As another year comes towards its end, it would be remiss of me to not to look back at what has been an incredibly eventful year in European telecoms in order to highlight some of the main trends that have not only emerged in the past 12 months, but also look set to dominate the market in the coming year and beyond.
The Whistle, a kids network whose owners include the National Football League, NASCAR and the PGA Tour, expects that its original programming will be available to viewers with a Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming console in 2014, co-founder Jeff Urban told FierceCable on Friday.
Nokia this week overcame a potential hurdle to the closure of the €5.4 billion ($7.4 billion) deal to sell its devices and services unit to Microsoft, but the Finnish company could still face an Indian tax bill that reports now say could rise to as much as 210 billion rupees (€2.46 billion or $3.4 billion), if it loses the ongoing legal battle.
Microsoft is thinking of making its Windows Phone and Windows RT software available free of charge to hardware vendors, according to a report from The Verge, which cited unnamed sources.s.
Nokia is developing a smartphone running on a forked and modified version of Google's Android platform, according to multiple reports.
Time Warner Cable will soon announce the launch of its TWC TV application on a sixth IP video platform, COO Rob Marcus said Monday at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York.
Eight major technology companies, including mobile heavyweights Apple, Google and Microsoft, launched a public campaign to reform government surveillance efforts, which could also help restore their customers' trust after widespread disclosures of snooping by the National Security Agency.
Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally will stay at the automaker through 2014, according to Ford board member Edsel Ford II, who reiterated the company's timetable. The announcement could mean that Mulally is now out of consideration to take the CEO spot at Microsoft once CEO Steve Ballmer steps down.
Google's Android regained some U.S. market share as of the end of October after losing share last spring, according to a new report from digital research firm comScore. The firm also reported that Apple is the No.1 smartphone maker in the U.S. with 40.6 percent share.
Starz said it launched TV Everywhere app Starz Play on Microsoft's Xbox 360, allowing subscribers from Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Cablevision, DirecTV and Dish Network to navigate on-demand movies and TV series through the gaming console.