UK “may” get 4G Mobile service later in 2012

Ofcom4GOfcom have announced an application from Everything Everywhere, who are the combined T-Mobile and Orange group venture in the UK, in wanting to use the available 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum for LTE and WiMAX ahead of the planned auction of 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequencies for rollout in 2013/14.

As part of the spectrum for LTE/WiMAX usage that the application is for, is that of the turned off Analogue TV signal group it to me is a great stepping stone for the UK to get nearer to 4G and offer customers a greater choice.


Read more at BBC Technology News HERE

HP WebOS free


imagesCAV3JPA1HP has decided to use its Palm acquired Operating System for free development by open sourcers, this is a great thing as it can and possibly will create a nice lite OS for tablets or mobiles.

“HP today announced it will contribute the webOS software to the open source community.

HP plans to continue to be active in the development and support of webOS. By combining the innovative webOS platform with the development power of the open source community, there is the opportunity to significantly improve applications and web services for the next generation of devices.

webOS offers a number of benefits to the entire ecosystem of web applications. For developers, applications can be easily built using standard web technologies. In addition, its single integrated stack offers multiplatform portability. For device manufacturers, it provides a single web-centric platform to run across multiple devices. As a result, the end user benefits from a fast, immersive user experience.

“webOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.”


More info HERE and HERE

Windows Mobile 7 “mango” update

img_WinPhoneAhhh while I know I’m a few days late I still think this is a good article to post as I have upgraded my Windows Mobile 6.5 HTC HD2 to a Windows Mobile 7 HTC HD7, so the information on this forthcoming update is especially of interest to me.

“Microsoft Corp. today previewed the next major release of Windows Phone, code-named “Mango,” through a series of media events around the world. “Mango” will deliver more than 500 new features to push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps and the Internet. The “Mango” release will be available for free to Windows Phone 7 customers and is scheduled to ship on new phones beginning this fall. More details on device update timing will be provided closer to availability. Windows Phone will also add support for additional languages, expand access to apps by launching Windows Phone Marketplace in new countries, and partner with new OEMs to enable expansion to new markets.*

  • Threads. Switch between text, Facebook chat and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation.
  • Groups. Group contacts into personalized Live Tiles to see the latest status updates right from the Start Screen and quickly send a text, email or IM to the whole group.
  • Deeper social network integration. Twitter and LinkedIn feeds are now integrated into contact cards, and “Mango” includes built-in Facebook check-ins and new face detection software that makes it easier to quickly tag photos and post to the Web.
  • Linked inbox. See multiple email accounts in one linked inbox. Conversations are organized to make it easy to stay on top of the latest mail.
  • Hands-free messaging. Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice support enables hands-free texting or chatting.”


Some of the  updates above in the 500 have me eagerly awaiting this update as I have in the 1 week I have had this phone loved it and its ease of use, having Office 2010 mobile included is a major plus for me, BUT I have to say I am disappointed in a few areas and one is tethering!?  WHY is this not part of the WM7 ecosystem?

But all in all its a superb phone if you like them kind of large and heavy as its not small and discrete and light.

Read the full press release HERE

Google to fix Android leak

AndroidGoogle have announced that they are on their way to issuing a fix for the ID data leak that the Android operating system on many mobile phones has been afflicted with of late. It just seems that 2011 is going to be a bad year for information technology and security.

“Google is on its way to fix the vulnerability issue with Android phones that could have exposed users’ personal data.

German researchers Bastian Konings, Jens Nickels and Florian Schaub, from the University of Ulm, warned that 99 percent of the handphones had the potential to leak Google services login data over unprotected Wi-Fi networks.”

Read more HERE at International Business Times

Apple iPhone can track users location

iPhoneI thought this one an interesting story and while I would imagine Apple will not download and use the information from the GPS locator, the ability is there to do exactly this. I have an iPhone, its not my main used phone these days, and I did not read the enormous EULA (End User Licence Agreement) that Apple have for the iPhone, but it makes interesting reading now.

“Apple iPhones and 3G iPads are secretly recording and storing details of all their owners’ movements, researchers claim.

Location data is kept in a hidden, unencrypted file according to security experts Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden.

With the right software, it can be used to map exactly where a person has been.

Apple has yet to comment on the revelation, however there is no suggestion that it has been uploading or using the information”

Read the full Article at BBC Technology News HERE

Ofcom in UK announces 4G consultation

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The next generation of mobile communications as in 4G will be up for sale to providers like O2, T-Mobile, Vodaphone, The 3 Network, in early 2012. This will open the UK up to much quicker mobile communications than the current 3G, we do still lag some other countries in adopting 4G.

“The telecoms regulator has launched a consultation on how best to sell off the rights to the next generation of mobile wireless networks.

The auction of the fourth generation, or 4G, spectrum will be the largest ever, equivalent to three quarters of the mobile spectrum in use today.

The last time an auction was held, for 3G in 2000, it raised a record £22.5bn for the Treasury.

The auction itself is expected to start in the first quarter of 2012.

The additional spectrum to be sold off should mean faster speeds for downloading data – such as music and movies – to phones as more capacity is made spare for all the networks.”

4G will help the vast numbers of users now using smartphones like the iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile 7 series phones in connecting and sending data much quicker, especially in streaming.

Read full article at BBC Technology News HERE