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Digital Britain 50p tax 'to be law' by next election

Digital Britain 50p tax 'to be law' by next election

Stephen Timms, the minister for Digital Britain, has reiterated the government's intention to press ahead with a £6-a-year tax that will pay for the rollout of next-generation broadband in the UK."The levy on telephone lines - 50p a month… will be in the finance bill which I'm also responsible for at the Treasury and my aim is that we should legislate for that this side of the general election," Timms said at a British Computer Society panel debate on Wednesday.

September 24, 2009 by in Tech Industry

Malware industry going open source

Malware industry going open source

Malware writers are turning to the open source model in an attempt to squeeze more life out of old Trojans, according to the security firm Symantec.Many virus writers are now giving away malicious code, and around 10 percent of the Trojan market has gone open source.

September 18, 2009 by in Tech Industry

Researchers set out IT pay gap

Researchers set out IT pay gap

Researchers have confirmed a direct link between IT pay and organisation size. IT salaries rise in line with employees numbers, according to figures from the activeTechPros benchmarking survey conducted between April and June 2009.

September 14, 2009 by in Tech Industry

SAP waiting to build up steam for cloud

SAP waiting to build up steam for cloud

German software maker SAP said it is delaying a full-scale launch of its first Saas product, Business ByDesign.SAP has enlisted about 90 businesses to try out the ERP software, which is its first significant product to be delivered in the cloud.

September 11, 2009 by in Tech Industry

Nokia Money to target emerging markets

Nokia Money to target emerging markets

Nokia is moving into the field of mobile banking, the Finnish handset-maker announced on Wednesday.The company said it hopes to give basic financial services to the millions of people in the developing world who do not have bank accounts.

August 27, 2009 by in Tech Industry

Project Kangaroo hops into Arqiva's arms

Project Kangaroo hops into Arqiva's arms

Broadcast infrastructure company Arqiva announced on Tuesday that it has completed its purchase of technology developed by Project Kangaroo.Project Kangaroo, an on-demand television platform, is the product of a joint effort between BBC Worldwide, Channel 4 and ITV.

August 25, 2009 by in Tech Industry

Patients should see records online, NHS experts say

Patients should see records online, NHS experts say

The NHS and healthcare would be transformed by putting patients' medical records on the web for them to see, senior NHS insiders have suggested.At a roundtable discussion last week, a panel of experts said that patients would benefit, as they would be able to monitor their own health and treatment.

August 24, 2009 by in Tech Industry

Gov't paves way for smart train and bus tickets

Gov't paves way for smart train and bus tickets

Contactless cards, tap-and-go cards and barcodes on mobile phones could be used for tickets on public transportation, depending on the outcome of a consultation launched on Thursday by the Department of Transport.The department has plans to roll out integrated ticketing, where travellers only need to use one ticket for a trip across several operators and types of public transport.

August 21, 2009 by in Tech Industry

Attacks target WINS worm hole

Attacks target WINS worm hole

The Sans Internet Storm Center is reporting that malicious hackers have kicked off a series of attacks on a flaw in the Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), according to Ryan Naraine over at sister site ZDNet.com.

August 20, 2009 by in Tech Industry

Small businesses a safer haven for IT jobs

Small businesses a safer haven for IT jobs

The economic downturn has already had an effect on workers in the tech industry, with thousands of jobs already axed as companies try to respond to a colder business environment. But it looks like techies might be better off at a small or medium-sized business than a large enterprise, going by recent research by Forrester.

August 20, 2009 by in Tech Industry

EU investigates exploding iPhones

EU investigates exploding iPhones

The consumer protection commissioner of the European Union is investigating reports that Apple's consumer devices can catch fire or explode. There have been a handful of reports involving iPods and iPhones, in Europe, America and Asia, amid a history of portable electronics with lithium batteries providing a more exciting experience to their owners than might reasonably be expected.

August 19, 2009 by in Tech Industry

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