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British Telecom (BT) has an ambitious plan to supercharge the U.K.'s broadband infrastructure. Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT, outlined plans to deploy its "G.fast" technology on a widespread scale, starting with two pilot locations this summer. According to Patterson, G.fast will enable speeds of up to 500Mbps to most of the U.K. within a decade, with deployment starting in 2016. The exact speeds a customer can hit will depend on how far away they are from the technology. Initially, BT is aiming to hit a few hundred megabits per second to hundreds of homes and businesses by 2020, with speeds increasing to 500Mbps as it develops a new kit around emerging industry standards. Initial pilots will start... Read more...
There’s really no other way to say it: BT and Alcatel-Lucent claim that they’ve reached Internet speeds of 1.4Tbps over an existing fiber connection. To be clear, that terabits, not gigabits; we’ve covered a good amount of news related to the latter lately because almost nobody has access to those kinds of speeds as it is. So, yes, terabit Internet speeds. The companies conducted this field trial in the UK, using a fiber link between the BT Tower in London and the company’s Adastral Park research facility in Suffolk. The underlying technology is a flexible grid infrastructure called “Flexgrid” that ups the density of each transmission channel and varies the... Read more...
Oh, well. It sounded so good, and it would have been, too: Gmail adding, through its Labs, the ability to send SMS messages through Gmail Chat and at the same time associate a permanent phone number with your account. Normally, a temporary ID is set, but this would have enabled you and your friends to SMS back and forth without worry. You would have been assigned a number in the 406 area code once you sent your first SMS message. However, Google found a bug, and had to pull back the feature. According to their blog post: Oh snap. Last night, we started rolling out a new feature to Gmail Labs that lets you send SMS text messages right from Gmail. It combines the best parts of IM and texting: you... Read more...
VLC Player is a very useful media player, as it can play almost any sort of video codec you can name, and it's free. But if you like using VLC Player to look at the media files you acquire as you make your way across the video landscape, beware: the latest version of VLC has a big security flaw. The problem occurs when a someone loads a subtitle file, which causes a buffer overflow that can be exploited. The security flaw is platform independent, which means it affects Windows, Mac and Linux users.Initially it was reported that the flaws in version 0.8.6d were fixed in the latest release, but this turns out not to be the case. Auriemma writes: “The old buffer-overflow in the subtitles handled... Read more...
We recently reported that Comcast has been accused of throttling BitTorrent traffic.  Initially Comcast denied that it was doing anything to throttle BitTorrent traffic, but later revised its stance to indicate that their TOS gives them the right and obligation to make sure that the Comcast network isn't being used to traffic in illicit copyrighted media.Now an alleged internal e-mail has surfaced, telling customer service reps how to respond to customer concerns about BitTorrent trouble:"If a customer asks:I read that Comcast is limiting customer access to BitTorrent. Is this true?Respond:No. We do not block access to any applications, including BitTorrent. We also respect our customers'... Read more...
Torrent tracker site supreme, Demonoid, has allegedly been shut down again, this time by the Canadian Recording Industry Association.  This isn't the first time in recent history the Demonoid has gone off the air, having moved from the Netherlands to avoid legal threats there.Demois, the site operator, has yet to be heard from since the site went down about 24 hours ago:Unfortunately, it now seems that Canada is not the “safe haven” as they expected it to be. It is likely that Demonoid has to relocate again, for the second time in three months.Demonoid tracks over a million .torrent files and is the second largest BitTorrent tracker after The Pirate Bay. The shutdown of the site and tracker is... Read more...
It seems like a never-ending debate.  One study will say cellular phones do not cause cancer, another says they might.  This is the latest study, and it shows a "hint" of a connection between cellular phones and possible long-term effects such as cancer.  The good thing is they seem to have ruled out short-term effects.Programme chairman Professor Lawrie Challis said it was now up to the government to offer advice. The team found that there was a slight excess reporting of brain and acoustic neuroma (ear) cancers. Researchers said this was on the borderline of statistical significance. Professor Challis said... Read more...
Expect "not much" to happen after noontime in the cubicle farms. In office parks and skyscrapers all over the map, this afternoon is an opportunity for companies to disappoint and anger their employees with crummy gifts and alcohol-free office parties. Slate magazine asked for entries for their Corporate Scrooge contest, and boy, they got some doozies. Perhaps the most Dickensian example comes from Scrooge's homeland. One writer nominated his former employer, David Bury Ltd in the Dickensian-sounding town of Grimsby. "During my time with the company as a consumer electronic service engineer, the annual Christmas bonus given to all employees was a bag of potatoes," he writes. Apparently... Read more...
Last week we brought word of BTXFormFactor's introduction to Cooler Master's BTX offerings. Tonight we have more BTX goodness from the same guys, this time covering Thermaltake's line of BTX cases. "Founded in 1999, Thermaltake has grown into one of the world leaders in computer cooling devices, power supplies, and cases for home and industrial applications. Their case designs are continuously being improved to meet the demands of the users, as well as the high powered components inside. This evolution now includes a few models designed to accommodate systems based on the BTX form factor, which will be covered in this introduction. Here is the... Read more...
Though ATX is still the way to go for most people, support for the BTX form factor is continuing to grow. Today BTXFormFactor.com would like to show off what Cooler Master has to offer, introducing four new BTX cases. "Since its release very few manufacturers have taken advantage of BTX and a majority of the newly released chassis designs still cater to the ATX format. Cooler Master has developed a significant reputation in the consumer market by providing a wide selection of cases that cover desktop and full tower case requirements. Here they come, the Cooler Master BTX family: Centurion B540, Centurion B541, CM Media BTX-B260, and CM Stacker... Read more...
Finding a good headset to work with your cell phone is key.  Not only do you want to be able to hear in virtually any environment, you want to be heard as well.  Futurelooks has a look at the Bluetake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset which shows a lot of promise.  They go over the product features in detail and tested the BT400 G5 on several phone makes and models.  Weighing in around $50, the Bluetake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset looks promising. "When you see people walking around the grocery store with no wires coming out of their ears, chances are, they are using a Bluetooth headset with their wireless phone. We made DJ Jaspa... Read more...
BlueTake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset Review @ The Tech Zone: "Nothing says geek like a Bluetooth headset. With the BT400 G5, you'll be able to laugh at people with corded headset because they're not as cool as you. With a simple flip and a twist, the BT400 G5 works for both left or right ear. How geeky is that?" DFI LanParty UT SLI-DR Review @ Ninjalane: "When SLI was first announced the enthusiasm here in the Ninjalane Labs for the new technology was crazy. Everyone was running around trying to get their hands on something SLI enabled in hopes of making that big score and upgrade to SLI." G.Skill DDR600 Memory Review: Versatility redefined @ Madshrimps: "G.Skill is fairly new to... Read more...
Hey folks, there's not much news in the box tonight, but here's what we got. Goodnight! Bluetake BT400 G5 Headset Review @ CoolTechZone "Ever since Bluetooth starting gaining popularity, it was only a matter of time before innovative and useful products started appearing on shelves that took advantage of the standard's wireless options. Though not innovating in most cases, but perhaps the most useful lineup of products that take advantage of Bluetooth are wireless headsets for mobile phones with built in support. Over the course of past year or so, we have seen numerous companies emerge in the market with Bluetooth headsets, which only goes on to show that they are not as cost centric for... Read more...
Hey folks, we have some more news for your reading pleasure. One interesting item we have is an article about the current, and future state of the BTX Form Factor. Let's have a look and see... BTX Form Factor Exposed @ PCStats "Weren't we all supposed to be using BTX by now? When this radical form-factor change for motherboards and PC cases was first proposed by Intel in 2003, its introduction was supposed to coincide with the birth of the 'Alderwood' and 'Grantsdale' chipsets we now know as the Intel 915P and 925X. Instead, the standard took until just recently to get off the ground with manufacturers in Taiwan, resulting in Intel bumping the official introduction of the BTX form factor... Read more...
Good evening my friends welcome back to HH.  Things around the Canadian portion of the labs have been fairly mundane over the past week or so, and for that, I would like to apologize.  I have been dealing with some fairly substantial situations in my personal life; but, things have been resolved and my life is back on track.  Consequently, as of tomorrow AM I will be back in full effect (forum, multiple news shots, reviewage, etc...).  Thanks to those who have helped me out over the past little while, you have been a great help... News anyone??  AC Ryan Blackfire4 Fans @ Phoronix "If you are tired of those old generic fans sitting inside your case, you should be... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome back :)  Things around the HH labs have quieted down for the night.  However, before we dive between the sheets for a bit of shuteye, we have a tasty bedtime snack for you.  With a killer "case" mod, some insight into BTX MoBo's and a few other swank articles, you should rest at ease knowing you are on top of the hardware scene ;)  Here is your nightcap... Flexiglow Illuminated Keyboard @ ASE Labs "Flexiglow is a pretty well-known name in the computer modding field. Their products focus mainly on lighting enhancements. Today, we'll take a look at their new lighted keyboard and see if it is worth your money. Read on... " ATI... Read more...
Intel D845PEBT2 i845PE Motherboard Review Intel Appeals to the Enthusiast By: Chris Angelini December 29, 2002 Intel certainly has an established reputation when it comes to motherboards.  In most regards, its reputation is solid but hardware enthusiasts generally don't recognize Intel for supporting those whom derive utility from pushing a processor or motherboard to the limit.  Intel would rather see a group of power users purchase 3.06GHz Pentium 4 processors instead of overclocking their less-expensive 2.53GHz chips to the same level.  Clock multipliers on both Pentium 4 and Athlon XP processors are locked by both chip manufacturers as a result of this mentality. ... Read more...
Soyo's K7-DRAGON -vs- Gigabyte's 7DXR The KT266 and AMD760 Square Off! By, Marco Chiappetta October 25, 2001 Athlon motherboards have come a long way since AMD's flagship CPU was first introduced.  Initially, some OEMs would not even produce boards for the Athlon because they feared it would damage their relationships with Intel.  Some of the brave OEMs that did produce motherboards for the Athlon, wouldn't brand the products with their logo, and even shipped some boards in plain white boxes in hopes that they would draw minimal attention. Well, things have now come full circle.   The Athlon has arguably become the CPU of choice amongst the influential Enthusiast / Do-It-Yourself... Read more...