broadbandchoices.co.uk takes a look at today’s technology news, including superfast broadband subscriptions reaching a significant milestone and why Cigarettes and Alcohol will soon be available from Spotify.
Superfast broadband makes up 20% of all UK connections
One in every five broadband connections in the UK is now a superfast broadband connection, according to data from Point Topic. The broadband market intelligence company says this is largely due to Virgin Media doubling the download speeds of customers on its cable network, although subscriptions to superfast services from BT, Sky and TalkTalk are also growing at pace.
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'Revining' - retweeting for Vine - introduced
Following last month's addition of a video clips feature to Instagram, social network Facebook's photo-sharing app, microblogging service Twitter has updated its video clips app, Vine. The most significant feature added to the Vine iPhone app is 'revining', which, in a similar manner to retweeting, allows users to share videos with their followers, making them more visible.
Full story: TechRadar
Freeview TV 4G disruption black spots revealed
The areas of the UK most likely to suffer disruption to their Freeview digital TV signal when more 4G services go live later this year have been revealed. Non-profit organisation at800, set up by the UK's four major mobile network operators with the aim of minimising technical problems caused by 4G, has published a list of 17 towns, cities and counties most at risk of signal interference.
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The touchscreen that lets you 'touch' what's on it
Microsoft Research has unveiled a touchscreen that makes objects it displays feel three-dimensional to users. The Natural Interaction Research group at tech giant Microsoft's research division say the flat touchscreen, called Actuated 3-D Display with Haptic Feedback, can convey depth, weight, movement and shape, and could dramatically improve the usability of touchscreens.
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Oasis on Spotify 'a matter of time'
The Oasis back catalogue may finally be available on music streaming service Spotify in the near future. Ignition, the music management company which managed Oasis from 1993 until the band's demise in 2009, has resisted making albums like Definitely Maybe available on Spotify since the service was launched in 2008, but have said it is now "a matter of timing".
Full story: Music Week