Archive for March 29th, 2010

Up for grabs – Jabra BT135 Bluetooth Headset

Welcome to the first giveaway from @jaybranch !!

We’re giving one lucky person the chance to win a new Jabra BT 135 Bluetooth Headset.   

BT135 Bluetooth Headset with changeable covers

 

The Jabra BT135 is one of the lightest and most compact Bluetooth Headsets in its category.  The combination of a sleek, light design and a really close fit featuring an adjustable ear hook means that after you’ve put it on, you can really forget you’re wearing it!   

How to enter (Please read carefully as if you miss any steps your entry will not be counted!)

1.  Between now and Monday 19/4/2010 11:59PM (BST), sign up with twitter and follow @jaybranch   

2.  Then, send the following tweet:   

RT @jaybranch – Win a Jabra BT135 Bluetooth Headset – details at http://wp.me/pwUcm-2e  

3.  Then, come back to this post and leave us a comment that includes your Twitter username   

4.  Sometime on Tuesday the 20/4/2010, we’ll pick a random winner using random.org.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to accept their prize.  If I do not receive an answer within this time, I’ll choose another winner.   

Competition Rules……

1. Only one entry per person (IP checking will be carried out!)   

2. The competition is open to people who live in the United Kingdom & Ireland only (sorry about that!)    

3. We cannot be held responsible for any lost packages or incorrectly provided shipping addresses.   

4. Finally, failure to follow the above instructions will result in the entry being disqualified.   

Good luck everyone!   

@jaybranch   

A decade worth of broadband

Accessing the web is something you do numerous times a day.  It’s so easy nowadays, if you have a PC/Laptop or mobile device then you’re only a few clicks away from accessing billions of pages of information.  People are being introduced to the internet all the time.  However, just 10 years ago it was a different story altogether.

Back in the late 90’s ‘broadband’ connections didn’t really exist – not commercially anyway.  You certainly couldn’t ring up BT and ask to get it installed in the home, meaning you were resigned to using a modem (normally 56kbps) and the speed of access to browse the ‘Information SuperHighway’ were… well, they were rubbish quite frankly!

Ten years later and most of the U.K. is on now on broadband.  And, with the government making a pledge to get super-fast broadband into EVERY home by 2020, accessing the internet has never been easier!

As we speak, Virgin Media is currently promising that its network will be available to get around 100MB broadband connections by Q4 of 2011.  However, engineers are testing double that speed (Yep, 200MB!!) for its roll out date.

So… who has fond memories of using their modem on bulletin boards back in the 90’s?   There must be some!

More privacy changes ahead for Facebook users

Well, it looks like Facebook privacy changes are on the cards again folks! 

Facebook is planning more changes to its privacy policy so it can share your profile details (name, photo, friends list etc) with third-party websites.  Sounds straight forward, right?  Wrong.  Facebook want to “automate” the process.

The new privacy plans were revealed in a post by Michael Richter, who said the changes are necessary to “make way for some exciting new products”.  

He discussed the forthcoming Facebook location features, then detailed the plan to make users information available to a list of websites approved by Facebook themselves.  He then said that the idea of partnering with third-party sites to allow them to offer a “more personalized experience at the moment you visit the site”

These changes are no doubt linked to the recent news that Facebook is trying get external websites to integrate its ‘Like’ button.

However, compared to the previous privacy changes, the feature sharing your details with other websites would be activated automatically and you would need to opt out in order to prevent it.

The last set of Facebook privacy changes scared a lot of users into submission, with many opting to de-activate their accounts, with the possibility that scammers would be able to pinch your profile information at the drop of a hat.

Facebook boss, Mark Zuckerberg has been quoted saying that “privacy is no longer the social norm”.

Lets see what most Facebook users think…??

(via Electric Pig)

Sony to drop Linux support for PS3

Any owners of a Playstation 3 will be prevented from being able to use the “install other OS” option following the latest firmware update for the console this week.

The new update is due to arrive on Thursday 1st April, but Sony bosses have said (via the PS Europe Blog) that this is not an elaborate hoax or an April Fools Day joke!

Sony says the move is due to nebulous “security concerns”, although we’re not convinced that all PS3 owners who have been running Linux quite happily, and for some time now on their consoles, will be pleased with the decision.

There is always the option to disregard the updates of course, but that means that you won’t be able to access the PlayStation Network or play games on-line. 

via PS Blog Europe

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