BT’s Ultrafast FTTP Broadband Reaches Nearly 150,000 UK Premises

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 10th, 2014 BT’s “ultrafast” fibre optic based Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network, which can currently deliver Internet download speeds of up to 330Mbps (30Mbps uploads), has revealed that the operators national network is now covering “nearly” 150,000 homes and businesses (premises passed) across the United Kingdom. Unfortunately it’s been …

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Microsoft says new hybrid storage options can cut costs up to 60%

By Tim Greene, Network World | July 10th, 2014 Microsoft Azure StorSimple storage options mix on premises with cloud resources. Microsoft is coming out with new hardware and cloud management features for its StorSimple hybrid storage offering that promises lower costs and better data protection. The new products, available Aug. 1, include two models of …

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Cloud storage vs. external hard drives: Which really offers the best bang for your buck?

By Ben Taylor, PC World | July 10th, 2014 We break down the cost per gigabyte for different ranges of storage. The answer may surprise you. By now, you know the basic arguments in the on-site versus off-site storage debate. External hard drives are fast (everything backed up in minutes!) and safe from hackers (you …

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US lawmaker asks FTC to probe implications of Facebook ‘big data’ experiment

By John Ribeiro, IDG News Service | July 10th, 2014 Senator Mark R. Warner wants to know what oversight, if any, would be appropriate for studies conducted by social media platforms. A U.S. senator has asked the Federal Trade Commission to scrutinize the use of big data by Facebook and other Internet companies, following a …

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Google to ship first Project Ara developer boards in July

By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | July 8th, 2014 Google will hold its second Project Ara developer conference in November Having nailed the basics of its ambitious Project Ara customizable smartphone, Google is now engaging the hardware developer community to add versatility to the handset. To that end, Google next month will start shipping …

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New docs show DHS was more worried about critical infrastructure flaw in ’07 than it let on

By Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld | July 9th, 2014 Homeland Security mistakenly releases info on ‘Aurora’ test in response to unrelated FOIA request. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mistakenly released hitherto little-known details on an experiment conducted in 2007 in which researchers destroyed a 27-ton diesel generator via a cyberattack on its control system. Details …

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IBM to Invest $3 Billion in Chips for Cloud, Big Data Systems

By Thor Olavsrud, CIO | July 9th, 2014 IBM tomorrow will announce a $3 billion research and development investment to create a new generation of semiconductors geared for cloud, big data and cognitive systems. Over the next five years, Big Blue says it will use the money to fund two broad research and early-stage development …

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Google goes mum on Glass release plans

By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | July 9th, 2014 Analysts say Google must still resolve complex technology and privacy issue before Glass is ready for general availability Earlier this year, Google executives said they expected the wearable Glass computer to be released later this year. The schedule may have changed. During the Google I/O developers conference …

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World Record as Alcatel-Lucent Push 10Gbps Broadband Down Copper Lines

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 9th, 2014 Telecom giant Alcatel-Lucent appears, perhaps to the dismay of fibre optic campaigners, to have given the traditional copper telephone line a new lease of life after its Bell Labs research division claimed to set a new world record by delivering “ultra-broadband” speeds of 10,000Mbps (Megabits per …

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Google begins rolling out icon-driven Google Drive interface

By Mark Hachman, PC World | July 8th, 2014 Google adds a visual element to its Google Drive interface, using icons instead of a minimalistic text interface. For years, Google’s online apps have been dominated by a minimalist, text-driven interface. For Google Drive, at least, that’s no longer the case. Google appears to have begun …

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Cisco mulling membership in Google, Microsoft Ethernet group

By Jim Duffy, Network World | July 8th, 2014 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium formed with Arista, Brocade and Mellanox for faster development of lower cost/gigabit data center links. Cisco is considering joining a handful of companies, including Google and Microsoft, that have defined a specification for 25Gbps and 50Gbps Ethernet for data centers requiring greater …

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Patch alert: Update browsers’ Flash ASAP to block log-on theft

By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | July 8th, 2014 Google engineer releases hacking tool, Adobe issues fix; IE10, IE11 and Chrome auto-update for users Users of Google’s Chrome and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) and IE11 can rest easy today knowing that their browsers will automatically update to the latest version of Adobe Flash, which will …

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Microsoft debugs Explorer, Windows with Patch Tuesday updates

By Joab Jackson, IDG News Service | July 8th, 2014 Critical IE patches address vulnerabilities that could lead to remote code execution Another month of security updates from Microsoft means, once again, another round of fixes for the company’s Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser, as well as a set of updates for the Windows operating …

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Poor Broadband and IT Skills Fuel Criticism of UK Digital by Default Policy

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 8th, 2014 The Government’s new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and so-called “digital by default” strategy, which among other things seeks to save money by making some services online-only, faced criticism in the House of Commons on Monday after MPs blasted it for being introduced before some rural farmers …

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UK Post Office Confirms Launch of New Mobile Network

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK, July 8th, 2014 In an unsurprising move the Post Office has confirmed that their existing fixed line broadband and phone services, which are now predominantly supplied by TalkTalk’s platform after last year’s traumatic move away from BT (here), will soon be complement by a mobile product thanks to their new …

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Is Linux Dead for the Desktop?

By John Brandon, CIO | July 8th, 2014 Linux pops up everywhere these days, from household gadgets to the market-leading Android mobile OS. Everywhere, that is, but the desktop. For executives in charge of desktop deployments in a large company, Linux OS was once hailed as a savior for corporate end users. With incredibly low …

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