All articles tagged as: telecoms

When is withheld, not withheld?

I love Three's new WiFi Calling feature (well, it's an Apple feature, but Three finally decided to support it!) – ultimately it lets me use my phone (most of the time) at home for calls and SMS (think 2FA!) where there is no signal on Three. However, I recently discovered a big issue. With "Show My Caller ID" turned off calls I make are not withheld. That is the called party can see my, supposedly private, Caller ID. The Law Ofcom wrote to all UK CPs a number of years ago reminding them of their responsibilities, part of this eMail included; CPs must respect the privacy rights of consumers…

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How not to do APIs

The company involved here will remain anonymous, as they offer a good (and relatively unique) service and I don't want to damage any relationship with them, nor discourage others from using them just for this reason! Additionally, their support has been excellent. I hope others find this though, and take it into account when considering their own API design and strategy decisions. As you may know I have some experience developing complex APIs for large service providers. The approach to this has changed over the years, but some of the basic principles remain the same. The Company The company…

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Eurobeat: Moldova!

I have provided voting for numerous (almost 20 now!) productions of Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision and am pleased to announce that one again I am providing the voting for the new professional production of Eurobeat (and the visuals are looking better than ever!) And the only thing better than a new Eurobeat with all new countries and professional production values is giving back a little elsewhere. Eurobeat: Moldova is using premium SMS messaging for the first time, and donating 100% of the funds raised to two charities - Waverley Care and Dickens Legacy For more information see eurobeatvote.net…

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Husqvarna Automower Challenge - Communication

For a bit of background on this see my first post on this. But, in summary, I am a participant in the automower challenge. Automower Connect The larger Automowers (430X, 450X) support a smartphone app called "Automower Connect" which allow you to configure and control the mower from your iPhone. Unlike some competing products, this doesn’t use WiFi. This is a good thing as the range of a typical home WiFi router would mean that in some parts of larger garden it would be unable to communicate. Instead the mower itself has a built-in SIM card and functions like a mobile phone. The SIM is provid…

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Phishing at LLoyds

Today I received a phishing eMail, nothing unusual there... I get loads of them, but this is a little more convincing than most for one reason, it contained my postal address (ok, one from many years ago, but nonetheless it proves that it was a lot more targeted than some) The eMail As usual the grammar and formatting are both terrible, so you'd be unlikely to believe this is from Lloyds bank, but many people do it seems. The usual fake urgency is a bit of a giveaway as well - Please respond within the next hour to avoid a permanent block. - why ? So, let's respond ... The website This is act…

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