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Mobile phone and broadband services need 'radical improvement'

Mobile phone and broadband services need 'radical improvement'

The head of the National Infrastructure Commission has called for urgent action to tackle poor mobile phone coverage. Lord Adonis has written to the telecoms regulator Ofcom urging it to take action to deal with the issue. It follows a report that one million homes have poor broadband and large parts of the UK have […]

Vodafone offers thousands early contract exit

Vodafone offers thousands early contract exit

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of Vodafone customers will be able to end their contracts early after the UK’s communications regulator raised concerns over new charges. In April, Vodafone introduced new international roaming charges for 60 countries outside the European Union, and told customers via text message. Ofcom said it had “intervened” because it had […]

Million Britons miss out on 'decent' broadband speeds

Million Britons miss out on 'decent' broadband speeds

Image copyright AFP Image caption Decent broadband can be hard to find in some rural areas, said Ofcom The UK’s digital divide has narrowed but more than one million homes and offices still struggle to get good broadband, says an Ofcom report. The Connected Nations report found that about 4% of properties cannot get a […]

Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal

Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal

Image copyright PA Image caption The rising cost of sports rights is behind the agreement, analysts say Sky and BT have have signed a deal to sell their channels on each other’s platforms. Under the deal, BT will now supply its sports channels – which show UEFA Champions League and Premier League football – to […]

'Flirty secretary' smart assistant taken offline in China

'Flirty secretary' smart assistant taken offline in China

Image copyright IQiyi One of China’s largest tech companies has taken its “flirtatious secretary” virtual assistant offline, following a suggestion that it objectified women. The avatar, called Vivi, was designed to be built-in on a new virtual reality headset sold by iQiyi, the video platform owned by search giant Baidu. The voice-controlled assistant could recommend […]

Broadband over 'wet string' tested for fun

Broadband over 'wet string' tested for fun

Image copyright Andrews and Arnold Image caption The experiment was a “bit of fun” says the firm responsible Engineers at a small British internet service provider have successfully made a broadband connection work over 2m (6ft 7in) of wet string. The connection reached speeds of 3.5Mbps (megabits per second), according to the Andrews and Arnold […]

Skin betting: 'Children as young as 11 introduced to gambling'

Skin betting: 'Children as young as 11 introduced to gambling'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUniversity student Ryan Archer’s love of gaming spiralled into gambling when he was 15 Thousands of children and young people are losing money on websites which allow them to trade virtual items, gambling experts have warned. The Gambling Commission’s annual report has, for the first time, looked […]

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

Image copyright HP Image caption Hundreds of HP laptop models were affected Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP […]

Bitcoin: 'I'm part of a crazy wave'

Bitcoin: 'I'm part of a crazy wave'

Image copyright Alessandra Sollberger In its early days, Bitcoin might have been dismissed as a quirky tech sector fad. But it is rapidly evolving into the mainstream and has already made some people rich. If once Bitcoin was seen as a tool for money launderers and drug dealers, it has recently become as commonplace a […]

Calls for Twitch to police 'sexual streaming'

Calls for Twitch to police 'sexual streaming'

Image copyright kovaciclea Image caption High-profile streamers are complaining about the way Twitch enforces its guidelines Scroll through the In Real Life (IRL) section of streaming site Twitch and you could be forgiven for thinking, now and then, that you have landed on a camgirl site. Scattered among the artists, cooks and professional eaters are […]

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