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This week in mobility – 19th June

June 19, 2015

What’s been floating around in the world of mobility this week? If you thought emojis were just for the realm of smartphone messaging, think again. British innovator, Intelligent Environments believe emoji passcodes could be more secure and easier to remember than traditional logins. So which smiley most reminds you of the current state of your bank account?

Interestingly, it is banks now calling on the government to invest more in broadband, 3G and 4G access due to the increase in customers using their mobile to handle their banking activity. This comes after the British Bankers Association said mobile phone apps have set the pace for banking and there is increased pressure on bank branches to be more efficient and cut costs.

Research from Global Wireless Solutions has shown that nearly half of UK residents have a mobile black spot in their home. A total 30% of the 2000 people polled said they experienced mobile connectivity problems while at home. Apparently houses built in the Georgian period are more prone to black spots.

BT’s plans to acquire EE have hit another bump in the road. TalkTalk has heightened its opposition to the proposed takeover, lodging objections to the deal with the Competition & Markets Authority. BT now needs to convince regulators the deal will create a digital champion for the UK, and that the nation’s biggest teleco swallowing the UK’s largest mobile network will not lead to price increases …much.

Last but not least, if you were hoping for Facebook’s latest app release ‘Moments’ then I hate to be the bearer of bad news; The app may not launch in Europe because of concerns relating to EU privacy regulations on facial recognition software.

That’s it from me this week – Let me know your thoughts on the week’s news by leaving a comment here or by tweeting @GrahamFranklin or @CiscoUKI. See you next week!



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  1. Love your weekly missive, keep it coming!

    • Thank you very much Sally-Anne. Pleased you like them.