LOL – History of the internet at the National Media Museum

NewsThis is one for all you UK tech buffs as the National Media Museum in Bradford are starting on the 30th March 2012 an exhibition into the history of the web called Life on Line or LOL for short, although a bit too close the the internet slang of Laugh Out Loud, so I hope the exhibition content is not bad.


“The gallery will bring together historically significant content, multimedia displays, and a programme of special exhibitions exploring contemporary trends and issues related to how the internet and the web are changing society.

It features contributions from some of the web’s pioneers such as Tim Berners Lee and Vint Cerf.”

Looking at pictures of another exhibition they host on computer gaming, the exhibits look superb as you can see in the image below of Tetris blocks on the walls.

NMM Foyer

So if you are at a loose end with nothing to do or with the Easter Bank Holiday coming up, why not take a trip to Bradford’s National Media Museum. 

Read more at BBC Technology News HERE and at the Bradford National Media Museum HERE

UK “may” get 4G Mobile service later in 2012

Ofcom4GOfcom have announced an application from Everything Everywhere, who are the combined T-Mobile and Orange group venture in the UK, in wanting to use the available 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum for LTE and WiMAX ahead of the planned auction of 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequencies for rollout in 2013/14.

As part of the spectrum for LTE/WiMAX usage that the application is for, is that of the turned off Analogue TV signal group it to me is a great stepping stone for the UK to get nearer to 4G and offer customers a greater choice.


Read more at BBC Technology News HERE

Europe’s biggest WiFi Zone set for London

wifiI have to say that this is a great bit of news but why just London, yes its to likely co-inside with the 2012 Olympics but this type of thing should be rolled out across many cities, as London is not the only attraction for visitors, my home city of Liverpool is as well.

“Mobile operator O2 is to provide free internet to “millions” of residents and visitors in central London by launching Europe’s largest free wi-fi zone.

The service will be rolled out across the boroughs of Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea in 2012.

It will be powered by a system installed on street furniture.”

More from the article at BBC News HERE

Story on Internet Explorer users being of low IQ was fake

When I first read this a week or so back I was thinking HUH, how do you measure that with an end user and link it to the browser you use, the data in their report was basic and bland with some text inconsistencies, that went on to say basically say IE6 to IE8 where the cause of lost revenue for companies having to adapt websites to work with said browsers, and this is where they lost me as that had nothing to do with the IQ of end users!

“A story which suggested that users of Internet Explorer have a lower IQ that people who chose other browsers appears to have been an elaborate hoax.

A number of media organisations, including the BBC, reported on the research, put out by Canadian firm ApTiquant.

It later emerged that the company’s website was only recently set up and staff images were copied from a legitimate business in Paris.

It is unclear who was behind the stunt.

The story was reported by many high profile organisations including CNN, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and Forbes.”

Still did get the company some very expensive high profile media advertising for free!

Full article at BBC Technology News HERE

Microsoft to acquire Skype

SkypeMicrosoft are to acquire Skype in what is a $8.5bn deal, and I think will add to Microsoft portfolio, especially with 600 million plus users of Skype around the world, many of who have likely migrated from the likes of Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and AOL Messenger to the Skype service.

“Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: “MSFT”) and Skype Global S.à r.l today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype.

The acquisition will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities. The combination will extend Skype’s world-class brand and the reach of its networked platform, while enhancing Microsoft’s existing portfolio of real-time communications products and services.”

The below quoted Microsoft Lync was something I was chatting to a colleague about today when I first heard the rumour of this acquisition of Skype by Microsoft and before the actual press release, so my crystal ball is working ok. Having seen a live demo of Lync in action at Microsoft UK last year, I thought it would add a huge consumer base of users that could access Lync.

“Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.”

Will also be interesting to see a tie-in application on Windows mobile 7 phones.

Full Press Release HERE at Microsoft Press Office

Tit for Tat – Samsung sues Apple

The merry-go-round of intellectual property is alive and well, with Apple first suing Samsung for copying the look of their iPad to now Samsung firing a return salvo law suit at Apple.

“Samsung Electronics is suing Apple, claiming its rival violated its patent rights, days after Apple accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying designs of its iPad and iPhone.

The patent lawsuits, filed in South Korea, Japan and Germany, involve infringement of up to five patents, Samsung said in a statement.

Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung last Friday for violating its patents.

It is the latest patent dispute in an increasingly competitive industry.”

Read the full Article HERE at BBC Technology News

Apple iPhone can track users location

iPhoneI thought this one an interesting story and while I would imagine Apple will not download and use the information from the GPS locator, the ability is there to do exactly this. I have an iPhone, its not my main used phone these days, and I did not read the enormous EULA (End User Licence Agreement) that Apple have for the iPhone, but it makes interesting reading now.

“Apple iPhones and 3G iPads are secretly recording and storing details of all their owners’ movements, researchers claim.

Location data is kept in a hidden, unencrypted file according to security experts Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden.

With the right software, it can be used to map exactly where a person has been.

Apple has yet to comment on the revelation, however there is no suggestion that it has been uploading or using the information”

Read the full Article at BBC Technology News HERE

Jan 28th Data Privacy Day

StopWe all know how important data privacy is and more so as we are now using computing and the internet more and more to do banking, social networking, shopping e.t.c


Jan 28th is Data Privacy Day

“Data Privacy Day is an international celebration of the dignity of the individual expressed through personal information.  In this networked world, in which we are thoroughly digitized, with our identities, locations, actions, purchases, associations, movements, and histories stored as so many bits and bytes, we have to ask – who is collecting all of this – what are they doing with it  – with whom are they sharing it?  Most of all, individuals are asking ‘How can I protect my information from being misused?’  These are reasonable questions to ask – we should all want to know the answers.”

Some good links to other sites and guides on the above site, the Cisco one HERE is a good basic one to help novice and new users to the internet and I know many PC savvy users help teach users in the basics to get them active on the internet, so this is a good guide to hand out letting them know some of the jargon and what it means. 

A lot of other good links and downloadable guides also.

New Ram Memory could spell faster boot times

This is a great new route into making PC s much more quicker as the boot time is one of the things that is holding modern computing back, waiting for the BIOS to kick-in and then the Operating System to load. The technology once perfected could help us achieve a virtually instant on with a PC and much faster loading of apps.

“A new form of computing memory which could lead to faster starting, user-friendly computers has been developed by US researchers.

The device, developed by a team at North Carolina State University, claims to combine the advantages of two commons forms of memory used today.

The “unified” memory device, outlined in the journal IEEE Computer, is still undergoing testing.

But the team believe it could form the basis of PCs that start immediately”

Full article at BBC Technology News HERE

IPv6 ok what is it I hear you say!

164ASP21704517In basic terms IPv6 takes over and/or adds from IPv4 which has 4 billion web addresses and the core of the internet. As the internet has expanded over the years the IP addresses for websites links (as in your  have started to run out so a new protocol was needed, and here comes in IPv6.

“On 8 June, 2011, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test drive”. The goal of the Test Drive Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.”

You can test your IPv6 readiness HERE

If you are not IPv6 ready then some sites when they go live with IPv6, you may not be able to view unless they stack and have dual IPv4 and IPv6 versions of their sites.

Many users of Windows have due to some network connection issues, have disabled IPv6, so come June 8th 2011 it maybe a wise thing to re-enable IPv6 and its found in your Network Connection Properties.