It's been a busy seven days in the world of technology, with Virgin Media announcing its plans to double broadband speeds for its customers and Ofcom revealing its wants 98 per cent of the UK to be able to access 4G technology when the networks are rolled out. As usual our readers have had plenty to say on the various issues. Here's PC Advisor's five most-commented stories of the week.
83% of all photos snapped last year remain in digital format
More than four in five (83 percent) of all photos taken last year remain in digital format, says MyMemory.com. Research by the online storage firm of 1,990 Brits revealed that 17 percent of pictures snapped last year have been printed as hard copies.
NoviceJohn said: "The reason why we do not 'print' our photos is because there are no straightforward and cheap programs that will edit, MIX and convert the stills and video that our cameras produce, into DVD form."
"These programs should not cost more than £20, as most of the technology has been out for years," he added.
Virgin Media to double broadband speeds
Virgin Media is to double the net connection speeds of four million of its broadband customers. The ISP said the upgrade program will begin in February this year and those currently subscribed to 10Mbps, 20Mbps, 30Mbps and 50Mbps packages will see their speeds increased.
Malcolm Fry said the proposals sound good."However, the terms 'Virgin Media' and 'free upgrade' sitting side by side?!?! You know what they say about the "proof of the pudding ..."
Meanwhile, Tron added: "Shame uploads are very poor across the UK. Not to mention traffic management."
Hard Drive Makers Slash Warranties
In a bid to save money or redirect funds to product development, Seagate and Western Digital are cutting hard drive warranties - in some cases from five years to one.
Sirjohng said: First thought, three major companies all slashing warranty periods at the same time? No collusion there then?"
"Second thought, the cost of replacement under warranty is reflected in the purchase price. If you dare not put up your prices and the failure rate is overly high, your only recourse is either to reduce warranty cost by improving the product or, as a last ditch stand, tell the world that your product is nowhere near as good as you previously stated and this latter is what they have done – astonishing," he added.
Meanwhile, Smike added: "So - No one is going to buy a Seagate or western Digital drive by choice any more. Companies such as Hitachi and Samsung, with more faith in the reliability of their drives will be delighted!"
Falling memory prices may bring irritating, intrusive devices
NAND flash memory prices are expected to decline by half by the end of the year, from 70 cents a GB to 35 cents, keeping with historical price declines, said Jim Handy, chief analyst at market research firm Objective Analysis. The falling prices may make it more cost-effective to use memory in new ways, such as in-store advertising, Handy said.
He said retail customers may soon see widespread use of "these very annoying little LCD screens" in grocery and drug stores. When you walk past them, "somebody starts barking at you from a video and talking about how you need this or that thing," he said.M
accyroo said it was "a very sobering and frightful thought!"
"The worst thing I can imagine happening when shopping in Sainsbury; would be to see Jamie Olivers' mug appearing on a mini LCD screen hidden in the fruit and veg aisle, waxing lyrical about the amazing variety of recipes I could make out of a 'too good to be true' turnip," he added.
Ofcom wants 98% of UK to have access to 4G
Ofcom plans to ensure at least 98 percent of the UK has access to 4G technology when the networks are rolled out in the UK. The regulator made the announcement in new proposals released today following a consultation period that took place after the launch of the regulator's initial proposals covering the roll out of 4G in March last year.
However, Sirjohng said: "That will be 2020 for the Not Spots then."