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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Nokia mulls sale of luxury Vertu brand for €200m

Beleaguered mobile manufacturer Nokia is considering the sale of its luxury Vertu brand as it looks to focus on its core businesses.The company is deliberating over whether to unload the high-end Vertu handset unit to private equity firm Permira for around €200m (£162.

April 30, 2012 by Ben Woods

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Skylon spaceplane revs up for cooling test

The Skylon spaceplane will soon take one step closer to reality, with an upcoming test of one of the key components on the craft's engine planned for the summer.The Sabre engine for the Skylon spaceplane will be tested in the summer.

April 27, 2012 by Ben Woods

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EU aims to cut 'stupid costs' of broadband rollout

The European Commission wants to find out how it can reduce the cost of rolling out super-fast broadband by cutting out "stupid costs and duplication" in engineering works.On Friday, digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes opened a public consulation to identify the best way to save on installing new infrastructure for high-speed broadband in the EU, one of the aims of the Connecting Europe push launched in October.

April 27, 2012 by Ben Woods

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ICS served up for Sony Tablet S

An update to the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android operating system is now available for Sony's Tablet S devices.The company announced the update in a blog post on Thursday, highlighting some of the new features of the operating system, such as new home screen actions, revamped web browser and new camera modes.

April 27, 2012 by Ben Woods

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Zen uncorks doubled speeds with no throttle

Zen internet customers can now sign up to fibre-based broadband packages with twice the download speed of its previous maximum.The company's new fibre options now offer download speeds of up to 76Mbps and uploads of up to 19Mbps and are available to business and residential customers.

April 25, 2012 by Ben Woods

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Broadband ad crackdown hits Virgin

The Advertising Standards Authority on Wednesday upheld a complaint against a printed Virgin Media advertisement that appeared in February.The ad formed part of the company's push on super-fast broadband services and contained the words "faster for a fiver".

April 25, 2012 by Ben Woods

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Nokia Lumia 900 UK rollout delayed by demand from US

The UK launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 has been delayed until mid-May due to high demand for the device in the US. Image credit: Nokia Nokia told ZDNet UK on Wednesday in a statement that "overwhelming demand" for the Lumia 900 in the US had resulted in "a small knock-on effect on product availability in the UK".

April 25, 2012 by Ben Woods

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Amazon delivers Kindle Touch early

Amazon's Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G e-reader devices are now on their way to customers in the UK, one week earlier than Amazon had predicted.The company said on Friday that it had started shipping the devices ahead of schedule, adding that pre-orders will be sent out in the order in which were received.

April 20, 2012 by Ben Woods

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