It’s time we spoke about the good side of the Internet

Whenever you look in the news recently; all you read and hear about is the latest cyber threats, bullying, indecent images, fraud, and the whole host of other negative issues which surround the web. I think it’s time we took a step back and looked at the positives.

Lauren Hammersley has a 2-year-old daughter Hazel, who was sadly diagnosed in April with Stage 3 neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer.

The brave young girl wanted pizza, to which her mother taped "SEND PIZZA RM 4112" on the hospital...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

US likeliest for next disruptive tech; UK not an ‘innovation hotspot’

The UK’s “Tech City” cannot compete against the might of Silicon Valley and the rest of the US in terms of technology innovation, according to a recent survey.

Whilst this may not be greatly surprising considering the sheer scale of the States; being placed ahead of China by technology executives may be of interest.

The survey has been conducted by advisory firm KPMG, using a pool of 811 top technology business leaders worldwide from startups, mid-sized to large enterprises, venture capital...

By Ryan Daws, 12 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Marketing, N America, Research.

Looking to hide online? PRISM-break shows you how

First off – if you’ve done anything illegal, go to the authorities now.

For the rest of us, read onwards if you’re simply looking to stay safe online away from prying eyes; whether from hackers, crackers, or invasive privacy measures such as that pyramid-like named legislation you may have heard about.

It’s from these latest concerns which website PRISM-break.org is born, showing the best – generally open source – alternatives to all the most popular...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America, Security, Smartphones.

“Provide clarification on PRISM”, says EU commissioner

The past week I’ve written two articles regarding the US Government; allegations of spying using PRISM, and calls by involved companies for more transparency as a result.

The Director of National Intelligence claims PRISM is solely for data-collection of non-US citizens; naturally, the EU’s commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, wants some clarification.

In a...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

PRISM: The dark side of the US government?

The internet is in uproar over the US government monitoring citizens and international users through a “direct access” backdoor to the biggest companies, using a program codenamed PRISM.

Born out of the “Protect America Act” approved by Congress in 2007, the legislation allows warrantless interception of foreign-to-foreign communications. Created with the aim to protect from foreign threats; not monitor citizens.

Supposedly the system has instantaneous access to companies including...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

US allows exporting computer equipment to Iran (again)

The US has lifted the ban on exporting computer equipment to Iran - so long as the technology in question is heading to individuals, and not the Iranian government.

The ban has been in place for over a decade and lifted after a statement from the Treasury Department accusing Iran of trying to “silence its people by cutting off their communication with each other and the rest of the world."

A list known as the SDN or “Specially...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America.

Telcos not out of the woods yet after another flat quarter

Matt Walker, Principal Analyst, Networks & TechnologyMost service providers have reported 1Q13 earnings now. The results were largely as expected. Most telcos face flat to declining revenues, putting their cost base under pressure. For telcos representing over 90% of the global market, revenues and capex both dropped by roughly 1% in 1Q13 versus 1Q12 (YoY). The telcos with the slowest growth were also among the largest: Telefonica, FT Orange, Telecom Italia, and KPN. A weak European economy and ongoing cuts...

By Ovum Research, 28 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Europe, LTE, N America, Networks, Operators.

UK firm Cable & Wireless taking permanent holiday to Florida

The UK firm Cable & Wireless, based in Bracknell, United Kingdom, has decided after 140 years it’s time to moving its headquarters to Florida. Maybe we should all follow?

When I say we should follow, I’m not even talking about for a nice vacation (which it sure would be) but because it makes great business sense in tough economic times.

Last year the company was looking in trouble after recording a loss of $117 million. This year however Cable & Wireless recorded profit of $35 million;...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Industry, N America, Networks, Telematics.

FCC proposes rule changes for obtaining telephone numbers

Interconnected VoIP providers may soon have direct access to numbering resources, and the significance of area codes could become a thing of the past.

Have you ever wondered where telephone numbers come from? Well, kids, there’s this bird called a stork that delivers the numbers to your phone company which is very happy to receive them…

If only it were that simple.

Telephone...

By Francisco Montero, 24 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Industry, Infrastructure, N America.