Ben Woods

With a psychology degree under his belt, Ben set off on a four-year sojourn as a professional online poker player, but as the draw of the gambling life began to wane his attentions turned to more wholesome employment.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. He's also keenly interested in broadband issues, and has spent more time than strictly necessary testing out a multitude of software packages.Hot tips (no tittering at the back) can be passed along to me at ben.woods@zdnet.com or you can follow me on Twitter @BenWoodsZD, if you can bear intermittent cake and cat tweets.

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Watchdog puts brakes on BT Infinity ads

Watchdog puts brakes on BT Infinity ads

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld four complaints against the advertising of BT's super-fast Infinity broadband service on the grounds that they could be misleading.The ASA said on Wednesday that it had investigated four complaints about BT's advertising of its Infinity broadband packages — which appeared in print, online and on television — put forward by rival broadband provider Virgin Media.

published April 18, 2012 by

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South Korean regulators probe HP over price fixing

South Korean regulators probe HP over price fixing

HP's offices in South Korea have been raided by officials from the Fair Trade Commission over allegations of price fixing, according to a report.The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) confirmed to the Korean Times that it was investigating HP's South Korean office in a report on Monday.

published April 17, 2012 by

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Sony delivers on Xperia Ice Cream Sandwich promise

Sony delivers on Xperia Ice Cream Sandwich promise

Sony has started rolling out an update to Ice Cream Sandwich for Xperia handsets launched during 2011, but cannot confirm exactly when it will be available to UK handset owners.The update was announced via Sony's blog on Friday and will bring the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version of Android to Sony Arc S, Neo V and Xperia Ray handsets to users in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway first.

published April 16, 2012 by

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YouMail ditches BlackBerry app over 'steady exodus'

YouMail ditches BlackBerry app over 'steady exodus'

Visual voicemail company YouMail has added new features to its BlackBerry app but the company also said it will be the last update for the foreseeable future bound for RIM's operating system as its users migrate to competing mobile OSes.The YouMail team originally started work on developing for the BlackBerry platform in 2007 and attributes some of its success to a strong early adoption from users of BlackBerry devices.

published April 16, 2012 by

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Boris reaches for Tech City reins

Boris reaches for Tech City reins

Boris Johnson wants to take control of the development fund responsible for promoting tech investment in 'Tech City', East London, according to a report.The mayor announced his desire to take control of the Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO) on Friday at the InnoTech summit taking place in the capital.

published April 13, 2012 by

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Ex-RIM co-chief tried to reinvent BlackBerry

Ex-RIM co-chief tried to reinvent BlackBerry

Jim Balsillie, who recently resigned as co-chief of Research In Motion, tried to convince executives that the BlackBerry maker needed a significant shift in strategy to succeed.The former co-chief executive of RIM wanted to allow "major wireless companies in North America and Europe" to provide service for non-BlackBerry devices that was routed through RIM's network, according to a Reuters report on Friday.

published April 13, 2012 by

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BT recruits 150 engineers for fibre rollout

BT recruits 150 engineers for fibre rollout

BT has said it will create 150 permanent engineering jobs to help with the rollout of its super-fast fibre broadband network.The company said on Thursday that it plans to take on the new recruits in May and that they will join the 500 ex-armed forces staff that were recruited by the company last year to help with the £2.

published April 12, 2012 by

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£100 Android phone to get Ice Cream Sandwich

£100 Android phone to get Ice Cream Sandwich

The low-end of the Android market is set to receive a new competitor in the form of the Huawei Ascend G300.The touchscreen Android handset was announced by Vodafone, which said it would be the exclusive stockist of the device, on Thursday.

published April 12, 2012 by

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Samsung brings ultra-fast microSD for LTE generation

Samsung brings ultra-fast microSD for LTE generation

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has started production of its ultra-fast microSD cards, officially known as Ultra High Speed-1 microSD cards, designed to make the most of high-demand devices, such as smartphones and tablets.The semiconductor manufacturer said on Wednesday that it had already started making the 16GB capacity UHS-1 microSD cards late in March and that they are designed to work within the performance levels demanded by LTE-equipped devices.

published April 5, 2012 by

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Asus prepares for Padfone pre-orders

Asus prepares for Padfone pre-orders

Asus has confirmed that it will begin taking pre-orders for its hybrid Padfone device on 6 April in Taiwan ahead of a launch in the UK later in the year.The phone-powered laptop-pad bundle will be available to pre-order with or without the docking station from Friday, with its release following on 20 April, a spokesman confirmed to ZDNet UK on Thursday.

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Google Maps adds alerts for Tube delays

Google Maps adds alerts for Tube delays

Google has upgraded its Maps service to include live information about disruptions to the London Underground network in order to try and help the 31 million expected visitors to the city avoid trouble spots and delays in the capital during the Olympics this summer.

published April 3, 2012 by

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