Microsoft faults knock sites offline

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Faults with Microsoft’s cloud computing platform Azure knock many third-party sites offline and restrict access to its own apps. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Ofcom Appoint Temporary CEO as Hunt for Replacement Continues

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The board of the United Kingdom’s communications regulator, Ofcom, has so far failed to find a replacement for their current CEO, Ed Richards, in time for his departure next month. So in the meantime they’ve appointed an acting Chief Executive, Steve Unger, to hold the position until the right candidate can be found. Ed Richards…

Ofcom UK Make 700MHz TV Spectrum Band Available for Mobile Broadband

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As widely expected Ofcom has today announced a decision to make radio spectrum in the 700MHz band, which is currently used for Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) channels, available for use via future Mobile Broadband (4G, 5G) services by the start of 2022. Get ready to re-tune your TV or set-top-box. The move will effectively force…

Ed’s Easy Diner Restaurants Upgraded with FREE WiFi

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Some 34 Ed’s Easy Diner restaurants across the United Kingdom have now been upgraded to offer a free WiFi Internet access service thanks to a new deal with The Cloud (BSkyB). The chain, which is described as being a “growing force in the retro burger” industry, informs diners that they should search for “_thecloud” (SSID)…

Swift denies Google music deal

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Taylor Swift denies claims of talks with Google about making her music available on the company’s new YouTube Music Key streaming service. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

UK ISP TalkTalk Slashes 15 Percent Speedy Payment Discount

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Customers who pay off their TalkTalk bill early (i.e. within 24 hours of receiving the bill notification email) could until recently benefit from a so-called “Speedy Payment Discount” of 15%, but this has now been quietly reduced to just 10% and follows hot on the heels of the ISPs other recent price rises. The Speedy…

China web conference draws criticism

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Government officials and web companies are gathering in China for the World Internet Conference, amid criticism of China’s internet practices. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

BT Gets Sky’s Misleading “BEST EVER Broadband” Advert Banned

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The tit-for-tat ISP advertising wars appear to be continuing after BT succeeded in getting the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to ban a national press advert for Sky Broadband’s service, which apparently misled the public by claiming to be Sky’s “BEST EVER broadband offer“. The advert was a reference to Sky’s recent Sky Sports TV…

Brian Cox creates pioneering 3D show

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TV physicist Brian Cox and the visual effects team behind Gravity are to create a new 3D live show using a cutting-edge augmented reality system. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Google rents ‘biggest billboard’

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Google is the first company to rent the world’s biggest digital billboard, which is eight storeys high and situated in New York’s Times Square. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Netflix in Australia by next March

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US company Netflix announces plans to extend its TV and movie streaming service to Australia and New Zealand in March 2015. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Animators face 4K film ‘challenge’

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The advent of 4K technology will cause a big problem for animators who use computer-based techniques to make movies, says technical head of Minions movie maker Illumination. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology