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January 12, 2011

Study uncovers extent of direct download piracy

by Darren Allan
According to recent research, digital piracy isn't all about torrents, but actually direct download sites are bigger offenders. MarkMonitor, an expert in “brand protection”, conducted the study using a small sample of 22 brands across the web, searching for counterfeit goods (such as fake handbags) as well as pirated material (movies, music, games, e-books and so on). It found that ...

January 3, 2011

Scientists claim modern media is physically addictive

by Darren Allan
There's one born every minute. Not a sucker, but a study, and the latest one which has been brought to our attention is a report on living without contemporary media such as computers, mobiles and TVs. Unplugged, as it's called, was organised by the University of Maryland's International Centre for Media and the Public Agenda, and Salzburg Academy. It ...

December 7, 2010

Cloud shift could bolster UK economy by 30bn Euros

by Darren Allan
A report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), commissioned by data storage company EMC, has shown that the wider adoption of cloud computing could add an estimated 30 billion Euros to the UK economy in five years. In fact, the Cebr report examined the five major economies of Europe, and predicted that almost 180 billion Euros ...

October 18, 2010

UK up to 18th in Cisco broadband league

by Darren Allan
Networking expert Cisco has released the details of its third annual study of the state of broadband worldwide. The research used to compile the global rankings was put together by the Said Business School of Oxford university, and it covered some 72 countries and 239 cities. Overall, it found that 14 countries, almost one in five, were prepared for the Internet “applications ...

October 11, 2010

Too much computer and TV is bad for kids’ mental health

by Darren Allan
A new piece of research has indicated that it could be the case that the amount of time children spend playing computer games and watching TV could impact negatively on their mental health. The study, which was conducted by Dr Angie Page of Bristol university (one of the lead investigators on the PEACH project, Personal and Environmental Associations with ...

September 14, 2010

Action games sharpen decision making skills

by Darren Allan
Most of the time, the press gives computer gaming a pretty rough ride, particularly action games such as shooters, with the link drawn between violence, aggression, and the likes of Call of Duty. However, some new research being reported puts shooter video games in a more positive light for a change. As the Independent highlights, a study conducted at the ...

September 13, 2010

Ofcom commissions mobile broadband study

by Darren Allan
Ofcom has organised an in-depth study of mobile broadband which will run from now until the end of the year. Analysis expert Epitiro is to undertake the job, which will examine the major networks in the UK: O2, T-Mobile, 3, ...

July 13, 2010

Mobiles erode the sharpness of Brits’ memories

by Darren Allan
A study has brought to light the fact that British memories appear to be suffering due to the increasing use of mobile phones. CPP, the credit card protection company which undertook the research, calls it “numerical amnesia”, and it's due to the fact that everyone now stores important numbers in their mobile, with no need to recall them. As the famous saying ...

December 29, 2009

TV VoD will beat broadband VoD

by David Allen
According to recent research it would appear that Video on Demand (VoD) through the television is likely to outperform the traditional method of receiving VoD through a computer. The research, carried out by WPP's Kantar Media, studied responses from a survey called FutureProof, which asked around 2,500 people aged over 12 about their viewing habits. The responses included 453 Virgin ...

September 3, 2009

Broadband users want more speed

by David Allen
A new study has shown that while the UK’s broadband users are fairly happy with the service that they are getting from their internet service provider, one thing stands out; they want more speed. According to the study by ispreview.co.uk, over half of the UK’s broadband users want more speed from their provider. At the other end of the ...

September 1, 2009

Brits want faster broadband

by David Allen
More than half of Brits want a faster broadband connection, research by ISPreview.co.uk discovered this week. Faster download speeds ranked top of broadband users' wishlists, requested by 57% of those polled. One in six (16%) want lower prices, while 12% want better customer service. Despite the desire for upgrades, three quarters (77%) of those surveyed are satisfied or happy with their current service. Seven ...

August 26, 2009

Phorm shares fall as OFT investigates

by David Allen
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) could be carrying out a study on those internet businesses that monitor consumers' online activities and then use the information to target the consumer with advertising relevant to their surfing habits. If the study goes ahead, businesses, organisations and consumers could be asked for their views on how this type of marketing works ...

June 24, 2009

IT professionals lax about mobile passwords

by David Masters
IT professionals believe password protecting mobile handsets is a waste of time, according to a new study. Over a third of IT security workers polled by Credant Technologies confessed to not protecting their personal or work smartphone with a password, despite knowing that their handset contains sensitive data. This is only slightly better than the general public, two in five of whom ...

June 17, 2009

Valentines declare love via SMS

by David Allen
Valentines declare love via SMS Receiving anonymous Valentine's Day cards from secret admirers could become a distant memory if the current trend of declaring love by text message continues. February 14th 2009 was the busiest Valentine's day on record for mobile operators, according to figures released this month, with over one billion SMS messages sent across the airwaves ...

June 10, 2009

Teens have free rein of family PCs

by David Masters
More than half of UK parents are clueless about what their children get up to online, a new survey has revealed. Only 3% of Brits monitor the online behaviour of their children, the study found, leaving 97% of teens free to do as they please whilst connected to the Internet. Parents are particularly worried about the amount of time their kids spend ...

June 9, 2009

E-scams and phishing hit record levels

by David Masters
A record number of internet users have been targeted by online scammers in the last 12 months. Over three quarters (77%) of Brits have been targeted by phishing emails, whilst seven in ten have received bogus pleas for money. Two thirds (67%) have been told they've won a competition only to discover that it was a scam designed to steal personal details. Fraudsters ...

June 3, 2009

Community Wi-Fi would bridge digital divide

by David Allen
The government could cheaply and easily solve the broadband headache it has given itself trying to solve the digital divide, by offering free Wi-Fi access to local urban communities, a new report said this week. Community Wi-Fi is the most cost effective way to provide Broadband For All, said the report by Top 10 Broadband. Research by the broadband news site found ...

May 8, 2009

Brits prefer surfing the net to eating good food

by David Allen
High speed Internet access is more important to British families than holidays or food, according to the results of a new study published this week. Research by mobile operator O2 found that 67% of UK households would be reluctant to cut back their spending on high-speed broadband. By contrast, just 24% said they'd hesitate before reducing the money they spend on food, ...

October 30, 2008

IBM study on mobile broadband

by David Allen
In a report by computer firm IBM, they compare consumers who use either mobile broadband or fixed line broadband access. The two cannot be really compared like for like as they offer different services, but for a basic internet user who is looking to surf the internet and check their emails, then the services provided could be compared. The main ...