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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Expedia adds to Google's EU antitrust woes

Expedia adds to Google's EU antitrust woes

Online travel specialist Expedia has submitted a formal complaint to the European Commission in the ongoing antitrust investigation into whether Google is abusing its dominance of the search market."Expedia filed a complaint with the European Commission that details specific business and search practices by Google that constitute a violation of European Union competition and consumer protection laws.

published April 2, 2012 by

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Australia's CSIRO nets £142m in Wi-Fi settlement

Australia's CSIRO nets £142m in Wi-Fi settlement

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) has been awarded more than AU$220m (£142m) in an out-of-court settlement in the US concerning its patented Wi-Fi technology.The country's scientific research agency reached the settlement with multiple technology companies in the US — including Lenovo, Acer, Sony and AT&T — on Monday, according to a Reuters report.

published April 2, 2012 by

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Google opens Campus's doors in London

Google opens Campus's doors in London

Google has opened the doors of its start-up incubator, called Campus, based in the 'Silicon roundabout' area of Old Street, London.The seven-storey building will serve as a "co-working and events space" in the heart of London's 'Tech City' in Old Street.

published March 29, 2012 by

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Oracle rebuffs Google settlement offer

Oracle rebuffs Google settlement offer

Oracle has reportedly refused a settlement offer put forward by Google in its ongoing dispute over the use of Java in the Android operating system.Oracle filed the suit against Google in 2010, alleging infringement of Oracle-owned Java related patents but the two companies have been unable to reach a settlement since the original filing.

published March 29, 2012 by

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iPad '4G' attracts advertising regulator's attention in UK

iPad '4G' attracts advertising regulator's attention in UK

The Advertising Standards Authority has confirmed that it is looking into complaints about the new iPad's 4G claim as the device will not work on UK operators' networks when the service is offered in the future.The new Apple iPad is billed as being 4G capable but it will not support LTE 4G standards used in some countries, including the UK, as it operates on different frequencies.

published March 29, 2012 by

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TalkTalk tops Ofcom complaints again

TalkTalk tops Ofcom complaints again

TalkTalk Group attracted more complaints than any other UK telecoms operator between October 2011 and December 2011, according to Ofcom.TalkTalk generated more complaints as a proportion of its customer base for fixed broadband services than any other company.

published March 22, 2012 by

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Samsung delays Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy Note

Samsung delays Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy Note

Samsung has said it will deliver an update for its Galaxy Note hybrid tablet-smartphone device in the second quarter of 2012, missing its originally announced update window.The company said the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich will begin to rollout to the 5-inch Note device sometime between April and June.

published March 22, 2012 by

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BBC brings Kinect-controlled iPlayer to Xbox 360

BBC brings Kinect-controlled iPlayer to Xbox 360

The BBC iPlayer service is now available on the Xbox 360 games console, bringing with it the option of voice or gesture control.The service — which is already available on more than 450 platforms, including Sony's rival PlayStation 3 console — is available to silver and gold Xbox Live members.

published March 20, 2012 by

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Vodafone: Ofcom has 'taken leave of its senses'

Vodafone: Ofcom has 'taken leave of its senses'

Mobile operator Vodafone has accused Ofcom of "taking leave of its senses" in its decision to allow Everything Everywhere to forge ahead with a 4G rollout before 2013, according to reports.The telecoms regulator said on 13 March that it was "minded" to allow Everything Everywhere to refarm its 2G spectrum to provide 4G services using the 1800MHz frequency, prompting the response from Vodafone in The Sunday Times.

published March 19, 2012 by

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Apple goes on $45bn spending spree

Apple goes on $45bn spending spree

Apple has announced that it will invest more than $10bn in a stock buyback scheme over the course of three years, and will spend around $10bn per year on paying out stock dividends.Apple boss Tim Cook has announced a $10bn stock buyback scheme and a plan to pay out stock dividends.

published March 19, 2012 by

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Security risk prompts CyanogenMod to cut off root

Security risk prompts CyanogenMod to cut off root

The popular CyanogenMod 9 custom ROM will no longer provide root access to a handset by default in order to try and offer better security.Jef Oliver, a member of the CyanogenMod team, said that the "furore" around Android Marketplace permission requests prompted the move to remove root access by default.

published March 19, 2012 by

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Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus shuffles onto UK shelves

Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus shuffles onto UK shelves

The Android Gingerbread-based Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus will be available to buy in the UK from Saturday.The device was announced at the beginning of January ahead of CES 2012 and went on sale first in Russia before being gradually rolled out across Europe.

published March 16, 2012 by

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Apple's new iPad hits UK shops

Apple's new iPad hits UK shops

Apple's 'new' iPad has gone on sale in the UK, US and a number of other countries around the world.The tablet, announced on 7 March, went on sale on Friday online and via Apple's London flagship store in Regent Street.

published March 16, 2012 by

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Lords look to Vaizey for data-roaming crackdown

Lords look to Vaizey for data-roaming crackdown

A House of Lords committee has told the government that current data-roaming charges are "unacceptably high" and are deterring use of smartphones and connected services while abroad.The House of Lords EU sub-committee on Internal Market, Energy and Transport, wrote to Ed Vaizey, minister for culture, communications and creative industries on Tuesday to call for greater regulation of wholesale and retail pricing for data roaming.

published March 13, 2012 by

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