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The digital divide is still a massive issue for second class broadband citizens in the UK

4 hours ago
The digital divide is still a massive issue for second class broadband citizens in the UK
My latest rant concerns my appallingly slow (and indeed often non-existent) internet connection. Well, actually it's a combination of things, a slow internet connection being just one of them. Most people – myself included...

Hackers of the world unite as privacy startups answer Snowden’s call

7 hours ago
Hackers of the world unite as privacy startups answer Snowden’s call
Addressing the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference over the weekend of 18 July, Edward Snowden entreated hackers, engineers and activists to fight surveillance by building a new generation of privacy tools for everyone to...

Why Apple’s iTime smartwatch patent could be pretty irrelevant

23 Jul 2014
Why Apple’s iTime smartwatch patent could be pretty irrelevant
As we reported earlier today, Apple has filed for a patent some three years ago for an ‘electronic wristband’ it called the iTime. Plenty of websites (us included) have of course posted stories about the patent and...

A personal look back at the changing role of IT

17 Jul 2014
A personal look back at the changing role of IT
25 years ago When I worked in management services in the gas industry, IT was seen as monolithic, unresponsive, inflexible, data centre-based and accessed almost exclusively in line of business mode. But that was 25 years ago....

Edward Snowden is absolutely justified in his disgust at Cameron’s “emergency” surveillance legislation

14 Jul 2014
Edward Snowden is absolutely justified in his disgust at Cameron’s “emergency” surveillance legislation
When we talk about surveillance online, it is almost always with reference to the NSA and activities in the US. But US citizens are far from being the only web users affected by surveillance. The NSA has long arms, but there are...

Celebrate the birthday of the Sony Walkman

01 Jul 2014
Celebrate the birthday of the Sony Walkman
Sony launched the first Walkman in 1979, and this is this week the tech breakthrough is celebrating its 35th birthday. Nowadays there are iPhones, devices that one can use as a phone, a computer and a music player. Before that,...

75 years since Pan Am's first transatlantic passenger service: How has the aeroplane changed over the years?

28 Jun 2014
75 years since Pan Am's first transatlantic passenger service: How has the aeroplane changed over the years?
People say that the world is becoming a smaller place. Thanks to modern technological advancements, it is now possible to travel to virtually anywhere in the world in a matter of hours. Exotic locations such as Australia and...

Android users spend less on apps than Apple customers

26 Jun 2014
Android users spend less on apps than Apple customers
Many Google fans and developers are still excited in the wake of an eventful Google I/O 2014. From a transcendent show-opener where a metaphor-heavy Rube Goldberg device crossed through the physical and digital space to more...

Google I/O 2014 keynote as it happened: Reaction, pictures and analysis

24 Jun 2014
Google I/O 2014 keynote as it happened: Reaction, pictures and analysis
It's that time of year again. Google's annual developer conference is set to kick off at 9am PDT (5pm BST) on 25 June, and ITProPortal will be providing live, minute-by-minute coverage of the opening keynote. As usual, much of...

Does anybody really like Amazon's new gimmicky 3D Fire Phone?

19 Jun 2014
Does anybody really like Amazon's new gimmicky 3D Fire Phone?
For weeks, Amazon teased the tech world with sneak peeks of its debut smartphone. Last night, the company finally bared all. The Fire Phone has arrived, and it's caused somewhat of a stir. The build-up to the launch was dominated...