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July 27, 2010

Half of Brits are mobile phone addicts

by Darren Allan
In a not-really-all-that-surprising set of survey results, Birmingham Midshire Savings has discovered that 51% of Brits never leave home without their mobile. And the BM Savings research also indicated that 44% of folks said they couldn't live without their mobile phone, they were that addicted to it. The survey, which was highlighted by The Mail Online, also revealed that 75% of respondents ...

July 26, 2010

UK Cyber Security Challenge begins

by Darren Allan
“Wanted: Cyber Experts to Defend UK Online”. Such is the clarion call on the official Cyber Security Challenge website, the organisation which aims to find the next generation of net security experts for the country. The competition to find them begins today, with the broad aim of inspiring participants to consider a future career as a cyber-security professional. Apparently ...

Toy Story 3 hits top of the UK video game chart

by Darren Allan
Despite the fact that it debuted at number five upon its release last week, the success of the film has meant the Toy Story 3 game has leapt to the top of the charts (as compiled by Chart Track). Disney's title almost doubled in sales this week, up 78%, and it dislodged Crackdown 2 from the number one spot. ...

July 23, 2010

Ubisoft announces it is number two publisher in the UK

by Darren Allan
Last week Ubisoft announced very impressive sales figures for its first fiscal quarter, and today the company has confirmed that performance. First quarter sales were 161 million Euros, which was up 94%, or nearly double the same period the previous year. This far exceeded analyst expectations of around the 145 million Euro mark, and the performance was down to excellent ...

July 15, 2010

UK broadband for all target pushed back to 2015

by Darren Allan
It seems that the target date of 2012 for hooking up all the broadband “not-spots” (out of the way rural areas that can't get a connection) in the UK is going to be pushed back. The Telegraph and Guardian both reported that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it was not practical to meet Labour's previous pledge to get rural areas hooked ...

UK races up the spam charts

by Darren Allan
The amount of spam coming from the UK is increasing, with the country moving up the league table of spammers which is kept by security firm Sophos. The USA is top of the chart for April to June 2010, with 15.2% of spam originating from there, which is up a fair bit on the 13.1% Sophos reported in their ...

July 12, 2010

Government launches Spending Challenge website

by David Allen
The government has launched yet another new website; this time it is the Spending Challenge site. It has been designed to offer the general public the chance to have their say on where they feel the government should cut back on the UK’s spending. The government has to reduce the deficit and there are only a couple of ways ...

July 7, 2010

Justin Bieber becomes most searched for celeb

by Darren Allan
Justin Bieber has beaten Lady Gaga – not literally, of course, she'd kick his butt from here to Disneyland – to become the new most searched for person on the Internet in the UK. So says the Ask Jeeves website. Well actually, the Facebook page for the site says: “Bieber rules the net! My Jeevesometer top search results show ...

July 6, 2010

UK internet use on the rise

by David Allen
According to research carried out by the UK Online Measurement Company (UKOM), the number of people accessing the internet has grown. The firm says that getting connected to the broadband network at home has never been easier, although that would also depend on the location too! One of the reason that internet use is increasing has something to do with ...

Skobbler sat-nav app hits 72,000 UK downloads on iPhone

by Darren Allan
It's now three weeks since Skobbler, the German created free sat-nav app, was brought out on the iPhone in the UK. And the company says its app has been even more successful in this country than it was in Germany, having been downloaded over 72,000 times thus far. The Skobbler app has been top of the UK free navigation apps ...

June 24, 2010

UK police look into Google street view complaints

by David Allen
The police could be looking into a complaint by the human rights organisation Privacy International, about the way that cars gathered information for the Google Street View project. It became known that Google had also been collecting information on Wi-Fi networks as the Google Street View cars drove around the streets taking images for the service. Now it seems that ...

June 11, 2010

Freeview HD has 50% coverage

by David Allen
Just as the World Cup kicks off, the media regulator Ofcom has announced that Freeview has reached its target of 50 per cent UK coverage. The free-to-view high definition digital TV service was launched back in December with only 7 per cent of the UK being covered. However, it has to be said that, as with many rollouts in the ...

June 7, 2010

Irish DTT will launch this autumn

by David Allen
Not that long ago the proposed rollout of digital TV services looked to be on track in Ireland and then, with little warning, the whole deal began to fall apart, leaving the country with the prospect of no digital service in the near future. Now it seems that the minister of communications, Eamon Ryan, has made the commitment that ...

June 5, 2010

UK advertising sector to grow

by David Allen
There is some good news for commercial TV broadcasters as Group M, a buyer of media content run by Sir Martin Sorrell, increases its advertising growth forecasts for this year. Initially the group was sticking to its prediction of zero growth in the UK advertising market as a whole for 2010. But recently something has changed within the marketplace ...

June 1, 2010

Apple iPad sales hit two million plus

by Darren Allan
The iPad – a giant iPhone, or a magical device set to revolutionise portable computing? As far as the sales numbers go, the iPad certainly appears to be cementing itself as a success story rather than a mere niche based novelty. Apple has released its latest figures for how many units of the tablet have been shifted, with the international ...

May 27, 2010

UK comes 33rd for broadband speed

by David Allen
The UK has been ranked 33rd in a Global League table of broadband speed tests in a table produced by Ookla, the internet speed testing leader. While the leader of the download speeds is South Korea, with an average of 34.19 Mbps, the UK clocks up a miserable 7.69 Mbps - though many users here will be lucky to ...

May 24, 2010

O2 says slow broadband is big UK issue

by Darren Allan
There are huge problems in our country, and big meaty issues the government needs to deal with. A colossal debt mountain for one thing. Yet according to an O2 survey (conducted in conjunction with Populus), it's the little things that the citizens of the UK are concerned about, more than the big issues. In a survey of 2,000 people, 41% of folks ...

May 20, 2010

Brit’s online time increases

by David Allen
Although the internet seems to be full of news, surfers only spend around 2.8 per cent of their time looking at it, just slightly more that the 2.7 per cent of time spent looking at adult sites! In fact according to the research carried out by the United Kingdom Online Measurement Company (UKOM) the amount of time spent ...

UK iPad App Store opens doors

by Darren Allan
The UK incarnation of the iPad App Store is now officially open for business. Despite the fact that the UK incarnation of the tablet isn't out until a week tomorrow. For those who pre-ordered early enough, that is – others may be waiting for stock until the end of the first week in June. Or you could chance your arm ...

May 18, 2010

Quarter of Brits watching HD TV

by David Allen
A quarter of TV viewers in the UK are watching their favourite shows in high definition, while a large percentage of those who are not currently watching HD television are interested in what the free to air digital TV service Freeview has to offer. The survey, conducted by the consumer magazine Which?, was made up of 2,324 people. They ...

May 14, 2010

BBC is great for Britain

by David Allen
The BBC, or to be more precise the News produced by the BBC, is more important for the image of the UK than the Armed Forces or the Royal Family, according to the director general, Mark Thompson. This claim comes as the DG attempts to justify the amount of money that the BBC is getting and more precisely, the ...

May 10, 2010

Apple iPad officially on UK pre-orders

by Darren Allan
Today's the day, and on schedule as planned, the Apple iPad is available for pre-order in the UK from this morning. The “magical” iPad, which has sold over a million in the US, can now be pre-ordered from the Apple store (http://store.apple.com/uk). If you want the plain wi-fi version, that costs £429, £499 and £599, for the 16GB, 32GB and ...

May 7, 2010

UK Apple iPad dated and priced

by Darren Allan
Finally, Apple has revealed the exact date and pricing details for the iPad in the UK. The iPad will be out on May 28th, three weeks today, and pre-orders will start on May 10th, next Monday. While the good news is that there aren't any more delays (touch wood), the not so good news is that the pricing came in ...

May 6, 2010

British watch 30 hours of TV a week

by David Allen
It seems that the appetite for television is still growing. The results of a study put together by Thinkbox show that the average UK TV viewer watched 30 hours and 4 minutes of TV during the first quarter of the year. That is up by 2 hours and 29 minutes on the same time last year. The results show that ...

April 29, 2010

America top of spam table, UK is ninth

by Darren Allan
So where does most of the world's spam come from? From Minnesota in America, actually. Home of the Hormel Foods Corporation who make the dubiously coloured and textured meat product we all know and, er, know. (It's coming back in fashion though – thanks recession!). But America is also the biggest producer of the electronic variety of spam that arrives ...

April 27, 2010

UK video use on the rise

by David Allen
The use of online video continues to grow in the UK by an astonishing rate. In fact an incredible 5.5 billion online videos were watched by UK internet users during the month of February this year, an increase of around 37 per cent on the same month in the previous year. According to research carried out by comScore, Google ...

April 23, 2010

UK’s first 3D TV goes on sale

by David Allen
The first of the 3D Ready televisions has gone on sale. It seems that John Lewis has got the jump on the rest of the High St and is currently offering the Samsung UE40C700 40 inch 3D Ready TV with built in Freeview HD tuner. The television is available to buy online and from certain stores such as the flagship ...

April 22, 2010

BT to upgrade more exchanges

by David Allen
The phone and broadband provider, BT, is hard at work upgrading its exchanges so that they are able to support the Wholesale Broadband Connect (WBC) service, which should offer the end user broadband connection speeds of up to 24 Mbps. To this end BT has announced that it will be upgrading 150 exchanges with the WBC technology. The company is ...

April 21, 2010

UK has poor IT network

by David Allen
The UK will require an investment of between £5 & £15 billion in order to bring its broadband network up to a standard that compares with the top connected countries in the world, according to Prof Peter Cochrane, who used to be the head at BT Research. He claims that the government thinks the UK is up there with ...

Google makes government censorship figures public

by Darren Allan
Google has been under fire of late, particularly due to privacy issues. Its Street View map photography project, and the launch of the Gmail social networking offshoot, Buzz, have both caused a considerable degree of controversy. Now the search giant has unveiled a tool called Government Requests (www.google.com/governmentrequests), which it no doubt hopes will help generate some more positive publicity ...

April 15, 2010

Best Buy has deal with Virgin Media

by David Allen
As Best Buy finally begins its planned launch in the UK, details are being released of what the UK consumer can expect to find on the shelves of the Best Buy stores. The first stores will be opening in Thurrock in Essex, Hedge End in Southampton and Merry Hill in the West Midlands. Apart from having a connection to The ...

April 12, 2010

Brits love HD TV but cannot make it work

by David Allen
It appears from research carried by the British Video Association (BVA) that there could be millions of UK consumers who have purchased an HD Ready television but unwittingly think that nothing else is required to view channels in high definition. According to the research by the BVA, over six million consumers are currently under the impression that they are ...

April 9, 2010

iPad in the UK on the 24th April

by David Allen
The iPad was launched by Apple last weekend and by all accounts sales have done well in the first week, so when is the iPad going to be released in the UK? All indicators are pointing the 24th April, but there are some issues with that date! The 24th has been suggested as the possible launch date for the iPad ...

April 2, 2010

Countdown to the end of analogue TV

by David Allen
It has been a long trek since the first digital switchover took place in 2008 and still there are two years to go before the UK is fully digital and the analogue TV signals can finally be switched off. This week saw Wales become the first digital nation in the UK, which may not seem to be a big ...

April 1, 2010

Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus set for UK

by Darren Allan
Good news for British Palm fans – the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus will be heading this side of the pond, it would seem. So says the rumour mill, after The Unwired site spotted the fact that the Global Certification Forum (GCF) has approved two new Palm handsets for European usage. These are, so the site asserts, almost certainly the Pre Plus ...

March 17, 2010

Elonics to supply STBs to Taiwan

by David Allen
The UK based set-top-box component business, Elonics, has announced that it will be supplying equipment to the Taiwan digital TV service provider CNet. The arrangement will see CNet taking the Elonics E4000 multi standard silicon tuner for its CCT 770 terrestrial digital TV set-top-box, which comes with full internet access for instant access to online TV. The set top box ...

March 11, 2010

UK pay TV subscriptions increase

by David Allen
Once again, spending on digital television services has increased. To the end of 2009 the figure for subscription based services was £4.6 billion, which shows an increase of 6.4 per cent. According to Future Source Consulting, in total a staggering £19.7 billion was spent on media products, with pay TV taking around a quarter of that total. Packaged digital entertainment products ...

March 10, 2010

Half of UK could watch World Cup in HD

by David Allen
As the DTG Summit continues, claims and counter claims from the major players continue to take place. One of the best comes from the MD of Freeview, Ilse Howling. In a speech she predicted that half of the UK will be able to watch the World Cup in South Africa in HD. This would imply that Freeview is expecting ...

Bing to start advertising today

by David Allen
For the first time Microsoft will be taking out advertising for its search engine Bing. The idea behind this is to attempt to attract Google users to try something else for a change. The advertising will begin today on Sky TV, Virgin Media TV, ITV, Channel Four and Five. The adverts will be using the headline “Bing and Decide” and ...

March 8, 2010

Microsoft prepares Bing search ads for UK

by Darren Allan
Microsoft is about to unleash its marketing dogs in the UK on behalf of Bing, with a series of adverts promoting the search website. The ads will begin this week, and will run as part of a three month long promotion, which is costing Microsoft some $2 billion according to the Guardian. The tag-line of the adverts will apparently be ...

March 4, 2010

UK wastes £52 billion on new tech

by David Allen
Gadgets and fads have always been a thing with UK consumers, but it seems that the levels of spending on gadgets that the consumer does not understand or use has reached epidemic levels, with an estimated £52 billion being wasted on technology. According to a survey of three thousand people by the technology magazine Stuff and the satellite TV ...

March 3, 2010

Government draws up another plan to get millions online

by Darren Allan
The UK government has set another target for getting a greater percentage of the UK online. It's thought that some 12.5 million British citizens, about a fifth of the country, don't have the means to access the Internet. The government wants to rectify this situation for 60% of those unfortunates (7.5 million people) by the year 2014. The focus will be ...

March 2, 2010

Google Nexus One available in UK next month

by Darren Allan
Google's Nexus One smartphone will be on sale and available in the UK come April. So says one of the Telegraph's sources, in an article which also states that Vodafone will be Google's first partner of choice with the Nexus One. However, the “web meets phone” device will only be available to purchase online, direct from Google. As the Telegraph puts it, this ...

Heavy Rain lashes UK game chart

by Darren Allan
Heavy Rain, the PS3 adventure which is like an interactive movie, has hit the top of the UK video game chart as compiled by Chart Track. However, it has sold that well, apparently the game is now low on stock across the UK. Should you wish to buy a copy, you may have to search for it, and Sony told ...

March 1, 2010

Apple iPad price rumoured to be £389

by Darren Allan
The flow of iPad news had rather stemmed of late, but a new rumour has just emerged regarding the price of Apple's tablet in the UK. And if you want one of those giant iPhones, apparently you'll be paying £389 for the privilege, according to Geeky Gadgets. We guessed the price would be near £400, so that falls pretty much ...

February 26, 2010

Phorm in BT’s side

by David Allen
Phorm is an issue that simply will not leave BT alone. It has been three or four years since BT and Phorm conducted trials on the internet service provider’s customers' internet surfing habits, but without their knowledge. Despite there being a huge anti Phorm campaign by customers and other concerned internet users, investigations by the City of London Police ...

CBS VoD deal for Five

by David Allen
The terrestrial TV channel Five has announced that is has signed an agreement with the US based TV network CBS. The deal will mean that the channel's video on demand service, TV.com, will be able to provide Five’s content such as Neighbours, Home and Away and the UK’s own The Gadget Show. TV.com users will be able to access the ...

February 17, 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 UK pricing revealed

by Darren Allan
Microsoft has announced how much UK customers are going to have to fork out for its Office 2010 application suite. And, unsurprisingly, Office 2010 will be more expensive in the UK than it is in the States. At least the difference isn't massive at the low end, with Office Home & Student being priced at £110 (as opposed to $150, ...

February 15, 2010

Sky magazines top the charts

by David Allen
The magazines that BSkyB provides free of charge to its subscribers have come top of a table complied by the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC). In fact Sky TV claimed all three top spots in the table, although with these being distributed free of charge to subscribers, the distribution of the magazines is going to be miles ahead of ...

February 12, 2010

Nickelodeon to launch new brand identity

by David Allen
The children’s broadcaster Nickelodeon UK has launched plans to unify the network of channels broadcast in the UK with a new branding scheme which will cover all of the channels' on- and off-air activities. The scheme will start on Monday the 15th February with the top channel Nickelodeon coming out with a new logo and other branding. This will ...