New 4G A2G Network Brings 100Mbps to In-Flight Broadband

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Thales in the UK, working alongside Nokia and SkyFive, has today announced that their new 4G LTE Air to Ground (A2G) network is being made available to the global market, which could mean faster in-flight WiFi speeds of up to 100Mbps (shared between all of the passengers) and latency times of less than 50ms. At…

Diving into /proc/pid/mem

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A few months ago, after reading about Cloudflare doubling its intern class size, I quickly dusted off my CV and applied for an internship. Long story short: now, a couple of months later, I found myself staring into Linux kernel code and adding a pretty cool feature to gVisor, a Linux container runtime. My internship…

BT to Build UK’s First 5G Private Network in Belfast Harbour

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BT has today announced that they will build and manage the UK’s first live 5G Private Network (5GPN) across Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland, which will deliver a secure and ultrafast mobile broadband platform to reach the Port’s main operational areas. The harbour is a key gateway to trade and a significant contributor to the…

RootMetrics Tests 5G Mobile Speeds for Cloud Gaming in London

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RootMetrics has today published a new study of 5G based mobile broadband speeds and latency, which compares the network and coverage from EE (BT), Vodafone, Three UK and O2 in order to determine which operator is likely to deliver the best cloud gaming (remote play video games) performance in London. Cloud-based video gaming services, such…

Business ISP Air IT Acquires Netstar UK Ltd and Microtrading Ltd

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Managed communications provider and ISP Air IT has acquired London-based Netstar UK Limited and Birmingham-based Microtrading Limited for undisclosed sums, which has enabled the group to effectively double its size in the space of just nine months, while also expanding more into London and the West Midlands. The deal should help Air IT, which is…

Microsoft Teams: How to use it, and how it stacks up to Slack and Zoom

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Microsoft Teams is a collaborative workspace within Microsoft 365, that acts as a central hub for workplace conversations, collaborative teamwork, video chats and document sharing, all designed to aid worker productivity in a unified suite of tools. Launched in 2017 as a rival to collaboration pioneer Slack, Microsoft saw use of Teams rocket to 75…

How BT improved internal communications with Facebook Workplace

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When Helen Willetts joined BT (British Telecoms) as its head of internal communications in 2018, one of the first things she sought to change was how important news regarding the company was communicated to employees. Previously, when BT made an announcement or company news broke, there was always a delay before the workforce knew about…

Google Removes 21 Malicious Android Apps from Play Store

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Google has stepped in to remove several Android applications from the official Play Store following the disclosure that the apps in question were found to serve intrusive ads. The findings were reported by the Czech cybersecurity firm Avast on Monday, which said the 21 malicious apps (list here) were downloaded nearly eight million times from Google’s app marketplace.…

B4RN’s CEO Becomes First Customer of 10Gbps Home Broadband

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The CEO of rural UK full fibre ISP B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North), Barry Forde, has become the first person to sign-up to the provider’s new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) plan. The first live speed test of this produced a download speed of 8341Mbps and uploads of 6644Mbps, with latency of just 1ms. The…

Ofcom Extend Broadband ISP Switching and Ban Locked Mobiles

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Ofcom UK has set out new measures that, among other things, will make switching between broadband ISPs on physically separate networks easier (e.g. Openreach to Cityfibre), but due to the complexities involved providers will be given until December 2022 implement it. Mobile operators will also be banned from selling “locked” handsets. Many of the changes…

Google Mending Another Crack in Widevine

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For the second time in as many years, Google is working to fix a weakness in its Widevine digital rights management (DRM) technology used by online streaming sites like Disney, Hulu and Netflix to prevent their content from being pirated. The latest cracks in Widevine concern the encryption technology’s protection for L3 streams, which is…

Amazon Redshift announces support for Lambda UDFs and enables tokenization

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Amazon Redshift, a fully-managed cloud data warehouse, now supports Lambda user-defined functions (UDFs) enabling you to use an AWS Lambda function as a UDF in Amazon Redshift. This functionality enables you to write custom extensions for your SQL query to achieve tighter integration with other services or third-party products. For example, you can write Lambda…