Rupert Goodwins

Rupert started off as a nerdy lad expecting to be an electronics engineer, but having tried it for a while discovered that journalism was more fun. He ended up on PC Magazine in the early '90s, before that evolved into ZDNet UK - and Rupert evolved with them into an online journalist.

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UK space projects get £6m government award

The government has selected four projects to share in £6m for UK space research, with the companies themselves contributing almost a further £6m.Four space projects will get £6m in funding from the UK government.

April 10, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins


Everything Everywhere LTE spectrum sale nears

Everything Everywhere, the mobile operator combining the UK T-Mobile and Orange networks, has appointed Morgan Stanley to oversee the sale of part of its 1800MHz spectrum.The sale, a regulatory condition set when the networks merged in 2010, will potentially give its competitors a chance to roll out 4G LTE wireless data in advance of Ofcom auctioning off new spectrum at 800 and 2600 MHz for these services.

April 10, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins


Friends Reunited relaunches

Friends Reunited, the 12-year-old UK-based social network, was relaunched on Tuesday.The site was bought in 2009 from broadcaster ITV by Brightsolid, part of Scottish newspaper publishing group DC Thompson, for £25 million.

March 27, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins


Millions of Barclays customers at risk in NFC attack

Up to 13 million UK customers of Barclays Bank are vulnerable to losing payment card details through a mobile phone attack, ZDNet UK has learned.In a report due to be transmitted on Channel 4 News on Friday, the broadcaster is to say that contactless readers in mobile phones can be reprogrammed to extract card data from Barclays cards when they come near each other, even through clothing, wallets or bags.

March 23, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins


Big Data - The Mad Men Years

As we inch towards the first weekend of spring, here's a rare treat for those who enjoy the prehistory of IT.You may already know that IBM invented the hard disk in 1956 with RAMAC, a wardrobe-sized 5MB behemoth.

March 22, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins

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iPad 3's power behind the throne

Apple didn't call out the new iPad's most striking internal feature during the launch, but from an engineering viewpoint it is extraordinary for one standout component.Teardowns reveal that the battery capacity has been doubled to more than 40 watt-hours.

March 20, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins


Virgin Media gets Tube Wi-Fi contract

The Mayor of London's office announced on Tuesday that many London Underground stations will get Wi-Fi access in summer 2012 through a deal with Virgin Media. More than 80 stations will have the service in the summer, with up to 120 stations in total connected by the end of 2012.

March 14, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins


Yahoo sues Facebook over social media patents

Yahoo has filed a complaint in the San Jose courts against Facebook, saying that the social media company is infringing ten of Yahoo's patents covering areas around advertising, user actions, privacy and click fraud prevention.The issue first came to light in February, when Yahoo told the New York Times that it was seeking a licensing deal with Facebook over "ten to twenty" of Yahoo's 1000-plus patent collection.

March 12, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins


Solar storm hits Earth

The predicted impact on the Earth of the Sun's recent energetic Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) happened on Thursday at 1100 GMT, the American National Weather Service's Space Weather Center has reported."The coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with the R3 (Strong) Radio Blackout event from 0024 UTC March 7 (7:24 p.

March 8, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins