Currently the mobile phone service provider O2 has been offering a Wi-Fi service via the Cloud and BT Openzone, but with the Cloud potentially being taken over by BSkyB, O2 are planning a Wi-Fi network of its own.
It looks as if the network will consist of around four hundred and fifty sites, but once the firm ties up with retailers, restaurants and other public places, they are looking to build the network very quickly.
Jeremy Green, a principal analyst with Ovum, the move is a “step in the right direction” to sorting out O2′s capacity issues, brought about by high iPhone ownership and the increasing desire for data on the move.
“450 sites is not fantastic coverage and Wi-Fi isn’t something that Smartphone users will be able to rely on but it is a gesture in the right direction,” he said.
It seems that O2 are planning a rival to BT Fon, but this service uses the limited bandwidth available on residential broadband connections, whereas O2′s network will be made up with premium hotspots located at busy public areas.
“Only 20% of people who have access to free public Wi-Fi on 02 tariffs actively use it despite the majority of devices being Wi-Fi enabled,” said O2′s business development director Tim Sefton
“We know that Wi-Fi as a technology has great potential and can be a very fast service, however customers are discouraged by barriers which include complexity in activation, uncertainty of where Wi-Fi is free and the variable quality of the current experience,” he added.
It seems that Christmas really is the season for good will to all men as even the spammers appeared to be taking a break over the festive period. It seems that the reason for this is a drastic fall in botnet activity, especially those extra larger systems such as Rustock, which was the most dominant botnet in 2010.
The problem is for security firms and computer users now, is that these botnets such as, Rustock, Lethic and Xarvester are now like sleeping giants; we know that they are there, but we simply do not want them to wake up, therefore we not become complacent.
According to Paul Wood, Message Labs Intelligence senior analyst with Symantec Hosted Services said, “At present we don’t know why these botnets have stopped spamming; perhaps the botnet herders have decided they need a holiday too?”
“As we saw after the closure of McColo in 2008, and following further takedown attempts in subsequent years, botnets rarely stay quiet for very long,” Wood said.
He added, “Even if these three botnets don’t come back soon, we would expect other botnets, even new ones, to pick-up where they have left off – very soon.”
Source [IT Pro]
When Google announced that it would no longer let Facebook use the Google API to automatically allow contact access, you could just tell that this was not the end of the matter, but merely the first salvos in a long winded battle.
It seems that Facebook have gone for the work around route to solve the issue, this means that the Facebook member will only have to select “Other e-mail service” in the Gmail account services in order to allow Facebook access.
Google now claim that this a one sided arrangement that allows Facebook to import data from Google, but not the other way around, but the search giant is also warning user that take this route that they could be creating a data dead end, this is where they will begin experiencing issues with other sites.
The watchdog in charge of privacy in the UK has claimed that the world’s largest search engine, Google are fit to handle data on behalf of the newly formed UK anti terror database, in fact he has gone so far as to claim that Google cannot be trusted.
These claims follow the government’s plan to make internet and communication companies to store records of emails, texts, phone calls, web searches and sites visited, this includes Google, but their track record following the street view Wi-Fi breach is not looking good.
But according to the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, he said “Anyone who thinks that storing the information with the communication service providers, rather than in a big database, solves the problem, hasn’t been paying attention to what’s happening with Google”,
Source [Channel 4]
Anyone with an email account will be used to spam and other unwanted messages it is just one of those things, and even with filters you still have to check these boxes just in case something important has slipped through.
It seems that Google are on to that with the new experimental “Priority Inbox” you will be able to find this at the top of the Gmail page on right next to your email address!
This tool although in the experimental stages will split email into three groups, “Important and Unread”, “Starred”, and “Everything Else” the process of filtering is done through a new algorithm developed by Google that predicts what category the message falls into and directs it to the right box.
Source [PC World]
It seems that sending a funny, rude or personal email while at work, can get you into a lot of trouble and in some cases sending an email could lead to the sack.
According to figures released by the Press Association, five per cent of workers have found themselves in trouble because of a misjudged email sent to the wrong person at the wrong time.
The issue seems to get worse, because a third of employees admit to actually pressing the “Reply All” button, instead of the “Reply” button and therefore causing more trouble. Just out of curiosity, it seems that men are more likely to do that than women!
Source [IT Portal]
For many people it is believed that the local MP’s website is for information and how they can contact their representative, but it seems that not all MP’s are happy with having their email in fall view of the surfing public.
The conservative MP Dominic Raab, has had his official email address removed from the parliamentary party website because of the lobby groups contacting him.
it seems that the for the time being contacting Dominic Raab MP, will probably be easier by snail mail, it’s cheap and constituents may get a response or maybe it will get lost in the system too!
Source [PC Pro]