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Amazon launches “AWS IoT” Internet of Things service

Amazon already has a cloud business called Amazon Web Services, already one of the most popular in the world. The company has just launched a new service called AWS IoT, which aims to help customers build applications and devices that connect via the Internet of Things. According to Amazon, the service will allow vehicles, health care systems, factory […]

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Operators

We’re getting there with BT’s Quad-play and Google’s Project Fi

I am pleased to see the mobile operator trend toward commoditisation. Long term readers will recognise that I have a rather binary view on the mobile operator industry: Either innovate, or get out of the way. Sadly — and yes, I’m using broad brush strokes here — we’ve seen next to zero innovation in recent […]

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News

Can Google please put the mobile operators out of their misery?

Google? Amazon? I really don’t mind, but I would like one of the key industry players to start mopping up the business. When the ONLY thing your mobile operator can offer you to differentiate themselves is a flipping Netflix or Spotify subscription — to try and justify the stupidly expensive 24-month price plan you’re about […]

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Devices Opinion

The worst technology failures of 2014

The end of 2014 will soon be upon us, and even though there is still more than a month left for some major newsworthy gaffes and missteps to happen in the world of technology and mobile, we thought it would be interesting to take an early look back on 2014’s most significant “technology failures”, and examine just where […]

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Devices Opinion

Fire Phone fails to spark interest

Millions of Fire Phones left unsold It was obvious that a smartphone marketed mainly on gimmicks would fail. The confirmation came in Amazon’s latest earnings call, in which it revealed revenue and profits missed the target while losses ballooned to a staggering $437 million. Lacklustre sales of Amazon’s flagship (and only) smartphone were partly to blame, as CFO Tom Szkutak said the company still […]

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Devices News

Is £399 still too much for the Amazon Fire Phone?

I logged into the web version of Amazon yesterday and was greeted by this take over screen: It’s the promo for the UK version of the Amazon Fire Phone, exclusively available on O2. If you choose the lowest £13/month tariff (24-months) on the always helpful O2 Refresh plan, then the Fire Phone will cost £399. […]

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Devices

Update on the WiFi/IP camera post for monitoring an elderly relative

Thank you to those who commented on my post last week (“Can you recommend a good IP/Web camera for monitoring an infirm pensioner?“). After a good amount of additional research I actually ended up going for a UCAM247 product. This is the one I eventually purchased to try out: Readers helpfully recommended looking at the […]

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Applications

Is this why Amazon needs to get into mobile?

As I was setting up my new LG G3 piece of Android joy the other week I inevitably searched for the Amazon app. I was looking for the main Amazon app — the one I use almost daily on the iPhone to order all sorts of things (Most recent purchases: 4x 9V batteries, 1 x […]

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Opinion Services

Here’s my backup strategy for my 300GB Picturelife account

Picturelife has done it again: They’ve just released the latest version of their service on mobile and it’s even better than before. The price plans have had a total re-jig and now for $15/month, you’ll get unlimited storage for all your photos and video. Picturelife’s back-end data storage parter is Amazon S3. Amazon is rock […]

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Devices

Have you ever bought a phone from Simply Electronics?

After my post yesterday about my wife selecting an Android phone, I decided to have a look at the most efficient way of buying an HTC One M8 online. I checked out Google Shopping to see what the cheapest rate was with them. I never tend to have a brilliant experience with Google Shopping but […]

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News

I’m synching my 101GB DropBox at 21mb/sec right now

…thanks to Amazon. I’ve setup an instance using Amazon Workspaces to see how it performs as a secondary ‘backup’ computer that I can always access wherever I am.  I’ve installed DropBox on the desktop instance and it’s whirring away nicely.  I’ll write more shortly. For now I’m seriously impressed at the speed. It should fast, […]

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Survey: 27% of UK consumers would consider purchasing Amazon Fire Phone

While I’m writing about the Amazon Fire Phone, here’s a survey conducted by Gorkana THIS morning (i.e. the day after the launch). Depending on how you read it, it’s not brilliant news. Let’s get into the guts of the release: Amazon has taken its first step into the mobile phone market and just unveiled its […]