Month: June 2015

Zane Lowe debuts Beats 1 radio show

Former Radio 1 presenter Zane Lowe has broadcast his first show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Testing Open Networking

Over the last couple of weeks, the networking industry has made some significant steps in the right direction, the open networking direction. At the Open Networking Summit (ONS), we heard some great news about the disaggregated network and how open networking is now everywhere from hyperscale to the enterprise to startups to telcos. As exciting …

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Solar plane attempts to cross front

A solar powered plane is encountering its first weather front during its attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Court says Apple fixed e-book prices

A US federal appeals court upholds a ruling that Apple conspired with publishers fix the prices of electronic books. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Cybercriminals exploit Flash bug

An exploit which takes advantage of a flaw in Adobe’s Flash Player is being used by cybercriminals. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Washington Post encrypts the news

The Washington Post begins encrypting parts of its website to make it harder for governments and hackers to monitor the articles people are reading. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Cumbria UK Council Signs Extended BT Superfast Broadband Contract

The Cumbria County Council in England has today signed a new Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) contract that will extend the reach of BT’s superfast broadband services to several thousand additional homes and businesses in the area. At present the existing Connecting Cumbria scheme is already set to bring “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) speeds to 93% of …

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PayPal backtracks over ‘robocalls’

PayPal has apologised for causing “confusion” after a new policy appeared to suggest that users would have to accept accept automated marketing calls. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

West Sussex UK and BT Sign Extended Superfast Broadband Rollout Deal

The West Sussex Better Connected scheme in England, which is working with BT to expand the coverage of “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) to around 98% of local homes and businesses by Spring 2016 (90% will get “superfast” speeds of 24Mbps+), has signed a new deal that will extend this to another 3,000+ premises by the end …

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SMS pioneer Matti Makkonen dies

Matti Makkonen, who pioneered SMS technology and launched the worldwide sensation of texting, has died. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

EE Top of the Worst in Ofcom’s Q1 UK Telecoms and TV Complaints Report

The communications regulator has today published their latest Q1-2015 consumer complaints report, which saw overall complaint volumes continue to fall across most of the major UK mobile, pay tv, fixed line phone and broadband sectors. But the news isn’t so good for EE, which has seen gripes against their broadband and phone services rise. As …

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Watered Down EU Deal to Protect Open Internet and End Roaming Charges

After two years of extensive negotiations the European Parliament, Council and Commission claim to have finally reached an agreement that will both “end” mobile roaming charges on 15th June 2017 and introduce “strong net neutrality rules” in order to protect open Internet access. But some of the rules have been watered down. Readers with a …

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Data roaming charges to end in EU

After its watered down plans were attacked in March, the EU reaches a deal to end mobile data roaming charges and define net neutrality rules. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Sony in $3.6bn fund raising plan

Shares in struggling Japanese electronics giant Sony fall more than 8% after it announces plans to raise $3.6bn through a sale of shares and bonds. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Customers of UK ISP PlusNet Braced for September Price Hikes

Low cost Internet provider PlusNet has announced that a raft of new price rises and hikes will hit customers of their fixed line phone and calling services from 2nd September 2015, with both standard line rental and annual pre-paid line rental saver services seeing some of the biggest increases. In fairness it should be said …

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‘Leap second’ set to delay midnight

Midnight will come later tonight as for the first time in three years an extra second is added to the official time set by atomic clocks. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology