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40,000 UK businesses have their broadband boosted – Press release

September 09, 2015 by Al Yong

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey urges businesses to apply for £3,000 broadband grants before it’s too late More than 40,000 small and medium businesses (SMEs) across the UK have now benefitted from the Government’s Broadband Connection voucher scheme, latest figures published today show. The scheme, which helps SMEs get connected to superfast broadband has seen

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Will being able to ‘unsend’ email save the day?

June 25, 2015 by Al Yong

Gmail has introduced an “undo send” to allow you to cancel an email up to 30 seconds after you’ve dispatched it. Does this help fix a major source of daily regret, asks Peter Fleming. A few years ago the eminent astrophysicist Stephen Hawking reportedly received an email which read: “Come on get your finger out,

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BT Set Firm Date to Switch off ISDN Network

May 27, 2015 by Al Yong

“We already serve many thousands of customers in businesses using IP, our goal is by 2025 all of our voice customers will be served using an IP with a premises solution and will migrate off the traditional telephony platform.” Gavin Patterson BT Group CEO During a BT Group Q3 2014/15 results announcement Gavin Patterson (pictured), BT Group

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North East business leaders welcome Wear Crossing announcement + timetable

May 14, 2015 by Al Yong

BUSINESS leaders across Sunderland and the North East welcomed today’s announcement that work is to start on the Wear Crossing. SAFC commercial director Gary Hutchinson, chairman of the Sunderland Business Group and the North East Chamber of Commerce Sunderland committee, said: “The Wear Crossing is a massive achievement for the city as it will unlock

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£8,000 boost for charity which helps grieving parents

May 14, 2015 by Al Yong

A CHARITY will be supporting more parents than ever through the trauma of losing a child after a cash injection from a super fund-raiser. Julie Reay has donated £8,000 to 4Louis, a charity which provides memory boxes, specialist equipment and funds NHS staff bereavement training in a bid to ease the pain for those who’ve

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Sunderland Superfast broadband event for SMEs, landlords and suppliers

May 11, 2015 by Al Yong

A breakfast event will take place at Sunderland Software Centre to introduce the recently launched Sunderland Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme to eligible businesses The breakfast event will take place at Sunderland Software Centre bringing SME’s, Landlords and charities together with broadband suppliers to discuss the potential advantages of superfast broadband on their business. Superfast Broadband Connection

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HSBC to lend £8bn to UK’s small businesses

May 11, 2015 by Al Yong

The UK’s largest bank has set up a new £8bn fund to lend to small and medium sized businesses HSBC, the UK’s largest bank, is setting aside £8bn to increase its loan offerings to small and medium-sized businesses across the UK.The bank’s new SME fund will be spread across 43 areas of the country, and

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Sunderland, Washington and South Tyneside Get the Go Ahead for Connection Vouchers!

March 20, 2015 by Alex Tough

The UK Government are now granting companies across the areas of Sunderland, Washington and South Tyneside the funding opportunity of up to £3000 to help boost their broadband capabilities. This announcement recently arrived after Newcastle, North Tyneside and Gateshead were given the opportunity to help boost their businesses.  The programme offers small and medium businesses,

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Customers of Smaller Broadband Providers are Happier – Which?

March 17, 2015 by Alex Tough

Customers of smaller broadband providers are much happier than those of the big three BT, Sky and TalkTalk, reports consumer group, Which? The three largest providers received customer satisfaction scores below 50% in a survey. Smaller providers such as John Lewis Broadband, Plusnet, Utility Warehouse and Zen Internet scored over 70%. Which? is campaigning for

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Flying Cars Will Take to the Skies in 2017

March 17, 2015 by Alex Tough

A Czech firm thinks it’s finally solved one of the tech world’s most desirable objects, the flying car, and says the first consumer vehicles will be ready to lift off by 2017, government regulations permitting. Speaking at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, the AeroMobil company founder Juraj Vaculik showed off his third-generation,

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Yahoo! launches password on-demand service for simpletons!

March 16, 2015 by Alex Tough

Yahoo! is trialling a service that removes the need to remember passwords, providing users aren’t so absent-minded they don’t also lose or mislay their phones. The on-demand password service allows registered users to get a short password sent to their phone. On-demand passwords is an opt-in service, initially only available in the US. Users would

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Rymote featured in Bdaily for the Connection Voucher Scheme!

March 16, 2015 by Alex Tough

Rymote, a company that specializes in Cisco systems, is urging North East enterprises to take advantage of a scheme designed to improve connectivity.   The Sunderland firm said the business community in Tyneside and Wearside should be encouraged to make the most of the recently-extended Broadband Connection Voucher scheme, which enables businesses to claim up

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Is This a New Security Authentication Method?

March 13, 2015 by Alex Tough

Customers at Halifax bank could soon be able to prove their identities online using their heartbeat, rather than a password. A bracelet called a Nymi Band may be trialled which measures cardiac rhythms unique to each person to keep them logged in online – without having to remember passwords, codes and PIN numbers. It can

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Benefits of Superfast Broadband to a Small Travel & Leisure Business

March 13, 2015 by Alex Tough

Travel & Leisure businesses in Sunderland have an opportunity to benefit from a connection voucher worth up to £3000. By upgrading to a Superfast connection, businesses can benefit from the latest in services both now and in the future. Superfast Broadband is not just about faster internet connection; it’s about giving you the opportunities to

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Benefits of Superfast Broadband to a Small Construction Business

March 13, 2015 by Alex Tough

Construction businesses in Sunderland have an opportunity to benefit from a connection voucher worth up to £3000. By upgrading to a Superfast connection, businesses can benefit from the latest in services both now and in the future. Superfast Broadband is not just about faster internet connection; it’s about giving you the opportunities to improve the

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11 Year Old Children to Receive Mini Computers

March 13, 2015 by Alex Tough

The BBC will be giving away mini-computers to 11-year-olds across the country as part of its push to make the UK more digital. One million Micro Bits – a stripped-down computer similar to a Raspberry Pi – will be given to all pupils starting secondary school in the autumn term. Digital Visionaries The initiative is

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Benefits of Superfast Broadband to a Small IT Business

March 12, 2015 by Alex Tough

IT businesses in Sunderland have an opportunity to benefit from a connection voucher worth up to £3000. By upgrading to a superfast connection, businesses can benefit from the latest in services both now and in the future. It is important to recognize that a faster internet connection will give you access to the latest technology

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Digital Catapult Centre ready to fire Sunderland into the future

March 12, 2015 by Alex Tough

The new digital industry centre expected to help create thousands of jobs is up and running in Sunderland. The Digital Catapult, a national centre to rapidly advance the UK’s best digital ideas, has today deepened its engagement with three of the UK’s most pioneering digital communities – Brighton, Yorkshire and North East & Tees Valley –

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Virgin Media Fibre Optic Broadband

March 12, 2015 by Alex Tough

Virgin Media is the current leader of the superfast fibre optic broadband pack, regularly topping the list in Ofcom’s broadband speed tests. Virgin Media’s fibre optic cable network covers more than half of the country. Current Fibre Network Availability With billions already invested in its fibre network, mostly in urban areas, almost half of the

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