Ben Woods

With a psychology degree under his belt, Ben set off on a four-year sojourn as a professional online poker player, but as the draw of the gambling life began to wane his attentions turned to more wholesome employment.With several years' experience covering everything in the world of telecoms and mobility, Ben's your man if it involves a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other piece of tech small enough to carry around with you. He's also keenly interested in broadband issues, and has spent more time than strictly necessary testing out a multitude of software packages.Hot tips (no tittering at the back) can be passed along to me at ben.woods@zdnet.com or you can follow me on Twitter @BenWoodsZD, if you can bear intermittent cake and cat tweets.

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BT renames Openzone, Fon Wi-Fi hotspot network

BT renames Openzone, Fon Wi-Fi hotspot network

BT has renamed its BT Fon and BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspot network simply 'BT Wi-Fi' in an effort to make it less confusing for consumers to find a hotspot.The company announced the rebranding effort of its 4 million Fon and Openzone hotspots, on Wednesday.

published June 28, 2012 by

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Nokia 808 PureView release date confirmed

Nokia 808 PureView release date confirmed

The Nokia 808 PureView 41-megapixel camera-equipped smartphone will go on sale in the UK at the end of June, according to the Finnish handset maker.The Nokia 808 PureView may be one of the last Symbian smartphones aimed at developed markets to be released by Nokia.

published June 26, 2012 by

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No hackers: Twitter outage caused by 'cascaded bug'

No hackers: Twitter outage caused by 'cascaded bug'

Social networking site Twitter has recovered from an outage that left millions of members unable to access the site and post messages for up to two hours, putting the cause of the problem down to a bug in one of its infrastructure components.ZDNet UK first noticed the outage at 17:00 BST on Thursday.

published June 21, 2012 by

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T-Mobile cuts roaming rates for Europe

T-Mobile cuts roaming rates for Europe

T-Mobile customers can now add broadband boosters to their monthly or Pay As You Go package to avoid unwelcome and unexpectedly large bills awaiting them on their return for things such as data usage.The new bolt-ons, called 'Internet Travel Boosters' and 'Broadband Travel Boosters' will allow a customer to add them to their package on arrival at their destination.

published June 18, 2012 by

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£6m super-fast broadband boost for Birmingham

£6m super-fast broadband boost for Birmingham

The European Commission has given the go-ahead for £6m in EU public funding for the construction of a super-fast broadband network in Birmingham.The commission gave the green light to the project on the grounds that the resulting infrastructure will be "genuinely open to all operators" and will therefore increase competition.

published June 13, 2012 by

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Pirate Bay blocked by TalkTalk

Pirate Bay blocked by TalkTalk

TalkTalk closed off access to file-sharing website The Pirate Bay on Monday, after being told to do so by a High Court in April."TalkTalk can confirm that it is blocking access to The Pirate Bay (TPB) following a court order to do so," the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

published June 12, 2012 by

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Apple WWDC: Maps, Facebook, Siri at heart of iOS 6 update

Apple WWDC: Maps, Facebook, Siri at heart of iOS 6 update

Apple's update to its mobile iOS 6 operating system includes its own new 3D mapping software with turn-by-turn navigation, deeper Facebook and Siri integration, and new group sharing features for iCloud.Apple has said its forthcoming iOS 6 update will have more than 200 features, including new capabilities for the Siri voice-recognition app.

published June 11, 2012 by

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Apple WWDC: MacBook Pro slims down for retina display

Apple WWDC: MacBook Pro slims down for retina display

Apple has unveiled a slimline, retina display-equipped MacBook Pro laptop that will augment, rather than update, its existing family of MacBook Pro devices.The company announced the new 15-inch MacBook Pro on Monday, during a keynote address at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco.

published June 11, 2012 by

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London's Tube Wi-Fi goes live at first stations

London's Tube Wi-Fi goes live at first stations

Passengers at Kings Cross and Warren Street underground stations can now use a free public service Wi-Fi while on concourses, platforms and escalators.The first 82 London Underground stations to get Wi-Fi access include some of the capital's busiest.

published June 7, 2012 by

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Firefox 13 released, gets speedy with SPDY

Firefox 13 released, gets speedy with SPDY

The release version of Firefox 13 is now available to download for desktop Windows, Mac and Linux machines, bringing with it a redesigned home screen and a switch to the new, faster SPDY protocol by default.Firefox 13 has a new home screen that provides quick access to frequently used features.

published June 6, 2012 by

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Virgin Media Tube Wi-Fi: 82 stations named

Virgin Media Tube Wi-Fi: 82 stations named

Londoners are on track to get Wi-Fi access in around 80 underground stations, with the first to include King's Cross, Oxford Circus, London Bridge, Leicester Square and Liverpool Street.The first 82 London Underground stations to get Wi-Fi access include some of the capital's busiest.

published June 1, 2012 by

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The mystery of the missing AMD sleekbooks

The mystery of the missing AMD sleekbooks

Earlier in May I flew to China, Shanghai to be specific, for the launch of a host of new HP ultrabooks and sleekbooks, a term created as a result of Intel's trademark on the word ultrabook.HP's Envy4 sleekbook does not currently offer any options that include an AMD processorThe only difference between an ultrabook and a sleekbook is the processor under the bonnet.

published May 31, 2012 by

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Sky torpedoes Pirate Bay access

Sky torpedoes Pirate Bay access

Sky broadband, the ISP division of BSkyB, is the latest UK ISP to block access to the Pirate Bay for its subscribers.Sky has joined Virgin Media in blocking access to The Pirate Bay Image credit: Rory Cellan-Jones/BBCThe company confirmed the move on its website on Wednesday, as the result of the court order issued in April.

published May 31, 2012 by

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