Month: December 2014

BTOpenreach Tweaks UK Line Rental and Ethernet Prices for 2015

BTOpenreach, which holds the responsibility for maintaining much of BT’s national telecoms network across the United Kingdom, has on New Year’s Eve announced a heap of new price reductions and increases for their line rental (WLR and LLU), Ethernet and various other connectivity services. The changes, which will become effective from 1st April 2015, appear …

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ASA UK Put the Advertising of Network Adapter Speeds Under a Spotlight

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a website ad for ZyXEL’s PLA4201 500Mbps Mini Powerline Ethernet Adaptor after two people complained that the performance claims were “misleading“, not least because the adapter itself only offered a 100Mbps (RJ-45) capable Ethernet port. Admittedly this isn’t strictly ISP related, but it’s still interesting. At present …

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Better Broadband to Boost England’s Rural Countryside Economy

The Government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has predicted that productivity and jobs in rural parts of England will grow faster than urban areas over the next 10 years (2025), which is largely down to the on-going boost from faster broadband / mobile connectivity and better transport links. According to DEFRA’s report, …

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Wind-up radio inventor honoured

Inventor Trevor Baylis – who designed the wind-up Baygen radio – has been appointed a CBE in the New Year Honours list. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Child porn tops Tor hidden site visits

The majority of visits to sites hidden on the Tor network go to those dealing in images of child sexual abuse, suggests a study. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Travel firms sue cheap airfare site

United Airlines and travel firm Orbitz have launched legal action against a site that finds cheap airfares. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Sony hackers ‘shared’ stolen logins

Data that helped hackers access Sony’s internal network came from another group targeting the firm, reports the Washington Post. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

UK ISP TalkTalk Looks to Buy Blinkbox Movie and TV Streaming Service

Low cost broadband ISP TalkTalk seems keen to build on their existing YouView (IPTV) based TV platform and part of that on-going effort now looks set to include the possible acquisition of Blinkbox from supermarket giant Tesco, which has been suffering from a mountain of financial trouble. Meanwhile Vodafone’s early interest has waned. The Internet-based …

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Xiaomi most valuable tech start-up

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi becomes the world’s most valuable technology start-up just four years after it was founded. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Broadband Router Options for UK FTTC VDSL ISPs – 2015 UPDATE

It’s been a year since ISPreview.co.uk published our first summary guide of home broadband routers with integrated VDSL2 (FTTC) modems (here), which are designed to be used with superfast ‘up to’ 80Mbps capable “fibre broadband” offering ISPs (BT, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband etc.). Since then the options have increased and so here’s our new selection …

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Gmail appears to be blocked in China

The remaining way to easily access Google’s email service Gmail is now blocked in China, according to reports. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Fingerprint ‘cloned from photos’

Hacker Jan Krissler claims to have cloned the fingerprint of a German politician using standard photographs taken at an event. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology