UK surfers are most demanding
According to ADSL Guide, UK users demand more from their Net connections than those in other countries and their usage is only likely to be intensified as 8Mbps connections become more widespread. Add to that the demands on bandwidth that will be imposed by IPTV and video-on-demand services and ISPs will be faced with escalating bandwidth costs without a corresponding rise in revenues.
'The big question with no answer currently is what will Ofcom and the telecoms providers, of which the BT Group and NTL Incorporated are the largest, do to ensure that the UK can continue its growth into a digital economy,' writes ASL Guide's Andrew Ferguson. ...more
Apple intros 17in education iMac
Apple has introduced a new version of the 17in iMac designed specifically for education customers.
Priced at $400 less (UK pricing to follow) than the cheapest retail mode, the education iMac boasts a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor with a 1,440x900 widescreen LCD display and a built-in iSight video camera. ...more
Vodafone reshapes its Mobile Internet
A new mobile data service that includes Web access has been unveiled by Vodafone. According to the company it should provide users with an experience of the Web on their phones that is far closer to the type of browsing experienced via a laptop of desktop computer.
The offering, dubbed Vodafone Mobile Internet, won't require people to upgrade their phones, states the communications giant. ...more
Symantec takes SystemWorks into 2005
Symantec has updated its SystemWorks data protection and problem solving suite.
Norton SystemWorks 2005 includes a full version of Norton GoBack, which allows users to try and overcome PC problems by rolling-back to a time-point when software and data were valid. Note that Windows XP has a basic versions of this feature built-in. ...more
Small businesses benefit from DIY Web presence
How great a financial benefit do small businesses see from a DIY presence on the Web? A new survey indicates that 70 per cent of such businesses are quickly generating new sales revenues from relatively modest outlays - the majority had spent less than ?100 on creating and maintaining their website.
It must be declared, however, that the survey was carried out for 1&1 Internet, the Web hosting provider, which will be more than keen to encourage the take-up of business websites. Nonetheless, there are some interesting stats thrown up by the survey of 25,000 users. ...more