It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News. This is your weekly roundup of all the tech news stories for the week gone by.
Microsoft announced the next version of Windows and it’s name is Windows 10. The start menu makes it’s return and there is a new addition called continuum, an interface similar to Mission control on OSX. You can download the technical preview right now from Preview.windows.com.
Disused phone boxes in London are being put to a novel use – as solar-powered charging stations for mobile phones. The first of six boxes was unveiled on Tottenham Court Road this week. The service is free to use although users will be shown adverts as they wait for their phone to charge.
A law has come into effect that permits UK citizens to make copies of CDs, MP3s, DVDs, Blu-rays and e-books. Consumers are allowed to keep the duplicates on local storage or in the cloud. While it is legal to make back-ups for personal use, it remains an offence to share the data with friends or family.
JP Morgan has revealed it suffered a massive cyber attack on 76 million private and seven million business customers in the USA. The raid gathered account holders names and addresses but the bank said it did not involve critical information such as account and social security numbers.
Here in the UK, internet connections in cable broadband homes are faster on average than those using fibre, Ofcom research suggests. Average cable speeds were measured at 43.3 megabits per second (Mbps), compared with 42 Mbps for fibre. This was partly because many cable customers had upgraded to a faster service, the regulator said.