Digital Birmingham is a Birmingham City Council initiative and part of a city wide strategic partnership of more than 40 public, private and voluntary organisations
Archive for August, 2008
Yahoo and Intel have joined together to start to create a Widget channel that will enable TV viewers to add certain Internet favourites to the small screen. This will mean that TV viewers do not have to go onto their computers to email friends, check the weather reports or access the new social network on the block, Twitter.
Soon enough we will be able to do everything virtually! Microsoft has introduced new digital photo software which will enable users to re-visit their holiday destinations, family celebrations or friends birthdays in a 3D virtual way where they will be able to “walk” or “fly” around their photographs in any angle.
Half finished, and disappointing a lot of genealogists, the website that would have had 250 million records of births, marriages and deaths spanning over 71 years will not be completed in the near future.
Choose and Book reaches 10 millionth booking 20/08/2008
NHS patients have are using Choose and Book in their droves, the electronic booking system that enables people to book their appointments electronically anywhere, at any time. It has reached an impressive landmark of 10 million bookings, which has doubled the amount reached in August 2007.
An inventor based in the UK has come up with a way for all cat and dog owners to never have to worry about losing their pets again. “Pawtrack” is the latest GPS device to come on to the market, it is a small box that is attached to the animal’s collar which allows the owner to track their every move!
WiFi at 30,000 feet 15/08/2008
Yes it is true, a survey undertaken by Plusnet has revealed people who already have a broadband connection at home would rather give up smoking and drinking than be without fast internet. Over half of the people interviewed were still satisfied with their current provider, but over a third would switch ISPs. More – Broadband more popular than cigarettes and alcohol!
Tom Watson’s Power of Information team have recently announced another competition to run alongside Show Us a Better Way . This time there is £20,000 available from the Ministry of Justice for the best prototype design that uses non-personal data and opens it up to the public. So now the bobble-hats have a real incentive to see what they can make out of it.
Show us a Better Way has had some success in encouraging public bodies to open up their data. A couple of weeks ago the Royal Mail announced that it was making the entire Postcode Address File available.