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Following news that the BBC iPlayer ain’t gonna be free for much longer according to the head of BBC technology, it could be additionally good news that YouTube is set to offer TV programs as part of their service. It is reported that talks are ongoing between ITV, channel 4, Sony, and Google (who own YouTube and are hardly averse to big partnerships and even bigger market shares) to discuss the possibility of adding TV shows to the service. In all honesty, the BBC should probably be more wary of charging for their service because...

If you’re like us and a mass of other TV watching consumers then you’ll have already enjoyed the impressive benefits that the BBC iPlayer has to offer. Like us you’ll undoubtedly be disheartened by the mere possibility that at least one exec inside the BBC believes that users should have to pay for the privilege of using the iPlayer service. Of course, if you never watch iPlayer then you’ll probably be even more miffed off at the half denial from official BBC sources that claimed they are looking into the possibility...

Following on from last week’s post about how Facebook is, rather unsurprisingly, the UK’s most regularly visited website, we thought we’d look at ways you can interact with the social networking website. A lot of mobile phones are sold on the premise that you can use them to access your Facebook account but few offer the same kind of synchronous relationship as the latest INQ handsets that will synchronise between your mobile phone phonebook and your Facebook buddies list. Make a new friend on Facebook and they’re...

If you’re a bit of a 360 nut then you’ll have probably noticed that a lot of attention is being paid to DLC or Downloadable Content, especially by Microsoft but also by the major and not so major game developers of the world. What’s more, the Live platform at least is becoming better equipped to handle with this kind of gaming platform but OnLive offers a truly virtual console that takes this to the next step and could well represent the future of gaming and a major change in how things are done. Essentially the whole...

If you’re on the look out for cheap, popular music then the relatively fledgling Amazon download store is apparently the place to hit at the moment with the price of a single currently cheaper than that of a single more than 40 years ago (none of the “good old days” nonsense this time around, eh?). While the music industry at large might try to tell us that this is a bad thing, and it will certainly mean less and less royalties for the artists, what it means in real terms to you and I is that we can purchase singles from the...

It’s hardly a surprise to many of us but a recent online survey and report have shown that Brits prefer to log on to Facebook than to use any other website. While last year, Facebook browsing accounted for approximately 7% of our Internet usage it has witnessed a massive jump to a staggering 13% this year according to analysts Nielsen Online. More surprisingly, MSN Live took second spot with YouTube, MySpace, and BBC backing them up as our most visited sites. Other figures released show that we, on average, spend 22 hours a month...

Internet telephony has become more widely used thanks to advances in its technology. Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP as it’s more often referred, provides us with the opportunity to make voice calls to other VoIP users using an Internet telephone and can prove especially useful for the mobile users around the world. Part of the reason for this is the potentially lower charges when compared to using your mobile phone. The Kensington Vo2000 Bluetooth Internet phone is one of the latest in Internet phone designs and is particularly...

Preorders are already available from the Carphone Warehouse for the first Comes with Music handsets due to be released by Nokia in October. The handsets come bundled with a year’s free access to the Nokia Music Store and although the selection won’t be as wide as with Apple iTunes the pricing model is almost certain to guarantee Apple some competition in the marketplace. Conusmers that buy any of the Nokia Comes with Music handset range will gain unlimited access to every tune in the database for twelve months. For heavy music...

According to Ofcom, the regulatory board responsible for telecommunications and Internet issues, those members of the population that have previously been unable to enjoy the first generation of broadband should be the first to receive upgraded broadband to their homes. The advisory committee has stated that doing this would help ensure that the gap in broadband doesn’t continue to increase. The actual practice of achieving this would prove difficult, after all there are reasons that certain areas cannot get a broadband connection....

Unless your middle name happens to be Microsoft there’s a positive case to be made for healthy competition. From a purely selfish consumer’s point of view competition means better products at better prices but enough with the lessons in basic market economy. The reason for that little diatribe is that Microsoft and Mozilla are set to face some pretty rigorous competition in the web browser market – and this time it’s from Google. Browsers come and browsers go with the trend being heavily based towards the open source...