Skip to main content

Noon News: Xbox Turns 10 Today, Google GetMo Lands in UK, Free Wi-Fi for Virgin Media Customers at London Tube Stations

Microsoft's console turns double figures in the UK, with the original Xbox coming out today back in 2002. Hip, hip, hooray! For he's a jolly good console, for he's... well, that's enough of that. Let's just say that Microsoft has reminded us that it's the Xbox's birthday today, and the console platform is now officially 10 years old in the UK.

Google's initiative to help businesses develop their web presence lands in the UK, after launching in the US late last year. Google has just kicked off its GetMo, or "get mobile", scheme in the UK, the idea being to encourage UK businesses to make the most of the increasing amount of web surfers who are using smartphones.

Californian-based network security firm is thought to be costing Dell at least $1 billion. Dell has made a new acquisition on the security front, with the purchase of SonicWall, a company which develops firewall and other data protection software to keep computers safe from the malware denizens of the digital world.

If there's a tablet that has attracted its fair share of criticisms, it is the Disgo range; its latest model, the Disgo 7000 Slim, is currently on sale at Play for £50 and includes a 4GB card; that's less than half its usual price (it costs £117 at EuroPC for example). The device comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a 7-inch 800 by 480 pixels resistive display, a 1Ghz iMAPx210 ARM11 system on chip, 4GB onboard storage, 512MB RAM, Wi-Fi, two mini USB ports, a microSD card slot, a 3000mAh battery and a micro HDMI port that allows you to stream content to any HDMI-capable television.

Stuck midway in yesterday's press release announcing that Virgin Media will give free Wi-Fi at Tube stations in London during summer, is a line stating "Following this period, Wi-Fi at Tube stations will be made available as part of Virgin Media's broadband and mobile subscriptions". We got in touch with Virgin Media PR team and they confirmed to us that ALL Virgin Media broadband or mobile customers will get free, unlimited Wi-Fi access at 120 tube stations across London (ed : shame that doesn't include train stations).