Solar Impulse breaks solo record

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Swiss adventurer Andre Borschberg breaks the record for the longest ever non-stop solo-flight without refuelling, as his solar-powered plane continues to reach across the Pacific. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Dixons Carphone in deal with Sprint

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Dixons Carphone has signed a deal with US telecoms firm Sprint that will see it open and manage Sprint-branded stores in the US. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

ITS Technology Group Acquires South Wales Broadband ISP Konek-T

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The ITS Technology Group, which helps altnets to roll-out fibre optic connectivity and also provides its own business solutions, has this morning announced that they’ve acquired yet another fixed wireless broadband (FWA) provider in Wales by scooping up Cardiff-based Konek-T for an undisclosed sum. Konek-T had been serving an unknown number of homes and businesses…

Airband Consortium to Bid for Full Devon and Somerset Broadband Contract

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Worcester-based fixed wireless ISP Airband, which yesterday won a separate open market contract to deploy superfast broadband to 5,800 premises across the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks in England (here), could form part of a consortium that will bid for the full Devon and Somerset contract after it failed to reach a deal with BT.…

IT system for GP records criticised

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A new GP IT system designed to improve quality and planning in the NHS in England is criticised for running over budget and behind schedule, by a finance watchdog. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Welcome UK2 Group!

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Today we are thrilled to welcome UK2 Group as a CloudFlare partner. Customers of UK2 Group (including its brands UK2.net, Midphase, and Westhost) are now able to access CloudFlare’s web performance and security solutions with a single click. Backed by CloudFlare, UK2 Group’s customers can now protect their websites against security threats, ensure only clean…

Wireless ISP AirBand to Deploy Superfast Broadband in Dartmoor and Exmoor

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The Connecting Devon and Somerset project in England has announced that a fixed wireless access (FWA) provider called Airband has won their open tender contract for deploying superfast broadband to 5,800 homes and businesses across the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. The new deal, which is separate from last week’s disaster with the local BT…

Setting Go variables from the outside

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CloudFlare’s DNS server, RRDNS, is written in Go and the DNS team used to generate a file called version.go in our Makefile. version.go looked something like this: // THIS FILE IS AUTOGENERATED BY THE MAKEFILE. DO NOT EDIT. // +build make package version var ( Version = “2015.6.2-6-gfd7e2d1-dev” BuildTime = “2015-06-16-0431 UTC” ) and was…

Google apologises for Photos blunder

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Google says it is “appalled” that its Photos app mislabelled several photos of a black American couple as showing gorillas. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Man comes forward over drone injury

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The woman was injured when a drone crashed into a building and fell on to her in a case that illustrates drone safety concerns. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

N.Ireland Broadband Project – How to Spend EUR1.3m on Kit Worth EUR30k

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A new report from Northern Ireland’s Public Accounts Committee has blasted the EU funded Bytel project after it “grossly mishandled” public funding and spent £920k on unused equipment that should have cost just £21.3k+. The 2004 scheme aimed to provide “high-speed broadband” between Belfast, Craigavon, Armagh, Dundalk and Dublin The cross-border project required effective co-operation…

Health firm reacts to Facebook row

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The health insurer Vitality promises to be “clearer” about the fact an app it promotes is owned by Facebook, following complaints by privacy groups. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

East Sussex UK Signs Extended Fibre Broadband Rollout Contract

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The East Sussex County Council, which is working in partnership with Brighton and Hove City, has today become one of the last local authorities in England to sign a Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) contract to help expand the reach of superfast broadband connectivity to thousands more homes. At present the existing £35.5m+ (£25.64m from public…

UK ISP BT Spices Up Broadband and SIM-Only Mobile Bundles

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BT has recently tweaked some of their Internet and mobile package features and prices by adding 1000 minutes to the BTMobile 2GB tariff, cutting the cost of their superfast Unlimited BTInfinity (FTTC) service to just £12.50 a month and returning Sainsbury’s vouchers worth £75 to £125 to their home broadband deals. As usual anybody taking…