In 4G battle, spectrum deal may push Airtel to centre stage

The winner, they say, takes it all. This could not be more true for India’s telecom business, where the top two players in any circle or service area tend to cream the market. By acquiring airwaves in the 1,800-MHz band in six circles, Bharti Airtel is preparing to achieve just that. By buying spectrum in the 1,800-MHz band,… Read More »

Investment in penny stocks under tax scanner

After the securities market regulator, the income tax department has clamped on individuals misusing the stock exchange platform for evading taxes and converting black money into white. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has directed officers to open cases against individual taxpayers who have booked capital gains or losses by transacting in penny stocks. These are scrips… Read More »

Panasonic touts latest Toughpad devices as world’s lightest fully rugged handhelds

Panasonic has updated its Toughpad line of ruggedised mobile devices with the Toughpad FZ-F1 and FZ-N1. The two models have a 4.7in display running Android or a version of Windows 10 Mobile, and are claimed as the lightest fully rugged handheld tablets for business. The Toughpad FZ-F1 and Toughpad FZ-N1 were announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona… Read More »

Top 10 smartphones for 2016: Galaxy S7, LG G5, iPhone 7 and Xperia X

2016 is already shaping up to be a great year for smartphones, with February’s Mobile World Congress giving a morish taste of the creations and surprises to come. 2015 saw manufacturers attempting to thrive in a crowded market by introducing their own quirks and innovations, from the iPhone 6S’ force-sensitive 3D Touch tech to the Sony Xperia’s Z5… Read More »

Top 10 MWC insights and products: from Galaxy S7 to Nokia’s smartphone return

Another Mobile World Congress (MWC) has come and gone, full of news, announcements and the odd sangria-induced hangover, no doubt. It’s useful to take stock after such an event and look at some of the most notable announcements, so V3 has put together a round-up of the top 10 most interesting announcements from the show, from devices to… Read More »

WhatsApp to end BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone 7.1 support

WhatsApp has confirmed that it will stop supporting BlackBerry’s software later this year, further signalling the demise of the once dominant mobile OS. Older Nokia and Windows Phone devices will also cease to be supported. WhatsApp for BlackBerry OS, including the newest BB10 release, will be discontinued by the end of 2016. The announcement is unlikely to come… Read More »

Apple wins key iPhone encryption case in New York

Apple has won a notable court case against the FBI after a judge in New York ruled that the company should not be forced to use a backdoor to unlock an iPhone in a case that has major similarities to the San Bernardino case in California. A report on Reuters said that, while the court decision relates to… Read More »

Microsoft aims to tempt customers from Oracle to SQL Server 2016 with free licences

Microsoft is trying to lure customers into migrating from other database platforms to SQL Server 2016 by offering free licences. The catch is that customers need to be part of Microsoft’s Software Assurance licensing scheme. The move was detailed at the firm’s Data Driven event in New York this week, which kicked off a series of activities intended… Read More »

HPE pushes machine learning into the cloud with Haven OnDemand

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is pushing its machine learning technology into the cloud with the release of Haven OnDemand. The machine-learning-as-a-service offering has been released for general availability after being in a lengthy preview period since December 2014. Haven OnDemand is targeted at developers. Over 60 APIs are on offer, enabling developers to embed machine learning analytical capabilities… Read More »

Microsoft’s Week: SQL Server comes to Linux, Redstone 2 update delayed, Windows 10 nagware

Another week in the world of Microsoft saw the company increasingly involved with Linux and open standards. The firm said that the upcoming SQL Server 2016 database management system will run on Linux, while a software framework developed for building open network switches for the data centre is also based on the open source OS. Meanwhile, some sites… Read More »