Topic / United Kingdom

IOC blames tweeters for GPS issues, asks them to stop

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So much for being the “social media” Olympic Games. “Non-essential” text messages and tweets during the 2012 London Olympics will have to stop, with the International Olympic Committee blaming them for GPS issues that affected television commentary. Where have I heard this similar excuse before, hmm? Basically, the cyclists have GPS devices so commentators can determine how far each cyclists are ahead of each other. However, network congestion meant that […]

iPad 4G claims put Apple in hot water with Europe

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Australia might not be the only country having issues with the new iPad’s claim that it will have 4G, despite the fact that it doesn’t have it anywhere in the world except for the US and Canada (which we have explained before). European regulators are starting to take notice with such claims as well. Pocket-lint is reporting that the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority have confirmed to them that they are […]

British Govt: Internet slowness, outages could occur during London 2012

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The UK Cabinet Office has warned that internet services may be slower during the 17 days, and that users could even experience drop outs and data rationing because of an unusual amount of traffic during “peak time”. “It is possible that internet services may be slower during the Games or in very severe cases there may be drop outs due to an increased number of people accessing the internet,” the […]

Former PM Gordon Brown emails hacked by British newspapers

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Image: World Economic Forum/Flickr (Creative Commons) The phone hacking scandal appears to be widening to an overall hacking scandal with revelations by a British newspaper that emails of the former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown were illegally accessed by “private investigators commissioned by national newspapers”. The Independent in the UK claims that Brown’s private communications were identified by Scotland Yard as “potentially hacked material”, and are currently looking at evidence […]

2011 – A Year of Many Things: A recap of the big events of the year

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The year 2011 was one year that we will all never forget. Even though they were all in the beginning of the year, the floods in Queensland and Brazil, the earthquakes in Christchurch and the tsunami in the north of Japan are still present in all of our minds. We also saw the death of a tech luminary, Steve Jobs; and the powerful News Corporation losing its influence over politicians […]

UK: James Murdoch quits board of News Corp’s UK papers

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Image: Esther Dyson/Flickr (Creative Commons) According to a London newspaper, Chief Executive of News Corporation’s UK arm, News International, James Murdoch has resigned as a directors of the two companies that publishes News Corporation’s papers in the UK. Murdoch has, according to the London Evening Standard based on corporate filings, stepped down from the boards of News Group Newspapers, which publishes The Sun; and Times Newspapers Limited, who owns The […]

Julian Assange loses appeal, will be extradited to Sweden within 14 days

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Julian Assange, the founder of the controversial website Wikileaks, will now be extradited to Sweden to hear allegations of rape and sexual assault by two former volunteers, after his bid to block the extradition failed. Two judges from the High Court in London rejected his appeal that the extradition was unlawful, ruling that the warrant stands and that Assange should face questioning over the allegations made. “There can be no […]

Newspaper scandal widens with claims malware used to hack computers

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Image: Luc De Leeuw/Flickr (Creative Commons) More allegations are coming forward in the aftermath of the widely-publicised phone hacking scandal with people, such as former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, coming forward accusing newspapers of attempting to hack into victims’ computers via malware. According to Sophos’ Naked Security blog, Brown claims in his speech to the House of Commons that it went far beyond hacking phones: Amassed against these guiltless victims […]

Reports: News Corp withdraws bid for BSkyB

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BREAKING NEWS: News Corporation has withdrawn its bid for UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, after the recent phone hacking scandal by a newspaper owned by the corporation has put uncertainty over the acquisition. “News Corporation announces that it no longer intends to make an offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC (“BSkyB”) not already owned by it,” it said in a […]

Suspected LulzSec member arrested in UK as census data stolen

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A 19 year old British teenager has been arrested after being suspected in having connections with, and possibly participating in attacks by the hacking group LulzSec – known for their attacks on the CIA, Nintendo and Sony. The teenager, from Wickford, Essex, has been detained after a joint operation with the Metropolitan Police and the FBI. He currently remains in custody for questioning, and is being held under the Computer […]

Steve Jobs knighthood blocked by UK Government

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Gordon Brown, the then-Prime Minister for the UK, is reportedly to have blocked a knighthood for Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs two years ago. Why? Because he turned down an invite to speak at the Labour Party’s conference, according to a former MP.

Blackberry tops iPhone in smartphone race – according to RIM

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Well, while the iPhone seems to be dominating every single market, it apparently isn’t the most dominant phone in the United Kingdom. Who is? It is the BlackBerry. Well, only if you choose to believe what the company says. The company is claiming, according to The Register, that it has 36 percent of the UK smartphone market in December and topping both the iPhone and Android – both strong competitors. […]

British student protesters launch mobile app to avoid trouble

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While Egypt is amid protests, London is also facing another round of protests by students angry by their Government’s recent announcement of a rise in tuition fees. However, it appears modern technology will be taking a more active role, with a new mobile app designed to help them avoid trouble. Sukey is designed to allow protesters to be protected and also informed. The mobile app is set to go live […]