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PC Advisor's most commented stories of the week - December 16th 2011

The issues that got our readers fire up

It's been a busy week in technology, and there's been plenty to get our readers voicing their opinions. From TomTom cutting 10 percent of its workforce to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) calling for firms to 'work harder' when it comes to complying with the controversial cookie law. Here's the most commented stories on PC Advisor over the past seven days.

Windows 8: One OS to Rule Them All?

Windows 8 is on the horizon. Microsoft has designed the next-generation flagship operating system with a split personality that straddles the line between the familiar Windows 7 desktop, and the flashy Metro interface used with Windows Phone 7. We looked at whether Microsoft can successfully tackle desktop and mobile with one OS.
Joey Brittingham said: "I have been using the developer version and I can honestly say that I am not too big a fan of what I see at the moment."
Meanwhile Daryl said he hopes "PC users will be able to default boot to the desktop rather than metro (I suspect not though). I guess it would be nice to purchase WP8(?) programs once only and be able to use them via metro on the PC."

TomTom cuts 10 percent of staff

TomTom, the satellite navigation device maker, has announced plans to cut around 10 percent, or 457, of its staff in a bid to cut costs.
Buggerboots said: "TomTom need to up their game. I reported a new road on the periphery of Lichfield that still does not appear on their latest map version. Yet it is shown on the latest A-Z paper atlas of the W Midlands."
Abc agreed, saying the firm has lost its way.
"Market growth was always projected internally as a percentage of registration numbers. That sounds realistic, however would they ever see 50 percent? No, and in missing that point they grew too confident."

Satellite broadband deals should be included on comparison sites

Brits should be given the opportunity to find out about satellite broadband packages on comparison websites, says Broadband Wherever. According to the firm's managing director, Shawn Hunt cost is just one the misconceptions about satellite broadband. He said the installation is a low-cost process as the network is already in place and paid for by the network operator. He also revealed many believe satellite broadband is relatively slow.
Ian, Exeter said: "£319 for the hardware inc installation, plus £99 a month for 10mb....that is expensive given its a 25gb monthly cap".
Meanwhile, Mark Jackson from ISPreview.co.uk said the comparison site is one of those that does list satellite broadband providers.
"We're free and do not ask for a commission before listing them, which others do and since all but two or three offer commission then obviously nobody bothers doing a proper comparison. The same problem exists for Wireless providers, which we also list. It's all about money for some sites."

ICO says firms must 'try harder' with cookie law

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is calling for UK websites to "try harder" when it comes to implementing the controversial cookie law.
However, Mandy was unimpressed.
"So, let's all spend money rewriting our systems to slash conversions by 90 percent, at a time when we are all struggling to survive. Or here's an alternative - we could just leave the EU and end these moronic directives from unelected moronic bureaucrats ."

3 named best mobile broadband provider by Broadband Expert

3 is the UK's best mobile broadband provider according to Broadband Expert . The comparison site collected data from more than 32,000 speed tests run by mobile broadband users over the past 11 months.
2hackneeze said: "Mobile broadband is at least five to 10 times Slower than Wi-Fi and extremely unreliable. Fct. And a lot more expensive. Experience with my 3G iPad (O2) whilst travelling around the UK consistently proves this. Stop all this rubbish about speed, Mobile Broadband remains at snail pace!"

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