Neowin News Feed for: Britain Neowin News Feed for: Britain en-us Neowin Ignition News (Managing Editor) (Neowin Developers) 5 Brits spent more time online than people in Spain, France, and Germany last year <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Ofcom has released its annual Online Nation report. It&#039;s quite interesting because it factors in the COVID-19 impact on Britain&#039;s digital life. It suggests that the UK spent over 3 hours online daily. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Wed, 09 Jun 2021 16:06:01 +0000 UK to abandon contact tracing app for decentralised model <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The United Kingdom is going to switch to the decentralised model for its contact tracing app. It comes after months of insistence that the centralised app would be better suited for the job. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Thu, 18 Jun 2020 13:48:01 +0000 ARM announces that it will resume chip technology business with Huawei <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>ARM&#039;s legal company gave the verdict that the company can continue supplying chip technology to Huawei since the origin of it will not breach U.S. trade restrictions and sanctions. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Ather Fawaz) Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:36:01 +0000 Ofcom claims that a majority of UK homes and businesses can access ultra-fast broadband <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Ofcom has released a new report which suggests that the majority (53%) of premises in the UK now have access to ultra-fast broadband which is defined as having download speeds above 300Mbit/s. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Fri, 03 May 2019 04:08:01 +0000 Report suggests UK should set up digital news regulator <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>A review into the news landscape in the UK has provided its findings to the public. It suggests several points to strengthen local new publishers and also recommends a new regulator be set up. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:36:01 +0000 Indian ride-hailing firm, Ola, to launch in Britain this year <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The Indian ride-hailing firm, Ola, has said it will launch its services in Britain from September. Ola will be going up against Uber which it is already competing with in Australia. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:42:01 +0000 UK broadband users getting less than advertised speeds says Which? before rule change <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Which? has stated that many Brits are not getting the download speeds that were advertised by their providers. The findings come less than a week before new advertising changes come into force. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Fri, 18 May 2018 12:14:02 +0000 European Court of Justice says Uber is a taxi firm <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The European Court of Justice has announced that Uber will be subject to the same rules and regulations as other taxi firms operating within the European Union, contrary to what Uber wanted to hear. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:42:01 +0000 Wet string used to transfer data at 3.5Mbps for fun <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>A UK-based ISP has decided to show that it&#039;s possible to transfer data across a wet piece of string rather than copper wire. The experiment was just for fun and won&#039;t be adopted by ISPs. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:06:01 +0000 Here are the tech highlights of the UK's 2017 Budget <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Phillip Hammond, the Chancellor of the UK, has issued the Autumn Budget which sets out what the Government plans to spend in the coming months and years. It included a heavy focus on digital. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:54:01 +0000 Google is investing £1m to train UK computing teachers <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Google has announced a £1m grant through its philanthropic arm, The investment will help the UK train up the desperately needed computer science teachers to address new conditions. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:00:01 +0000 Microsoft to open its first retail store in the UK, reports say [Update] <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft operates 116 retails around the world, most being in the US, followed by Canada and Australia. According to sources, the company now intends to open a new retail store in central London. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Gurkaran Singh) Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:16:01 +0000 Less than 10% of those completing UK A-Level computing courses this year were girls <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>As UK students get their A-Level results it has been revealed that just 9.8% of those completing computing courses were girls. Computing courses saw fewer people than expected during the last year. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:26:01 +0000 Australia wants tech firms to decrypt messages <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Australia is trying to introduce a new surveillance law that could be passed before November. It will require tech firms to decrypt encrypted messages and is based on the UK&#039;s Snooper&#039;s Charter. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Sun, 16 Jul 2017 14:20:01 +0000 UK customers can now ship their hard disks to Microsoft to have data uploaded to Azure <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Over the weekend Microsoft has announced a number of new features coming to cloud customers in Britain. Two of them deal with transfer and processing of big data, and the third with containers. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Vlad Dudau) Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:52:02 +0000 Fire in the hold! European aviation regulators say new electronics ban carries major risks <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The European Aviation Safety Agency has banged heads with the American Federal Aviation Authority and British authorities on concerns regarding the ban on personal electronic devices in the cabin. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Richard Tyr Blewitt) Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:38:01 +0000 All Microsoft Surface Book models are now up to £400 more expensive thanks to Brexit <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft has raised prices considerably on its line of Surface Book devices in the UK. All models are now considerably more expensive thanks to continued currency fluctuations following Brexit. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Vlad Dudau) Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:58:01 +0000 BritBox - BBC and ITV team up to create "best of British" on-demand streaming service <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The BBC and ITV have teamed up to create what is being dubbed a &#039;Netflix-style&#039; service for British TV content. Yes, it will contain Eastenders and Emmerdale, but don&#039;t worry, there are others too <a href="">Read more...</a> (Michael Firth) Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:24:01 +0000 UK government to build 'age verification systems' for adult content, sparks privacy concerns <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>If you are among those who think that Brexit is a bad idea, you might want to see what the UK government has in mind when it comes to the adult content that Britons are consuming online. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Adrian Potoroaca) Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:36:01 +0000 Pokémon GO finally gets its UK launch <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The augmented reality game, Pokémon GO has officially launched in the UK. The anticipated game, which was already available in other countries, has stirred controversy and excitement since launch. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:22:01 +0000 UK Government urged to use blockchain technology to manage public money <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The UK Government&#039;s Chief Scientific Adviser has written a report which suggests that it should adopt blockchain technology to help manage public money as it would reduce fraud. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:52:01 +0000 British public against 10 year prison terms for online piracy <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The results of a public consultation carried out by the UK Government show that the majority of people are against an increase in the sentence for online piracy from two to ten years. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:36:01 +0000 Alton Towers announces 'Galactica' VR rollercoaster <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Alton Towers - a theme park based in the UK - has announced it will open a virtual reality space-themed rollercoaster in April. Alton Towers claim that this is the first VR rollercoaster in the world. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:10:01 +0000 GCHQ open sources 'Gaffer' in possible community relations bid <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>GCHQ has released one of its projects on Github in a bid to improve community relations and entice developers into getting involved with the agency and possibly joining it. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Thu, 17 Dec 2015 03:58:01 +0000 The British army is allegedly training a group of 'Facebook Warriors' <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The world stepped into the age of cyber warfare not too long ago, digital weapons have become much more destructive than physical ones. The British army intends to use this fact to their advantage. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:42:01 +0000 Survey reveals that British citizens don't love the idea of self-driving cars <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Are self-driving cars a hazard to the public? Apparently a large sector of the British public believes so, a survey states. The results also reveal some interesting stats regarding the topic. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Fri, 09 Jan 2015 17:32:01 +0000 Branson joins Google's search for Britain's top social entrepreneurs <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/1204700111news-logo-google-logo-monochrome.png" alt="" /></div>Google has enlisted the help of the world-famous business-mastermind, Sir Richard Branson, in their upcoming search for the most innovative social entrepreneurs in Britain - which boosts £2m prize-pool. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Brody McKee) Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:20:22 +0000 World's oldest functioning digital computer, returns to display after being restored <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/102829929server.jpg" alt="" /></div>Almost twenty years after it had disappeared, the oldest functioning digital computer in the world has been restored and put on display. The hefty British bruiser was found in a municipal store room. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Ferson) Tue, 20 Nov 2012 19:45:00 +0000 Everything Everywhere gets OK to launch 4G in UK next month <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/2145116267everything-everywhere-logo.png" alt="" /></div>Everything Everywhere, the Orange / T-Mobile joint venture, has been approved to launch the UK&#039;s first 4G LTE services this year, months before its rivals get the chance to even bid for 4G licences. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Andy Weir) Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:07:44 +0000 Britons spend more than six billion on phone contracts annually <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/850773882.jpg" alt="" /></div>A new study suggests that British people spend more than six billion pounds annually on phone contracts, with more than two-thirds of that being spent on overpriced contracts. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Ferson) Thu, 28 Jun 2012 21:20:57 +0000 UK ISP forced to identify users suspected of downloading porn [Update] <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/44875027.png" alt="" /></div>The UK High Court has ordered an ISP to provide personal details for over 9,000 customers to a porn production company, which claims those users&#039; IP addresses unlawfully downloaded its content. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Andy Weir) Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:12:42 +0000 4G LTE will launch in UK this year <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Apart from a few limited trials, the UK hasn&#039;t yet jumped on the 4G bandwagon - but Britain&#039;s biggest mobile operator has confirmed that it plans to launch its 4G product to customers later this year. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Andy Weir) Thu, 23 Feb 2012 20:02:42 +0000 UK plans to ban criminals from the web <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/850773882.jpg" alt="" /></div>Pirate a movie? Insult someone online? Either of those could get you banned from using the internet under Britain&#039;s new Cyber Security Strategy. Probation is getting a makeover for the digital age. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Tyler Holman) Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:31:44 +0000 One in five Brits with an iPhone regret their choice <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/83897906fa.jpg" alt="" /></div>Regretting that iPhone purchase? You&#039;re not alone&#33; A study has found that one in five British iPhone owners regret their purchase, with smartphone envy being a high contributor. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Mike Brown) Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:36:38 +0000 Facebook: David Cameron will never shut it down <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/119121962a.jpg" alt="" /></div>Facebook Europe&#039;s vice-president, Joanna Shields, has stated that regardless of ongoing events in the United Kingdom, Prime Minister David Cameron will never temporarily suspend the network. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Ferson) Sat, 15 Oct 2011 18:30:38 +0000 The Queen joins Facebook <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/119121962a.jpg" alt="" /></div>Proving that one must keep abreast of the latest and greatest in social networking, Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family have joined Facebook. According to The Guardian, Her Majesty will take up virtual residence... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Matthew Jones) Mon, 08 Nov 2010 08:32:06 +0000 UK's first free public Wi-Fi to cover Swindon <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/17152035951579513283wif.jpg" alt="" /></div>Swindon is to become the UK's first town to offer free public Wi-Fi, with Swindon Borough Council planning to have all 186,000 local citizens covered by April 2010. Council officials have stated that access will... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Matthew Hopson) Tue, 17 Nov 2009 17:23:38 +0000 Vodafone UK considering buying T-Mobile UK <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/vodafone-logo.gif" alt="" /></div>In a move that would forge the largest mobile phone operator in Britain, Vodafone's UK branch is looking at potentially buying the United Kingdom wing of T-Mobile, as the Times Online is reporting. This move... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Sam Symons) Mon, 29 Jun 2009 09:49:41 +0000 Quarter of British government databases are illegal <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/nw_dailynews.gif" alt="" /></div>A quarter of all databases created and used by the British government are illegal, and should be scrapped or redesigned, according to a report from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust,... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Matthew Hopson) Mon, 23 Mar 2009 11:53:42 +0000 Britain Enjoying 'Digital Boom' <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The net, mobile phones and MP3 players are revolutionising how Britons spend their time, says Ofcom's annual report. It reveals that older media such as TV, radio and even DVDs are being abandoned in favour... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 23 Aug 2007 20:17:24 +0000