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London Wi-Fi covering 27 miles on its way
While Londoners will have to begin paying to use Virgin Media's WiFi on London Underground service from today, the good news is the capital is to get a high capacity Wi-Fi network covering 27 miles of the River Thames, according to TechWeekEuropeUK.
Wi-Fi provider Global Reach Technology will make wireless broadband access available to homes, offices, hotels, cafes and tourist locations along the river, as well as on 24 Thames Clippers ferries, by the end of March.
Faster broadband could arrive faster
A new initiative has been launched by communications minister Ed Vaizey with the aim of accelerating the roll-out of superfast broadband across the UK, according to IT news website ComputerWeekly.com.
The Fast Start initiative aims to bring together government ministers, local authorities and any other parties involved in delivering superfast broadband to a particular area at the start of the project to help it proceed more smoothly. Norfolk will be the first county to take part in the initiative.
Shropshire superfast broadband to be delayed by BT box row?
The mayor of Oswestry fears the delivery of superfast broadband to the Shropshire town could be delayed because of a dispute over where a BT broadband street cabinet should be located in the town's centre, the Shropshire Star has reported.
Martin Bennett is concerned that BT's decision to defer the installation of the cabinet due to a dispute over whether it can be located outside a branch of NatWest or not could deny some of the town's residents superfast broadband.
Superfast broadband for Dorset will 'take longer than one would hope'
The application for government funding to bring superfast broadband to Dorset as a whole and north Dorset in particular has been well received by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (Defra), which distributes the Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF), reports local publication Blackmore Vale Magazine.
However, several areas need clarifying before the application goes through to the final stage of application, with Scott Norman, chairman of the DT11 Forum Community Partnership, which submitted the application, saying "applications of this size and nature involving cross-department involvement always take longer than one would hope."
Older people with sight loss not online
Almost nine out of ten blind and partially sighted older people in the UK have never used the internet, according to research by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and broadband provider BT reported by telecom news site Telecompaper.
Those aged over 65 with sight loss are increasingly at risk from technological alienation, with eyesight the main reason given for not being online, while one-third said they did not have the accessibility software required.
iOS 6.1 launched
The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, better known as iPhone operating system or iOS, is being rolled out from today, according to technology news and reviews site TechRadar.
iOS 6.1 will enable international users to access high-speed fourth-generation long-term evolution, or 4G LTE, networks via the iPhone 5 and newer iPads. The update also gives US users the ability to buy cinema tickets via voice-activated personal assistant Siri, while iTunes Match enables users to download individual songs to their iOS device from online storage service iCloud.