Monthly Archives: January 2013

Fibre optic too

Everything Everywhere has ditched the name, er, Everything Everywhere to launch a new brand to sit alongside Orange and T-Mobile in its network family.

Called EE, the new service which, from today (11 September), will become the umbrella network for Orange and T-Mobile, promises to be a super fast brand when it launches in a couple of weeks time. Olaf Swantee, the CEO of the newly named company, also confirmed at a press conference in London that there will be a range of 4G-enabled devices from launch.

In a first for a mobile operator in the UK, EE will not only be offering 4G in the UK, but also a fixed line fibre optic broadband service for customers in the home. The company claims that the broadband network will cover 11 million households by the end of the year.

Swantee also said that current Orange and T-Mobile customers will be able to either stay on their current offering, or upgrade to the faster network to benefit from the new services.

The 4G network will be launching today for live testing in four major UK cities; London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol. A full consumer launch is planned for before Christmas, covering 16 cities across the country.

“London will be the first major European city to be covered by 4G,” said Swantee. “We plan to have 4G services available to 20 million in the UK. The EE network will cover 70 per cent by 2013, 90 per cent of UK by 2014.”

Brands and smartphones planned to work on the EE network include the Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S III and, yes, the iPhone 5 – as Pocket-lint exclusively told you a couple of weeks ago. Certain HTC and Huawei handsets and mobile dongles (in the case of the latter) are also expected to be compatible.

Super fast data

Apple has announced the iPhone 5 in San Francisco today and, as we revealed last week, confirmed that the new iPhone 5 would be available with 4G LTE on the EE network.

EE launched the UK’s first LTE network in London yesterday, 11 September, initially announcing several devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One XL.

The UK’s 4G rollout is under way now, with 16 cities benefiting from coverage by the end of December 2012, according to EE, which was formed as a new brand from the Everything Everywhere co-operation of Orange and T-Mobile.

During the press launch for EE, the company strongly hinted that the iPhone 5 would be coming to its network, now confirmed by Apple.

The iPhone 5 won’t be an EE exclusive however, as it’s rolling out on other networks with support for other data connections already in place on the likes of Vodafone and O2.


Amazon has announced its new Instant Video Finder, a new tool that attempts to make it easier to find something to watch by providing suggestions based on a variety of topics. Available in beta now, the Instant Video Finder lets you narrow down choices based on ratings, TV shows or movies, and the usual genre choices. But it goes a step further to let you pick specific “moods,” which will give you content that Amazon feels fits those moods. The Feel-Good mood provides movies such as A Christmas Story, while the Tough Guy category has films such as Die Hard and other action-type movies and TV shows. You can access the Instant Video Finder by visiting now.

Griffin studio connect

Apple’s new Lightning connector may have thrown some accessory makers for a loop, so here at CES a lot of them are announcing new versions of their existing accessories that work with the new connector. Griffin’s StudioConnect iPad dock is a music interace that supports both audio and MIDI in and out, which means musicians can hook their instruments directly into GarageBand. Griffin is also introducing a slew of other music-related iPad accessories, including a microphone interface and the DJ Connect, which provides RCA stereo output with volume control via a backlit knob.

The StudioConnect with Lightning is one of the first Lightning accessories that does more than simply provide power and audio-out — or at least it has a small…

“Google Inc’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, will travel this year to reclusive North Korea, where Internet use is subject to some of the world’s tightest controls, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Schmidt, one of the highest-profile leaders of the U.S. technology industry, could visit as early as this month, the AP said. The announcement was made days after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the third member of his family to rule the country since its inception in the Cold War, signalled a willingness to improve relations with South Korea,” Reuters reports. “The AP cited two people familiar with his plans as saying the ex-Google CEO will join a private group led by former United Nations Ambassador and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, a frequent visitor to North Korea.”

“It was unclear whom Schmidt will meet or what his agenda might be, the AP reported. Internet access is largely restricted to all but the most influential officials of the reclusive state. Media content is also rigidly controlled,” Reuters reports. “Google did not directly respond to a question about whether Schmidt was going to North Korea, although a spokeswoman’s response suggested a visit would not be for company business.”

MacDailyNews Take: Who better to get info out of the DPRK black hole than Eric T. Mole?

Reuters reports, “Schmidt, Google’s main political and government relations representative, has also been a prominent supporter of President Barack Obama.”

MacDailyNews Note: Eric Schmidt serves as an advisor on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). PCAST is an advisory group of scientists and engineers who directly advise the president and the executive office of the president. The current PCAST group was originally established through Executive Order 13226 and restablished by President Barack Obama.

Schmidt is writing, with former U.S. state department official Jared Cohen, a book due in April called ‘The New Digital Age.’ It will address how the Internet and technology can empower people and drive fundamental social, political and economic change. ‘Perhaps the most intriguing part of this trip is simply the idea of it. The restricted control of information lies at the heart of the DPRK state and yet it is about to host one of the West’s greatest facilitators of borderless information flows,’ said Victor Cha, a senior adviser and Korea expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The DPRK stands for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the North’s official name.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Send in the Mole! He got info out of Steve Jobs’ Apple fortress; the DPRK information bubble doesn’t stand a chance.