October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs dies at 56

by Kerry Butters

Founder and former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56. The Apple website today displays a full-page picture of Jobs alongside 1955-2011. Upon clicking on the picture, the following statement can be read:“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.” “Those […]

October 5, 2011

Google Earth reaches 1 billion downloads

by Kerry Butters

Google announced today that Google Earth has now been downloaded a huge one billion times since its launch in 2005. This includes downloads of the desktop client, mobile apps and the browser plugin, which enable users to “explore the world in seconds, from Earth to Mars to the ocean floor.” The search giants say that […]

Google make more improvements to search ads

by Kerry Butters

Google have revealed that surfers are 50% more likely to click on an ad that uses three lines of Sitelinks. Sitelinks appear under the URL of the main page when a user puts in a search which can take a user directly to the page they are looking for. According to Google, 200,000 advertisers now […]

ASA uphold complaint on Acekardsale.co.uk

by Kerry Butters

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) have upheld a complaint against an online computer accessory retailer for not adhering to their terms and conditions. Acekardsale.co.uk, who are based in China, were challenged by a customer who said that they “had not offered a refund as described in the terms and conditions.” When ASA enquired about the […]

Research shows companies not doing enough to engage with clients

by Kerry Butters

Recent research shows that whilst many companies have plenty of customers who visit their websites, most businesses don’t do enough to engage with them in order to increase long term relationships. The study was carried out by Trovus, an award-winning provider in customer intelligence services. They found that “only innovators are exploiting the value of […]

Inventor of the smiley explains its origins

by Kerry Butters

The ‘smiley’ reached the grand old age of 29 last month, and its creator, Scott Fahlman, has explained why it was invented. The now widely used smiley was initially created in order to flag a message that was intended to be taken as a joke on bulletin boards. The Computer Science community at Carnegie Mellon […]

September 30, 2011

US man admits hacking medical database

by Kerry Butters

A US man pleaded guilty yesterday of hacking into a former employer’s database and stealing patient information. Eric McNeal, 37, worked as an IT specialist for perinatal medical practice “A.P.A” in Atlanta, Georgia until November 2009. When he left, he began working for a “competing” practice which was located in the same building. The following […]

Micro-P to team up with Hauwei

by Kerry Butters

UK IT trade distributor Micro-P has announced a new partnership with global ICT firm Huawei. The agreement aims to expand Huawei’s UK operation in order to recruit more resellers to distribute more products into the channel. Micro-P will carry a range of Huawei’s products, such as networking solutions and routing appliances, and provide support and […]

Technology Strategy Board to invest £6 million in digital infrastructure projects

by Kerry Butters

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest almost £6 million in government funding for nine research and development projects in the UK. Trials are expected to show how “co-operation between digital infrastructure providers, content producers, users and software developers can be improved to earn revenue.” The projects and trials are expected to cover areas across […]

September 29, 2011

Google Blogger introduces Dynamic Views

by Kerry Butters

A few weeks ago, Google announced a complete overhaul of Blogger, and the next phase of the project has just been rolled out. It’s been a while since any improvements were made to the search giant’s blogging service and so they have now designed a “completely rebuilt, streamlined authoring and editing experience.” The improvements bring […]

Bigfoot introduce program to reduce cyberbullying

by Kerry Butters

Arts education specialists Bigfoot have introduced a new program designed to teach kids how to communicate effectively on the internet. The program is one of several aimed at reducing bullying and have been designed in partnership with Kidscape. The campaign is called “Sticks and Stones; words will ALWAYS hurt me” and is intended to help […]

CAP issue new broadband advertising guidelines

by Kerry Butters

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) has issued new guidelines for broadband providers on how they advertise speed and usage. The new guidance means that service providers will no longer allowed to claim their broadband is unlimited if there is any charge imposed on users who exceed a certain threshold. CAP says that whilst ISPs […]

Facebook changes offer opportunity for brands

by Kerry Butters

A social media, SEO and online PR agency have said that the new-look Facebook opens up more opportunities for brands to engage with consumers than ever before. Punch Communications says that “engagement figures are now a greater indication of performance”, due to certain functions such as the like button becoming devalued. It is no longer […]

September 28, 2011

European Commission to test ISPs across member states

by Kerry Butters

The European commission have appointed SamKnows, a broadband measurement service, to test internet speeds across the whole of the European Union. The firm have previously worked with Ofcom to produce a report that found many UK ISPs provided broadband speeds of up to 50% less than those they advertised. SamKnows measure speeds by providing consumers […]

September 27, 2011

Survey shows 1 in 3 UK homes victims of cyberattack

by Kerry Butters

A new survey carried out by YouGov on behalf of UK ISP TalkTalk, shows that in the first three months of this year, one in three UK homes fell victim to some form of cyber attack. The largest ever study carried out on the broadband habits of UK residents found that these ranged from unwanted […]

September 26, 2011

US goverment provides new resource for online safety

by Kerry Butters

The US government have introduced a new and improved website dedicated to helping people stay secure online. The site is especially aimed at parents and children and is intended to educate people about a host of issues that could affect their lives in a number of ways. Information can be found about a variety of […]

September 23, 2011

Washington Post introduces Facebook app

by Kerry Butters

US newspaper, the Washington Post has introduced a free Facebook app that allows users to access the publication’s news and share stories they read with friends. WP Social Reader “makes it simple for friends to connect over news like never before”. The idea is that when you read a story, it will be instantly shared […]

IBM reports shows gap in consumer and retailer expectations

by Kerry Butters

A report by IBM shows that consumers are now much more in control of their buying experience thanks to social media. The IBM Institute for Business Value surveyed more than 1000 consumers worldwide, in an attempt to find out why a customer would seek out a brand or company on a social media platform. It […]

Nominet survey show UK companies find .uk addresses easily

by Kerry Butters

Nominet, have carried out a survey in order to discover the ease with which British businesses register domain names and their understanding of how it all works. It was found that although many companies may not be able to choose their first choice .uk domain, most were happy that they had found one that they […]

September 22, 2011

Open Rights Group meet with Vaizey on web blocking

by Kerry Butters

The Open Rights Group have had a “constructive meeting” with Culture Minster Ed Viazey this week, to discuss approaches to copyright and enforcement. Previous meeting concerning potential web blocking have excluded the rights group, and this has led to this meeting being set up following something of a “Twitter storm”. The meeting was kicked off […]

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