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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£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.

April 12, 2012 by Ben Woods

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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.

April 5, 2012 by Ben Woods

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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.

April 5, 2012 by Ben Woods

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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.

April 3, 2012 by Ben Woods

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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.

April 2, 2012 by Ben Woods

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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.

April 2, 2012 by Ben Woods

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RIM: There is no 'enterprise' market

Research In Motion's decision to concentrate on its enterprise stronghold has been taken to mean the BlackBerry maker is moving out of the consumer market altogether. Not so.

March 30, 2012 by Ben Woods

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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.

March 29, 2012 by Ben Woods

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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.

March 29, 2012 by Ben Woods

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