Facebook chat rooms, Google console? #TechTalk

Chat rooms could soon make a Facebook comeback and search giant Google is thought to be working on an Android games console. Get the latest internet and tech news in today's #TechTalk.

Facebook chat rooms feature leaked

Social networking giant Facebook has built a new feature codenamed 'Host Chat', which lets users set up chat rooms other people can join without an invitation.

Facebook has reportedly "verified" leaked details, but emphasised the fact it was only being tested at the moment with a small percentage of users.

Reminiscent of chat rooms from years gone by, it's thought the new feature is designed to introduce friends of friends and get users spending more time on Facebook.

Google to launch a games console

Reports suggest internet search company Google could soon make a foray into gaming with the launch of a video games console powered by its Android operating system.

Read the full story: The Wall Street Journal

BBC iPlayer's biggest weekend since Olympics

The BBC is preparing for a massive weekend of digital entertainment - the sort unheard of since last summer's Olympics - with approximately 360 hours of live coverage available for streaming on PCs, tablets, smartphones and connected TVs.

A record-breaking six live streams from Glastonbury and up to 10 from Wimbledon, as well as coverage of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix and other sporting events leaves little reason not to stay at home this weekend if you've got a broadband connection.

Read the full story: BBC News

Government scraps fibre broadband plan

A five-year plan for the UK to have the "best broadband in Europe" has been scrapped by the government after the fast-approaching deadline became too unrealistic. The project aimed to make fibre optic broadband available to 90% of the UK by 2015.

The scheme will still be going ahead, however, with a revised objective to have instead reached 95% - an additional 1.4 million homes - two years after the original deadline in 2017. An extra £250million will be allocated to the Broadband Delivery UK initiative.

Read the full story: broadbandchoices

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