Megaupload founder arrested as US shut down popular file-sharing site

The founder of one of the world’s biggest file-sharing websites, Megaupload, has been arrested for running the website that breaks US online piracy laws.

Kim Dotcom (also known as Kim Schmitz) and three others now face extradition hearings and prison after the US Department of Justice sent New Zealand police to seize their 'playboy lifestyle' homes on Thursday.

More than $8 million in cash, luxury cars and guns were also seized after search warrants were granted around...

British Telecom files patent lawsuit against Google services and Android

Google is facing a lawsuit against British Telecom for infringing 6 US patents that are worth billions of dollars in total.

Google Maps, Google Search, Google Music and the Android operating system are among the services that have been accused of infringing BT's patents and face being sued by the telecoms giant.

This may result in the search company having to pay royalties to BT from each handset sold and products used.

According to FOSS Patents, the lawsuit was...

Google Chrome vs Firefox – who will be the top web browser?

Mozilla Firefox has some work to do to reclaim its place as the second most popular web browser in the world, as Google Chrome has overtaken the browser.

Google's browser has seen a 5% during the last 2 years, now holding 25.69% of the market, whilst Firefox has 25.23%. Both browsers are trailing behind Internet Explorer, which still has over 40% of the market.

The research, conducted by website analytics company StatCounter, looked at browser usage rather than...

Over 8m Britons have never been online

Around 8 million UK adults have never used the Internet. This equals to just over 16% of the entire UK adult population.

The number of adults that have never been online fell by 299,000 during the three months up to September. This figure has significantly increased since the previous quarter, which fell by only 12,000 people.

This is according to an Internet Access Quarterly Update survey released by the Office of National Statistics. It estimates the amount of Internet...

eBay calls for Government support in m-commerce

eBay.co.uk has submitted a ‘Mobile Manifesto’ to UK Government, in order to help support and improve the mobile economy, after research found that some consumers are frustrated over mobile internet speeds.

The online sales giant held discussions with retailers, network operators, industry bodies and consumer groups to address the future of mobile and the strategy needed to ensure growth for m-commerce.

The manifesto follows new research conducted by eBay and...

Chinas app growth is up by 840% in 2011

China’s mobile application market is now the second largest in the world, according to research.

Analytics firm, Flurry, found that China has had an 840% increase in app usage during this year. The growth is four times more than the rate experienced by other countries.

The country now ranks behind the United States in the stakes to become number 1 in the apps market.

Countries within Asia were also featured in the top 10 of biggest growers, with India...

UK broadband users download 17gb of data a month

UK households with home broadband connections download an average of 17 gigabytes of data a month. This is equivalent to watching 11 movies or 12 hours of pre-recorded television content.

Regulator Ofcom released the figures in its comprehensive ‘Infrastructure Report’, based on Britain’s telecommunications network.

It looked at 200 areas in the UK and how well they support various technologies, including fixed broadband, mobile coverage and digital...

Samsungs bendy smartphones to hit market

Samsung could release its new bendable smartphones by early 2012.

The new technology will feature foldable OLED screens, which doesn’t crack when folded over, and makes it easier to fit your device into pockets and purses. The screen itself uses pixels that emalate their own light rather than using a backlight.

The South Korean electronics giant also said that tablets and other devices may be introduced to the flexible screens at a later date. This was announced during...

One in four Britons now own an Android smartphone

Research has found that just under half of the UK population own a smartphone, whilst Google's Android operating system powers half of them.

Marketshare figures showed Blackberry models came second behind Android with 22.5% and Apple's iPhone followed with 18.5%, according to research by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

Nokia’s Symbian OS continued to drop further, with only 6% of sales made from the past three months. Apple also suffered a sales drop, although it’s...

Intel turns its back on Smart TV

Intel Corp is moving away from the TV system-on-chip (SoC) market, as it struggles to compete with other companies.

According to an IHS market tracker report last week, Intel lost out in market shares, holding 2% compared to Mstar Semiconductor Inc’s 39% in the first half of 2011.

The Google partner will now focus its attention on smartphones and media tablets rather than its Google TV initiative, which has suffered poor sales.

IHS also found potential reasons...