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BBC iPlayer receives makeover

Posted on March 14, 2014

The BBC has announced plans to update its on-demand television service, more commonly known as iPlayer, to include new online shows targeted at its (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Online social experiment tops a million players

Posted on March 6, 2014

More than one million people have taken part in an online social ‘experiment’ called ‘Twitch Plays Pokémon’. The objective was to complete the game, hugely popular on Nintendo’s Gameboy in the 1990s, with users controlling the (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Designer creates detailed map of the internet

Posted on February 4, 2014

A Slovakian student and amateur graphic designer has created an in-depth map of the internet, envisioning the positions that some of the biggest websites would adopt were they physical places.

Complete with several continents, smaller landmasses and (more…)

Posted by Richard Bell

Researchers develop ultra-fast internet connection

Posted on January 24, 2014

A team of scientists has created the fastest ever internet connection, using lines composed of commercial grade optics to hit speeds of around 1.4 terabits per second.

Believed to be the fasted connection ever developed, the (more…)

Posted by Richard Bell

Live chat comes third in list of top customer service channels

Posted on January 20, 2014

Research carried out by LogMeIn, a remote connectivity specialist, has discovered that more than one in four shoppers would be more likely to pay for a product or service if they were able to speak to an (more…)

Posted by Richard Bell

Rural Scotland gets broadband boost

Posted on January 17, 2014

More than a dozen local authority areas across Scotland will soon have access to superfast broadband under the Digital Scotland initiative.

Around 39,000 businesses and homes north of the border are expected to (more…)

Posted by Richard Bell

French firm launches ‘smart’ toothbrush

Posted on January 6, 2014

A start-up company in France has unveiled what could be the first ever toothbrush to come equipped with internet capabilities.

Showcased at a recent event held ahead of (more…)

Posted by Richard Bell

Classic games introduced to the Internet Archive

Posted on January 3, 2014

A number of video game classics from the 70s and 80s have been made available to play online free of charge by the Internet Archive.

Launched with titles from several early home consoles, the collection includes characters and scenarios made famous by hardware like 1982’s ColecoVision and the Atari 2600 from 1977.

At present, the games can only be played without sound, but that looks set to change. Archivist Jason Scott confirmed that, in the months to come, the software available will expand considerably.

Further, he said that making the classics easily available to the world allows for commentary, education and enjoyment.

Other gaming machines represented in the collection include the Astrocade, the Atari 7800 and the Philips Videopac G7000, which was known as the Magnavox Odyssey outside Europe.

Some of the more famous games available to play include Pac-Man and Frogger. Space Invaders, which was initially released in 1978, is also part of the collection.

The minds behind the Archive hope that older players will be reminded of the timeless nature of these bestsellers, while younger generations may be appreciative of their minimalism and playability.

As a rising industry, video gaming in all its forms is reaching a growing audience. Titles like Angry Birds and Candy Crush Saga, for instance, looked beyond the market limits and engaged users who would not normally have played computer games. For small and medium-sized businesses with an internet presence, introducing a game – such as a quiz – can be a smart move to make from a website marketing perspective.

Posted by Richard Bell
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