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July 22, 2010

BT backs Olympic art project

by David Allen
The broadband, television and phone service provider BT, will be playing its part in the run up to the London Olympics by supporting a new project telling the stories of inspirational people involved in the build up to the event. BT has provided funding for the 'Road to 2012'. This is a scheme that has been designed to ...



Dorset demands faster broadband

by David Allen
There are plenty of organisations around representing business and the public when it comes to faster and more reliable broadband services, such as the Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry, which is demanding faster broadband for the county. To bolster its demands, the organisation has conducted a survey of businesses and found that the majority of businesses need faster ...



Google improves Image search

by David Allen
The search giant Google has improved the way that its image search works by updating the functions and features of the service. According to Google, the image search will now offer the user a better and more concise search result with up to a thousand images being shown per search reference. This new search result will top the Bing image ...



Facebook may have a new owner

by David Allen
It is like a film script, with the young owner of a large international business, lawyers and a guy that sells wood in New York who claims that he owns the company. However this is no story; the company is Facebook and the characters are CEO Mark Zuckerberg and New York based wood salesman, Paul Ceglia. The basics are that ...



Cheggers in controversy over “stolen” Twitter gags

by Darren Allan
Keith Chegwin has got himself into a spot of hot water over some of the jokes he has posted up on his Twitter account. Cheggers has an audience of almost 37,000 followers who he tweets strings of one-liners to, some of which are quite amusing, and some of which are, well, like this one: “Hairdresser gets so close I ...



AOL and ITN in video deal

by Darren Allan
AOL has signed a deal with ITN in order to be able to show hundreds of hours of footage from a range of programmes. The deal comes as AOL has been in the process of shifting and repositioning itself as a vast content portal on the web – aiming to do for online content, what Google did for online ...



PM discusses McKinnon case with Obama

by David Allen
It seems that there is a little ray of hope for hacker Gary McKinnon following a meeting between the Prime Minister David Cameron and the US president Barrack Obama. It is not exactly clear what will occur, but currently it seems that it could be entirely possible that McKinnon may not have to spend any time in a US ...



Kindle out paces hardbacks

by David Allen
For the first time, ebook content for the Kindle ebook reader at Amazon has overtaken sales of hardback books. According to the company, at the moment it is selling 143 ebooks for every 100 hardback books and this is a trend that is set to increase, but does this mean that the hardback book is dead? For Amazon the marketing ...



July 21, 2010

Facebook hits the 500 million user mark

by Darren Allan
It was fully expected that Facebook would hit the half-billion user milestone during July, and indeed that has happened today. Facebook has announced its 500 millionth user signing up to the social networking site to share photos, status updates, and hopefully not make a pig's ear of the new super-simple privacy settings. Facebook started back in 2004, so it's taken ...



3 Mobile broadband tops YouGov poll

by David Allen
The mobile broadband provider 3, has come top in a poll organised by YouGov. The survey consisted of twelve categories of which 3 came top in ten, including ease of use, value for money, reliability, billing and quality of service. The YouGov survey asked around two thousand mobile broadband customers to rate the service received from their provider. The 3 ...



BT to increase line rental

by David Allen
The cost of making calls and of line rental is to increase for customers of BT this October. This means that the cost of bundles and all services will increase too as prices fall in line with the increased charges. The new charges look to mean a ten per cent increase in calls to landlines and an extra 50p placed ...



BT’s FTTH trial begins

by David Allen
After a delay of six months, BT Openreach is to commence with trials of a fibre to the home (FTTH) broadband service to homes and small business on two brownfield sites at Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes and Highams Park in London. FTTH is a better system than fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) as the cable is fed directly ...



BSkyB may sell Easynet

by David Allen
There are reports that BSkyB may be getting ready to offload Easynet to its senior management. BSkyB paid £211 million for the firm five years ago when the idea was to use the unbundled network to form the base of Sky Broadband. It will be interesting to see how this deal pans out and exactly what BSkyB wants the ...



Blogging site closed due to hit list

by David Allen
The blogging platform blogetery.com has been closed done following demands from the US Justice Department. The issues come from anti terror groups who have found that terrorist material was hidden in posts and according to legal experts, it is time for users of free blogging services to think about the type of hosting they use. It would appear that anyone ...



Scam hitting Toy Story 3 fans

by David Allen
With Toy Story 3 being the latest kid’s film to hit the cinemas, the term “Toy Story 3” is being used by scammers to catch consumers out. The term is used to manipulate search engine results to bring up results that look too good to be true, such as the entire film on YouTube. Clicking on the link takes ...



Welsh councillor may face discipline over Scientology tweet

by Darren Allan
The world of micro-blogging has got someone into trouble again, it seems. This time it's executive member of Cardiff council, John Dixon. Dixon posted on his Twitter account that Scientology was “stupid”, and now has to face the wrath of the members of the religion (or cult depending on your viewpoint). As a result of their complaints, he is going ...



July 20, 2010

BT looking into smart meter market

by David Allen
It looks as if the broadband and phone provider BT is looking to step on the toes of the energy companies following a partnership agreement with Arqiva and Detica. The plan is to get involved in the smart energy meter business as part of the government’s plans to connect twenty eight million homes and small businesses to a network ...



Virgin Media offers free mobile web with VM800

by David Allen
Smartphones are hugely popular amongst certain users in the UK. With unlimited data usage, surfing the internet and checking emails while on the move is a breeze and all within the monthly subscription. However, there is a huge part of the market missing out on mobile web browsing but not for much longer, as Virgin Media is looking to ...



eBay launches iPhone app

by David Allen
The online auction site, eBay, has launched an app for the iPhone that allows shoppers to virtually try on clothes to see what they would look like in them, before they actually buy the item. The app is free to download and it will offer the virtual try on and a closet to place the clothes in, as well ...



Times Online loses 66% of readers

by David Allen
When News International announced that it would be charging its online readership to access the Times online, industry experts forecast that the readership would fall away by around ninety per cent. In fact, it seems that the experts underestimated the loyalties of the Time readership as figures released show that the Times Online has lost sixty six per cent ...



MoS sends out letters to alleged pirates

by David Allen
It seems that thousands of internet users have received or are about to receive threatening letters from the music label Ministry of Sound (MoS). The letters spell out that they intend to take the recipient to court unless they pay compensations immediately. The figure starts at around £300 and grows depending on how guilty they decided the user is. The ...



Rent A Friend website comes to the UK

by Darren Allan
Money can certainly buy you friends, but now you can rent them too, thanks to a new website which has freshly launched in the UK. Rent A Friend allows you to hire yourself a mate for the night, so if you've got no one to go see the latest film at the cinema with, or need a pal ...



Times website traffic drops by two-thirds after paywall

by Darren Allan
Since the Times website put up its paywall, so now only paying customers can access the content, its online readership has dropped considerably. Not that it took Sherlock Holmes to figure out that was likely to happen. The exact drop, The Guardian reports is around the two-thirds mark, the majority of the site's readership. Rupert Murdoch announced the paywall move ...



July 19, 2010

BBC sells audio books division

by David Allen
The new owner of BBC Audiobooks, AudioGo, has pledged to invest millions of pounds into the division to produce a library of digital content that is more attractive to today’s digital consumers. The group is headed up by the former Polygram executive Michael Kuhn. He has promised the investment and stated that the firm will be producing a new ...



Rural organisations criticise broadband delays

by David Allen
Last week, when the meeting between the government and the major players within the broadband industry took place, there was an optimistic mood going in, but coming out that had all changed with the government pledging nothing and informing the industry that the ball was in their court. However, one clear thing did emerge and that is the date ...



Mobile broadband revenues set to rocket

by David Allen
Over the next four years the revenue generated from mobile broadband it set to soar. In fact it is being estimated that by 2014 the total amount of mobile broadband users is set to reach around 1.8 billion worldwide, that is over a quarter of all mobile phone users. According to the telecom research firm, Infonetics Research, revenues went up ...



Google takes over Metaweb

by David Allen
With plenty of cash to spend, the search giant Google has been on a spending spree this month with the second announcement of an acquisition. This time the company has bought out Metaweb, a company that compiles data and cross links it for easy access. Metaweb has been in business for around five years and during that time has ...



Hulu Plus available on the PS3

by David Allen
In the US, the owners of PS3s will soon be able to access the Hulu Plus video on demand service, following an agreement between the video service provider and the maker of the PS3, Sony. The application is easy enough to download to the device from the Playstation Store but, unlike Hulu, Hulu Plus is not going to be ...



July 16, 2010

Google buys a piece of the action

by David Allen
The search giant Google is being reported as having made a silent investment in Zynga, the company behind Facebook based games Farmville and Mafia Wars. The investment is estimated to be worth anything between $100 million and $200 million and follows Zynga's attempts to raise around $500 million in venture capital. It is said that the firm has already ...



Council websites put to the test

by David Allen
Usually a visit to a local council website is made through necessity rather than just for the hell of it, but it seems that local councils up and down the country are not meeting the demands of their customers. A survey carried out by the internet usability business webcredible.co.uk, looked into twenty of the top UK local sites, and ...



Digital Economy Act could be illegal

by David Allen
Rushing through a law at the end of parliament is always going to cause issues with those who are affected by the outcome and this seems to be what is happening when it comes to the Digital Economy Act. It seems that it is not consumers rising up against the law, it is a couple of internet service providers ...



LTE trial starts in Cornwall

by David Allen
In the UK, long term evolution (LTE) is virtually nonexistent and yet it could hold the key to providing broadband services to even the most remote areas of the country. The problem with LTE is that it requires access to the spectrum and as there is an issue with this as well in the UK, it seems that LTE ...



Government wants ISPs to sort broadband out

by David Allen
Providing a full broadband service throughout the UK is the responsibility of the industry rather than the government. This is what the UK’s internet service providers were told by the culture minister at the broadband summit in London. Jeremy Hunt, like all government ministers, has been handcuffed by the government's spending freeze and in fact is one of the ...



Bing gains market share

by David Allen
Bing, the search engine provided by Microsoft, has gained more ground on the competition over the last month and now holds 12.7 per cent of the US market, which is up by 0.6 per cent on the previous month. The figures have been compiled by comScore, which shows over 16.4 billion searches being made during the month of June. ...



Firefox add on steals data

by David Allen
The company behind the Firefox browser, Mozilla, has issued a warning that an add on downloaded by users has been found to be sending the personal details of anyone who downloaded it. This only came to light when developers at Mozilla noticed that the “Mozilla Sniffer” add on was stealing data and sending it on to a third party. What ...



July 15, 2010

BT extends Unilever contract

by David Allen
BT has signed a £144 deal with the multi brand business Unilever. This is an extension to an existing four-year contract that will see BT operating a unified communications and wireless technology service around a thousand sites located in a hundred countries. The original deal was first negotiated in 2002. It was in fact the first deal of its kind ...



BE targeting BT’s customers

by David Allen
UK consumers will soon be getting more choices of phone and broadband bundles as internet service providers (ISPs) begin to make the transition from just being a provider of broadband to becoming a bundled service provider. One such provider is BE Broadband, which will be starting its own fixed line phone service in September. The prices are not known ...



Blue Plaque site launched

by David Allen
Visitors to London may notice the blue plaques on buildings around the capital. They usually represent famous and important people who have lived or worked in that particular building. However, how do visitors to the capital find any of the 850 sites and what they represent? The answer will be in a new website called Plaque Guide, which currently ...



Mafia Wars Facebook advert banned

by David Allen
An online advert for a game has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) because it shows the image of a person carrying a knife, which implies that it is cool to arm yourself as it earns respect. The advert has been running on Facebook and has been promoting “Mafia Wars”, an online game produced by Zynga which ...



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 14, 2010

BT asks the audience

by David Allen
Most TV viewers will be familiar with the current series of BT adverts which feature Kris Marshall and Esther Hall. The series has followed their relationship over the past five years and now there are wedding plans in the air. However when the first of the last in the series of adverts is shown on Saturday, the viewer will ...



NASA and Microsoft launch 3D Mars map

by David Allen
Microsoft and NASA have launched a series of 3D maps using data gathered from space probes that are in orbit around the red planet. This data is now available to anyone with an internet connection who wants to take advantage of the 74,000 images from the Mars Global Surveyors Orbiter Camera. There are also around 13,000 images in ...



Hylas 1 launch is delayed

by David Allen
Hylas 1 the satellite owned by Avanti Communications has had its launch date delayed by around six weeks. The original launch date was set for mid September, but now is not likely to take place before the end of October. This satellite communications firm is planning on offering a broadband service to all parts of the UK. This is ...



BBC News site gets new look

by Darren Allan
Auntie Beeb has decided to redesign its news website, after several years of sticking with the same format. Go nip over there and take a look now. As you'll see, the Corporation has gone for a more modern, less staid design, with a bit of a more spacious feel. The BBC also says the revamp makes better use of ...



Police urge UK Facebook youngsters to add CEOP button

by Darren Allan
The police in the UK are making their support known for the new ClickCEOP button. The so-called panic button has just been introduced by Facebook, although not in the omnipresent form that CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre) originally wanted. Instead, it's an application that teenagers must install before they can use. Adverts targeted at thirteen to eighteen-year-old ...



Google researches social networking

by Darren Allan
Lately, there's been a lot of new buzz about Google (if you'll pardon the pun) orchestrating a social networking project (and a games one, too). Unlike Google Buzz, which was a bit of a half-hearted dip into the social pool, Google Me is rumoured to be a fully fledged social network with which the company hopes to challenge the ...



July 13, 2010

NY web designer claims he owns Facebook

by Darren Allan
A lawsuit has been filed in New York's Allegany County Supreme Court claiming that a web designer owns 84% of Facebook. The Wall Street Journal reports that the man in question, Paul D. Ceglia, alleges that he signed a contract with Mark Zuckerberg back in 2003. The contract was to design the original social networking website, Ceglia claims, and involved ...



We7 adds radio news service

by Darren Allan
Streaming music outfit We7 has expanded its remit to offer news bulletins along with tunes. The music service has partnered up with GMG Radio in order to broadcast real-time breaking news, so listeners don't miss out on what's happening in the world. We7 says that this will allow its three million UK users to access the best of digital and ...



BT looking for high court ruling on pensions

by David Allen
The trustees for the BT Pension Scheme, which is currently supporting a £9 billion deficit, have been at the High Court trying to establish the level of commitment that the scheme would get from the government should there be a case for insolvency. This may seem to be alarming, especially for those who have pension plans with the BT ...



BT keeps business broadband offer going

by David Allen
BT is extending its Total Value business broadband offer until the end of October. It was supposed to have finished, but the internet service provider has decided to extend the time of this offer to enable more small and medium sized businesses to take advantage of the deal. The Total Broadband business package offers high speed internet, unlimited UK calls ...