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Why did the turkey cross the road? To get to the other WiFi hotspot…

November 26, 2014

By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O and Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Just a little mid-week gobbledygook to make you giggle (we did!), courtesy of Dan Jones (@Dan_LRMobile) AKA Light Reading’s newly appointed ‘Poultry’ Editor…

To join in with the Thanksgiving festivities, Wireless access point provider Xirrus Inc. has egg-spressed their Thanksgiving wishes to one and all with this WiFi feathered fella…

xirrus turkey

Speaking of the logo Dan says, “Nothing really says Thanksgiving like a turkey with a big old blast of WiFi radiating from its cloaca, does it?”

Xirrus Turkey: Make of it what you will…Fowl, festive or felicitous – it was definitely an un-eggs-pected treat… (really ‘winging it’ with the puns here).

Thank you Xirrus for giving us a chuckle this season!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Countdown to MWC team!

happy thanksgiving

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Mobile World Congress call for papers now open

July 23, 2014

MWC 2015

Consider yourself a mobile guru? Want to bring your insights to discussion at the world’s biggest cellular event? Don’t miss out on your chance to present at 2015’s most anticipated mobile conference and show – you can now submit your proposal

The event, taking place in Barcelona on 2- 5th March 2015, will highlight and debate the most significant topics in the mobile industry today, in a range of seminars and sessions with world-class speakers.

Here are some of the hot topics for 2015…

  • 5G
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Applications
  • Connected Living
  • Health
  • Joint Ventures/M&A/Partnerships
  • Location Based Services
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Money
  • NFC
  • Security
  • Social Media
  • Venture Capital in Mobile

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Interview with Desiré Athow (@desireathow), Editor of TechRadar Pro (@TechRadarPro)

March 19, 2014

By Rosalind Carr (@Rosalind_at_O) and Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O)

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Following our article on Desiré’s key event advice and tips (“5 golden PR rules for events”), we chat top tech events, PR pitches and hot topics in tech for 2014…

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself.

Originally from Mauritius, been in this country for the last 10 years or so. English is my third language and my degree is in sociology. So to land in this country and to work as an editor on one of the biggest B2B websites in the UK is an absolute treat. Prior to working on TechRadar Pro, I was the editor of ITProPortal for 8 years and have been covering and writing tech for my entire adult life.

Q. Tell us a little bit about the title you write for and its interest in data storage/mobile/cloud/infosec/virtualization.

TechRadar Pro is a fairly new title, we’ve been around for less than two years. However, because it has been carved out of TechRadar, UK’s biggest technology website, we already have a significant amount of uniques, far more than more established websites. I seldom write unless I attend an event, have an exclusive or snatch an important interview. As for our areas of interest, our roots lie in computing but my team and I have been working hard on diversifying the content production to include business technology at large. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Meet James Laird (@scavgourmet), Senior Staff Writer at IT Pro Portal (@ITProPortal)

March 3, 2014

By Rosalind Carr @Rosalind_at_O and Rose Ross @Rose_at_O

The Countdown team present tech journo James Laird – chatting ‘phablet’s, food blogging and CODE_n startup buzz at CeBIT 2014!

James gives his insights into the current mobile tech and gadgets trends, THE tech shows to go to and the do’s and don’ts of pitching stories…

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james laird ITPP

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself:

I moved to London back in 2005, having grown up in Boston, and I’ve been involved in journalism ever since graduating from Goldsmiths College. I worked my way around a fair few local newspapers learning the art before entering the tech journalism world roughly two years ago and joining ITProPortal.com as an intern. Since then, I’ve risen to senior writer and am looking forward to the future.

Q. Tell us a little bit about the title you write for and their interest in mobile technology: 

Mobile became my primary beat pretty much as soon as I joined ITProPortal.com and I’ve been developing and refining my knowledge ever since. I’ve learned from some great people and am now enjoying tutoring some our younger writers in the finer points of processors, displays, and operating systems. We try to position ourselves as a unique proposition, covering mobile from a more business, enterprise, and IT relevant perspective than some of our competitiors.

Q. What’s hot in mobiles and telecoms this year?

There’s a number of key trends in mobile this year, including the rise and rise of the phablet, but what’s potentially the game changer is wearable tech. In my opinion, no one has really got it right yet, but it is likely to happen. The key for me will be when the style element begins to match the functionality – for example, when I can have Google Glass-like features built into my Ray-Bans. The features are developing quickly and hopefully the fashion element will catch up soon. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Check out The Mobile Network (@TMNmag) – new publication for all telecoms enthusiasts by @keithdyer and @shr_ldn

April 8, 2013
The Mobile Network Quarterly launch issue

The Mobile Network Quarterly launch issue

By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O

Former Mobile Europe colleagues Keith Dyer and Shahid Ramzan have recently combined forces to launch a new publication called The Mobile Network. We met with them to discuss this new venture.

Launched at Mobile World Congress, The Mobile Network aims to make sense of a broad range of networks, “mapping” them out for the most part in an easy to digest infographics style. The Mobile Network puts the businesses that walk in this space into context, asking who they are and how they fit within the telecoms ecosystem.

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Interview with @TelecomCircle Founder & Editor Mohit Agrawal

July 31, 2012

By @Rose_at_O, @Olivia_at_O

 

Mohit Agrawal is Founder and Editor of Telecom Circle, a popular telecoms industry blog and an open networking organisation for communications, media and advertising industry professionals. It fosters cooperation and business development through virtual and live networking events to share ideas, best practices and trends.

Mohit is a telecom professional with rich experience of over 15 years. His expertise is in the area of strategy and planning, and his work experience includes stints with two Big 5 consulting organisations, a telecom operator and a handset vendor. He is an alumnus of London Business School, IMT-Ghaziabad and IIT-BHU, Varanasi.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I am a daydreamer. I love to see the big picture, and probably for that reason I am strategist with a large mobile handset company. I also like to share my learning and experiences, and hence have been blogging for the last three years. When I am not working, I like to run around with my five-year-old kid, who is a bundle of joy and energy.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your blog and its interest in mobile technology

My blog is Telecom Circle, and it focuses on the mobile and internet space. I write few articles, but write them after a lot of industry research. The blog is followed by readers who are interested in industry data and trends. I have been blogging for three years, and I got interested in blogging as a hobby soon after an executive development programme at London Business School.  The blog has attracted a decent following with over 20,000 visits per month, and it has managed to generate a small profit as well (thanks to advertising).

Q. What’s hot in mobiles and telecoms this year?

This year the key trend is likely to be Read the rest of this entry ?

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Is it time to wave goodbye to CTIA?

May 16, 2012

By Jo Ben Rais, Marketing Consultant
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New Orleans, last week: It’s been a few years since my last visit to CTIA. Back then, the show was in its familiar Las Vegas, full of the buzz of next generation networks and the possibilities they held.

Fast forward to 2012, and the show seems to be in something of a rut. Aside from peak times, the show floor was quiet, and more heavily populated by pushers of handset paraphernalia than by the carriers, vendors and the big names of Silicon Valley who are the real harbingers of major industry developments to come. Many of those big names chose to opt out of exhibiting altogether or to participate with an offsite location or meeting room only.

The atmosphere on the show floor was also flat – in New Orleans, the home of jazz, not one of the larger stands I saw chose to have a live band or even music playing. Instead, rather obscure sand artists and bubble blowers (really) were as good as it got for on-stand entertainment – a far cry from the full-on theatrical production of MWC or CES. Headline grabbing announcements (other than the usual gripes from the carriers against the FCC for spectrum liberalisation) were also thin on the ground.

Speaking to others, the consensus appears to be Read the rest of this entry ?