Microsoft is to crack down on sexually suggestive apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace, as part of a general tightening of the store's rules.The company already has a content policy forbidding 'racy' apps but will now enforce it more strictly, Marketplace chief Todd Brix wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.
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David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't be paying many bills. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David's main focus is on communications, of both the fixed and wireless varieties, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices. He is based in Berlin.
Microsoft has shut down Office Live Small Business, the hosted website creation and business email platform that has since been superseded by Office 365.Office 365 took over from Office Live Small Business (OLSB), Live@edu and BPOS in late 2010.
IBM has repackaged its enterprise mobile services into a new portfolio called Mobile Foundation, which the company revealed on Monday.The suite covers integration, security and management for mobile devices.
China has launched two more satellites for its Beidou constellation, a rival to the US-controlled GPS navigation system.The Compass M3 and M4 satellites took off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province in the early hours of Monday morning, with both satellites sharing the same rocket.
The UK's advertising authorities are still dissatisfied about Apple advertising its new iPad as a 4G device, according to reports.The new iPad does work on 4G networks, but only in the US and Canada.
Microsoft is to dive into the thriving e-reader market, after it stopped suing Barnes & Noble and went into partnership with the bookseller instead.Microsoft had been in litigation over Barnes & Noble's alleged infringement of Microsoft patents in its Android-based Nook tablet, but on Monday the companies announced the end of the legal battle and the start of a strategic partnership around digital content.
The UK's data protection watchdog has levied its first fine against an NHS organisation, after a Welsh hospital accidentally sent a patient's health details to the wrong person.The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said on Monday that the Aneurin Bevan Health Board (ABHB) had been fined £70,000 over the incident, which took place when a consultant sent a medical secretary a letter for formatting, but without an identifying patient number.
LG is set to open a cloud service that lets customers play their smartphone content on their smart TVs, days after rival Sony did the same.The LG Cloud service will go into beta on Tuesday.
Microsoft has fixed a critical security flaw in its Hotmail login process that made it possible for hackers to take over accounts on the webmail service.The Microsoft security team said in a tweet on Friday that it had "addressed a reset function incident to help protect Hotmail customers", and that no further action was needed on the customer's part.
Oracle has released its first versions of the Java Development Kit and JavaFX software development kit for the Mac OS X operating system.JavaFX 2.
The US Congress has passed a highly controversial cybersecurity bill, despite President Obama's office having said he may veto it.The purpose of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is to allow the US government and private technology firms to share data on perceived cyberthreats.
Samsung now sells more mobile phones than any other company, having overtaken former market leader Nokia.The shift, noted by analyst firm Strategy Analytics, marks the first time Nokia has lost the top spot since it overtook then-leader Motorola in 1998, according to a BBC report.
BT has begun selling off its vintage 'Jubilee' or 'K6' phone boxes, as the age of the mobile phone sees usage of the design icons plummet.Apart from selling the phone boxes, BT also lets local communities 'adopt' them for new purposes Photo credit: BTThe telecoms giant said on Thursday that the refurbished cast-iron kiosks have a starting price of £1,950.
The Taiwanese manufacturer Pegatron has agreed to pay Microsoft licensing fees for each Android or Chrome device it makes.Microsoft said on Wednesday that the deal, the latest in a long string of such agreements, covers smartphones, e-readers and tablets.
O2 has launched a mobile payments app called O2 Wallet, which will compete with Barclays' Pingit service.O2 Wallet, released on Thursday morning, is available for Android, iOS and BlackBerry devices.