Well we imagine that unless you live in a large city or conurbation, it will not be very good and even if you do live somewhere that 4g is available, almost certainly it will be patchy. In 2010 the government instructed mobile phone networks to ensure that 90% of the population was covered by a 3g signal by June of this year, so far only Vodafone has achieved that. However, covering 90% of the population is a far cry from covering 90% of the country and many areas in our country are blackspots for a telephone signal never mind 3g, so for many there is a long way to go.
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.
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”.
The Federation of Small Businesses has warned the government that the UK’s broadband infrastructure is not fit for purpose and is calling for them to commit to delivering a minimum of 10Mbps for all business premises by 2019.
Festival goers attending this year’s Glastonbury Festival will be able to access free 4G superfast Wi-Fi thanks to a herd of fibreglass cows. The life-sized plastic cows, modelled on the famous Worthy Farm dairy herd will provide free Wi-Fi to music fans at strategic locations throughout the Somerset farm.
Online image hosting site Flickr looks set to segregate their user base as owners Yahoo made the announcement that changes would be made to the site, including the withdrawal of Google and Facebook login to accounts held on the picture hosting platform as Yahoo look to capture their own user interaction, revealing that the shut out would come into force June 30th. (more…)
The software that was used to harbour the vicious Heartbleed bug which hit hundreds of thousands of websites around the world in April has been discovered to be concealing various other security risks.
On Thursday Verizon Communications, a leading US broadband provider, sent a cease and desist to Netflix regarding a new loading screen the online streaming services has launched. In the new loading screen Netflix blames Verizon’s over crowded network for the slow loading of video as they adjust the “video for smoother playback”.
A number of tech firms around the world are encouraging users to ensure that they have changed all their passwords following the release of the Heartbleed Bug which poses a major security risk.
The Heartbleed Bug was disclosed only two days ago, but has already potentially exposed usernames and passwords on sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google and more. Tumblr, owned by internet giant Yahoo, has advised the public to “change your passwords everywhere – especially your high-security services like email, file storage and banking.”
It does often seem like we are playing catch-up here in the UK, the fastest ever broadband speeds have been recorded in London with speeds of 1.4 terabits per second were achieved. Speeds such as this are fast enough to send 44 uncompressed HD films a second. And thousands of miles away in South Korea, where they are planning on introducing 5G wireless service which will allow users to download full-length films in a second.
It’s safe to say we have lost trust in the internet and the safety of our personal details ever since news about surveillance was announced. Those suffering most from distrust are tech companies who have faced the brunt of the public’s anger by sharing details. These companies, many bitter rivals are joining forces to urge an international ban on bulk collection of data.