FA bans England squad from using Twitter and Facebook during World Cup

Gerald Lynch Facebook, Sport, Tech Digest news, Twitter, World Cup 2010 2 Comments

If you were hoping to get a behind the scenes look at the England squad's World Cup tactics and team talks (or even just a Twitpic of their ludicrously expensive hotel rooms) by following the players on social networks, you're…

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Poll: What has caused BlackBerrys to be banned from David Cameron's Cabinet?

Gerald Lynch Features, Mobile phones, Poll, Polls, Tech Digest news 3 Comments

According to BBC Five Live, BlackBerry smartphones have been banned from the UK Cabinet. In a week in which the UK has seen it's first coalition government formed in over three decades, you'd think any device that could help communications…

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IWF reverses Wikipedia block decision

Duncan Geere Internet Leave a Comment

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Following massive negative publicity after blocking British internet users from accessing pages on Wikipedia, the Internet Watch Foundation has reversed overruled its own appeals process and once again allowed access to the site.

The block came about after a member of public complained about this page (potentially NSFW) on the English Wikipedia, displaying the album art for a record called Virgin Killer. The art features a young girl naked with a crack in the plastic concealing her genitalia, but nothing obscuring her chest.

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Apple BANS Opera from the iPhone

Duncan Geere iPhone, Mobile phones, Software Leave a Comment

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Opera, the little browser that could, has developed a version of its software that would run on the iPhone, but Apple won’t let them release it, claims co-founder and CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner. Opera has a mini-browser built for many mobile platforms, but because it competes with Apple’s own Safari browser, the iPhone makers won’t let it onto their platform.

It’s a damn shame, because although the iPhone browsing experience is acceptable (unlike a lot of phones), it’s not perfect, and Opera has a track record of significantly improving the mobile experience on almost every platform it’s available on. The iPhone might be a great device, but its closed nature and uber-controlled user experience has its downsides, and this is one of them.

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Related posts: Opera releases 9.6 beta | Opera Mobile 9.5 beta launched for Windows Mobile devices

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Pirate Bay banned by Italian Government

Ryan Weir Broadband, Internet, Websites 3 Comments

In a particularly bold/stupid move the Italian government today took on the might of the internet’s geek underworld by deciding to block the Italian people from using The Pirate Bay – the daddy of illegal torrent sites.

Akin to jumping naked onto a greased up King Cobra with your arms tied behind your back in the hopes of pining it for the three-count, the Italians have discovered that it’s not that easy a thing to wrestle into submission. Indeed, what they’ve actually gone and done is awaken the beast of a thousand nerds, an army of ‘leechers’ and ‘seeders’ who have dodged and weaved the Italian’s paltry web-blocks and filters like Ryan Giggs dribbling his way past the entire Arsenal squad. Easily.

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Grand Theft Auto IV blamed for Thai killing – game pulled from shelves

Gary Cutlack Gaming 1 Comment

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This isn’t your usual tabloid shock story, where there was a robbery and one of the items taken just so happened to be a PlayStation. This is FOR REAL.

A Thai teenager has confessed to robbing and killing a taxi driver – then allegedly told police he was trying to recreate a scene from Grand Theft Auto. There’s no denying the facts or fudging the issue here – he was copying the game. It’s a 100% confirmed copycat crime. There’s going to be trouble over this. Big trouble.

“He said he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in the game,” chief police investigator…

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China allows access to Wikipedia – but nothing dodgy about Tibet allowed

Gary Cutlack Internet, Web 2.0, Websites Leave a Comment

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Chinese authorities seem to be gradually lessening their censorship rules to keep the IOC happy, with Wikipedia popping up for those stuck on the other side of the ‘Firewall of China’.

Select English-language pages now appear for vandalism, although try looking up ‘Tiananmen Square’ or ‘Tibet’ and you’ll still be greeted with an error message. Also, the Chinese-language pages are still blocked, so it’s either a temporary glitch in the awesome-sounding Golden Shield Project, or we’re seeing China start to appease foreign visitors…

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