Toshiba lines up tasty toys
Word has reached ZDNet HQ that Toshiba will have some big announcements to make at 3GSM in February, with some kind of smartphones or PDAs coming out for the UK market (they already do featurephones in Europe and, of course Japan, but haven't touched the prosumer/business space as yet).This would be very interesting as Tosh are, of course, bigtime laptop manufacturers - it would not at all surprise me if we're talking Windows Mobile here.
Lost your phone recently?
According to an "independent European survey" by Toshiba, over 90 percent of entrepreneurs store "secrets" on their mobile devices.Interestingly, the survey also shows that 22 percent of entrepreneurs have lost a smartphone or pocket PC in the past, and 1 in 5 has lost multiple devices.
Cheap booze alert!
Thank you, BBC, for alerting us to this error in judgment/publicity stunt as made by Threshers - 40 percent off your wine and champagne with this here voucher, if you stagger there before December 10.If this wasn't intentional, it's certainly a bloody good lesson in the dangers of the interweb!
Mobile porn alert
Some interesting research shows that porn will account for 70 percent of mobile content revenue by 2011. No surprise there - remember how adult content drove adoption of the Internet - but another interesting story has Graeme Ferguson - ex-director of global content development for Vodafone - spilling the beans that Vodafone already derives that percentage of its content revenue from smut!
Bad Ofcom! says Reding
Euro Commissioner Reding has sent an open letter to Ofcom chastising it for its proposal that mobile termination rates (what operator B charges operator A when A's customer calls B) should be kept high-ish, to include the hefty investments that operators made when buying 3G licences.I'm in too much of a hurry right now to offer an opinion on this, so what's yours?
Transplanted head to review NHS IT
The massive NHS IT overhaul (the National Programme for IT - NPfIT) has a new boss. Richard Granger's not gone, but there's a new NHS chief, David Nicholson, who wants to review the whole operation, according to the FT, who also have an interesting interview with Granger himself.
A motley crew indeed
A bit belated, but I thought I should link over to Andrew Lim's piece for Crave on the 3 X-series launch last week. We did of course cover it ourselves, but it's worth it for the photograph, which shows senior representatives of (deep breath) Microsoft, eBay, Google, Yahoo, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Skype, Sling Media and Orb, all standing in a smiley line and not hitting each other.
Orange call-centre fiasco
According to an ex-employee, an unspecified number of staff at Orange's North Tyneside call-centre have been using the same login details and password! Not a terribly good security practice, I'm sure you'll agree, especially where scads of customer details are floating about.
So THAT's what makes a good business!
Those of you who enjoy silly corporate-sponsored formulae (read the Guardian's Ben Goldacre enthusiastically sounding off on the subject here) should have fun with this one, released by... can't tell you yet actually, as it's under embargo until Thursday (but I couldn't wait).