A new ITU standard will bring fibre broadband closer to premises, providing access speeds of 500Mbps to 1Gbps at distances of up to 100m from new distribution points.
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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....
Netmarketshare seems to have continued its rebalancing act, and today's numbers show Windows XP plunging again while Windows 8/8.1 continues its newfound success
Now HTML 5 has finally been standardized, Jeff Jaffe, the W3C's CEO, wants to get people talking about what to do next. His suggestion is to build an application foundation to underpin the Open Web Platform - an operating system for the web.
The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park has unveiled its ongoing construction of a replica of Cambridge University's EDSAC computer (1949-58), which helped pioneer novel concepts such as "programming" and "users".
Mozilla has celebrated the 10th anniversary of Firefox 1.0 with the launch of a 'forget button', DuckDuckGo search and other initiatives that will help users to protect their privacy in a snoopers' world
This year's Tony Sale Award, presented by the Computer Conservation Society (CCS), has been shared by the restoration of two IBM 1401 transistor-based computers and the Free University of Berlin's virtual reconstruction of Konrad Zuse's mechanical Z1.
Use of Windows XP fell dramatically last month, while use of Windows 8.1 grew dramatically, according to Net Applications' numbers published at Netmarketshare.com. Is this a fact, an erroneous blip, or a historical correction? You decide…
For the past decade, NFC (Near Field Communications) has promised much and delivered little. But Juniper Research predicts that Apple Pay will now drive market adoption…
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
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…
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