Items tagged with Europe

One thing the graphics card market is not short on is drama. There was the whole fiasco surrounding NVIDIA's GeForce Partner Program, which the company recently pulled the plug on, and of course we are still staring at inflated price tags and limited supplies due in part to cryptocurrency mining. But like any soap opera, the drama never ends. The latest episode of 'As the GPU World Turns' involves AMD and an alleged sales ban of one particular brand in Europe. If you recall, ASRock recently expanded its product offerings to now include graphics cards, and specifically AMD Radeon cards under its new Phantom Gaming brand. It's a big deal because (A) ASRock has established itself as a major player... Read more...
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were supposed to be sales blockbusters for Samsung. After all, the highly rated smartphones brought with them speedy octa-core processors, gorgeous 5.1-inch QHD displays along with premium glass and metal construction. However, Samsung witnessed a 38 percent decline in operating profit last quarter, which was attributed to a number of factors. For starters, Apple ate Samsung’s lunch at the high-end with the hot-selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. On the low-end, Samsung’s share of the smartphone market was further eroded by the likes of Xiaomi and Huawei. And we can’t forget that the company made a huge blunder by underestimating demand for the pricier Galaxy... Read more...
Leave it to the lawyers to find loopholes wherever they may exist. For Amazon and its legal advisers, that meant processing all European sales in Luxembourg, a comparatively low tax region that's been saving the online vendor a significant amount of money. It also drew the ire of European regulators, and in the midst of a series of probes into tax deals that companies like Amazon have struck with individual countries, the world's largest online shop has changed the way it pays taxes.Instead of processing all sales in Luxembourg, Amazon on May 1 began booking revenue from retail sales in individual European countries, with local branches in the U.K., Germany, Italy, and Spain, according to a report... Read more...
There’s some great news this week for Apple consumers living in Europe. Apple has introduced a new return policy for iTunes, App Store, and iBooks purchases that will allow consumers living in Europe, including Germany, France, Italy, and the UK to return digital purchases. Apple’s original terms and conditions stated that a user had the right to withdraw from a transaction “without charge and without giving any reason until delivery of the product has started.” However, once the product delivery had started, the purchase was final aside from some exceptions. The new terms and conditions now includes a 14-day return window for European consumers that states: You have... Read more...
Whenever an organization becomes too large, too complex, and too intertwined in too many facets of business, governments begin to take notice. You need look no further than the breakup of the Bell System last century to see what's possible when a single entity begins to control too much of a given field. Now, regulators in the European Union are beginning to cast a similar glance in the direction of Google, with a motion being backed this week that would break up the company and in turn reduce its strength.Google hasn't exactly been in the best of graces with the EU, coming under fire for privacy issues, requests to delete search results according to a court ruling, and tax issues. While the... Read more...
The U.S. may be embroiled in a bitter fight over net neutrality, but Europe has few such issues. European Parliament voted to protect net neutrality rules by an overwhelming margin of 534 votes to 25 (with 58 abstentions). Forbes quoted rapporteur Pilar del Castillo Vera as saying, “We have achieved further guarantees to maintain the openness of the internet by ensuring that users can run and provide applications and services of their choice as well as reinforcing the internet as a key driver of competitiveness, economic growth, jobs, social development and innovation.” European Parliament Now, ISPs can only slow down or block Internet access with a court order, or to ensure network... Read more...
T-Mobile is targeting business travelers with a new plan that promises unlimited international data roaming for a set fee. The new T-Mobile Open Europe plan provides unlimited data (though only the first 500MB will be at full-speed) within 28 European countries for a set rate of $50 per line per month. Users of the plan will not incur international roaming tolls. The T-Mobile Open Europe plan will be available next month. T-Mobile also offers Wi-Fi Calling solutions, a pay-per-use plan called T-Mobile Global for Business, and T-Mobile Global Corporate Access for international travelers. T-Mobile To Roll Out 'Open Europe' Plan for Business Customers New Unlimited Data Feature Offers Predictable... Read more...
If there's one company beyond Nokia that seems dead-set on supporting Windows Phone as a platform, it's Samsung. Just after launching the Focus 2 for AT&T, now Samsung is introducing the Omnia M, a sleek looking slate-style phone that'll ship first in Europe before bringing more of Microsoft's mobile OS to more places. As for specifications, there's a 1GHz processor, 4" Super AMOLED display, Samsung’s ChatON communication service, Samsung AllShare, Music Hub, and access to SkyDrive. There's an HSDPA 7.2Mbps cellular radio, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n module, a 1500mAh battery and microUSB. It'll ship with Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), 4GB of user memory and 384MB of RAM. No word on pricing yet,... Read more...
For a company that makes its bones off of making its own products seem outdated every six months or so, Apple seems committed to recycling used electronics. Apple expanded its recycling program in the UK, France, and Germany; now, the company has (or at least participates in) such programs all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica, Australia, the Asia Pacific, Japan, India, the Middle East, and Africa. The various programs differ somewhat; for example, you can get some money back for your electronics in the form of a gift card in North America, but in Europe, you can get cash deposited directly into your bank account. In Europe, a company called Dataserv is handling the... Read more...
When Apple won its initial injunction request against Samsung ten days ago, it was noted that the company had a separate legal proceeding underway in the Netherlands that was aimed at a similar goal. New information suggests that Apple's requests in this case are much broader and aimed at disassembling Samsung's ability to sell products in Europe at virtually every level. Apple's filing requests injunctive relief across Samsung's entire line of Galaxy products including the Galaxy Ace, S, and S II, the Galaxy Tab 7 and 10.1, and the Galaxy Gio, Nexus, 551, Europa, Apollo, and Mini. The Cupertino-based manufacturer also wants a much more comprehensive injunction than it won ten days ago. The initial... Read more...
For Americans, traveling to Europe can be expensive. The plane ticket usually isn't the killer, but rather the international data roaming: at around $5 per MB, just checking email a few times could leave a traveler with quite a shocking bill. While travelers can purchase European SIM cards, the endeavor can be a hassle. That's where Xcom Global is coming in. The company has made a name for itself by renting MiFi and USB WWAN devices to travelers who go to select overseas countries, and now it is expanding to the bulk of Europe with a single device. This new Euro SIM is a serious all-in-one punch, offering unlimited data in 40 countries across the pond for as little as $12.95 per day for a USB... Read more...
Is Netflix about to make their next major international leap? Recently, the streaming service expanded from their U.S. roots and hit up Canada and Latin America. But as James Bond would say, the world isn't enough. And North American isn't enough for Netflix, according to a new report over at Variety. Reportedly, Netflix is gearing up to launch services in Europe, with Spain and the UK to be first on the list. From there, it should be relatively easy to spread to other EU nations, and from there... well, who knows what could happen. Netflix is bound to hit some steep competition in the UK, where a company called Lovefilm already offers a rival service that has been nicely adopted. Netflix has... Read more...
Spotify is coming to the place that seems to want it most: America. After taking Europe by storm, the music streaming application has finally slid the necessary pieces into place to launch in the United States. Reportedly, disagreements with labels kept it from becoming available in the U.S., but it looks like those kinks are ironed out at this point. According to a new page at the site, "Spotify is coming to the U.S." Doesn't get much clearer than that. The news will certainly delight those who are currently mulling which music streaming service to pick, with iCloud, Google Music and Rhapsody (amongst others) all calling for their business. It'll put millions of tracks at the hands of Americans,... Read more...
Hello, Europe! That's what Chrome OS will soon be yelling, as they cross the pond from America to the shores of the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Italy. The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook will make its debut across the pond on June 24th for €399 for the Wi-Fi model (£349 in the UK) and €449 for the 3G-enabled model (£399 in the UK). They will also be available in other countries over the next few months. Outside of being available elsewhere (and probably sporting a different AC adapter and a few different keys), the machine is identical to the US counterpart. Still, getting a new OS into this many new nations should do great things for adoption, and the real question... Read more...
In America, there's HughesNet. It's usually a last-resort for people seeking high-speed internet, mostly for two reasons. For one, it's crazy expensive. Two, it's really slow, at least on the uplink. But satellite-based internet is still useful in rural places where no other broadband is available, and evidently those same demands are also present in Europe. Eutelsat has just launched satellite internet across Europe, and it's being called the most powerful satellite in the entire world. It just went into service this week, giving broadband speeds to over a million homes in Europe that are currently doing without. The KA-SAT was launched at the end of 2010, and just now went into service. It's... Read more...
Thousands of homes and businesses across Europe and the Mediterranean will soon have access to satellite-based broadband thanks to the successful launch of Eutelsat's Ka-Sat from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Yahoo News reports. This is the third broadband satellite launched in six weeks and is based on the same technology used in the SkyTerra-1, which was launched last month to provide service service across North America. Ka-Sat launch video A remarkable piece of equipment, the Ka-Sat comes equipped with 80 spot beams, or focused signals designed to cover an area around a few hundred kilometers across. Each of those beams boasts an overall capacity of 900Mbps to be shared among all... Read more...
Satellite Internet has been provided in America for years via HughesNet. But elsewhere, it has been somewhat difficult to come by. Now, the first satellite dedicated to bringing satellite Internet to Europe has launched, as the Hylas-1 has flown off on an Ariane 5 rocket in order to offer service to up to 350,000 customers. The Hylas is hoping to cover dead spots in Europe, which are seen as remote locations where broadband isn't yet available. The rocket has just launched this week, so it will still be a few weeks before it is correctly positioned and queued for service. The UK government alone has poured £40m in the Hylas development program, and they currently have a commitment to provide... Read more...
After Microsoft's Kin project failed miserably, more and more pressure is being put on Windows Phone 7 to bring the company back into the smartphone game. Although the upcoming mobile OS has gotten a fair share of positive reports, one key question that remains is when we'll actually see the OS in action for ourselves. Microsoft has not given a definite timeframe as to when the phones will actually ship. That is, until now. During a recent presentation, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner let information about the release of Windows Phone 7 slip. Turner said, "Now let's talk about phones.  This has been tough.  This is a lowlight.  For me, the company -- it's tough. ... Read more...
One charger to rule them all? That's the idea, at least. We have heard conversation back-and-forth over this matter for some time now, with certain entities feeling that a single charging standard for all mobile phones would benefit the consumer greatly. Of course, ideas such as these are always easier stated than accomplished, but there's nothing wrong with lofty goals. And as we have seen in the past, the European Commission usually gets what the European Commission wants. Case in point: these guys and girls felt that Microsoft had a leg-up on the competition in the Browser space, so they required all copies of Windows to include a Browser selection window. And so it was. Now, the European... Read more...
We still aren't sure we've warmed to the name "Cookie" for a phone line, but considering just how well the "Chocolate" line did for LG, we guess we can't blame them for continuing the tradition of naming their handsets after treats. The latest from the company might just be a serious contender in the smartphone space, with the Cookie Gig boasting formidable specifications and a mean look that will taken seriously by more than just tweens. It's being marketed now at the European market, but as with everything, a positive reaction could mean a global release in the future. The new Cookie gig KM570 is a music-centric phone with 4GB of built-in memory, a 3" WQVGA display, resistive touch-screen,... Read more...
According to the latest stats from web tracking firm Statcounter, Internet Explorer has been losing ground in Europe, including big markets like France, Britain, and Italy. Hardly surprising given the sanctions imposed on Redmond by the European Union to include a so-called browser ballot with Windows.So far in March, IE's web surfing share is down in France by 2.5 percent from one month prior, while shares are down 1.3 percentage points and 1 point in Italy and Britain, respectively."We have seen significant growth in the number of new Firefox users as a result of the Ballot Choice screen," Mozilla recently stated. "We expect these numbers to increase as the Ballot Choice screen fully rolls... Read more...
A ground-breaking event is about to occur in Europe, and it's probably not something that most will expect. It's not some sort of UFO landing or global climate pattern; instead, it's a move by Microsoft that could very well change the browser world forever. Awhile back, the European Commission found it unlawful for Microsoft to sell their operating systems with a single, pre-built-in Web browser. Basically, the EU argued that Microsoft wasn't giving consumers a choice in their Web browser, while no integrated document processors or A/V editing software was bundled (as an example). Microsoft has just announced that "internal testing of the choice screen is underway now," and that a limited roll-out... Read more...
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