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  • Curiosity rover lands on Mars, cracks wise

    Posted August 6, 2012 - 11:50 am

    The successful landing of the rover Curiosity on Mars was reason for rejoicing - and for joking, meme-ing and photoshopping.
  • Twitter traffic overloaded Olympic bandwidth, officials ask users to 'take it easy.'

    Posted July 30, 2012 - 10:48 am

    Officials say they have four times more capacity than in Beijing, but tweets overwhelmed GPS locators in bicycle road race.
  • IT's Olympic challenge: Live streaming employees

    Posted July 27, 2012 - 11:19 am

    IT managers in businesses and governments are taking steps to ensure that the Summer Olympics do not bust networks or budgets. The opportunity for problems is there.
  • O2 launches free London Wi-Fi service in time for Olympics

    Posted July 26, 2012 - 2:28 pm

    O2 has launched the free Wi-Fi it promised to central London visitors and residents in time for the London 2012 Olympics.
  • London 2012 website worst performer in online Olympics tests

    Posted July 25, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    The official London Olympics website, london2012.com, has been found to be the worst performer in a number of online tests carried out to gauge end user experience amongst key 2012 Games websites.
  • Mobile networks insist they are prepared for mobile phone traffic during Olympics

    Posted July 25, 2012 - 11:25 am

    The UK's largest mobile phone operators believe that they will be able to cope with the expected increase in demand on their networks during the London 2012 Olympic Games, thanks to real-time data and more engineers.
  • Twitter works with NBC to take on Olympic Games

    Posted July 25, 2012 - 9:29 am

    Twitter is teaming with NBC to make it easier for users to take in all the tweets about the upcoming Olympic Games.
  • Watch the London 2012 Olympics live on your iPhone

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 9:41 am

    The BBC has launched a free app to enable iPhone and Android smartphone owners to watch the Olympics on their devices.
  • BT on track to deliver 500,000 wi-fi hotspots for Olympic Games

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    BT has confirmed that it is on track to have 500,000 wi-fi hotspots across the capital in time for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Wellcome trust CIO: Olympics will be a 'non-event' for IT

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:36 am

    Enterprises officially have 100 days to prepare for problems that might arise when the Olympic Games descend on London, but Wellcome Trust CIO Mark Bramwell believes that it might be a “non-event” for IT departments.
  • Sleeping pods fitted at data center for London 2012

    Posted April 14, 2012 - 7:57 am

    A data center provider has installed sleeping pods into its London data center to ensure that engineering staff can attend to any problems round the clock during the Olympic Games.
  • London wires up for 2012 Olympic games

    Posted November 25, 2011 - 10:44 am

    While London's massive Olympic park is still very much a frenetic construction site, IT engineers are fine tuning the equipment that will be used to transmit scores, let athletes send e-mail and transmit high-definition video of the Games.
  • London 2012 Olympic IT testing center opens

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 8:11 am

    Thousands of PCs, servers and network devices will be configured at the venue before being distributed to more than 90 Olympic venues.
  • NBC Olympic coverage: Is the Internet the enemy?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    A year and a half ago I wrote that I expected the Beijing Olympics would be "the last pre-Internet Olympics," but I was wrong. The Vancouver Olympics has established that NBC has no interest in maximizing viewer interest in the games, or in minimizing the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars it says it will suffer from covering the event.
  • NBC Olympics on AT&T for iPhone

    Posted February 14, 2010 - 10:25 pm

    We've already looked at mobile guides to the Winter Olympics aimed at travelers headed to Vancouver for the big event. But what if you're planning on watching the 2010 Winter Olympics from the comfort (and warmth) of your couch, a free app from AT&T has got you covered.
  • Avaya hopes for gold in running the Olympic network

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 9:24 pm

    When the winter Olympic Games open this weekend, the events will be tied together by a converged 10G Ethernet network backbone.
  • HDTVs for Super Bowl and Olympics enjoyment

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 10:20 am

    Super Bowl XLIV (that's 44 for those of you who missed Roman numerals class) is right around the corner, set to take place on Feb 7. And there's also this little thing called the 2010 Winter Olympics starting on Feb 12. And what do many people do to prepare before the the Olympics and the big game (other than put their bookies on speed-dial)? They take the opportunity to go shopping for a fancy new TV to make the game--and let's face it, life in general--more enjoyable.
  • Olympics: China by the numbers

    Posted August 18, 2008 - 10:08 am

    If nothing else, China is a country of superlatives: biggest, largest, oldest, most. As China racks up gold in Beijing with just under a week to go in the Olympics, the medal count isn't the only place where China posts the top numbers:
  • For first time, Olympics is all high-def

    Posted August 8, 2008 - 10:00 am

    Over the next 17 days the victories and defeats of athletes at the 2008 Olympic Games will decide much of how the event will be remembered. But going into the competition, there is already one notable first: it is the first Olympics that will be produced entirely in high-definition (HD).
  • Chinese Tweeters celebrate Olympics with '#080808'

    Posted August 8, 2008 - 9:42 am

    A new online movement less than 24 hours old seeks to spread the Olympic spirit among users of the Twitter micro-blogging site.
  • Lenovo looks for strong finish at Beijing Olympics

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 11:47 am

    More than any other official sponsor at the Beijing Olympics, Lenovo may have the most to gain -- and the most to lose -- as a Chinese company trying to reach a worldwide market.
  • Olympic Games torch DRAM market

    Posted August 5, 2008 - 9:48 am

    Just when it didn't seem like things could get any worse for the global DRAM market, a Chinese crackdown on pirated goods ahead of the Olympic Games has sent chip prices even lower.
  • YouTube to carry Olympic videos in some countries

    Posted August 5, 2008 - 9:45 am

    The International Olympic Committee is launching its own video channel for the games in cooperation with YouTube, to territories in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the IOC said Monday.
  • Group offers tools to evade China's Web censorship

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 9:35 am

    Reporters covering the Beijing Olympics who are frustrated by Chinese Internet censorship can use free software tools developed to help Chinese users circumvent these controls, according to a representative of a group that develops such software.
  • Olympic chief: 'no deal' on China Net censorship

    Posted August 3, 2008 - 8:22 pm

    International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge Saturday said there was "no deal" with Beijing Olympic officials to permit censorship of the Internet during the games, and lashed out at criticism of the IOC and its handling of the matter.
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