Birmingham, Dudley councils accelerate 5G roll-out

Providing further evidence that the West Midlands is driving 5G in UK, Birmingham City Council and Dudley Council have signed what they call landmark lease agreements with Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL) and fellow UK mobile infrastructure services company Cornerstone to accelerate the roll-out of 5G network infrastructure under the guidance of West Midlands 5G (WM5G).

MBNL and Cornerstone are the key infrastructure providers for mobile network operators EE, Vodafone, Telefónica (O2) and Three, which hold 5G licences in the UK. WM5G is backed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the West Midlands Combined Authority and in March 2020 delivered the UK’s first region-wide 5G testbed and accelerators as part of a consortium led by O2.

WM5G believes that at least 2,000 private sector businesses and public sector organisations in the West Midlands and beyond will benefit from using the 5G accelerators over the next five

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CoStar, which provides commercial real estate information and analytics, says it will buy Homesnap, an app that improves real estate agent workflows, for $250M (Peter Grant/Wall Street Journal)


Peter Grant / Wall Street Journal:

CoStar, which provides commercial real estate information and analytics, says it will buy Homesnap, an app that improves real estate agent workflows, for $250M  —  Purchase would mark the company’s first significant step into residential data  —  CoStar Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest providers … … Read More

Office Depot Black Friday deals: Lenovo ThinkBook, HP Slim

Office Depot and OfficeMax’s Black Friday 2020 ad has leaked a few days after its rival Staples dropped its deals ad, but it’s a lot slimmer than in year’s past. 

A mere four pages long, the ad may reflect the new normal for Black Friday, where retailers run deals throughout November rather than hoard them for the last weekend of the month. Regardless, there are a handful of deals if you’re looking for a new desktop or laptop, which we’ve detailed below.


$90 off

We haven’t seen many all-in-one PC deals anywhere close to this price during this Black Friday, so if you’re looking for such a package and you’re on a tight budget, this could be a strong option. The specs are basic — an AMD Athlon Silver processor and 4GB of RAM — but HP does include a 1TB hard drive for plenty of storage, and, perhaps

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The Boeing 737 Max is back? Not everyone is convinced

Still a bumpy ride to come?


Screenshot by ZDNet

Suddenly, there was optimism in the air.

After the Boeing 737 Max had been grounded for almost two years, the Federal Aviation Administration declared last week that it’s fit to fly. Again.

American Airlines, rarely an airline with excessive touchy-feely qualities, had already anticipated this. It had scheduled the plane from December 29 on the Miami-La Guardia route. If you look carefully, the airline openly declares this flight will be operated on a Max.

Yet here was a plane on which 346 people had lost their lives. The so-called Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System was software that mistakenly pushed the nose of the plane down, with pilots unable to switch the system off as it sent the plane into a dive.

Apparently, everything is fine now.

However, as it gave the go-ahead the FAA admitted that when it originally certified the plane

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Global networks take the strain in roller-coaster 2020

Despite unprecedented strains placed upon networks – especially from a huge rise in video streaming, gaming and video conferencing – during 2020, the latest edition of the Nokia Deepfield network intelligence report has concluded that contrary to earlier fears of their capability, the networks were made to withstand the internet’s roller-coaster year.

The report examined service provider network traffic and consumption trends in 2020, and overall changes in internet traffic patterns in the past decade and in 2020 – focusing on key application areas such as video streaming, video conferencing, gaming and distributed denial of service (DDoS) security.

The report’s data was gathered from network service providers across Europe and North America from February to September 2020 using the Nokia Deepfield portfolio of network insights and security applications, which use big data analytics to monitor, analyse and understand network traffic and services.

The stake in the ground for the

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Teachers say they are spending hours reviewing tests that were scored incorrectly by auto-grading bots, which try to match a student's response to an answer key (Julie Jargon/Wall Street Journal)


Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal:

Teachers say they are spending hours reviewing tests that were scored incorrectly by auto-grading bots, which try to match a student’s response to an answer key  —  Auto-grading software often marks answers incorrect when they are right, giving teachers and families more remote-school headaches… Read More