Vodafone brings ex-T-Mobile USA chief on board
Vodafone has hired Phillipp Humm, who was until earlier this week the chief of T-Mobile USA, to head up its northern and central European operations.The operating region is a new one, as Vodafone also announced on Thursday that it was splitting its European business in two: northern and central Europe, and southern Europe.
Google targets iPhone and iPad users with Chrome and Drive
Google has released an iOS version of its Chrome browser, after taking the Android version out of beta earlier this week.In a blog post on Thursday, Chrome chief Sundar Pichai said the move would give users "a consistent, personalised web experience across all devices".
Adieu, Minitel: France's forerunner to the web to close
France's Minitel system, which provided online services for millions of people in pre-web days, is to be shut down on Saturday.France's Minitel system, which provided online services for millions of people in pre-web days, is to be shut down on Saturday.
Qualcomm serves up Snapdragon SDK for Android devs
Qualcomm has moved to get developers writing apps specifically for Android devices running Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset, by giving them a software development kit for the platform.The SDK was announced on Tuesday at the Uplinq 2012 developers' conference.
NatWest IT failure 'must be investigated': Bank of England boss
Bank of England governor Mervyn King has called for the Financial Services Authority to carry out a detailed investigation into the massive NatWest outage.The FSA had already asked parent company RBS for a report into the software failure, which stopped customers' bank balances being updated for days and delayed direct debits and standing orders.
£120m goes to 'challenging' broadband rollout in Highlands and Islands
The Scottish government has announced £120m in funding for a super-fast broadband rollout in the Highlands and Islands.The project will be the largest and one of the trickiest regional deployments in the UK, given the area's topography.
Virgin Media serves up all-you-can-eat mobile data
Virgin Media has launched a tariff that features all-you-can-eat data, offering it at a discount to existing customers of the company's TV and broadband services.The new Premiere tariff costs £26 per month and includes unlimited texts and data, 2,500 monthly voice minutes, bundled phone insurance and a pre-installed Mobile Rescue remote security app.
NatWest 'cautiously optimistic' over balance bug clear-up
NatWest hopes to have most of its customers' account balances rectified on Monday, the bank said on Sunday as the effects of a massive technical failure entered their sixth day.The IT problem began late last Tuesday, making it impossible for many customers of NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank to access their accounts online or through ATMs, and stopping direct debits and standing orders from processing.
Microsoft Surface tablet to launch with Wi-Fi only, say reports
Microsoft's Surface tablets will initially reject mobile broadband connectivity for a Wi-Fi-only approach, according to reports.Sources quoted by Bloomberg on Friday said the first models of Microsoft iPad rival would come without the option of 3G or '4G' LTE, both of which are options in Apple's tablet.