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  • Amazon highs and lows

    I've got to admit Amazon's current UK advertising campaign is a real winner. It's basic premise is that the firm invents something revolutionary that none of us notice, because it becomes so normal once they do it. It's a refreshing change from the lik...
  • French Closer magazine closed

    It seems it is impossible to access the website of French magazine Closer. To my mind, there can only be two reasons why.First, the website is inundated with people trying to log on. The reason for this is that the magazine has reportedly published pic...
  • iPhone 5 and UK carriers

    I won't bore you with all the details of Apple's latest iPhone - the web is awash with those.Instead, I'll point out that the vendor runs the risk of missing out on lucrative carrier contracts in the UK. That's because the range of LTE frequencies incl...
  • What's wrong with answering machines?

    This is more of a complaint than a 'buzzy' commentary.

    Recently I've been plagued by phone calls from PRs on my mobile and landline. Typically if there's no answer on the mobile, they try the landline immediately afterwards....

  • Hacktivists provide checks and balances

    I find myself torn over the potential that the FBI has been gathering information on iPhone users.

    A hacktivist group Antisec has published details of around a million iPhone users it claims it picked up from an FBI laptop -...

  • Digital music - Caveat Emptor

    The web is awash with rumors actor Bruce Willis is considering suing Apple so he can leave his digital music collection to his children in his will. Whether those reports are true or not, the rumor raises an interesting issue.

  • UK mobile carriers need 4G offload strategy

    Progress towards commercial 4G services in the UK is clearly a good thing, however Lee Myall, UK director at fiber operator Interoute, believes the new technology won't be sufficient to handle surging data usage caused by the new technology.&l...

  • UK/Europe fiber cable cut

    Apparently the UK suffered a web blackout over the weekend, but it's news to me.

    The break happened to an Interoute cable running to Amsterdam, some 120km off the UK shore and 100km from the Netherlands. While I don't doubt ...

  • Patent wars - real world impact

    I've never really paid much attention to patent battles between handset vendors, considering them little more than a bargaining chip for device manufacturers.

    However, Rob Powell of TelecomsRamblings makes a very interesting...

  • Making an ass of Wi-Fi

    An Israeli tourist attraction is, quite literally, making an ass out of connectivity problems.

    The Kfar Kedem park has kitted out the donkeys it uses to transport tourists around with Wi-Fi, via a device tied round the beast...