It's been a busy week when it comes to tech and gadgets. e-Readers have been blamed for the death of high-street bookstores such as Borders, O2 revealed its giving its customers a location-based app that provides deals and services based on where its users are and Ofcom is forcing BT to drop the price it charges ISPs that use its network to provide net access in rural parts of the UK. Here's the five stories that our readers were most vocal about this week.
Ofcom forces BT to drop wholesale price of broadband in rural areas
Ofcom revealed this week it will force BT to drop the price it charges ISPs to use its network to offer broadband in rural area , in a bid to improve services in these areas. The regulator hopes that by forcing the telecommunications company to reduce the amount it charges by 11 percent below inflation, around three million homes and businesses in rural parts of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as the South West of England, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Northumberland, will benefit consumers by offering cheaper and faster broadband.
However, David said: "We, that live in the rural areas, need to get away from copper. If we don't we will be going through the same 'upgrade' issues again in a few years time".
If e-readers destroyed high-street bookshops, they have only themselves to blame
Borders gave up the ghost this week, announcing the closure of 399 US stores with the loss of 10,700 jobs. The UK stores, of course, went before. And we, like many others, had to question whether for the demise of the high-street bookstore is down to the e-reader? Did the Kindle kill Borders? As far as we're concerned the answer, to an extent, is yes. After all: Amazon was banging on about e-books for years before they started to have a significant impact. 'Real people don't use them', we'd say. 'Wait and see', they'd reply.
Lezzliea revealed e-readers of any description will never beat books.
"I love the feel, smell and weight of a new book in my hands .I hate trying to read literature off a screen. I've had books that have lasted most of my life 40+ years and can still read them when I want to, e-readers won't last that long," she said.
Our Editor, Matt Egan, admitted he too is a big fan of the physical book.
"It's a staggering piece of technical design. But I haven't bought one for months, because my tablet can hold thousands of the things, most of which I downloaded for free."
Double resolution screen for next iPad
According to The Korea Times, Apple's next version of the iPad will feature an improved display resolution of 2048x1536 pixels with a 4:3 aspect ratio, to provide a full high definition (HD) viewing experience. The current iPad 2 has a 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi). The paper quoted a source saying that the display will support quad extended graphics (QXGA), with Samsung Electronics and LG Display, the world's two largest makers of liquid crystal displays (LCDs), close to securing big orders from Apple.
However, Hoggleboggle believes it's "total nonsense"
"What is much more likely is that the device will be able to output that resolution on external screens."
O2 launches location-based deals service for its customers
O2 was also in the news this week after it launched a location-based service that offers its customers access to discounts and special offers at nearby retailers.
The Priority Moments service uses GPS technology on mobile phones to identify the user's location and then provide access to special offers such as half price books at WH Smith or a free glass of Prosecco with any meal at Zizzi. The retailers are just two of 30 brands that have initially signed-up to take part in the scheme. Others include Harvey Nichols, Pizza Hut and Little Chef. However, Mark Pearson, chairman of deals website MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, said the app was simply a "marketing gimmick".
AG22163 said: "Mark Pearson...methinks he protests too much. An O2 app for those who are OK with having their every movement tracked, is the future and his response suggests he knows it. Vouchers require intentionality, a mobile app is immediate."
Price of iTunes and Mac apps rise by up to 25%
Apple came under fire this week after it bumped up the prices of apps in its iTunes and Mac app stores by as much as 25 percent in some cases. The changes, which according to Apple reflect the fluctuations in exchange rates against the dollar, has seen the cheapest apps, which were originally priced at 59p, now costing 69p. The most expensive rises see iOS apps priced at £3.99 and £7.99 rising to £4.99 and £9.99 respectively. Meanwhile, Final Cut Pro X has gone up a whopping £20 from £179.99 to £199.99.
However, The Bunker believe it's a weak excuse for a price hike - certainly in the UK at least.
"The US$ to GBP exchange rate has been hovering around the 1.6 mark for nearly 18 months and there are no definitive signs of that changing dramatically in the near future," he said.
"Fact is, the dollar is not the strong currency it was around the globe, so I think the reasoning goes something like this:- The dollar buys less, Apple products are in strong demand, Apple is a US based company that wants to keep it's domestic market happy in the continuing bubble of delusion, So lets put the price up in every country outside of America."