What’s the point of 4G? Angry Birds rules AppStore roost: #TechTalk

Today’s #TechTalk is all about confusion: Brits don’t understand 4G and parents are baffled by kids’ internet jargon. Everyone understands Angry Birds though - phew.

4G: what's the point of it?

4G's been around in the UK for quite a few months now, but a lot of consumers still don't seem to really understand what it exactly is. Most could probably assume it's something to do with Kevin Bacon.

80% of Brits say they're aware of 4G according to a new study from research group YouGov SixthSense but a third have admitted to not knowing what it actually is with another third saying they found the service pointless. Almost half surveyed admitted to a 'vague understanding' with a paltry 21% saying they understood the benefits.

We think part of the problem is EE's advertising - the Kevin Bacon ads have been great for building the brand, but not hugely successful at laying out what 4G is for those not in the know.

So if you're wondering, 4G is faster mobile internet, fast enough to stream TV and movies, download apps quickly and make video calls comfortably. And with that, it's official - we're better than Bacon.

OMG! Parents don't understand teen net speak. WTF??

"It's not fair, you don't understand me!"

Most of us have said it to our parents as teenagers. Those of us who have teenage kids will likely have heard it more than once too. But - wouldn't you know it - it might actually be true.

A new survey by web information site knowthenet.org.uk has found that only 30% of parents understand internet slang, despite at least 81% of kids using it.

While many understood long-established terms like OMG (oh my God!) and 'trolling' (posting offensive or intentionally provocative remarks on social media message boards), others like YOLO (you only live once), fraping (posting from someone else's Facebook account without them knowing) and LMIRL (let's meet in real life) were considerably less recognised.

Oh those darn kids. Did you know them all? Check out Channel 4 News for more slang.

TalkTalk offering new YouView deal

Broadband provider TalkTalk is giving away its YouView offering, broadband and phone away for free - for a short time at least - as part of a brand new deal.

The 'Big Free' deal gives you free broadband and TV, with extra channels, including Sky One, Two, Living and Arts.

A few important points to note: you don't get free line rental, so you'll still have to pay £14.95 a month for that. And once the three months is up, you'll have to start paying your monthly bill of £15.50, plus the £14.95 line rental (so that's £30.45 a month total). Plus you'll have to pay an extra £5 to keep the Sky channels.

Still, it's not a bad deal, especially if you're looking to get the YouView set top box. Read more at Cnet.

Apple reveals what's hottest on iPhone

The Apple AppStore has been around for five years now, and to celebrate its birthday this week, the company's revealed the best-selling apps of all time.

Surprising absolutely nobody, Angry Birds rules the roost, with the grumpy flockers taking the top spot, the middle, and the number 10 position. The rest of the top 10 are dominated by games - from the slicey fun of Fruit Ninja to the descriptively-titled Cut the Rope.

Did your favourite app make the list? Here's the full run down:

Best-selling paid iPhone apps

  1. Angry Birds
  2. Fruit Ninja
  3. Doodle Jump
  4. Cut the Rope
  5. Angry Birds Seasons
  6. WhatsApp Messenger
  7. Camera+
  8. Words with Friends
  9. Tiny Wings
  10. Angry Birds Space

Surprised by the top iPhone apps? Also confused by 4G? Let us know in the comments section below.

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