EE bring 4G mobile broadband to 73 per cent of UK
EE has deployed its “superfast” 4G (LTE) based Mobile Broadband network to another 14 large towns (total of 229 large towns / cities and more than 2,500 villages / small towns), which raises its overall network coverage to 73 per cent of the United Kingdom (population). But they’ll need to go a lot faster to hit the 98 per cent target. The new service officially goes live today in Mansfield, Swinton, Jarrow, Kirkby, Wishaw, Ilkeston, Castleford, Walton-On-Thames, Totton, Carrickfergus, Newton Abbot, Wimborne Minster, Ramsbottom and Dumbarton. ISPreview.co.uk notes that such locations are only considered official 4GEE towns once “at least 80 per cent of the area is covered“.
Ofcom rules that BT’s Openreach broadband infrastructure must ‘be repaired in two days’
Ofcom has ruled that Openreach must increase the speed of its broadband and telephone repairs and installations from 1st July. Ofcom has introduced new performance standards for the infrastructure company, which dictate “the majority of phone and broadband faults have to be repaired within two working days, while most customers requiring a new line must receive an appointment within 12 working days.” In addition, according to Ofcom, BT Openreach must “make clear the timeframe in which it is currently completing any remaining repairs or installations, to provide reassurance to consumers about how long the work is likely to take”.
Vodafone to win EU approval for deal
Vodafone is set to gain unconditional EU approval for its 7.2-billion-euro ($9.79 billion) bid for Spain’s largest cable operator Ono as regulators do not have competition concerns, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The deal is part of a wave of consolidation in the telecoms industry and is the British firm’s third acquisition of a European fixed-broadband asset in two years. Telecoms providers say more mergers are necessary to offset falling revenues and to secure the funds to upgrade infrastructure for fast-speed broadband.
NETGEAR announces powerful Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi router
Buying bargain-priced routers results in poor performance and dropped connections. Nothing is worse than having to unplug your router to reset it each week. Now however, NETGEAR releases a router that makes me consider upgrading – the Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router. “The new Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router (R8000) is the first tri-band WiFi router available for purchase incorporating the powerful new Broadcom 5G WiFi XStream platform. With six high-performance antennas and three network bands, one 2.4GHz and two 5GHz, the Nighthawk X6 delivers the industry’s fastest combined WiFi speed, up to 3.2 Gbps (1300+1300+600 Mbps). It balances the network load to ensure the best WiFi performance for each device and deliver the maximum wireless range available today”, says NETGEAR.
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Oculus to acquire the company that designed the Xbox 360 controller
Oculus VR isn’t sitting idle under Facebook’s wing — the virtual reality company announced Tuesday it has acquired Carbon Design. The design firm works on medical and consumer products, including some very recognizable ones — Carbon worked on the Xbox 360 gamepad. Peter Bristol, Carbon’s creative director, says virtual reality has finally arrived. “From a design and engineering perspective, building the products that finally deliver consumer virtual reality is one of the most interesting and challenging problem sets ever,” he said in an announcement. Carbon will be working from its design studio in Seattle; Oculus is based in Irvine, California, and has an R&D team in Redmond, Washington. According to Oculus’ release, the two companies have been working on “multiple unannounced projects” for close to a year. Oculus has yet to announce a release date for the first consumer version of its virtual reality headset.
Invisible Wi-Fi revealed through light graffiti
The ghost out of the machine? In a project he is calling “Digital Ethereal”, artist and researcher Luis Hernan at the University of Newcastle in the UK has rendered the invisible visible — revealing in red, yellow, green and blue the Wi-Fi signal strength in the world around him. He has called his device the Kirlian Device — named for Russian inventor Semyon Davidovich Kirlian, who discovered Kirlian photography, a technique for photographing electrical discharges, usually invisible to the naked eye. But his project has something of the spiritual about it.
UK app developers predicted to add £4bn to economy this year
British companies building apps for smartphones and tablets are forecast to generate £4bn in revenues this year, with the UK benefiting more than any other European economy from the billions consumers spend on their phones. Over a third of the revenues generated by all 28 European member states come from the UK, with 8,000 companies directly involved in app development, employing 380,000 people, according to research commissioned by Google to launch its global I/O conference for app and software developers. Britain is home to King Digital Entertainment – which makes the blockbuster smartphone game Candy Crush Saga – the BBC and developers such as Mubaloo, which creates apps for other organisations including the Met Office, BP and computing group Hewlett-Packard, makers of some of the most widely used apps on the planet.
Online news overtakes newspapers for the first time in UK history
Online news consumption has overtaken newspapers in the UK for the first time showing the fastest growth of any method out there according to Ofcom’s latest survey. Ofcom’s News Consumption in the UK report found that 41 per cent of the population access news on apps and websites whereas just 40 per cent use newspapers to find out what is going on. Consuming news online was the fastest growing of any medium as it increased from just 32 per cent in 2013 and much of this is down to younger people between the ages of 16 and 24 driving change. 60 per cent in that age group consumed news in this way during 2014 and that is up from 44 per cent last year, with 45 per cent calling websites and apps the most important source of news around.
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Pinterest comes to Android Wear and tells you about nearby pins
On Wednesday, Google made a whole load of interesting and exciting new announcements at its I/O developer conference. But what excited and interested us the must? Well, it had to be the closer look and added features of its new operating system built entirely for wearables, Android Wear. Google has already announced a bunch of interesting partnerships with popular apps, and as obsessed Pinterest fiends big fans of Pinterest, we were delighted to see it’ll be one of the first apps to come to your wrist.