B4RN Connects 600 Homes to 1Gbps FTTH Broadband in Lancashire UK

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The B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) project has managed to connect 600 premises in rural Lancashire (England) to its new 1000Mbps (1 Gigabit per second) capable community built and funded Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) network, with customers typically paying £30 per month for the service. But Cumbria and Yorkshire could soon see some B4RN action too.…

Microsoft profits from Android

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Samsung paid Microsoft about $1bn (£626m) last year to use its technology in gadgets running Google’s Android. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

CISAS Ruling Advises Virgin Media to Apologise for Fibre Optic Claim

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The Managing Director of UK comms provider AAISP (Andrews and Arnold), Adrian Kennard, appears to have won at least part of his complaint against Virgin Media, which challenged whether the cable (DOCSIS) operator was right to say that their broadband service used a “fibre optic cable to install the services at the customers property“. Regular…

Technical Woes Hamper BT’s UK Consumer 4G Mobile and WiFi Plans

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BT has denied that its plans to launch a new consumer focused 4G mobile service, which will also harness the capabilities of their existing WiFi hotspots, are at risk of delay due to a series of technical challenges with getting the new network to function properly. The operators ambition first became clear in 2012 after…

HP ‘to split into two companies’

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Hewlett-Packard is to split into two companies, separating its computer and printer business from its corporate hardware and services operations. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Yahoo ‘set to invest in Snapchat’

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Yahoo is reportedly close to investing millions of dollars in mobile messaging service Snapchat, which may value the start-up at $10bn. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Shows extended on iPlayer to 30 days

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Shows will now be available to watch on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days rather than seven, after the service was extended by the corporation. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

McCann ‘Twitter troll’ found dead

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A 63-year-old woman, who was allegedly part of an internet hate campaign against the family of Madeleine McCann, is found dead in a hotel. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

BT Openreach Extends UK Reach of 20-24Mbps ADSL2 Broadband Services

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A recently updated specification document for BT’s ‘up to’ 80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) service (SIN 498) has included mention of a new Street Cabinet based ADSL2+ broadband service, which would be “used to provide extended reach beyond what is possible with VDSL2“. The standard copper line ADSL2+ service, which continues to dominate most of the…

VIDEO: The car that’s powered by air

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At the Paris Motor Show, Theo Leggett looks at the Peugeot 208 hybrid air – a concept car that brings a new meaning to the term “gas guzzler”. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Uber boss: I’m no bully

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The boss of of the rapidly-expanding taxi service Uber has told the BBC he is not bullying local taxi firms and drivers. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Google ‘deletes’ celeb nude pics

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The web giant claims to have deleted “tens of thousands” of celeb nude pics stolen from private online accounts as a lawyer threatens to sue the company. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Facebook admits failings over study

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Facebook says it will change the way it does research, but stopped short of apologising for a controversial experiment it conducted this year. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

UK Rural vs Urban Gap Closing as Average Broadband Speeds Hit 18.7Mbps

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Ofcom’s latest biannual report into the real-world speeds of fixed line broadband ISP consumers across the United Kingdom reveals that the Internet performance gap between rural and urban areas is still wide, yet their speeds are now improving at a faster rate (+20% rural vs +5% urban / suburban). Overall the average download rate has…