Pearson buys 5% stake in Nook Media for $89.5mn

UK book publisher Pearson has agreed to buy a five per cent stake in US firm Nook Media, a developer of ereaders with growing ambitions for the video market, for $89.5m.

Top-performing apps have room for improvement

Many top-performing apps are still lacking in the areas of usability and performance, according to research by the App Quality Alliance (AQuA). Although the body found apps such as Angry Birds, Facebook, YouTube, Asphalt and Cut the Rope had high …

Bumper Christmas for app downloads

The mobile app industry had a bumper Christmas holiday period, with figures from both Distimo and Flurry noting a sharp increase in downloads. Christmas week downloads top 1.75 billion According to app marketing firm Flurry, during the Christmas holida…

Ubuntu Linux comes to smartphones

Android may well be storming the mobile OS charts, but there are still plenty of Linux software developers intent on fragmenting the ecosystem with their own flavours of Linux for mobile devices.

Canonical, the developer behind the popular and user friendly Ubuntu Linux distribution said this week that it has a version of its operating system for smartphones now ready to deploy.

Ofcom moves to block mid-contract price hikes in UK

UK regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation into methods of protecting consumers from mid-contract price increases for fixed, broadband and mobile services. The consultation comes on the heels of a review in which Ofcom studied more than 1,600 consumer complaints in a six-month period about changes in tariffs for what consumers believed were fixed-price contracts.

Global operator revenues exceed $2tn in 2012

Total global telecom operator revenue has exceeded $2tn in 2012 according to analysis published by Ovum. 60 per cent of that figure was generated by mobile operators and, although overall growth is expected to be minimal over the next five years, Ovum believes some segments will still have above-average growth over the period.

SK Telecom Joyns the fold

South Korean operator SK Telecom has become the latest carrier to throw its weight behind the GSMA

Qtel ups Tunisiana holding to 90%

Qatari incumbent operator Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has announced that it is to acquire a further 15 per cent stake in its Tunisian counterpart, Tunisiana, from the North African country’s government. Q-Tel already holds a direct 75 per cent stake in Tunisiana through its subsidiary Wataniya and this latest 15 per cent, for which Q-Tel is paying US$360m, will take its holding to 90 per cent.