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How much extra would you pay for a house with fast broadband?

According to a recent article in the tech press, one if five would pay extra for fast broadband if they were moving house and it seems that if a house has slow or no broadband, then buyers would try to negotiate a lower price, according to a Halifax survey.

The internet is playing an increasing role in all our lives now and those who were questioned said that it was important that they had a good connection in order to read and to send emails. There are of course other things which may take precedence over broad band such as private parking and good schools, but internet connection is playing a far bigger role now than ever before.

With more people working from home, a fast broadband connection is essential, but domestic broadband is also playing a huge part of our everyday lives now. Online shopping is the most popular use for domestic users followed by social media. (more…)

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Is the end for the home phone getting closer?

Can you remember the last time that you used your landline ‘phone to make a call, or indeed if you have ever made a call in the last year or so. For most British people the land line is a mean to access the internet and nothing more, we have found that most people when needing to contact someone, either use their mobile to send a text, make a ‘phone call, or contact them through one of the social media sites.

Internet trolls could face up to 2 years in jail under new proposals

Internet Troll

To many people it is well overdue that the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has decided to take action against the “keyboard warriors” or as we all know them internet trolls. He has been spurred into action by recent events which have seen the daughter of Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, Chloe Madeley receiving online abuse, which Mr Grayling described as “crude and degrading”.

Blackmailer threatens to release seven million Dropbox passwords

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Dropbox, with over 200 million users for their cloud based services for user identity and management and data storage, there is growing concern with the users that the service has been hacked and that he perpetrators are currently holding millions of passwords and will release these unless their ransom demands are met.

Forgetting passwords is worse than losing your keys

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With just about everything we access through our computers needing a password, it is hardly surprising that over a third of us have accounts of some description that we can no longer access because we have either lost the password or user name. Figures also show that over a quarter of us get locked out for a month or so before we can eventually get into the account.

Mobile phone and tablet devices now outnumber humans

Mobile Phone Pile

Give or take the odd person, there are 7.197 billion people in our world which at one time we thought was a pretty big place, but with the rise of the internet it has become much smaller. The smartphone continues its inevitable expansion in terms of ownership and the tablet is growing in strength daily and now we can report that ownership of mobile devices such as the smartphone and tablet stands currently at 7.229 billion, outnumbering the population of the world.

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Money transfer app planned by Facebook

Around 12 billion messages, give or take the odd one, are sent in Facebook daily and it would appear that 200 million use the app. So when earlier this year Facebook hired David Marcus the then president of PayPal, it should come as no surprise that the organisation is to start a new money transfer service which they can attach to their messages. So happy birthday Sally here a fiver, have a nice day!

Blackberry Passport, a square comeback?

Blackberry Passport

Blackberry have long been associated with the business market and the new Passport is still hoping to continue along those lines, but attract a new generation of users that have been lured by touch screen technology.

Anti Facebook site Ello attracting 30,000 hits per hour

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It may just be a gimmick that people are cottoning onto, or it could bet that the founder Paul Budnitz is on to a winner.

Social media network Ello is currently receiving up to 31,000 requests an hour from interested people and the site has been called anti Facebook because it is pledged to carry no advertisements or to sell it data. However, many are cautious that he the new site will struggle and do not think that the plan to charge micro-payments for certain “features” is workable. It has a very minimalistic design and has a feel and a look on being not as user friendly as the more established sites clearly are.

So mobiles are safe to use during a flight!

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We have long suspected it and the European Aviation Safety Agency has confirmed it, mobiles do not pose a safety risk to aircraft. Currently we all have to switch off our mobiles or put them onto airplane mode except if your mobile is so old it does not have it! This act turns off WiFi and other transmitters in the mobile making them simple play stations to become frustrated with “Flappy Bird” or the like.

If your new iPhone is bent, your jeans are too tight!

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Apple seems to be having more than their fair share of problems at the moment, first of all with their new operating system iOS 8 update which they have had to withdraw soon after it was released to coincide with the new iPhone 6 and 6 plus. Apparently it had a few glitches, the main one prevented users from making any phone calls, which of course is one of the main functions of a modern smartphone.