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Google snaps up Siri developer and messaging app

Emu features a full fledged assistant

Google has acquired a Californian startup which created a highly praised rich messaging application featuring a full fledged personal assistant along the lines of Apple’s Siri. Emu, which was started by veterans of Apple and Google, will be short lived however. The app only launched a few months ago and Google has confirmed it will be shut down later this month.

Chinese vendors drive smartphone market to new high in Q2 2014

Xiaomi has moved from relative obscurity to become a top-5 global smartphone player in a year

The worldwide smartphone market broke its record for quarterly shipments in Q2 2014 with market trackers Strategy Analytics and IDC in rare agreement on the figure of 295 million units, although Juniper reckons it was a bit lower than that.

Android dominates tablet market

Android is rocking the tablet world

Android is on a roll, capturing 62 per cent of the global tablet market in 2013, according to statistics released by analyst house Gartner this week.

Proximus makes LTE free in Belgium

Apple is under fire for blocking LTE access

Belgian carrier Proximus has made LTE access available to all customers at no extra cost, going against the grain of operators charging a premium for the service.

Data usage patterns support need for ‘personal’ cells

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Heavy users of mobile data services are ten times more extreme in the LTE era than on 3G, with just 0.1 per cent of mobile users in both developed and emerging markets consuming over half the LTE downlink data. This compares to one per cent of 3G users consuming half the downlink data.

Burberry CEO joins Apple to lead retail strategy

Angela Ahrendts

The world’s most stylish tech brand upped its game this week as Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, announced plans to leave the fashion label and join Apple in a newly created position, as a senior vice president and member of the executive team reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

iPhone positioned for global LTE support

The iPhone 5s

Apple’s latest two iPhone models, unveiled Tuesday, will support 13 LTE bands, making the device accessible worldwide and boosting its presence in Asia with new deals in Japan and China.

Apple calls for counterfeit and third party charger trade-in

Vodafone to launch iPhone in UK January 14

Apple is asking its customers to hand in their counterfeit and third party device chargers in return for an official one for the price of $10, or the equivalent in local currency. The replacement USB power adapters will be available in retail stores starting August 16.

FreeBSD founder quits Apple to focus on Big Data

Jordan Hubbard

Jordan Hubbard, co-founder of the popular FreeBSD operating system and Director of Unix Technology at Apple, has stepped down from his role at the Cupertino-based firm to become CTO of iXsystems. The Silicon Valley firm specialises in high availability servers and storage systems and has close ties with the FreeBSD community.

iPhone helps push Verizon LTE data traffic to 50 per cent

Since the release of the iPhone 5, half of Verizon's data traffic is carried on its LTE network

Half of the data traffic on US carrier Verizon Wireless is now carried on its LTE network, its CEO announced last week at CES, marking a significant increase on its October 2012 watermark, when just 35 per cent of its data traffic was LTE.

Google launches Maps for iOS

Apple's Maps application has experienced serious teething problems

In the wake of the problems surrounding Apple’s own Maps application Google has now launched its own mapping app for the iOS platform. Although Google Maps was preinstalled on previous versions of the iOS platform, Google did not offer a version of its app for the latest iteration, iOS6. Instead Apple, having dispensed with a native installation of Google Maps, created its own mapping application in a move to take more control of the assets on its devices.

Google enhances Street View with “biggest ever update”

Google has updated its Street View mapping service

Capitalising on an opportunity to trump its fiercest rival in the smartphone space, Google is launching what it claims is its “biggest ever update” to its Street View application.

iPhone 5 fails to connect users to wifi

Apple's iPhone 5

More flaws have appeared in Apple’s iPhone 5 as the device has been failing to connect some US users to their wifi network and instead forcing them to use their monthly allowance of cellular data. Users have been unknowingly surpassing their data limits due to the fault.

iPhone 5 launch – the industry’s views

Apple's iPhone 5 has stirred much discussion in the telecoms industry

With any iPhone launch the industry’s commentators are out in force, and Wednesday’s unveiling was no different. Here’s what some of them had to say about the iPhone 5:

Apple limits support for European LTE bands

The page on Apple's website outlining the iPhone 5's LTE band compatibility

Only one of the three spectrum bands supported by the European version of Apple’s iPhone 5 is a European LTE band; a decision described by one industry consultancy as “really odd”.

Apple unveils iPhone 5

Apple's iPhone 5

Putting all anticipation, agitation and speculation to rest, Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone 5. As expected, the handset is larger than previous models, with a 4in Retina display. It has 16:9 aspect ratio to better accommodate gaming and video playback. It is also thinner; measuring just 7.6mm in thickness. The device runs on an Apple-designed A6 processor, which the firm claims is “up to twice as fast compared with the A5 chip”, although the device does not have an NFC chip to enable contactless payments.

With 50% of Apple’s value at stake the iPhone 5 has to be something special

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The public launches of flagship products generate plenty of hoopla these days and none more so than those brought to market by Apple; especially the iPhone. The anticipated announcement of the 6th version of the iPhone (following the 2G, 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S models) is the most critical for the company to date – and possibly for any technology company, ever. For at no point in Apple’s history has so much of its future depended on the fortunes of a single device.

EE to launch LTE by year-end

Olaf Swantee, CEO at EE, on stage at the LTE launch event in London

At a press conference in London, Everything Everywhere – the company formed by the merger of the Orange and T-Mobile brands in the UK – has announced that it will be launching its LTE service by the end of 2012. The company has pledged to bring 4G services to 16 cities covering a third of the population in the coming weeks.

UK to get 4G on dongles first

EE is likely to launch its LTE service on dongles initially, according to CCS Insight

Despite being given permission from UK regulator Ofcom to launch LTE services from September 2012, Everything Everywhere will not be in a position to offer 4G-enabled handsets for some time due to a lack of availability. The operator – formed by the merger of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK – is instead more likely to follow the route of early LTE adopter operators and initially launch its service via USB dongles.

Why isn’t the tablet a multi-user device?

Operators will have to fight for tablet retail revenues

Why is it that the tablet – rapidly establishing its position as the fourth screen in the home – isn’t a family friendly, multi-user device? I understand that it’s a personal screen, but it’s not a personal device.

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