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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HP agrees to pay 'kickback' settlement of $55m

The Department of Justice has announced that HP has agreed to pay $55m (£35m) to settle allegations under the False Claims Act that the company paid unlawful kickbacks to secure federal government contracts, according to the Guardian.On 3 August, HP announced that it was settling the case with the DoJ and that the move would impact the company's fiscal third-quarter revenue negatively by two cents per share, though it said that the decision did not equate to any admission of wrongdoing.

August 31, 2010 by Ben Woods


O2 launches eco rating system for mobiles

O2 has become the first UK operator to implement an eco rating system for mobile devices from various manufacturers.The scheme has been backed by six major mobile manufacturers, including Nokia, Sony Ericsson, HTC, LG, Samsung and Palm, but other big players such as Apple are absent from the list.

August 25, 2010 by Ben Woods


MokaFive virtual desktops to integrate AVG protection

Antivirus vendor AVG has announced that it has entered into a partnership with MokaFive to provide protection for the company's virtual desktop products.MokaFive, which supplies virtual desktop management software (video) for consumers and enterprise customers, will begin integrating AVG's antivirus tools directly in the management suite immediately.

August 25, 2010 by Ben Woods


LG C900 Windows Phone 7 gets tentative release date

According to a listing on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group's (SIG) website the LG C900 - thought to be one of the first Windows Phone 7 handsets due to hit the shelves — will be available from 'around' 28 September.Until now Microsoft has reiterated its 'holiday 2010' release window for the first Windows Phone 7 devices, but the listing on the Bluetooth SIG indicate the LG C900's release as planned for sometime around the 28 September.

August 24, 2010 by Ben Woods


Google reportedly testing 'streaming' search features

Google is testing a new version of its search service that returns results in real-time as the user types a search term, according to online reports.A video of the new system, posted over at the unofficial Google Operating System blog, shows that pressing 'enter' isn't required in Google Live Search as it returns results in real-time depending on the search phrase.

August 23, 2010 by Ben Woods

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Orange fixes data outage

Orange has issued a statement saying that the data outage that began on Wednesday has now been rectified.On Thursday, ZDNet UK reported on the problems that saw some Orange customers without 3G data access across areas of the country.

August 20, 2010 by Ben Woods


Asus's Eee tablet plans revealed

Release details for the upcoming ASUS tablet range have been disclosed by the chief executive of the company following a recent investors' conference call in Taipei.Speaking to assembled reporters following a quarterly financial meeting in Taipei on Friday, the company's head, Jerry Shen, confirmed that Asus is planning to release several tablet devices in the coming months on both the Microsoft and Google platforms, according to PC World reports.

August 16, 2010 by Ben Woods


Google unveils Android Voice Actions, Chrome to Phone

Google has announced two new services for Android handsets that allow users to control their phones with voice commands and send links and other information from the Chrome browser directly to their device.Launched on Thursday, the Voice Actions for Android app builds on the functionality of the existing Google Voice Search and is available to download from the Android Market.

August 13, 2010 by Ben Woods


Plastic Logic shelves Que e-reader to focus on version two

Plans to release the Que ProReader have been abandoned as the company works towards releasing a second version of the device, according to Plastic Logic.The Que ProReader uses plastic electronics technology and caused a splash at its debut during CES 10, but development delays and competition from the iPad and Kindle mean that the project is no longer commercially viable.

August 12, 2010 by Ben Woods