Meanwhile, in the latest twist to the SFR saga, Bloomberg reports that Vivendi is favoring the bid from Numericable-SFR over the rival offer from Bouygues Telecom for its mobile unit, according to French industry minister Arnaud Montebourg. The French government sees the Bouygues bid as a safer bet, however. Today is decision day for the Vivendi board, so, either way, the torment should end soon.
No more phone charger mayhem? Members of the European Parliament have voted to amend the draft law on certain categories of radio equipment -- and that includes mobile phones -- to stipulate that the ability to work with common chargers will be an essential requirement for such equipment. But at the very least it will be three years before manufacturers will have to comply with the new law, assuming it completes its tortuous passage.
Streaming services provided by the likes of Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Spotify have increased the UK home entertainment sector's revenues by 26% year-on-year to £5.3 billion ($8.7 billion), reports the Daily Telegraph. Sixty percent of this figure was derived from online services; the rest was from bricks-and-mortar stores.
mendyk, User Rank: Light Sabre 3/15/2014 | 9:13:52 AM
Re: Phone charger mayhem? The company that apparently shall remain nameless has a long history of walling itself off from the rest of the world -- we tend to forget that it spent more than a decade as a niche supplier of computers mainly to art directors and their fellow travelers. The return of the Prodigal One and some really good product ideas caught on with a much larger group of fanboys and girls, and the arrogance of standing alone was reinforced and will remain intact.
R Clark, User Rank: Blogger 3/15/2014 | 5:44:55 AM
Working together Phone vendors should be able to work these things out among themselves without state intervention. And it seems they have, except for the usual culprit. I'm baffled as to how changing the recharge socket for the 5c benefits anyone.
Re: Phone charger mayhem? There is one new phone that doesn't suppoirt micro-USB, and its name rhymes with shmyphone.
Honestly, I'm no lassez-faire capitalist, and Apple's insistence on proprietary chargers is annoying. But this seems like a seriously bad regulation to me. It expends government resources on an insignificant problem, and it may have unanticipated negative consequences.
The EU refers to conflicting charger standards as a "nightmare." This is just silly. It's not a nightmare; it's just mildly inconvenient.
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