The W3C is developing a standards-based platform that will enable developers to handle payments on the open web, without getting locked into proprietary wallets and app-stores
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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....
People with hearing or speech impairments can now make phone calls using a Next Generation Text Relay service launched by BT in the UK today
The computer giant will continue as an enterprise supplier while a second company will contain the PC and printer businesses.
For the first time, UK cable connections were faster than fibre connections, though not by much. However, ADSL2 speeds have increased, while the speed gap between urban and rural users has narrowed.
Following the widely publicised successes of some "sharing economy" companies such as Airbnb, the British government has commissioned an independent report with the idea of making the UK a "global centre" for sharing start-ups.
Yahoo's shareholdings in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan are now worth much more than Yahoo itself, so you can expect "activist investors" to try to liberate from $11 billion to $20 billion of the company's hidden value.
BT researchers have been running field trials using the ITU's draft G.fast standard, and have already achieved download speeds of 800Mbps over short distances. It certainly goes well beyond BT Infinity…
3TB hard drives aren't quite as reliable as some of us thought, according to new Backblaze numbers based on a 100 petabyte cloud service using 34,881 consumer-grade disks.
"Over-provisioning" isn't dead, it has just moved to the cloud. Large customers are only using half of the capacities they've paid for, according to an independent survey undertaken for ElasticHosts.
Your emotional state can influence what you type, and this could be a problem in applications from instant messaging to safety-critical systems. Computers that can detect your emotional state by analysing your typing could warn you, and adapt to your needs.