50bn Apple app downloads, 7m not online #TechTalk

It’s results and reports galore in today’s #TechTalk. The Apple App Store hits its 50 billionth download, Ofcom reveals broadband availability and the Office for National Statistics lets us know how many people are online.

Apple App Store passes 50 billion downloads

More than 50 billion apps have now been downloaded from the Apple App Store. Brandon Ashmore from Ohio was the lucky chap who downloaded the 50 billionth app - a word game called Say The Same Thing. This netted him a $10,000 (£6,500) gift card - we bet he said a few different words after that.

Google's not far behind though. According to the company, its Google Play store - available on Android devices - sits at around 48 billion downloads.

Read more at the Guardian

TalkTalk adds 10,000 new customers this year

TalkTalk has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2013. Between January and March the broadband provider added more than 10,000 new customers, taking them to a total of just over four million. TalkTalk also saw more fibre uptake, and now has 73,000 subscribers taking its superfast service.

The company reported positive growth of its YouView-based TV service, with 150,000 new households taking the service.

Read more at ISPreview

95% of the UK has access to at least 2Mb broadband, says Ofcom

New Ofcom research states that 95% of UK households now have access to broadband download speeds of 2Mb - or, to use Ofcom-speak, "standard broadband".

The report also reveals almost 70% of households have access to superfast speeds of 30Mb or more. Of course, it's important to note that this doesn't refer to geographical coverage, and large parts of the UK still don't have widespread access to superfast broadband.

UK broadband use soars - but 7 million still haven't gone online

New...erm... statistics from the Office for National Statistics reveal that 43.5 million adults in the UK are now online - around one million more than this time last year.

However, 7.1 million people are still offline, particularly the elderly and disabled, which remain the two least likely groups to be connected.

Read more on BBC News

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