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BT internet outage hits customers and PlusNet users

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An outage somewhere in BT’s monstrous network has seen thousands of people unable to make it online this morning, also delivering the knock-on effect of having a similar problem with PlusNet users, who also reside on BT’s network. Although the ISP has been attempting to fix the problem since early …

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Local churches could bolster wireless internet speeds

Considering everyone from professional sportsmen and women, to TV fraudsters call upon the lord to help them with their task at hand, perhaps asking for aid with rural internet speeds isn’t such a bad thing. Churches around the UK could soon begin bolstering local wireless performance by utilising their spires …

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Sky to introduce internet watershed for all new customers

Taking the initiative following the British government’s interest in bringing forward the Investigatory Powers Bill, Sky has announced that it will be introducing its filtering system automatically for all new customers (it won’t even ask first) and will even go so far as to instigate a watershed-like system. Before 9PM, …

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Mozilla releases A-Frame making VR web developing easy

As much as the idea of walking around websites, rather than interacting with them on a 2D display might seem like a relic  from a ’90s future-tech story (anyone remember Net Force?) it’s actually something that some are already experimenting with. It’s hard though, so Mozilla has developed a technique …

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Online racists shamed with billboard screengrabs

We’re not blowing anyone’s minds when we say that some people can be dicks online. Racism, sexism, homophobia – often the internet feels like it brings out the worst in people, even if there are many pieces of evidence to counter that point. Still, Brazil is looking to change people’s …

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5Gbps broadband is landing in the UK- for a price

The UK isn’t exactly known for its blazing fast internet speeds, with average household broadband speeds sitting at 10.7Mbps. However, one company is planning on blowing the UK away with its own 5Gbps broadband service, though it will cost you quite a bit to get it. Right now, the 5Gbps …

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Virgin puts Wi-Fi in Buckinghamshire pavement

Although rural areas are gradually getting access to 3G and 4G services, coverage outside of cities and large townships still isn’t great. One solution that Virgin is trying out in the small market-town of Chesham, Buckinghamshire, is what it’s calling “smart pavements.” It involves the creation of public Wi-Fi stations …

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EU legislation could cripple UK porn filters

British porn filtering on an opt-out basis has been a bit of a bugbear for us here at KitGuru and many of you have voiced similar sentiment in our comment threads. Fortunately then there is a chance that their very existence could be put in jeopardy by a new piece …

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China’s new digital security laws could increase censorship

A new draft law being considered by Chinese parliament could increase the censorship of its internet even more, making information harder for average citizens – without the knowledge of proxies – to access. It’s raising concerns among international businesses operating in the region too, as they would need to comply …

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Pirate Bay was worth prison time, claims founder

Since they haven’t had any real involvement with the site for many years, it’s no surprise that most of the founders of the torrent search site, The Pirate Bay, don’t feel as if they have much of a tie to it anymore. However, recently released from his 10 month stint …

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Your internet is probably slower than it should be

Does your broadband operate at anything close to the speed stated by your ISP? According to a new report, as many as three quarters of households in the UK are faced with internet download rates that are slower than the one advertised by their provider for their particular package. Worse yet, …

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Facebook expands Internet.org to all developers amid concerns

Although the Facebook backed project, Internet.org, was initially slated as a method for those in under-developed technological areas to access ‘the internet,’ it drew a lot of criticism for limiting those people’s access to certain websites. This prompted many people to suggest that Facebook was hampering the push for net …

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Obama critical over Chinese net security terrorism laws

US President Barack Obama has criticised Chinese plans to implement new anti-terror laws which would see all tech firms doing business in the country forced to hand over encryption keys and to provide back doors in software to allow the military to gain digital access to whatever they want.  While …

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Alleged Expendables 3 leakers arrested

Earlier this year saw a massive leak hit the internet. No, it wasn’t a pre-release game, or another Edward Snowden revelation, but the latest Sylvester Stallone movie, The Expendables 3. The reason this was such a big deal however, wasn’t just because a movie leaked, that happens all the time, but …

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10,000 Hungarians protest internet tax

We reported last week that the Hungarian government had announced a new tax set to be brought into effect in 2015, that would see individuals and corporations taxed by the gigabyte they used. No measly sum either, but around £0.40 per GB. Due to public upheaval it later added a …

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Update: Hungary may start taxing the internet by the GB

Update: And just like that, the government has relented. After pressure from the press and public, it’s now announced that while the tax will still be implemented, there will be a cap on it. For individuals, no one will have to pay more than 700 forints (£1.8), while businesses will …

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South Korea is getting 10Gbps fibre soon

Since I don’t live in any of the recently upgraded areas, I’m still drumming my fingers on a regular basis while we wait for fibre to the cabinet to be implemented here, but even I know I’m lucky compared to some with my 16Mbps connection. Over in South Korea though, …

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Chinese government reinforces stranglehold on internet

While much of the Western world has spent the last year reeling at the fact that intelligence agencies abroad and at home have been tracking their every move online and recording every interaction they have, the people of China have been well aware of their government’s overwatch of the internet …

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What is the net neutrality argument all about?

There’s a few things that we’re quite passionate about here at KitGuru. One is providing you guys with the most honest breakdowns of new hardware possible and we do our best to break well researched, up to the minute news too. But down in our guts is where you’ll find things that …

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