Sunday, 17 Oct, 2021

Tech

Gamers shun stores for downloads

US sales of PC games via downloads have exceeded shop sales for the first time, suggest figures. In the first six months of 2010, 11.2 million full games for the PC were bought online compared to 8.2 million physical unit sales, said NPD Group. Topping the list of download sites was

Extremist websites skyrocketing, says Interpol

The sharp growth in extremist websites is making recruitment much easier for al-Qaeda, according to Interpol head Ronald Noble. "The threat is global, it is virtual and it is on our doorsteps," he said. Mr Noble told a conference of police chiefs in Paris there were 12 sites in 1998 and

BlackBerry set to unveil tablet pc

Though BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is keeping mum, the Canadian company is expected to unveil its BlackPad tablet computer to rival Apple`s iPad Monday, according to media reports in North America.The announcement is likely to be made at its developer`s conference in San

Commonwealth Games village gets high-speed broadband network

Swedish telecom equipment giant Ericsson Tuesday said residents of the Commonwealth Games Village will get access to high-speed broadband connection, thanks to its fibre-optic cable network it has deployed there. "Ericsson will be managing the network 24x7, supporting the communication

Flickr Passes the 5 Billion Photo Mark

The photo of the Woodward’s building in Vancouver has been uploaded by a user called yeoaaron, and it’s officially the five billionth photo on Flickr. According to Flickr, users upload more than 3,000 images to the site every minute. Although Flickr is the biggest social site that

UN wants broadband for half the world by 2015

Half of the world`s population should have access to high-speed internet within five years, the UN said Sunday. The world`s governments should put internet access at the top of their agendas, said Hamadoun Toure, secretary general of the UN`s International Telecommunications Union. "The

Facebook to check up on their kids university antics

new study has found that three in four parents use social networking site Facebook to check up on their university going children. The research, commissioned by insurance company Ensleigh, also found that 72 percent of 18-25-year-olds who have left home use the Internet to speak to their

Computer hackers meet in Budapest

Hacktivity 2010, the largest computer hackers` conference in eastern Europe, kicked off Saturday, with some 1,000 participants expected to attend the two-day event, according to organisers. The conference was to bring together officials and computer experts from Hungary and abroad in an

Global wireless subscriptions to hit five bn

The number of global subscriptions for wireless services is expected to reach five billion in September and be equal to 73.4 percent of the world’s population, a market research firm has said. According to iSuppli Corp, worldwide wireless subscriptions will increase by another 100

Facebook location-aware service Places launches in UK

Facebook has launched its location-based Places service in the UK. It allows people to "check in" wherever they are and see who among their friends and other Facebook users is - or has been - at the same location. The service also lists nearby businesses and attractions, and Facebook

Most Indian Villagers Unaware of the Internet

According to a recent research survey jointly conducted by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB, a large percentage of India`s rural populace is simply unaware of the phenomenon called the Internet! The data accumulated from the survey puts the figure at 84

China orders 15 websites to remove videos

China`s press watchdog has ordered 15 websites to remove videos which were unauthorised or had copyright issues. The deadline for the removal of videos is Sep 21. The 15 sites, including youku.com, ku6.com and video.baidu.com, took up more than 80 percent of the country`s video market

Newspaper subscriptions for iPad

Apple is ready to launch a subscription service for newspapers on its Pad tablet computer, according to a report by a Silicon Valley newspaper Wednesday. The San Jose Mercury News said the launch was expected "soon" but was being delayed by a tussle between Apple and publishers over who

Carrier pigeon versus broadband in data speed race

Broadband is the most modern of communication means, while carrier pigeons date back to Roman times. But on 16 September the two will be pitted against each other - and the pigeon is expected to win. Ten pigeons will be released from a Yorkshire farm at the same time a five-minute video

Bangladesh to launch new satellite

Bangladesh will soon launch a new satellite for improvement of information and communication technology, a government statement said. According to the statement released Wednesday, the satellite will upgrade the broadcasting facilities of the country to international standard, Xinhua

S.Korea has more mobile phones than people

Gadget-mad South Korea now has more mobile phones than people, with a growing number of users carrying multiple handsets for business purposes, telecoms authorities said Wednesday. The Korea Communications Commission said there were 50 million mobile service subscribers in the country as

Nokia chairman expected to stay on until 2012

Nokia Corp. said Tuesday that board chairman Jorma Ollila has signaled readiness to stay on at the helm of the world`s leading handset maker until 2012. Nokia spokeswoman Arja Suominen said that no announcement had been made but that Ollila has said he would be "at the disposal of the

Intel`s Sandy Bridge chipset to revolutionise PC market

The world`s biggest chip maker, Intel, has unveiled the chipset it is banking its immediate future on and one it hopes will shake up the market. The product, code-named Sandy Bridge, is Intel`s first architecture to merge a microprocessor and graphics processor onto a single silicon

Nokia starts smartphone fightback

Finnish phone giant Nokia has vowed to fight back as it battles for customers in the increasingly competitive smartphone market. The company unveiled three new smartphones - E7, C7 and an updated C6 - at London`s Nokia World conference. The C6, C7 and E7 devices all run on Symbian, the

YouTube in two-day live video-streaming test

YouTube has started to experiment with its own-brand live video-streaming technology. Over two days the site is planning a trial in which four partners will get the chance to air live programmes. YouTube has done one-off live events in the past, but the trial marks a test of underlying