Ben Woods

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.

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£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.

June 13, 2012 by Ben Woods

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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.

June 12, 2012 by Ben Woods


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.

June 11, 2012 by Ben Woods


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.

June 11, 2012 by Ben Woods


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.

June 7, 2012 by Ben Woods

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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.

June 6, 2012 by Ben Woods


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.

June 1, 2012 by Ben Woods


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.

May 31, 2012 by Ben Woods

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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.

May 31, 2012 by Ben Woods