BT bashed, FrontRow banned and technology on the toilet #TechTalk

broadbandchoices.co.uk rounds up the week’s technology news. This week: BT slated by MPs for being stingy, the Premier League gets FrontRow blocked, the use of phones on the throne and more...

BT bashed for not stumping up broadband cash

BT was hauled over the coals yesterday by the public accounts committee - which is responsible for overseeing government expenditure - for having contributed less than half of what it promised to the government-subsidised programme supposedly set to provide 95% of the UK with superfast internet access.

BT pledged a chunky £1billion in 2012 but has so far contributed just over £350 million.

Full story: The Register

Illegal football streaming site to be blocked by broadband providers

The Premier League has won its battle to force all broadband providers in the UK to block FirstRow1.eu - a popular Swedish website that offers illegal access to live Premier League football.

It's the first time a sports streaming site has been banned in the UK and represents a huge victory for the Premier League in its ongoing fight against illegal streaming.

The owners of FirstRow however have said they will keep the streams online - which is likely to be done by circumnavigating the blocked addresses.

Full story: TechRadar

HTC One mini makes its debut

Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer HTC yesterday unveiled a smaller version of its flagship smartphone, the HTC One.

The HTC One mini has the same UltraPixel camera and BoomSound speakers as its more sizeable sibling but features a 4.3in HD screen and dual-core 1.4Ghz processor as opposed to the HTC One's 4.7in HD screen and quad-core 1.7Ghz processor.

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Thom Yorke takes music off Spotify

Earlier this week, Thom Yorke - best known as the frontman of popular genre-transcending band Radiohead - removed his solo work and music by his newest group 'Atoms For Peace' from online music streaming service Spotify.

Yorke said he'd taken this action because "new artists get paid f**k all".

Spotify responded, saying it is committed to becoming "the most artist-friendly music service possible". Clearly Thom doesn't agree.

Full story: The Guardian

Brits prefer mobiles and tablets to magazines and books in el baño

Always looking at your phone on the throne? Missed the bowl because you were crushing candy? Well you're far from alone according to a new survey by PIXmania.com.

The online electronics retailer found four in 10 Brits regularly use tech on the toilet. Smartphones were identified as the dunny device of choice, with tablets then e-readers the next most popular gadgets to use when going to water the horse.

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