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On sale now: First laptops certified to ‘Respect Your Freedom’

Gluglug X60 Laptop now certified to Respect Your Freedom
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to Gluglug X60 laptops. The RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF’s standards in regard to users’ freedom, control over the product, and privacy. This is the first laptop to receive RYF [...]

Major milestone: single charger spec for notebook computers will significantly reduce e-waste

IEC publishes first globally relevant technical specification
IEC, the international standards and conformity assessment body for all fields of electrotechnology, announced today the publication of the first globally relevant Technical Specification for a single external charger for a wide range of notebook computers and laptops.
Each year billions of external chargers are shipped globally. Power supplies for [...]

Payday lending: tougher new rules welcomed by government

UK HM Treasury News Story - 3 October 2013
New payday lending rules put consumers first, explains Economic Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid.

Tough new payday lending rules put forward by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are a clear signal to the payday lending market that they need to get their houses in order, Treasury minister [...]

Charge for single use carrier bags to be introduced

A five pence mandatory charge for single use carrier bags will be introduced from Autumn 2015, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced today.
Last year, over seven billion carrier bags were issued by supermarkets in England. Far too many ended up in landfill or scattered around our streets and rivers killing wildlife and costing tax-payers [...]

A second Free Software Foundation-certified device from ThinkPenguin: long-range USB Wifi adapter with Atheros chip

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the TPE-N150USBL long-range 802.11n USB adapter, sold by ThinkPenguin. This wireless adapter is based on the Atheros AR9271, using the same chip and firmware as the TPE-N150USB, which was awarded RYF certification in April. The RYF certification mark means that the product [...]

Whoops - I accidentally learnt some German

I was fascinated to hear about a language education web site called Duolingo.com. According to last week’s New Scientist (2nd Feb 2013) magazine, it has been found that “students [using Duolingo.com] needed an average of 34 hours to learn the equivalent of what is covered in the first semester of a university Spanish course”.
Naturally, I was intrigued [...]

BBC News - Nursery ratios raised to cut childcare costs

The government announces plans to relax the official child to adult ratios in nurseries and other childcare settings.
See: BBC News - Nursery ratios raised to cut childcare costs.

First-ever Hardware Certification for LulzBot AO-100 3D Printer by Free Software Foundation

Loveland based, Aleph Objects, Inc. is pleased to announce its 3D printer, the LulzBot™ AO-100, received the Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification from The Free Software Foundation (FSF). As the first hardware product to ever be awarded this recognition, RYF certification meets FSF’s standards regarding users’ freedom and control over the product and privacy. Unlike [...]

Business Video - Businesses urged to instil competition in the work place to drive success

As Britain gets set for a year of world class sport, businesses are being urged to take inspiration from our sporting heroes by encouraging competition, following a poll showing many embrace competition at work.
The report, carried out by the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange, shows that the majority of workers agree that winning [...]

Ofcom looks favourably on Orange/T-Mobile application to deliver 4G services

Mainstream 4G mobile services could be available in the UK as early as this year, under proposals outlined today by Ofcom.
Everything Everywhere,  the mobile phone operator running two of the UK’s most famous brands - T-Mobile (UK) and Orange (UK), has submitted an application to Ofcom to use its existing spectrum to deliver 4G services. [...]

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