News highlights – 5 September

Written by on September 6, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

chicago-flight-delays-linger-amid-air-traffic-questionsNews highlights – 5 September

More IT problems for airlines, now BA delays their customers

Tens of thousands of British Airways passengers face delays and disruption due to what the airline calls “problems with the computer systems”.  Overnight, travellers from destinations worldwide – and in particular North America – have been turning up at check-in to discover long queues. Read more…

GE pushes into 3D printing with European deals

FRANKFURT/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – General Electric announced plans on Tuesday to buy two European 3D printing groups – Sweden’s Arcam and Germany’s SLM Solutions – for a total of $1.4 billion to tap into manufacturers’ growing demand for digital technologies. Read more…

Already the European Commission is trying to plug loopholes in roaming regulations

A draft regulation from the European Commission aims to head off any “abusive or anomalous usage” of mobile services, following the end of roaming charges in June next year. Read more…

HSBC will try ‘selfies’ to verify business customers. How about common sense?

The bank will use facial recognition software to verify self-portrait photos taken by customers using their smartphones. A headshot selfie is then assessed against an ID document uploaded by the customer. Read more…

Ovum predictions on
M2M cellular stats and revenues

The number of cellular M2M connections will increase to 733 million by 2021, at which point $67bn will be generated in total annual service revenue. Cellular connections represent the most valuable individual connected assets, as well as points of concentration for local-area devices. Read more…

O2 set for market listing?

Telefonica has confirmed that a stock market listing is among the options under consideration for its unit O2 UK. Following a number of media reports suggesting an IPO was in the works, Telefonica issued a statement saying it’s considering various strategic options. Read more…

And launches IoT bundles for the home

O2 has brought consumer IoT services to reality by launching an array of smart home offerings in the UK, targeting the everyday tech user. A range of pretty affordable packages bundled up under the name “O2 Home” allow users to take their first steps into the IoT pool. Read more…


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