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Welcome LibreItalia!

Earlier today the foundation was announced of LibreItalia, which has been founded by Italian members of The Document Foundation and has the objective of bringing together all the Italian users of the free and open source LibreOffice productivity suite to … Continue reading

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China to launch a sovereign OS to counter Windows

According to the official Xinhua news agency, China is hoping to launch a sovereign operating system in October in order to “wean” itself off operating systems developed abroad such as Windows, Le Monde Informatique reports. The Chinese OS, which still … Continue reading

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Netherlands: PSV Eindhoven introduces wifi at stadium; fans protest

PSV Eindhoven supporters launched a vehement protest against the introduction of wifi at the their Philips Stadion ground during their side’s 6-1 home victory over NAC Breda in their opening game of the season, according to today’s Guardian. Fans displayed … Continue reading

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Eiffel Tower: now with wifi

The Société d’Expoitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE) has installed a wireless network infrastructure intended for use as much by its own staff as by the public visiting the monument. Continue reading

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More criticism of ‘superfast’ broadband scheme

Close on the heels of complaints of poor connectivity in London’s Silicon Roundabout area (news passim) and the roll-out of ‘superfast’ broadband in Wiltshire being described as a ‘scam‘ (news passim), comes more criticism of the UK’s lousy connectivity from … Continue reading

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Hi-tech business, low-tech broadband

In the UK, it’s not just rural areas like Wiltshire that suffer from poor broadband connectivity (news passim). London’s much heralded Old Street technology start-ups (in the area known as Silicon Roundabout or Tech City. Ed.) are struggling to expand … Continue reading

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LibreOffice 4.3 ready for download

Via its blog, The Document Foundation has announced the release of LibreOffice 4.3; this is the 8th major release of the free and open source office suite since the birth of the project in September 2010. LibreOffice 4.3 offers a … Continue reading

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Congratulations from FSF to UK government

Writing yesterday on the Free Software Foundation (FSF) blog, Libby Reinish states that UK citizens will soon be able to fill out government paperwork with their freedoms intact. The British government announced last week (news passim) that Open Document Format … Continue reading

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goTenna, the personal antenna which takes over in network outages

A New York-based start-up has produced a portable antenna which can take over communications networks in the event of mobile services outages. The device, which is connected to by Bluetooth Low Energy to a smartphone, enables encrypted messages to be exchanged over distances from 1 to 80 kilometres. Continue reading

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UK government adopts open standards

Great news for all lovers of open standards! It’s goodbye to the ubiquitous use of MS Office formats in Whitehall; and what’s more, the government has decided not to sanction the use of Microsoft’s OOXML ‘standard’ despite lobbying by the … Continue reading

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