Free Wifi across the country could soon become a reality if the trials being undertaken by Freerunner are a success. Initially available in schools, libraries and other commercial establishments, the aim is to roll this service out to a wider audience over time.
This is the first time we are seeing proper ‘free’ Wi-Fi available on a wide scale and look forward to it growing to other parts of the country.
You can read the full story here. With thanks to Techfluff TV for tweeting the story.
The founder of Spotify, Daniel Ek has announced a new iPhone app will be coming shortly, but only to paid up premium members. In a move which I think is great for encouraging new subscribers, this new iPhone app will plug a growing request from Spotify users to take the service on the road. Such a service also has the potential to impact on Itunes sales which still had the portability advantage over Spotify.
There is currently no official announcment on when the app will be available.
I still have a bunch of invites available if you aren’t already enjoying Spotify. Leave a comment if you would like one.
These are my bookmarks for May 14th from 17:54 to 20:51:
Google LatLong: Tips & Tricks: Jog your memory with saved locations – For places I don't visit frequently, the hardest part about finding them on Google Maps can be remembering the right address. The dentist's office or a museum, for example — places I've found on Google Maps before, but not quite recently enough to remember the exact address to search for a second time. Fortunately, when I'm signed in to my Google account, Google Maps automatically saves the addresses I search for. The Saved Locations list can hold up to 100 different places — an indispensable address book that I add to each time I search for somewhere new.
Waiting for the Billionth Download – O’Reilly Radar – Over the next week, the iTunes App Store is set to record its billionth download, an impressive milestone given that it launched less than a year ago. Granted the actual usage of most apps is spotty. To mark the event, I'm updating a few charts that I produced for previous posts.
It’s Down! The Day Google Stood Still (Updated) – ReadWriteWeb – We have seen our fair share of failures from web based products, but this morning, for a large number of users (at least in the U.S.), it looks like every Google service has been either wiped off the Internet or is running extremely slow for a large number of users. Even Google Search is only creeping along slowly right now, and YouTube, Google Reader, Blogger, Google Analytics, Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Apps are pretty much unavailable as well.
Wow, Google fell over today. There have been no shortage of articles about it, so you don’t need me to write more. But here is the interesting thing.If they say that around 14% of their traffic struggled or failed today they could be looking at a potential drop in daily revenue of around 14%.
So, if you take Q1 earnings as the guide, they made around $369 m per day in revenue from Google.com (excluding network and licensing income). If 14% of today’s audience could not see or click, they could stand to lose around $5m. Small change to a giant like Google, but an expensive mistake.
For reference, these are purely estimations at best, using what information that is publicly available.
During early trading on the Nasdaq, Google also saw a drop in share price of around 5 bucks which would have added to the financial ‘challenges’ they had today.
To be fair, they have pretty straight about the problem. Its got to see they are human after all!
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Digital Engagement | Director of Digital Engagement – Welcome to the new Digital Engagement blog at the Cabinet Office. The digital engagement team will be using this to talk about what we are up to, the technical challenges we are facing and to test out early solutions. Everything the Power of Information taskforce did on their blog we will do here, as we take forward their good work.
These are my bookmarks for May 13th from 22:03 to 22:46:
The Human Clock® – About – Humanclock.com shows a photograph of the current time, with the photo changing every minute of the day (all 1,440 occuring minutes on Earth!) Thus you end up with a rotating picture clock sorta deal.
May 12, 1967: Pink Floyd Astounds With ‘Sound in the Round’ | This Day In Tech | Wired.com – 1967: Pink Floyd performs the first-ever surround sound concert at “Games for May,” a lavish affair at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall where the band debuts its custom-made quadraphonic speaker system. The technological breakthrough not only amazes and confuses the mass of stoned concert-goers, but it goes on to raise the standard of what audiences would come to expect from a live rock performance.
Google Search Introduces New Feature – "Google Search Options" | Fuzz One Media – Google’s search options adds an extra layer of dynamic filters to the search engine result page (SERPs) – with a single click a search result has extra filters (on the left) that shows your search query results as Video, Forum posts or Review only results. You can also further filter your results by time or choose to display more text on the description area of the SERPs.
Ronseal ran a famous campaign with the tagline, “Does exactly what it says on the tin.” I was tickled today to see a new [to me] product that will be great for this year’s festivals. It is called Shit Box. You take the box, shit in it and throw it away. See, does exactly what it says on the box.
These are my bookmarks for May 12th from 13:28 to 16:43:
Byte Night 2009 – Each year, over 500 people from the IT and business community give up their bed for one night to experience a little of what it might be like to be homeless. The money they raise helps Action for Children tackle the root causes of youth homelessness and gets thousands of children and young people off the streets and into secure accommodation with education and training opportunities.
YippieMove – Email transfers made easy – Whether you want to change email providers or you just want to make archive copies, YippieMove can help. We’ll transfer your email between whichever email providers you choose.