Ben Woods

With several years' experience covering everything in the world of telecoms and mobility, Ben's your man if it involves a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other piece of tech small enough to carry around with you.

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Cognos 10 adds Lotus Connections and mobile access

Cognos 10 will bring together IBM's Cognos business intelligence platform with Lotus Connections, as well as adding mobile device access, IBM announced on Monday.Adding mobile access to IBM's Cognos analytics software will provide users with invaluable "real-time intelligence in a single, user-friendly interface", as well as enabling more people to work from home, the company says.

October 26, 2010 by Ben Woods

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Cameron hints at imminent 100Mbps broadband rollout

Virgin Media could be launching its 100Mbps high-speed fibre-optic broadband service by the end of the week according to comments made by David Cameron.The prime minister made the announcement during a speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

October 26, 2010 by Ben Woods


Android Market breaks 100,000 app barrier

The Android Market has officially broken through the 100,000 app barrier according to a post on Twitter from the Android Development team.The Android Market —Google's official app repository— passed the landmark number on Monday.

October 25, 2010 by Ben Woods


Dell reintroduces XPS premium hardware line

Dell has simplified its product offerings in the United States with the reintroduction of a new XPS family of hardware which will replace the Studio and Studio XPS modelsAccording to an announcement made on Thursday on Dell's community blog, there will be three new models in the US —the XPS 14, 15 and 17— starting from $849.A company spokesperson confirmed that the 15 and 17-inch models would also be making their way to UK shores but that the 14-inch would not.

October 22, 2010 by Ben Woods


HP's $1.5bn ArcSight acquisition to close within days

HP's purchase of enterprise security vendor ArcSight is nearly complete following the successful tender of the majority of ArcSight shares, HP announced on Thursday.The acquisition —announced on the 19 September— saw HP offer $43.

October 22, 2010 by Ben Woods


Only 17pc of UK broadband connections exceed 5Mbps

Only 17 percent of UK broadband users are receiving speeds of 5Mbps or faster according to internet hosting company Akamai despite the fact that the most recent Ofcom report found that the average advertised broadband speed is now 11.5Mbps.

October 21, 2010 by Ben Woods


RIM hits back at Jobs's rant

RIM co-chief Jim Balsillie has struck back at comments made by Steve Jobs on Monday in which he said that Apple had already overtaken RIM in the mobile arena and that 7-inch tablets are insufficient.

October 20, 2010 by Ben Woods


Microsoft Office 365 cloud suite coming in 2011

Microsoft announced at a press conference on Tuesday that from next year customers will be able to purchase access to its most popular business productivity software on a cloud subscription basis.The suite will include Office 2010, Exchange ActiveSync, SharePoint, Lync and Microsoft's web apps and will be available to SMBs for $6 (£3.

October 19, 2010 by Ben Woods