Older people are increasingly going online, in part thanks to tablets, according to the U.K. telecommunications regulator. In one of its periodical media use reports, Ofcom noted on Tuesday that 42 percent of those aged over 65 accessed the web in 2013, up from 33 percent in 2012. The regulator linked this with an increase in tablet usage within the 65-74 demographic from 5 percent to 17 percent — I would assume that those older users who are less tech-friendly find tablets simpler to use and easier to maintain than full-blown PCs. More generally, the proportion of adults accessing the internet through a tablet jumped from 16 percent to 30 percent between 2012 and 2013.
The rumors were true: Rajeev Suri now heads up the old/new Nokia. His track record in turning around the NSN networking business points to a focus on that field, but the company has other important weapons in its arsenal too. Read more »
The plucky Spanish outfit’s own-brand smartphone may offer loads of operating system options, but its repeated discounting suggests it’s not terribly popular. Geeksphone has also revealed the processor for its upcoming Blackphone. Read more »
The Israeli outfit operates a kind of hybrid crowdfunding-VC model with relatively high minimum investments of $10,000 — Kickstarter this ain’t. Read more »
Like the full enterprise-grade Projectplace package, ToDo is based around the idea of Kanban boards and cards. It’s free, though there are paid tiers that give more functionality and storage. Read more »
Thin is in, as always, but recent breakthroughs in printed and flexible electronics herald a whole new age of gadgets, imaging devices and user interfaces. Read more »
In one of the sillier European privacy cases involving Street View, the company has also agreed to notify towns’ citizens through local papers and radio of the cars’ impending arrival. Read more »
On Thursday Turkey lifted its ban on Twitter and on Friday the same looks set to happen regarding YouTube — sort of. According to reports, an Ankara court decided that blocking the whole of YouTube was overdoing it; the court said only 15 contentious videos should remain blocked. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reportedly said he would grudgingly comply. His social media crackdown followed multiple leaks of purported evidence showing corruption all the way to the top of the Turkish administration, though the YouTube ban may have been triggered by a leaked phonecall in which officials discussed possible military action in Syria.
Formerly known as Futureful, content discovery outfit Random has once again turned its user interface upside-down in order to better learn how people browse when they’re not thinking too hard about it. Read more »
It’s healthy for people to react to the knowledge of their surveillance by being more cautious. It means they appreciate the risks and are more likely to want to get rid of them. Read more »
Russia’s answer to Mark Zuckerberg either has a very weird sense of humor, or he is genuinely preparing to fight censorship of the platform he founded until the bitter end. Read more »
It was a closely-fought contest, but Europe’s crucial telecoms package has passed through its first European Parliament vote, as have amendments that remove loopholes that would have clashed with the open internet. Read more »
Canonical wants to make Ubuntu a contender in the mobile space, and that means setting up an ecosystem. The entity at the center of that ecosystem wouldn’t necessarily be Canonical itself. Read more »
Pavel Durov is no longer CEO of VK, saying in a resignation post on the social network that he was no longer able to defend the site’s founding principles. Read more »
The purchase will allow Telefónica to offer an HTML5-friendly desktop virtualization service to small businesses and government customers. Read more »
MariaDB 10 is out, featuring a “Connect engine” that makes it easier to handle data from both traditional SQL databases and more web-scale NoSQL systems. The new functionality merits new editions of the MariaDB Enterprise and Enterprise Cluster products. Read more »
Security outfit RSA has already had its name tarnished by the fact that the NSA paid it to distribute a mechanism (the Dual_EC_DRGB “Dual Elliptic Curve” random number generator) that turned out to be flawed. Now Reuters reports that RSA, these days part of EMC, also distributed a second NSA-recommended tool, the “Extended Random” extension, which researchers say made it easier to crack a version of the Dual Elliptic Curve software. Although Extended Random was included in the Bsafe security suite alongside Dual_EC_DRGB, it was sparsely adopted and was removed in the last 6 months. Again, RSA denies deliberately weakening its products.
The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), a powerful lobby group that already had observer status in Google’s antitrust case, has applied to become a full-blown complainant, putting paid to any idea of the case being done and dusted. Read more »
M-Pesa, the mobile money system used to handle nearly half of Kenya’s gross domestic product, is tentatively stepping into eastern Europe. Read more »
The French startup, which has developed wireless technology to let everyday objects send out tiny chunks of data at low power and low cost, wants to build on existing network rollouts in France, Spain, the Netherlands and Russia. Read more »
Yandex will provide the default search and app facilities for users of Nokia’s X-series Android smartphones in Russia and Belarus, the companies announced on Thursday. Read more »
This time the cause seems to be a leaked intelligence conversation regarding possible military action in Syria. Read more »
The French, Y Combinator-backed startup has developed its own ranking algorithms for handling product data in particular, and now it’s offering those insights to its customers. Read more »
The company makes a system that’s in many ways similar to Google Glass, but used to help blind people interpret the world around them. The investment will most likely feed back into Intel’s healthcare division and perceptual computing drive. Read more »
Using LEDs powered over Ethernet, the system gives building owners and facility managers loads of useful data about their properties, and office workers new ways to negotiate their environment. Read more »
Good news for Turkish Twitter users: an Ankara court has ordered the lifting of a blockade on the social network, according to local reports. The ban, which drew international condemnation, came in 6 days ago as Turkey’s administration tried to put the lid on a growing corruption scandal. Citizens were able to bypass it fairly easily at first, but new forms of blocks made access very difficult. According to Wednesday’s reports, the telecoms regulator that instituted the blocks may appeal the ruling, but access will need to be restored in the interim, making this a “stay of execution”.
The Marco Civil da Internet, in its current form, is a big win for the likes of Google and Facebook, as it no longer requires them to store Brazilians’ personal data within the country’s borders. Read more »
The whistleblower has given a tentative thumbs-up to plans by the White House that will reportedly end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone call metadata. Read more »
An amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill would see online harassment cases moved to a different type of court that can dole out sentences of up to two years. Read more »
The French consumer rights group UFC-Que Chosir has sued Facebook, Google and Twitter in the Paris high court over their terms of service and data collection practices. In a statement on Tuesday, the group said the French-language terms were inaccessible and sometimes — quelle horreur! — linked to pages in English. UFC-Que Chosir is also concerned about the social networking services not seeking proper user consent before allowing others to exploit their data. The claims seem rather broad, though France does have a track record of cracking down on U.S. web firms’ privacy violations as hard as it can, so the case may turn out to have legs.
The Russian-founded, Berlin-based operation offers more secure and private messaging than WhatsApp, but is it right for you? Read more »
Want to keep your searches private while still using familiar services like Google and Bing? Disconnect has just made that a bit easier for you. Read more »
The Twitter ban in Turkey may have been easy to bypass at first, but now the government has introduced more serious measures than DNS redirection. Read more »
As Bitcoin exchange collapses go, this one is notable for its highly optimistic approach to overcoming insolvency. Read more »
The latest Snowden leaks show the U.S. to be hacking China, which is hacking the U.S. Huawei is caught somewhere in the middle, along with various other companies. Read more »
MtGox really is a gift that keeps on giving: now in the throes of bankruptcy, the audit-averse Bitcoin exchange said late Thursday that it has found 200,000 bitcoins in an “old-format” wallet it previously thought was empty. That means it has only lost 650,000 bitcoins – 550,000 of which belong to its customers — rather than the 850,000 it previously thought had been pilfered by thieves (“evidence” that MtGox still has almost a million bitcoins is deeply suspect, accompanied as it was by fraudulent malware). The re-found bitcoins are worth around $116 million, which will interest the courts handling MtGox’s bankruptcy in Japan and the U.S., and customers clamoring for their money back.
The Turkish government has imposed a media blackout on a corruption investigation that goes all the way to the top. Now, as people turn to Twitter and YouTube to bypass that blackout, censorship of social media has begun in earnest. Read more »
AlchemyAPI CEO Elliot Turner and IBM Watson sales chief Stephen Gold took to the stage at Structure Data 2014 on Thursday to discuss the implications of cognitive computing’s rise. Read more »
The Madrid-based firm says fitting into the Spanish business culture counts for a lot in its quest to take on Amazon Web Services. Read more »
Swedish computer vision company 13th Lab has decided to focus on gaming technology, launching a crowdfunding drive for a new “reality gaming” platform called Rescape. Read more »