O2 says customer service and 4G network investments are paying offO2 now has 25.1 million customers (including Giffgaff) and outdoor 4G coverage of 97 percent as the Telefonica-owned operator continues its momentum following the failed merger with Three last year.Revenues increased by 2.6 percent over the past six months to £2.8 billion as service revenues rose by 1.3 percent.The network attributed the growth, and low churn rate, to customer service and to O2 Refresh – the offer which separates the cost of a customer’s handset from their tariff.“We remain firmly focused on providing our customers with a superior mobile experience and unique propositions,” said CEO Mark Evans.“Our robust first half performance demonstrates how fiercely we continue to compete, by differentiating in the market as the only true customer led mobile player.
In a move that would make rapping enthusiast and self-proclaimed ride pimper Xzibit proud, Meizu has stuck a second screen on the back of the Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus smartphones - beause one just wasn't enough.You can use it to line up your selfies, control your music and check your notifications without waking up the Pro 7 Plus's power-hungry 5.7in QHD AMOLED up front.Both phones are also packing dual 12MP cameras, with the usual mix of high-end RAM, storage and Mediatek Helio CPUs.They'll be going on sale from the 5th of August, from US$430 and US$530 - although you'll probably need to import one from China if you want some dual-screen action of your own.
Travellers on Ryanair flights are bending the rules in a novel way, using children as young as two-years-old as baggage mules to carry on little suitcases hitting the 10kg limit in order to get as much stuff on flights for free.This is "taking the piss" according to Ryanair's Neil Sorahan, who said: "I've seen two-year-olds wheeling a bag up to a plane as people try to take advantage.We're very generous with our cabin baggage allowance; a 10kg case and a second small carry-on.If everyone does that, there's no issue.It's the people coming with the kitchen sink that could change the policy."The inference there being that, in an amazing turnaround, the flier is becoming "victims of our own niceness" according to Sorahan.
Even in the face of the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5, LG G6, and HTC U11, the Google Pixel is still one of the best Android smartphones out there, even for those headed back to school in a month or two.It looks like Verizon agrees, seeing how Big Red launched its Back to School promotion that gets you Google’s phone on the cheap-ish.Starting July 27, you can get the Pixel for $5 per month on Verizon’s device payment plan if you trade in an eligible phone.Even with the up to $420 device payment purchase that you must make, this makes the Pixel a great choice for those looking to save some coin.For your trade-in to be eligible, it must be in good working and cosmetic condition and you must trade it in when you purchase the Pixel.If your eyes are instead on either the Galaxy S8 or G6, you can trade in your smartphone and knock $300 off either phone’s full retail price.
The creator of the longest-running scripted primetime series ever, “The Simpsons,” is preparing to launch a new show for Netflix.The streaming service today announced it has ordered 20 episodes of an animated comedy series called “Disenchantment,” from “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening.The first episodes are set to debut in 2018, the company says, and will be released ten at a time.The series is being produced for Netflix by The ULULU Company, and will see Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein (“The Simpsons,” “Futurama”) serving as executive producers.Animation is being done by Rough Draft Studios – the animation production company also used by “Futurama.”The premise for the adult animated comedy series is one involving “the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland,” where characters will include a “hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci,” among other ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and “lots of human fools,” says Netflix, in its announcement of the new series.
Each week, I check in with Travis McCleery, who leads product design for Root, an insurance company that uses data collected from drivers’ smartphones to more fairly price and sell auto insurance.Today, our conversation was about engaging specific designers that work for Silicon Valley tech companies, have Midwest roots, and are ready to move back.An exercise like this wouldn’t have even been possible a few years ago, but Travis himself is a case-in-point of this changing tide.“In Silicon Valley, everyone is trying to invent the future – it’s in the DNA,” he told me “You’re surrounded with all of these brilliant, driven people.“Here’s this super-scrappy, talented team trying to completely disrupt the $200 billion auto insurance industry.They had built an impressive technology platform in a short time.” So he moved his young family back to Columbus.
“Are you ready for Isaac?”I attended a startup and tech conference four years ago, and one of the presenters asked this as the main argument of his keynote about fintech.But the presenter, Scott Bales, had a vision for the banking system, and that is for tech firms to give better access to the millions and millions of unbanked and underbanked individuals across the globe through democratized financial services that are mainly digital-first or mobile-first.Central to all these is the proverbial “Isaac”, a young person born in a digital native age, where persistent mobile data connections and mobile apps are ubiquitous, and where people’s first access to the internet are done on a mobile device instead of a computer.That was four years ago — startups were already dealing with peer-to-peer banking through mobile devices, and digital accounts could be opened through smartphone apps.And this has the potential to change the lives of millions of poor and marginalized users for the better, particularly through better access to capital, financial resources, and game-changing small business transactions.
Take-Two‘s big money maker, Grand Theft Auto Online, is adding a new multiplayer mode and another high-end car.Grand Theft Auto Online is the online component of Grand Theft Auto V, the open-world game that came out in 2013 but is still making money thanks to back-catalog sales and in-game purchases with its PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions.This update adds the Pegassi Torero.Like all GTA vehichles, it’s a fictional car that looks like something you’d see in real life (although don’t ask me which real cars it looks like, I’m not much of gearhead).If you don’t have enough virtual money in your character’s bank account to buy the Torero, you can always boost your cash flow by spending some real dollars.Despite its age, Grand Theft Auto V was still the third best-selling game in June in the U.S., according to The NPD Group.
the Media company said to do in the second quarter, the market expectations of the result.said the operating profit was 81.7 m and earnings per share of eur 0.31.analysis services Factsetin size by seven analysts consensus forecast of the expected operating profit decreased 82 million over a period of 87 million.earnings per Share fell slightly from the forecast, which was eur 0.34.net sales for the second quarter of the year accumulated 441,7 million, while the forecast expected net sales remained at last year's level of 450 million.said to wait a year to 2017 the group structure and changes in adjusted revenue, including SBS-company trade, to remain stable and operational operating margin to be above 10%.
There’s fewer and fewer reasons for anyone to tie themselves to a postpaid monthly cell contract.It used to be that postpaid customers got all the good perks, better pricing, and higher-tier plans, but that just isn’t true any more.This week’s example: MetroPCS, T-Mobile’s prepaid arm, will roll out spam call identification and blocking services that T-Mobile currently offers to its postpaid customers.The features — which, by the way, are identical to anti-spam features Verizon charges $3 for — will be free for all MetroPCS customers starting tomorrow.There are two slightly different anti-spam features included for all MetroPCS customers.The first, called Scam ID, will be enabled by default for all MetroPCS customers.
Powerful molecules can hitch rides on a plentiful human protein and signal tumors to self-destruct, a team of Vanderbilt University engineers found.Their research gives oncologists a better shot at overcoming the problems of drug resistance, toxicity to patients and a host of other barriers to consistently achieving successful gene therapy for cancer.It is particularly promising for patients with triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive type that makes up about 15-20 percent of cases.Craig Duvall, associate professor of biomedical engineering, put the effectiveness of a specialized ribonucleic acid hitchhiking on the human protein albumin up against jetPEI nanoparticles, the mostly widely used synthetic carrier for the task of tumor gene silencing.His findings, reached with Samantha Sarett, a recent biomedical engineering Ph.D. graduate, are published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.They found that the siRNA-L2, using albumin as its carrier, has no apparent dose-limiting toxicity, a significant problem for synthetic nanoparticles.
With the fourth preview, Google only has a few more days left in July.DP4 is out so why is this sentence included?Google never promised they would be released on any particular dates.
T-Mobile introduced two new scam-blocking features, Scam ID and Scam Block, for its customers back in April of this year.Today the Un-carrier has announced that these features will soon be making their way to its prepaid service, MetroPCS, starting Tuesday, July 25.In case you’re unfamiliar, Scam ID and Scam Block are T-Mobile’s tools for fighting phone scammers.When a scam call makes its way to your phone, Scam ID will display a “Scam Likely” alert alongside the phone number that’s calling you.That is, of course, if you don’t have Scam Block enabled, which will make sure that any number that’s been marked as suspicious will not be able to connect at all.If you’re a MetroPCS customer, Scam ID will be automatically enabled for you tomorrow.
Om du är CIO så ägnar du med största sannolikhet en hel del energi åt att formulera molnstrategier, till exempel bestämma fördelningen mellan privat och publik molnanvändning.Och så blir du säkert tvungen att förhandla om tjänstenivåavtal (sla:er).Det finns så många möjliga kombinationer av lösningar, till exempel olika hybridlösningar och att använda flera leverantörer av publika molntjänster parallellt.Analysföretaget IDC hävdar till exempel av mer än hälften av alla större företag kommer att köpa tjänster från fler än fem leverantörer av publika molntjänster.Och man kommer att kontinuerligt lägga till, utöka, minska och avsluta användningen av olika tjänster.Kort sagt, komplexiteten allt detta innebär kräver smart administration.
Are you ready to have a conversation with your washing machine?As ridiculous as that sounds, the $99 Talking Laundry Module was designed by GE's microfactory to help the visually impaired do their laundry.Plug it into this existing GE washer or a connected Electric or Gas GE dryer and it'll read your cycle selections aloud.You'll be able to control the volume with a knob, and even press a button for an estimate of the time remaining in your cycle.GE's microfactory in Louisville, Kentucky -- called FirstBuild -- developed the technology in collaboration with the Kentucky School for the Blind and the American Printing House for the Blind.A 14-year-old member of the FirstBuild community took the lead on programming the module.
Criminals and terrorists are using the so-called dark net to buy weapons, a new study has suggested.Those selling the illicit weapons often disassembled and sent them in different packages or embedded them in old stereos or printers, the report found.Researchers found that firearms and related goods generated 136 sales per month and a monthly revenue of $80,000 (£62,000).The firearms trade has gained attention following recent terrorist attacks.The dark net is a part of the internet that requires specific software to access, in order for users to remain anonymous.While the trade was unlikely to fuel large-scale terrorist operations, it had the potential to become the platform of choice for "lone-wolf" terrorists to obtain weapons and ammunition, the report said.
the banking group Nordea made in the April-June 1 010 million euro operating profit excluding one-time items.a Year earlier operating profit amounted to 1 072 million.Factset-according to the database, analysts were expecting about 1.2 billion euros operating profit.nordea's earnings in April-June was eur 0.18, fell clearly from the comparison period eur 0.25.Analysts were expecting about eur 0.20 per print per share.nordea's net interest margin was in the second quarter of 1 175 million euros, remaining almost a year ago 1 172 million level.
the dairy company cheese port investment research also found Two types of dairy for about 300 kW solar power plant, the company told in a statement.the Investment in the first part, 500 panels, will be built in August.cheese gates told a statement seeking solar power plant to compensate the electricity consumption."in Summer, when the outdoor temperature rises cold appliances consume more electricity.we Aim to solar power to equalize the electrical loads throughout the year", cheese, port president and ceo Timo Mid-Eighties said in the announcement.the Company told mapping was also opportunities to expand solar power production in the future new road locations as a result of which it has notified the establishment about 10 pieces.
Xiaomi is known for its attractive products and the promotions that drive its sales forward.The company has officially marked 3 years in India and is offering an amazing promotion to reward its fans.Starting tomorrow at 11 PM, the company will offer the Redmi 4A, the 10,000mAh power bank, and the Mi Wi-Fi Repeater for just Re 1 each.At 1 PM, the company will hold the same flash sale on the Redmi 4, the Mi VR Play, and the Mi Selfie Stick.Starting 2 PM, the company is hosting the “Bid to Win” contest where the lowest and most unique bids on its products will stand a chance to win them.The Bid to Win contest will be held at 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM, and 8 PM respectively.
Apple is planning to remove its controversial App Store policy of taking a 30 percent cut on tipping from users to content creators in China, local media The Paper is reporting (in Chinese), citing several sources they identified as execs at Chinese internet firms.Several game developers also got wind of Apple’s plan to change its tipping policies, the report noted.By classifying tipping or donation as a form of in-app purchase, the US company demanded app makers earlier this year to disable the tipping function per its new App Store rules, allowing Apple to take a 30% cut.The Paper made public an unconfirmed new App Store policy that people who want to make donations to others without making in-app purchase should meet the following requirements: a) the donation decision is made by the donor; b) the donor will be charged 100% for tipping; c) the tipping is not exchange for any digital content or services.Under the new policy, the tipping will be treated as a means of personal donation.Since the boom of live streaming, virtual gifting has become a popular form through which users interact and show their gratitude to performers writers, developers and other content providers who give out stuff for free.