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Separation: The UK experience

How can the UK experience of BT's separation inform our understanding of Telstra's future? In this week's Twisted Wire podcast, we talked to the key UK players to get the lay of the land.

October 7, 2009 by

New faces, old hands on ZDNet UK

I'm very pleased to welcome the latest addition to the ZDNet UK stable of bloggers, Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe.A well-established partnership in IT journalism who have been writing news and features for us for some time, their "500 Words Into The Future" blog will make good use of their experience and insight.

October 2, 2009 by

HTC Touch HD

Although the Touch HD's 3.8in. display makes it big and difficult to pocket, it also makes data-rich activities like web browsing much more rewarding than they are on smaller devices.

December 7, 2008 by

Internode appoints first CIO

ISP Internode has appointed it's first chief information officer: Mike Damms, an industry veteran with previous experience at companies including Vodafone UK, Avaya, Lucent and Motorola.

December 1, 2008 by

Aleutia E1

The Aleutia E1 is a creditable effort at creating a compact, low-power desktop computer. However, the current hardware platform seems a little underpowered for anything other than the most basic tasks.

February 21, 2008 by

G'day UK: Google Oz wants top techies back home

There's nothing wrong with senior Australian engineers, they just lack "world class experience", according to Google Australia's head of engineering, Alan Noble. Now he's heading to the UK to poach senior engineers from Australia's ex-pat community.

February 5, 2008 by

Hulu, News Corp, and the Web (2.0?)

I know this is behind the game, and that the bleeding edge of blogreviews has moved well beyond online streaming service Hulu (eventhough it's not yet out to the public). But I received my beta invitelast week and have had all this time to play around with it.My initial thoughts: none. No, not one initial thought. Hulu doesn't work in the UK. They don'ttell you: "Hey, if you live in the UK, you will be able to access andbegin your Hulu experience, but when you choose a show to stream,you'll be disappointed. Have a nice day." You have to jump through allthe Beta hoops to get there first.Now, I know I should have known better, being a generally web-savvychap. But after a few pre-reviews of the Hulu service, I decided not toread any more blogs about it until after I'd tried it out myself. Iknew not to expect too much, after reading the last review over at Between the Lines , but I wanted my own experience.Since then, I've found dozens of blogs about how bad it is that Hulu doesn't work in Europe. Aside from whingeing about the lack of support, I can't really thinkof anything more to write about Hulu (apart from its ridiculous,trying-too-hard-for-the-Web-2.0-market name). But, doesn't this kind of go against point of the web? The idea thatwe can make connections, share content, stream and connect? The principle of the internet is broken by this experiment, and Idon't think a platform intended to be a YouTube killer should ever havebeen trialled in a geographically-limited network. Sure, I understandprivate Betas, but why limit this to the States? I don't think News Corp really gets the Web 2.0 thing. In fact, I wonder if they really get the internet? It reminds me of LaunchCast (now Yahoo Music). When I first launchedthe player, all the content was free, and there was absolutely loads ofit. I was thrilled! Over months, however, content became harder to finddue to advertisement interruptions and restrictions on skipping tracks. Suddenly, Launch re-directed to Yahoo, and I could no longerskip any content without upgrading to a premium service which hadn'texisted before. Then, when I moved to Britain, all the content wasunavailable apart from a limited selection which I can only presume wasintended for a British audience. (Don't think my mates here wouldhave agreed in a focus group!)I haven't used a yahoo service since. No, seriously, I haven't usedYahoo. As soon as Konfabulator was purchased by Yahoo, I uninstalledit. I was all set to set up a Flickr account, when I found out it wasYahoo. (I might go back on that one, once I get a decent digitalcamera.)This wasn't really a boycott so much as a pre-emptive decision. Iknow that as soon as Yahoo gets a hold of a service, itsuser-friendliness will dissolve into advertisements and 'premiumservices' (a contradiction in terms!) This is what Hulu reminds me of.An attempt at grabbing a market instead of a well-thought-out startuptrying to sell a genuinely good service and make a profit on itsquality.What is Web 2.0? Hulu doesn't know, and it makes me think that NewsCorp hasn't really got its head round it at all. I shudder to think what's going to happen with LinkedIn.-Zach (http://www.zachbeauvais.com) 

December 3, 2007

Steve Jobs confirms that a 3G iPhone will be coming in 2008

It is pretty obvious that Apple is working on future iPhone models and there has been lots of speculation that a 3G model would be released in Europe this year. However, as confirmed by the O2 UK iPhone announcement from earlier today the first European model will also be 2.5G (EDGE) just like the U.S. model. Upon further questioning at the UK announcement, Jobs did confirm that a 3G model will be released before the end of 2008. He also stated that the reason 3G was not included in the first iPhone was the battery drain users would experience with the 3G radio. Honestly, as much as 3G would be nice on the iPhone I agree with the compromise Apple made for the first edition, especially given the fact that the iPhone battery is non-removable. If they had used a removable battery then they could have included a 3G radio, like Windows Mobile and S60 devices.

September 18, 2007 by

NetSuite, integration and the local loop

Opal Telecom, one of NetSuite's largest customers, is using integration and custom workflow to improve customer service - something that's sorely needed in the UK telecoms market, as my experience moving house this week shows.

June 22, 2007 by

Wanted: IT Pros for Cuba Cycle challenge

Computer Aid International, the IT charity which takes old PCs from UK companies and refurbishes them for the developing world is organising a charity cycle ride in Cuba next year.I took part in a similar event in Kenya this year and it was a brilliant experience - not just the amazing countryside but meeting the children and teachers who would benefit from the computers we were helping to donate.

May 25, 2007 by

Watching the world like our ancestors

This is the promise of UK computer scientists who are reconstructing antique worlds in 3-D for all of our senses, including smell. They say that we could experience what the past really looked like. The goal of these researchers is to build the 'Mother of All Virtual Environments'. The technologies used for this project are focused on how we could better understand our past in 3-D. But they also can be used to other fields which "require highly realistic visualization, including medical images, product design, architecture and crime scene reconstruction."

May 20, 2007 by

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