Slow-moving computers, laptops and programmes cost British people five-and-a-half days a year, whilst one in three say the inconvenience is enough to put them in a bad mood for the whole day. Furthermore, 29 per cent of Britons questioned went as far as stating that they lost sleep over the problem, according to new research. The study, commissioned by flash storage firm SanDisk, questioned over 8,000 people across the world about their desktop and laptop performance. The most common cause of delay in the UK is waiting for files to download or upload, whilst in second place is applications which take a long time to load. Computer startup time does not feature prominently.
Apple is preparing to host a media event next week, with strong rumours suggesting the fifth generation of the iPad will be the subject. The 15 October event will reportedly see a new version of the iPad released, according to ChristianToday.com, with the same site seeming to confirm that the iPad Mini will see some sort of delay. It's anticipated the iPad 5 will be given a major redesign and look a lot like the iPad Mini to the naked eye with a lighter and thinner design being put in place and the screen size staying the same as previous versions. The iPad Mini 2, meanwhile, is likely to be delayed with the latest rumours suggesting it won't be unveiled alongside the new iPad.
The BBC today announced a scheme intended to encourage more UK citizens to take up coding. Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, said he wants the initiative, which will launch in 2015, to "bring coding into every home, business and school in the UK." Increasing numbers of government and technology authorities haverecently chosen to express their concerns over what they see as a lack of IT skills in the UK, and inadequate education has shouldered the brunt of the blame. In a blog post, the BBC said it will predominantly target children and young people, but ultimately wants to stimulate "a national conversation about digital creativity."
David Cameron has defended the activities of GCHQ, which was revealed this year to have accessed metadata of millions of Internet users, and to have cracked the online security encryptions that protect the general public from snooping. "We have very good rules in this country," Cameron told ITV's The Agenda yesterday. "I'm satisfied we have pretty strong safeguards. I thought part of the reaction to the The Guardian story was - big surprise, spies learn to spy... it's to help keep us safe." GCHQ was found to have conducted a programme known as "Tempora", in which data was extracted from transatlantic undersea fibre-optic cables, and processed for intelligence purposes in massive data centres.