week]

ZDNet’s David Gewirtz has been warning about China and the risk to US infrastructure for years. The NSA now seems to agree. Plus the FAA was to restrict commercial drones, which we all knew was inevitable. Plus lots more government IT news from the world over that’s both interesting and appalling.

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iCloud.com: arriva l’upload manuale delle immagini

Nuova tornata di aggiornamenti per la versione web di iCloud, a seguito delle novità sulla suite iWork della scorsa settimana. Dopo un breve periodo di beta, Apple ha finalmente concesso a tutti gli utenti la possibilità di caricare manualmente immagini su iCloud Photo Library.

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Austrian auction decision delayed again

A decision on the validity of a spectrum auction held in Austria in 2013 has been delayed once again, with a ruling now expected in December, a court representative told Reuters.The court is deciding whether to annul the auction, which netted the government around €2 billion, and was Europe’s most expensive 4G auction on a per capita basis at the time.It said in September that a decision would be reached by the end of November [1]. The representative said the decision, which will be final, is now expected in early December and “definitely this year”.If the court decides to uphold the complaint, the auction would be rerun, delaying the availability of higher-speed mobile services in Austria.The outcome will also impact the government’s pledge to invest €1 billion of the auction’s proceeds to improve access to high-speed internet services in the country.The Austrian business units of Hutchison Whampoa and Deutsche Telekom appealed [2]against the results of the auction in November last year, arguing it should be run again.The main issue was that the auction had been designed to maximise financial returns for the government at the expense of competition in the mobile market.The operators particularly objected to a condition that allowed individual bidders to acquire up to 50 per cent of the available spectrum, with the risk that one of the three bidders could end up with nothing.Although the country’s regulator said it would not have allowed this to happen, the complainants said the fear of losing out altogether drove bidders to ever-higher prices.Another gripe was that no bidder was allowed to know what the others were putting on the table. While this prevented collusion, it was seen by the two operators as another way to ramp up prices.Telekom Austria paid most in the auction (€1.03 billion for 14 spectrum blocks), followed by T-Mobile (nine blocks for €654 million). Hutchison paid €330 million for five blocks but did not win any spectrum in the most attractive 800 MHz band.Hutchison withdrew its appeal in June after the Austrian government made its pledge to invest in the country’s broadband infrastructure. However, the government has yet to spell out what its plan will involve.[1] http://www.mobileworldlive.com/austrian-court-sets-date-rule-2b-auction
[2] http://www.mobileworldlive.com/hutchison-t-mobile-lodge-appeal-austria-4g-auction-report

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Austrian auction decision delayed again

A decision on the validity of a spectrum auction held in Austria in 2013 has been delayed once again, with a ruling now expected in December, a court representative told Reuters.The court is deciding whether to annul the auction, which netted the government around €2 billion, and was Europe’s most expensive 4G auction on a per capita basis at the time.It said in September that a decision would be reached by the end of November [1]. The representative said the decision, which will be final, is now expected in early December and “definitely this year”.If the court decides to uphold the complaint, the auction would be rerun, delaying the availability of higher-speed mobile services in Austria.The outcome will also impact the government’s pledge to invest €1 billion of the auction’s proceeds to improve access to high-speed internet services in the country.The Austrian business units of Hutchison Whampoa and Deutsche Telekom appealed [2]against the results of the auction in November last year, arguing it should be run again.The main issue was that the auction had been designed to maximise financial returns for the government at the expense of competition in the mobile market.The operators particularly objected to a condition that allowed individual bidders to acquire up to 50 per cent of the available spectrum, with the risk that one of the three bidders could end up with nothing.Although the country’s regulator said it would not have allowed this to happen, the complainants said the fear of losing out altogether drove bidders to ever-higher prices.Another gripe was that no bidder was allowed to know what the others were putting on the table. While this prevented collusion, it was seen by the two operators as another way to ramp up prices.Telekom Austria paid most in the auction (€1.03 billion for 14 spectrum blocks), followed by T-Mobile (nine blocks for €654 million). Hutchison paid €330 million for five blocks but did not win any spectrum in the most attractive 800 MHz band.Hutchison withdrew its appeal in June after the Austrian government made its pledge to invest in the country’s broadband infrastructure. However, the government has yet to spell out what its plan will involve.[1] http://www.mobileworldlive.com/austrian-court-sets-date-rule-2b-auction
[2] http://www.mobileworldlive.com/hutchison-t-mobile-lodge-appeal-austria-4g-auction-report

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