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Napster duo launch Airtime to reinvent videoconferencing

Shaun Fanning and Sean Parker have reunited to launch Airtime, a videoconferencing system that links in with Facebook to hopefully eliminate one handed users. Airtime is an application designed to work with Facebook users to let people videoconference with people who share similar interests. At a star-studded launch in New York …
Iain Thomson, 05 Jun 2012
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Napster boys are back with Airtime

The dynamic digital duo from Napster, Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, are back with a new social video platform called Airtime. Neither will detail what Airtime does – although it was formerly known as Supyo – but some commentators have tipped it will be a less sleazy version of Chatroulette. Fanning has emerged as Airtime CEO …
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BT offers vanilla mobile deal to biz bods

The latest deal for small businesses from BT is part of its move to become a mobile phone network again. The deal from BT Business includes a bundle of resold EE airtime and Wi-Fi – with or without hardware. The hardware bit includes a range of Android and Windows Phones and Apple, Android and Windows tablets. It's also offering …
Simon Rockman, 05 Aug 2014

DCC, parent of Micro P and Gem, posts 15% boost in yearly profits

DCC Technology, parent of UK disties Exertis Micro P and Gem, danced on the grave of the recession in its latest financial year ended 31 March, reporting top and bottom line growth spurts. The IT division of the Irish conglomerate - formerly DCC Sercom - turned over £2.26bn, a leap of 22.4 per cent on a year ago, and made an …
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2014
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Suffering from IPO interruptus? Perhaps your Box is full of the same soap as the others

You don't have to have a monopoly to build a successful company, but it sure helps. And if you've not got a monopoly then you do need something, anything, to differentiate your product so that there's actually some compelling reason why customers might actually use your services and pay you a margin. There'd better be something …
Tim Worstall, 09 May 2014

Nokia's 41Mp Lumia 1020 'launches' in UK - but hoi polloi must wait

Nokia's impressive 41Mp Lumia 1020 flagship may have "launched" worldwide - with festivities including a glitzy Shoreditch gallery party featuring photographer David Bailey, actor Bill Nighy and cannibal entrepreneur Steve Bong - but UK punters won't get delivery until the end of the month. Some Blighty operators and retailers …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2013

Orange to bundle free Eee with HSDPA modem, airtime

Orange will tomorrow offer Brits Asus' newly announced Eee PC 900 16G for... well... nothing at all. Orange will expect however, punters to sign up for a two-year, £25-a-month airtime contract. That package grants users up to 3GB of data transfers a month and up to 100 text messages sent from the machine. Asus' old Eee girl …
Tony Smith, 15 Aug 2008
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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

Pictures and specs of a new "3D" smartphone expected to be unveiled by Amazon on 18 June have already leaked online. And just this morning we see reports that giant US carrier AT&T has inked a deal to lock the phone to its network.* But what can we really expect? Judging by the unofficial snaps, the rumoured mobe looks like …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jun 2014

Brit giant Daisy stuffs face with treats, but she ain't piling on ££££££s

Telecoms provider Daisy Group forked out tens of millions of pounds on acquisitions in fiscal 2014 – only to see its top line stagnate as organic growth fell off a cliff in its legacy calls business. Operating losses have widened and debts mounted. The British biz spent £35.3m on four buys: £7.5m to pick up two of 2e2's data …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2014
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T-mobile US in invisible handset handcuff contract smackdown

T-Mobile USA's no-restriction contract turns out to have restrictions, and while they might seem obvious to some the state Attorney General in Washington feels they weren't obvious enough. The tariffs are designed to separate airtime and handset subsidy, which T-mobile described as coming without a two-year commitment. But while …
Bill Ray, 26 Apr 2013
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O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

O2 UK hired circus performers at a PR event this week to launch its new Refresh tariff, which it was forced to confirm ahead of schedule thanks to a media leak. But despite its use of a cut-price Derren Brown, the payment plan really does represent something completely new: honesty. As in, one can see exactly how much of the …
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2013
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Microsoft creates new cert to make VMware admins 'bi-lingual'

Microsoft has found another way to grab some market share from VMware's: a new certification it says is designed “to help IT pros who are VMware experts build their expertise in Microsoft virtualization.” Redmond's pitch is that IT professionals need to be “bi-lingual” when it comes to virtualisation, because while VMware does a …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2013
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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

A group called The Feminist Software Foundation has accused GitHub of misogyny after it disabled access to a repository containing its first effort: a feminist programming language called “C+=”. Pronounced either “C plus equality” or “see equality”, C+= has since found a home at bitbucket.org, where a manifesto declares it is “a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2013

Daisy petals close around midge MoCo

Daisy Group has devoured Kent-based minnow MoCo Communications for an undisclosed sum to boost its challenged mobile distie operations. This is the third buy Daisy has made in the mobile airtime channel; it swallowed Anglia Telecom Centres in 2009; and Fone Logistics a year later. Founded in 1985, MoCo had operated as an …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2013
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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

Mobe operator Three has abolished roaming charges. Well, in seven countries, at least, and only on calls and texts sent homeward bound. All Three customers who travel to Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, the Republic of Ireland or Sweden will be able to make calls to Blighty, send texts to the UK and – crucially – …
Tony Smith, 28 Aug 2013
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Doctor Who's 50th year special: North American theater tix on sale Friday

Audiences in the US and Canada will be able to watch the forthcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary special in theaters on two separate dates in November, the BBC has said. As previously announced, the first such screening will take place on Saturday, November 23, simultaneous with the episode's broadcast on television networks …
Neil McAllister, 24 Oct 2013
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Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

A study funded by the BBC into editorial bias has concluded that it isn't Left Wing enough: it's too friendly to business, and far too hostile to the European Union. The "voice of the licence-fee payer", the BBC Trust, commissioned the study, and gave the job to academic Mike Berry of the Glasgow Media Group - the latter a Dave …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Sep 2013
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Phones 4U intros Jump plan to speed smartphone upgrades

Phones 4U has come up with a new phone package it claims makes it easier to change handsets. Called Jump, the plan separates airtime from handset. So, a £37.99-a-month, two-year Jump contract actually comprises £15, which goes off to your network operator, and Phones 4U's phone-specific fee, the Jump Service Charge (JSC). A …
Tony Smith, 10 Feb 2012
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New deals for Virgin Sim punters

Virgin has updated its Sim-only offerings, pitching "truly unlimited data and texts" no matter what you pay each month. There are four monthly price bands: £12, £15, £17 and £25, though the latter can be had by Virgin Media subscribers for £20 who also get to call other subscribers free on all four deals. They're all 30-day …
Hard Reg, 04 Sep 2012
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Apple buys indoor mapper WiFiSLAM

Apple has acquired mapping company WiFiSLAM, in a move one hopes can only improve the quality of its inaccurate and oft-derided maps service. Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed, by the sum of $US20m is getting plenty of airtime. So is the acquired company's ability to help Apple create indoor maps, as an AngelList …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Mar 2013
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Sean Parker launches Chatroulette killer: For why?

Celebrity billionaire tech investor Sean Parker thinks video chat is what the world needs most, and is putting his money where his mouth is. Now pinch yourself that it isn't 1995. Video chat is the innovation that nobody has ever wanted, but has never gone away. The Facebook and Spotify investor, who was a driving force behind …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Jun 2012
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Dragons' Den Jones' etail biz Expansys back in the red

If mobility etailer Expansys were to be put in front of majority shareholder and Dragons' Den badboy Peter Jones in its current guise, his response may be something along the lines of "I'm out". Dragged down by its online retail shop, sales at the AIM-listed outfit fell 14 per cent to £93.2m, as profits before tax of £1.5m were …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2013

Ex-Gizmondo team form ads-for-airtime phone firm

Three ex-Gizmondo Europe executives have have emerged as the minds behind US-based virtual network operator Xero Mobile. The start-up's pitch: offer mobile phone users free airtime if they'll put up with adverts being pushed to their handsets. Xero Mobile first started making headlines last month when the company's detail-free …
Tony Smith, 14 Mar 2006
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Brit biz-gobbling comms giant Daisy Group splutters with indigestion

Biz broadband and comms giant Daisy Group has faced a challenging 12 months as its operating losses widened and organic growth stalled. In its financial year to 31 March 2013, the company-gobbling Lancashire-headquartered firm recorded revenues of £351.5m - up less than one per cent on the previous year. It also completed two …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2013
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Raytheon to build low-orbit, disposable satellites for DARPA

The fighter-deployed satellites in DARPA's latest plan - which will deploy them in orbits so low they burn up in a month - will be built by Raytheon, which reckons it can do the job for $2m a pop. SeeMe* was announced last March, as an intermediate step between surveillance drones, which have limited airtime, and spy satellites …
Bill Ray, 23 Jan 2013
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Three zeroes Samsung Galaxy S II upfront fee

We rather like the Samsung Galaxy S II - you can read our thoughts on this tasty Android smartphone here - and now you can get one for next to nowt. Three is offering the 4.3in - handy if you're one of the many folk who favour a large display - dual-core handset for free on a £25-a-month two-year contract. The catch: you have to …
Hard Reg, 16 Mar 2012
Orange

Orange offers UK's first home broadband bundle with mobile minutes

Orange has launched a home broadband package that includes free call minutes to mobile phones, the first service of its kind in the UK, the cellco claimed. With more folk than ever relying solely on their mobile, rather than using a landline too, Orange is attempting to reverse that trend with a new £20-a-month deal - £15 per …
Caleb Cox, 06 Mar 2012
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App cuts waiting out of call centre queues

A free app that takes away the frustration of being kept on hold during phone calls to corporations has launched in the UK, saving mobile users a pretty penny in the process, its developer claims. Matt King's WeQ4U promises to do all the waiting for you. The patent pending app allows you to hang up without losing your place in …
Caleb Cox, 01 Mar 2012
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Facebook button triggers tidal wave of human organs

Thousands of Facebook users packed with fresh, reusable organs have signed up to the organ donor lists in the US and the UK. The NHS saw 850 direct signups through Facebook in the 24 hours since the option went live, and noticed a spike in website donor sign-ups too. The Donate Life San Diego branch posted a 1400% increase in …
Anna Leach, 02 May 2012
Orange

Orange to impose overseas data cap to beat bill shock

Reg Hardware Mobile Week Orange wants to make roaming less of an ordeal, today saying it will bundle voice, texts and data into a single, pay-as-you-go style package to make it easier to charge for using phones overseas. The new packages will allow punters to buy airtime, SMS allowances and volumes of date in bulk before …
Tony Smith, 28 Feb 2012
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Carphone Warehouse slashes Samsung Galaxy Tab price

Carphone Warehouse has updated its Samsung Galaxy Tab sales page with a price: £530 without a data contract, or £500 if you take out a tenner-a-month data deal with Talk Mobile. Carphone Warehouse's Galaxy Tab offer That's certainly less than the £600 Amazon.co.uk wants - marked down from an £800 RRP, the site states - for …
Tony Smith, 18 Oct 2010
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Mozilla needs to find alternatives to the Google umbilical

Mozilla doesn't get mentioned much in corporate earnings calls. General web interest seems to be sliding, too. Across social media the attitude toward Mozilla is generally positive, but it gets far less airtime than Google or Apple, the two companies doing more than anyone else to reshape the web in their respective images. And …
Matt Asay, 19 Nov 2012
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The drive to zero: How to retain margin the race to the bottom

Margins are important to the channel. Many resellers live or die by them – but there is of course much more to running a successful channel business than this simple metric alone. Unfortunately, many in the information security space have been sucked into a downwards spiral which threatens to ruin those channel partners who try …
Tim Ayling, 13 Jul 2012
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Virgin, 3 tease with Nokia X6 deals

After Nokia's sexy X6 music phone? Both Virgin Media and 3 this week said they will be offering the handset this month. 3 is punting the X6 for free if you sign up for on a £35-a-month two-year contract that includes unlimited internet access, unlimited texts and 750 all-network call minutes. Settle for 500 minutes' all-network …
Tony Smith, 03 Mar 2010
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O2 best placed to scoop new iPhone sales dosh

O2 will be quids in when the next iPhone is beamed down to mere mortals, a spectacle that's strongly rumoured to be happening tomorrow. According to figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, O2 handles 45 per cent of the Apple fanbois in the UK, and those guys are known to be quite loyal. O2 used to have the exclusive deal on …
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Three adds iPhone 4 to unlimited data package

Network operator Three has added the iPhone 4 to the list of pay-as-you-go smartphones it offers with "all-you-can-eat" mobile broadband. Three will sell you a 16GB iPhone 4 for £500, or a 32GB model for £600 - both a tenner or so less than Apple charges. You'll have to add £15 to that for the airtime: 300 minutes of calls, 3000 …
Hard Reg, 26 Apr 2011
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O2 axes broadband laptop bundle connection fee

O2 has zapped the connection fee it charges punters taking out a mobile broadband subscription with a new laptop. The catch is that it's only offering a two-year contract, so you'll be paying between £25 and £40 a month for your connection and free laptop, depending on the model you choose and the airtime package you prefer. …
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2010

How can UK TV product placement do better, asks report

A new analysis of paid product placements, which have been legal on UK television since February 2011, shows that it hasn't generated all the powerful stream of new revenue the industry had been hoping for. Worse, the technique is in danger of destroying a previously successful industry. When product placements became legal, …
Bill Ray, 16 Nov 2012
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Asda 'geekend' offers are for the birds

Asda is opening the doors to its bargain basement grotto this weekend with supposedly cut-price deals on internet access devices and mobile data tariffs. As El Reg recently revealed, the low-cost supermarket chain is trying to drag shoppers into the internet world, claiming its customer base is probably PC-illiterate. Starting …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2011
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Brewer bashes Beeb over anti-beer bias

A Cumbria brewer has levelled serious charges against the BBC that it is deliberately ignoring beer in favour of imported plonk. Dave Bailey, of the Hardknott brewery in Millom, reckons the Corporation's foodie output is heavily biased towards wine, and is therefore "deliberately and recklessly damaging the UK economy by its …
Lester Haines, 28 Jun 2011
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Three pledges cut-price iPads for Crimble

Three is to follow T-Mobile and Orange , and make available cut-price iPads subsidised by airtime contracts. Neither Orange nor T-Mobile have said what the subsidised price of their iPads will be, though it has been claimed 3G-enabled iPads will be sold for as little as £200 - £329 off the list price. Likewise, Three did not …
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2010
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Samsung intros 10in Android tablet

Samsung has taken the wraps off a 10in Galaxy Tab slate, this one running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Vodafone has the exclusive. Beyond these points, the 10in, 1280 x 800 Tab's spec largely matches that of its 7in predecessor. The camera on the back is 8Mp, but who's going to be taking snaps with a monster 246 x 170 x 11mm snapper …
Tony Smith, 14 Feb 2011

UK web snoop charter: Just how much extra info do spooks need?

MI5 makes the most requests for information on Brits' phone calls and internet activities, according to a panel of MPs and peers scrutinising Home Secretary Theresa May's draft communications surveillance law. The controversial bill calls for much wider spying on online activity. The Home Office, in pushing for these extended …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Feb 2013
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O2 tariff rejig bundles tethering with data

O2 has revamped its pay monthly mobile phone package structure, adding a one-year contract option for existing customers. O2 already offers a 12-month contract, but it only applies to Sim-only deals - what you'd choose if you decide to keep your current phone when your existing contract ends. O2 Pay Monthly March 2011 The new …
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2011
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Dragons Den Jones to offload Data Select to management

Dragons Den star Peter Jones is understood to be in talks with the management team at Data Select to sell the mobile distributor, according to industry sources. The empire got a bit smaller this week as Jones flogged his machine-to-machine (M2M) comms specialist Wireless Logic to mid-market private equity firm ECI Partners for £ …
Paul Kunert, 19 Aug 2011
Star Trek: Deep Space 9

Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

I’ve always been strangely fascinated by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary - amazing how time flies, even when you’re not an agent of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations - it’s the densest and most mythology-rich of all the Star Trek TV shows. Often ambitious and audacious, it won …
Steve May, 04 Jan 2013
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Retailers price up Samsung 7in Android tablet

Samsung's upcoming 7in Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab, is beginning to be priced up by retailers ahead of its anticipated arrival next month. Alas, it looks like it'll be a pricey offering. UK online retailer eXpansys, for example, is taking orders for the 16GB version - if you're willing to pay £680. That seems a lot to us, …
Tony Smith, 07 Sep 2010
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Thomas Cook offers World Cup Sim card deal

Thomas Cook is running a World Cup promo for South Africa-bound football fans on pre-paid Sim cards, courtesy of a partnership with GO-SIM. Buy a £20 Sim card and get £10 worth of airtime. Calls after that are 38p a minute and texts are 10p. Incoming calls from most places are free. This works out at 80 per cent cheaper than …
Hard Reg, 10 May 2010
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Watchdog lauds better phone contract refund terms

The UK's major mobile phone retailers have pledged to make it easier for punters to cancel contracts if there's poor network coverage, independent advisory body the Communications Consumer Panel (CCP) said today. The CCP has been lobbying networks and the retailers that sell their airtime contracts to provide a standard policy …
Nick Hawkesmoor, 10 Nov 2010

Orange bundles free HP laptops with HSDPA deals

Orange has bundled a trio of HP Compaq laptops and USB HSDPA 3G modems with new business-oriented mobile broadband airtime packages. The bundles are based around the Compaq 6735s, 6730s and 6730b, respectively tethered to £35-, £40- and £45-a-month subscriptions. Contracts run for two years for a total expenditure of £840, £960 …
Tony Smith, 16 Sep 2008