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PC Advisor's most commented stories of the week – October 7th 2011

The issues that got our readers all fired up

Apple certainly dominated the news this week. While it may have got off to a good start with the launch of the Apple iPhone 4S, the latest iteration of Apple's smartphone, it certainly ended on a sad note after former CEO Steve Jobs passed away. However, there's also been plenty of other tech talk in the past seven days regarding BT, Firebox and UK mobile broadband speeds. Here's the most-commented stories of the past week on PC Advisor.

Apple iPhone 4S launch: the details

After much speculation on the web, Apple finally unveiled the next iteration of its hugely popular iPhone this week. Dubbed the Apple iPhone 4S (Yup, you heard right, not the iPhone 5 we all expected), we got all the details about the launch of new handset as it happened.
However, not everyone was thrilled with the final product.
HeadScratcher wanted to know if it was Apple's idea of a joke.
"It's the same phone as the 4 should have been - better battery, antenna that works. Voice commands??? You mean like Android has had since day one with Google Voice?!?! (And nobody wants voice recognition anyway - try saying something into your phone on a windy day or in a busy street!)," he said.
"Underwhelming. They'll sell a zillion to the rather easily pleased faithful, as usual..."

Samsung hopes to block sale of iPhone 4S in Italy and France

Samsung Electronics was another entity with the iPhone 4S. The technology giant revealed it plans to file preliminary injunction motions  in Milan, Italy and in Paris asking the courts to block sales of the iPhone 4S, as part of its long running battle with Apple regarding patent infringement across the Apple iPhone and iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy range of smartphones.
Soulman said: “This battle is getting very interesting.”

BT boosts fibre download speeds to 300Mbps

BT revealed its fibre broadband service will offer speeds of 'up to' 300Mbps in some areas from next year. The telecoms company is currently in the process of rolling-out a £2.5bn fibre network across the UK in a bid to give two thirds of the UK access to fibre broadband by 2015. Locations where fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology has been rolled-out will be able to benefit from the faster download speed from spring. Furthermore, BT said it was boosting download speeds of Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology to 'up to' 80Mbps from 40Mbps.
Abe said it was about time.
"The UK is still lagging behind on speed than our European friends who enjoy faster speeds yet at a lower price. Knowing BT, they would charge extortionate amounts judging by their far overpriced broadband at the moment. Plus you don't exactly get great customer service either however I would admit it is far better than talk talk," he said.

Firebox.com joins Google in London's Tech City

Gadget retailer Firebox.com announced this week it will be joining Google in London's Tech City. Firebox.com, which has been based in Streatham for 10 years has moved its headquarters to the area of London also known as Silicon roundabout, which is based in East London.
Greville Lucking said: "Great to see positive news about Firefox and Google moving into the hotbed of IT that is the Silicon Roundabout"!"
"We've been based here for the last ten years and having been one of the original technology pioneers in the area with offices in both the uber cool Rivington Street and Curtain Road, we can confirm that local business is booming."

UK mobile broadband speeds are in the 'Dark ages'

The UK's mobile broadband speeds are stuck in the "dark ages" as the UK prepares for the Olympics, says Broadband Genie. Research by the broadband site revealed the average mobile broadband speed across the country is just 1 to 2Mbps, which is "a very small increase from last year's figures" according to Broadband Genie editor Chris Marling.
Hoggleboggle said: "Unfortunatly the UK went from cutting edge with their 3G network implementation in 2003, to falling behind African countries like Kenya which have implemented 4G since 2010. Pathetic".

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