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Posts tagged with Broadband

Web 2.0 design and layout tips

Ben Hunt at webdesignfromscratch has posted an excellent article on current Web 2.0 design trends, giving some recommendations on features that make a website appealing and easy to use.

Ben gives some examples of good Web 2.0 sites, including LinkedIn, Mozilla.org, and Protolize, as well as some tips which we list after the jump...


Young people behind surge in online music sales

A new Nielsen//NetRatings report has revealed that young people are the biggest spenders when it comes to online content, with the 16-24 year old age group leading the way.

Overall, UK internet users currently spend an average of £3 a month on downloading content, with videos taking 43% of the market.


NTL to rebrand as Virgin Media

NTL Telewest has announced that it will change its name to Virgin Media early next year, after acquiring Virgin Mobile for £1 billion in April.


BSkyB subscriber numbers up, broadband on track

BSkyB today announced a strong rise in subscribers to its pay-TV services, though profits have been hit by the cost of launching a new broadband service.

The company had its best Q1 performance in three years, adding 82,000 digital satellite customers up to September 30th. BSkyB now has 8.25 million subscribers in total.


Reasons to avoid Flash on your website

Web developers and businesses continue to develop Flash based websites, despite the well-documented drawbacks in terms of SEO and usability.

When used well, Flash can be a great tool for the presentation of rich content, but pure flash websites, though they may look good, can annoy the hell out of visitors.

After the jump, some reasons why...


Report shows influence of internet on offline sales

New research once again proves the influence of the internet on both online and offline sales. A study has shown that 77% of electronics purchases are researched online before customers head to a store.

The results of the US-focused study indicates that online research time increases in line with product prices.

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New flaw found in Internet Explorer 7

A flaw in Internet Explorer 7 has been found which could mask phishing scams, exposing surfers to the kind of risk that the browser was meant to have dealt with.

Security monitoring company Secunia discovered that IE7 allows a website to display a pop-up window which can contain a spoofed web address, which may trick users into accessing malicious pages.


UK digital divide driven by internet 'refuseniks'

According to new research from Point Topic, resistance to the internet is growing among the portion of the population currently without access.

By early 2006, an estimated 11.2 million households in the UK (44%) had no internet access at home. Of those households, 74.6% don’t think it is important to, a rise from 51.7% in the same survey last year.


The Slingbox Q&A - shaking up the TV industry with technology

Launched six months ago in the UK, Sling Media’s ‘place-shifting’ devices have shaken up the TV value chain to such an extent that broadcasters, ISPs and mobile operators are all seeking deals with the firm.

They use a disruptive technology that allows people to watch TV content remotely from PCs, laptops or mobiles.


We asked Stuart Collingwood, the company’s VP of Europe, how mobile, web and IPTV developers can make sure they're not left out of the action.

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BT launches free remote backup service

BT has entered the online data storage market with an offering that gives crash-conscious consumers up to 20Gb of remote backup space for documents, media and other files.  


Amazon launches the Spam Cube in the UK

The Spam Cube is a piece of anti-spam hardware which is being launched through Amazon in the UK, designed to sit between a broadband modem and your PC/laptop, scanning incoming email for unwanted messages.

This hardware will retail at around £100, but the real question is why internet users should have to pay for hardware to deal with this problem. Isn’t this a problem which could be dealt with some other way? You know, ISPs, that sort of thing...?


Customers unhappy with broadband customer service

A new survey has shown that consumers are generally happy with the quality of home internet services, but also revealed a high level of dissatisfaction over customer service.

In Point Topic’s latest Broadband Consumer Survey, 91% of broadband customers said they were happy with the quality and reliability of their internet service, and 82% are satisfied with download times.