PayPal is expanding two useful payment features — Order Ahead and Pay At Table — to U.K. restaurants. While PayPal is working with all retailers on smartphone transactions, it’s lately taken a keen interest in eateries.
The BBC wants to give its viewers a way to catch-up on shows that have aired a few weeks ago, and also plans expanding support for Google’s Chromecast streaming stick.
Bonjour and guten Tag, Chromecast: Google seems to be set to launch its streaming adapter in Germany, France, the U.K. an possibly a number of additional markets next week.
Home entertainment revenues have been on a steady decline in the U.K. since 2008, but in 2013, that trend got reversed by Netflix (S NFLX) and Amazon’s (S AMZN) Lovefilm, according to a report from the Guardian. Video subscription services like Netflix and Lovefilm grew 120 percent last year, the paper said, quoting a recent report by the British Entertainment Retailers Association. Digital music services like Spotify and Deezer also fared well, growing 34 percent, but physical media sales were down 8 percent, and now only make up 40 percent of the home entertainment market.
The smart heating devices in the U.K. score resoundingly poor on usability, and user satisfaction. Time to step up design in the energy field.
Internet access may not seem like a huge expense to U.S. consumers, but in many countries it costs more than rent. A new organization called the Alliance For Affordable Internet wants to reduce those costs dramatically.
The free Wi-Fi project could be a prelude to large-scale small cell rollout in one of Europe’s busiest financial and commercial centers.
Both Everything Everywhere and SK’s networks deliver 150 Mbps, yet because of a technicality only one is advertised as LTE-Advanced. This is yet another example of the arbitrariness of mobile industry marketing.
OpenSignal is expanding its mobile networking crowdsourcing project from Android to the iPhone. Though OpenSignal uses that crowdsourced data to generate its own detailed metrics, there’s plenty in the app for consumers as well.
Boland founded a wireless chipmaker in 2002 and sold it to Nvidia in 2011 for $367 million. Now he’s taking his expertise to white spaces startup Neul.