Week in Review: The future of Britain’s broadband

This has been an important week for the UK's digital future with the publication of the final Digital Britain report.

A long and complex document, we've condensed it into a Need to Know' as well as highlighting one of the surprises in the creation of a broadband tax', money that could be used to fund a next-generation broadband network nationwide.

There's the possibility of seeing mobile broadband on the Tube by the time of the London Olympics in 2012. We also have comment by IT PRO writer Jennifer Scott.

The iPhone released in the UK

[a href="https://www.itpro.com/611818/iphone-3g-s-hits-the-uk-today" target="_blank"]It's finally here[/a] the next version of Apple's little handheld marvel. Today we've seen people queuing up in front of the O2 and Apple retail stores to get hold of the little device one of which included our tech editor Benny, who spent a fair bit of cash on a 32GB version.

We've also got a perspective from another IT PRO writer in Richard Goodwin, a non-iPhone user who is seriously thinking about investing in one of the devices.

New browser technology

Opera made the headlines this week with its Opera Unite' technology, which allows the direct downloading of files between PCs over the internet, without the need for servers.

Mozilla also brought out the release candidate of the next version of its popular browser, Firefox 3.5.

Speedier and with more functionality than Firefox 3, Mozilla is looking at the browser to help it get back ahead of rivals like Chrome and Safari when it comes to pure, all-out speed.

Should Gmail be fully encrypted?

A number of security experts have written an open letter to Google asking for the company to enable default encryption for cloud-based applications such as Gmail and Google Docs, as they feel it is an unnecessary security risk.