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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Truphone to cut call costs from BlackBerry 10 devices

Truphone to cut call costs from BlackBerry 10 devices

VoIP specialist Truphone is working on an app for the BlackBerry 10 platform that will allow users to make international phone calls and send text messages for only one-tenth of the normal cost by using a Wi-Fi or data connection.The company confirmed it is in the process of developing an app for RIM's forthcoming OS on Tuesday.

published May 1, 2012 by

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Pirate Bay: Protest ban with local MPs

Pirate Bay: Protest ban with local MPs

The Pirate Bay is urging its users to "stand united" by writing to members of parliament and internet service providers to protest the blocking of the website by five UK ISPs.The Pirate Bay is urging its UK users to protest the ISP block with their MPs.

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Google pulls plug on Wave, but not in Chrome

Google pulls plug on Wave, but not in Chrome

Google has finally closed the doors on its Wave social networking service but is still allowing Google Chrome users to access the pages in read-only mode.The company said it was pulling the plug on the ill-fated Wave project in November 2011, citing 30 April as the last day that users would still be able to access their Waves, although it had not been actively developing it since late 2010.

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UK ISPs ordered to block Pirate Bay website

UK ISPs ordered to block Pirate Bay website

Five of the UK's largest internet service providers have been ordered to prevent their subscribers from accessing the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay.The High Court said on Monday that Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media would have to block access to The Pirate Bay (TPB), following an earlier ruling in February over the role of the site in copyright infringement.

published April 30, 2012 by

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Nokia mulls sale of luxury Vertu brand for €200m

Nokia mulls sale of luxury Vertu brand for €200m

Beleaguered mobile manufacturer Nokia is considering the sale of its luxury Vertu brand as it looks to focus on its core businesses.The company is deliberating over whether to unload the high-end Vertu handset unit to private equity firm Permira for around €200m (£162.

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Skylon spaceplane revs up for cooling test

Skylon spaceplane revs up for cooling test

The Skylon spaceplane will soon take one step closer to reality, with an upcoming test of one of the key components on the craft's engine planned for the summer.The Sabre engine for the Skylon spaceplane will be tested in the summer.

published April 27, 2012 by

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EU aims to cut 'stupid costs' of broadband rollout

EU aims to cut 'stupid costs' of broadband rollout

The European Commission wants to find out how it can reduce the cost of rolling out super-fast broadband by cutting out "stupid costs and duplication" in engineering works.On Friday, digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes opened a public consulation to identify the best way to save on installing new infrastructure for high-speed broadband in the EU, one of the aims of the Connecting Europe push launched in October.

published April 27, 2012 by

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ICS served up for Sony Tablet S

ICS served up for Sony Tablet S

An update to the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android operating system is now available for Sony's Tablet S devices.The company announced the update in a blog post on Thursday, highlighting some of the new features of the operating system, such as new home screen actions, revamped web browser and new camera modes.

published April 27, 2012 by

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Zen uncorks doubled speeds with no throttle

Zen uncorks doubled speeds with no throttle

Zen internet customers can now sign up to fibre-based broadband packages with twice the download speed of its previous maximum.The company's new fibre options now offer download speeds of up to 76Mbps and uploads of up to 19Mbps and are available to business and residential customers.

published April 25, 2012 by

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Broadband ad crackdown hits Virgin

Broadband ad crackdown hits Virgin

The Advertising Standards Authority on Wednesday upheld a complaint against a printed Virgin Media advertisement that appeared in February.The ad formed part of the company's push on super-fast broadband services and contained the words "faster for a fiver".

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Nokia Lumia 900 UK rollout delayed by demand from US

Nokia Lumia 900 UK rollout delayed by demand from US

The UK launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 has been delayed until mid-May due to high demand for the device in the US. Image credit: Nokia Nokia told ZDNet UK on Wednesday in a statement that "overwhelming demand" for the Lumia 900 in the US had resulted in "a small knock-on effect on product availability in the UK".

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Amazon delivers Kindle Touch early

Amazon delivers Kindle Touch early

Amazon's Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G e-reader devices are now on their way to customers in the UK, one week earlier than Amazon had predicted.The company said on Friday that it had started shipping the devices ahead of schedule, adding that pre-orders will be sent out in the order in which were received.

published April 20, 2012 by

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