Firefox phone unveiled, 4G prices slashed #TechTalk

Our daily #TechTalk round-up brings you the latest internet, technology and mobile news. TODAY: Mozilla unveils the first Firefox smartphone, EE reduces the cost of 4G, Google earns over £1,000 a second and a Twitter archive is launched in the US.

Firefox OS smartphone revealed

Mozilla has unveiled its first ever smartphone designed to run on Firefox OS.

The new mobile platform will aim to compete with lower-end Android handsets, offering a new affordable alternative to the likes of Samsung's Galaxy S3.

As the Daily Telegraph reports, Mozilla - the non-profit company behind the Firefox web browser - has promised "compelling" smartphones at an "attainable" price.

EE cuts 4G prices, adds 20GB data plan

The UK's first and only 4G mobile network will soon be dropping its prices.

From 31 January, EE, formerly known as Everything Everywhere, will reduce its cheapest 4G smartphone deal - with unlimited UK calls and text and 500MB of data - to £31 a month, from the current price of £36 on a 24-month contract.

According to BBC News, EE will also be launching a new 20GB plan for 'super users' who demand more data than the current 8GB maximum.

Google profits 'best ever' in 2012

Search giant Google enjoyed record profits towards the end of 2012.

As financial newspaper City A.M reports, the company beat expectation with profits of £2.9billion (£1.8billion) in the final three months of last year. With total revenues in excess of £9billion in that period, Google earned approximately £1,157 every second!

Scottish research team explores 'White Space'

Researchers in Scotland will are to develop new 'White Space' technology.

White Space is the name for 'spare' capacity on the radio spectrum that exists between digital TV channels. Finding new ways of exploiting White Space could help boost the UK's mobile broadband communications by delivering additional bandwidth.

The Centre for White Space Communications is based at the University of Strathclyde.

America to archive all US tweets

In the US, more than 400 million tweets are shared by Twitter users every single day.

Nonetheless, the US Library of Congress is assembling a complete archive of all US tweets, in the belief that each short message provides a tiny snapshot of American life.

According to The Next Web, the archive to date requires 133,000GB of storage space.

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