Month: February 2016

Judge backs Apple in new access fight

A US judge rules that Apple cannot be forced to give the FBI access to a locked iPhone in a case that echoes an ongoing legal battle. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Google self-driving car hits a bus

One of Google’s self-driving cars crashed into a bus in California last month. There were no injuries. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

First Hololens kit to cost $3,000

Microsoft starts taking orders for the developers’ edition of its Hololens headset – at $3,000 each. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Cyber security tools tend to pile up. Here’s how to rationalize them

Although vendor-written, this contributed piece does not advocate a position that is particular to the author’s employer and has been edited and approved by Network World editors. It’s a cliché, but “change is the only constant.” Every company periodically reviews and makes changes to their applications, processes and solutions they use to conduct business. And …

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Virgin Media Campaign Hunts for Cable Broadband Expansion Areas

Cable TV and ultrafast broadband provider Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has launched a new “Supercharging Local Communities” initiative, which is simply another way of encouraging people and communities to register their interest in potentially being covered by the operators £3bn network expansion. At present Virgin’s “Project Lighting” network expansion is busy working to roll-out their …

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BT Community Scheme Helps 25,000 UK Premises Get Fibre Broadband

BTOpenreach has announced that their ‘Community Fibre Partnerships‘, which involve working with residents of isolated communities in order to upgrade their local connectivity, will soon have brought “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services to an extra 25,000 UK homes and businesses. Openreach has been running similar partnerships for a few years and the current approach involves a …

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Ukraine hacks ‘could happen to UK’

A member of a US investigation, which said a blackout in Ukraine was caused by a hack attack, says the UK could also be vulnerable. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

WhatsApp to end Blackberry support

WhatsApp ends support for a number of operating systems including Blackberry 10, Nokia Symbian S60 and Windows Phone 7.1. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Keyless padlocks reviewed: Dog & Bone LockSmart Bluetooth vs. Master Lock Bluetooth Smart 4400

A friend of mine works at a medical facility where the supplies are kept in a locked cabinet to which several people have keys. My parents used to leave a gate key under a turtle shell on their porch, so their yard-maintenance contractor could access the backyard. These are just a couple of the scenarios …

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eBay UK Problems Strike BT and Sky Broadband Customers

Customers of BT and Sky Broadband, specifically those that have been buying and selling products via the popular eBay UK website, appear to be complaining about problems when using and accessing the auction service. The problem, which appears to be somewhat sporadic and first started on Friday, results in customers being unable to access their …

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IoD Demands 10,000Mbps Ultrafast Broadband to Cover UK by 2030

Not an iceberg’s chance in hell. The Institute of Directors, which represents around 35,000 business leaders and directors, has called on the Government to go beyond their current ambition to deliver a Universal Service Obligation of 10Mbps broadband for all by 2020 and take us to 10,000Mbps by 2030. The IoD’s new report (‘Ultrafast Britain …

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Raspberry Pi 3 ‘UK’s best-seller’

The Raspberry Pi looks set to become the best-selling British computer yet made surpassing the success of the Amstrad PCW. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology