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No Dish, No Contract – Sky Launches NOW TV

No Dish, No Contract – Sky Launches NOW TV

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Sky’s NOW TV will offer movies at first, but then sport and entertainment, on either a pay-monthly or pay-as-you-go basis.

By Katie Stallard, Media And Technology Correspondent

Sky has launched a pay-as-you-go internet TV service, as the battle for control of the digital living room heats up.

Google TV, widely considered a flop when it launched in the US in 2010, is due for release in the UK on July 30, and YouView, now backed by Lord Sugar, should be available by the end of the month.

Apple TV and Microsoft’s X-Box already offer streaming services on demand.

With the development of the British broadband network has come the ability to watch television via the internet, rather than through a traditional aerial, satellite dish or cable.

Ben Fenton, chief media correspondent at the Financial Times, said: “This is almost like fighting over the audience from the beginning all over again because we’re all going to come into a new way of watching television.

“And so it’s almost like it’s the battle for the sofa from chapter one of the game.”

Sky’s NOW TV will offer movies at first, but then sport and entertainment, on either a pay-monthly (priced at £15 per month for unlimited access) or a pay-as-you-go basis, from 99p – £3.49 per film.

Simon Creasey, director of NOW TV, told Sky News: “The internet has opened up a new opportunity for Sky and for television.”

He said the service is designed for an new audience of people who don’t currently have paid-for television.

“It gives people an opportunity to dip in and dip out to take the content however they want.”

But this internet TV revolution will be entirely dependent on the quality of our broadband connections.

NOW TV will operate in standard definition only at first, and the service will use adaptive bitrate technology to minimise streaming disruption.

Sky knows the real test of internet TV will be in the buffering.

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Phone Hacking Brooks And Coulson Charged

Phone Hacking Brooks And Coulson Charged

Ex-Sun editor Rebekah Brooks and former Downing Street spin doctor Andy Coulson are among eight people facing 19 charges.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are among eight people who have been charged over phone hacking, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed.

Brooks, former editor of the News Of The World (NOTW) and The Sun, is being charged in relation to the alleged accessing of murdered Milly Dowler’s phone messages.

Coulson, who quit as David Cameron’s chief spin doctor in January 2011 and also used to edit the NOTW, is also accused of hacking into the schoolgirl’s phone.

Both Brooks and Coulson denied the allegations after the announcement, with Brooks saying she was “distressed and angry” and Coulson telling reporters he would never have attempted to undermine the Milly Dowler investigation.

Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire is also facing charges as part of Operation Weeting. In all, the group faces 19 charges.

Thurlbeck is former chief reporter of the News Of The World

Thurlbeck is former chief reporter of the News Of The World

They include ex-NOTW managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson and former reporter James Weatherup.

Neville Thurlbeck, who was chief reporter of the now-defunct Sunday tabloid, faces charges in relation to victims including Milly Dowler, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and David Blunkett MP.

Thurlbeck said he was “most surprised and disappointed” about the charges and will “vigorously fight to clear my reputation”.

Alison Levitt QC, CPS legal adviser, said there was a “realistic prospect of conviction” in relation to eight of the 13 files passed to the CPS by police.

Greg Miskiw

Former NOTW news editor Greg Miskiw

Former NOTW news editor Greg Miskiw

All of them apart from Mulcaire have been charged with conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority between October 3, 2000, and August 9, 2006.

Prosecutors  claims that more than 600 people were victims of this offence.

Brooks is facing charges relating to illegally accessing the voicemails of Milly Dowler and former trade union boss Andrew Gilchrist.

The ex-chief executive of News International, which published the NOTW, said in a statement: “I am not guilty of these charges. I did not authorise, nor was I aware of, phone hacking under my editorship.

“I am distressed and angry that the CPS have reached this decision when they knew all the facts and were in a position to stop the case at this stage.

“The charge concerning Milly Dowler is particularly upsetting not only as it is untrue but also because I have spent my journalistic career campaigning for victims of crime.

“I will vigorously defend these allegations.”

In addition to the charge relating to Milly Dowler, Coulson is charged in relation to the phone hacking of David Blunkett, Charles Clarke and George Best’s son Calum.

Milly Dowler

Claims about hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone messages surfaced last year

Claims about hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone messages surfaced last year

Coulson told reporters: “I will fight these allegations when they eventually get to court.

“I would like to say one thing today about the Milly Dowler allegations – anyone who knows me or has worked with me would know that I wouldn’t and more importantly that I didn’t do anything to damage the Milly Dowler investigation.

“At the News Of The World we worked on behalf of the victims of crime… the idea that I would then sit in my office dreaming up schemes to undermine investigations in simply untrue.”

No further action will be taken in relation to three of the other suspects, and inquiries are continuing over two suspects.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said: “Everybody was very shocked at the revelations of the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone.

“I said at the time we needed to get to the bottom of what had happened.

“It is now right that justice takes its course. This is now a matter for the courts.”

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Internet Firm Amazon To Open London Centre

Internet Firm Amazon To Open London Centre

 

Kindle Fire

Amazon shares surged on massive sales of its Kindle Fire

 Amazon is to open a new centre in London, housing teams of design and development staff.

Hundreds of employees of the world’s biggest internet retailer will be based at the site, including software development engineers and graphic designers.

They will create interactive digital services for TVs, games consoles, smartphones and computers.

Amazon intends to employ more staff in the future.

Amazon spokeswoman Paula Byrne said: “London is a hotbed of tech talent and testament to that fact is Amazon choosing the capital as the location for the new global digital media development centre.

“Innovation is part of the Amazon DNA and we are creating a British centre of excellence to design and develop the next generation of TV and film services for a wide range of digital devices.”

London Mayor Boris Johnson commented: “I am thrilled to welcome Amazon’s fantastic new international digital centre to London.

“For this wildly successful and dynamic company to choose our city to site such an important facility is a splendid feather in our cap.

“We know we have the talent, the space and infrastructure to make the most of the digital economy – this will be my prime message during Games-time, as I seek to woo even more companies for the capital, delivering jobs and growth for Londoners.

“Amazon’s investment propels us well up the league table of global tech cities and we thank them for their vote of confidence.”

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World Heads For More Mobile Phones Than People

World Heads For More Mobile Phones Than People

Number of mobile phones up from fewer than a billion in 2000 to six billion and rising, says World Bank report.

 It has been stated by the World Bank report that mobile fones are set to exceed the world population soon.

Currently the number of people that have a mobile phone is exceeding 6 bilions. So this is a benefit to mobile manufactories. This seems to be a growing indust. However we are in a recesion. People still need to talk and get around. So the mobile and internet industry is currently not affected.

The world population is estimated to be at least seven billion.

The new Apple iPhone is displayed at the Apple store in central London

Three-quarters of the world’s inhabitants have access to a mobile phone

The report says: “The mobile communications story is moving to a new level, which is not so much about the phone but how it is used.”

It adds: “Ownership of multiple subscriptions is becoming increasingly common, suggesting that their number will soon exceed that of the human population.”

It has been stated that according to a study, maximizing mobile, more than 30 billion mobile apps were downloaded in 2011.

The Goverment in developing countries are using mobile phones to increase and improve service delivery and citizens are using them to enhance their lifestyles.

“Mobile communications offer major opportunities to advance human and economic development – from providing basic access to health information to making cash payments, spurring job creation, and stimulating citizen involvement in democratic processes,” said World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development Rachel Kyte.

“The challenge now is to enable people, businesses, and governments in developing countries to develop their own locally-relevant mobile applications so they can take full advantage of these opportunities.”

The new report analyses the growth and evolution of mobile telephony, and the rise of data-based services, including apps, delivered to handheld devices.

It explores the consequences for development of the emerging “app economy”, especially in agriculture, health, financial services and government, and how it is changing approaches to entrepreneurship and employment.

“The mobile revolution is right at the start of its growth curve: mobile devices are becoming cheaper and more powerful while networks are doubling in bandwidth roughly every 18 months and expanding into rural areas,” said Tim Kelly, Lead ICT Policy Specialist at the World Bank and one of the authors of the report.

It also highlights how mobile innovation labs (mLabs) – shared spaces for training developers and incubating start-ups – can help bring new apps to market.

 InfoDev in collaboration with the Government of Finland and Nokia, has established five regional mLabs in Armenia, Kenya, Pakistan, South Africa, and Vietnam.

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Text-Mad Britons Send 200 Messages A Month

Text-Mad Britons Send 200 Messages A Month

 

A woman text in on her BlackBerry

Britons Send 200 Texts A Month

Text messaging is now the most popular form of daily communication between British adults, new figures have shown.

After years of increasing use, the amount of time British adults spend speaking on a mobile phone has dropped for the first time.

But the average Briton now sends 200 texts a month, Ofcom’s Communications Market Report found – more than double the figure of four years ago.

Text messaging is now the most common for of communication between friends and families.

More than half (58%) of UK population use text messages at least once a day.

This is more than the figure for face-to-face contact, speaking on a mobile phone and social networking.

A survey now shows that people in Britain would prefer to meet or speak on the phone than communicate by text.

Woman talking on a mobile phone

Surprisingly, the volume of calls on mobiles is falling

The time spent on a mobile phone is down for the first time and also landlines continues to drop by 10%.

The report also found that British people now spend more hours  social networking on a PC or laptop than 2 years ago. It has now incresed from 3.1 hours to 3.3 hours.

James Thickett, Ofcom’s director of research, said: “Over the past year there have been some major shifts in the way we communicate with each other.

“By far the most popular means of communication on a day-to-day basis is by text messaging.”

He added: “We have known for several years that the volume of calls on a landline has been falling. But for the first time ever we have seen the volume of calls on the mobile phone also declining.”

James Thickett said this was the consequence to the take up of smart phones – enabling people to communicate using social networking, instant messaging or email.

“Texting is seen as a traditional means of communication these days but it is still continuing to grow.”

 

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Google Unveils Tablet To Rival Amazon

Google Unveils Tablet To Rival Amazon

The Nexus 7 is unveiled by Google – the latest device to enter the battle of tech heavyweights.

Hugo Barra unveils the Nexus Seven tablet

Hugo Barra, director of product management at Google, unveils the tablet

Hugo Barra, director of product management at Google, unveils the tablet

Google has unveiled its own branded tablet computer called the Nexus 7.

The tablet will have a screen that measures seven inches diagonally, smaller than the nearly 10 inches on Apple’s popular iPad.

The starting $199 (£127) price tag means it is more likely to challenge Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

The Nexus 7 will run the next version of Google’s Android operating system, called Jelly Bean.

Although the tablet carries the Google brand, the machine will be made by Asus and will be available from mid-July.

The tablet is also designed specifically for Google Play, the company’s online store for movies, music, games, books and apps.

Google also announced on Wednesday that Google Play will now offer movies for sale, rather than only rentals.

Last week, Microsoft Corp announced its own tablet, Surface.

Expected to go on sale later this year, Surface will run on a revamped version of Windows and compete directly with the iPad.

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Facebook Responds To Email ‘Hijack’ Claims

Facebook Responds To Email ‘Hijack’ Claims

The social network site is facing a rebellion by users after it replaced personal emails with its own service on profiles.

Facebook Responds To Email 'Hijack' Claims

Facebook Responds To Email ‘Hijack’ Claims

Facebook has caused fury among some users with a profile change.

How to Fix Your Facebook Profile

Updated: 11:37am UK, Wednesday 27 June 2012

Anyone who wants to remove Facebook’s email from their profile should follow these simple steps.

– Go to the “About” section of your profile.

 In the “contact info” section, click “edit”.

                                                                                    –    Hover over your facebook.com email and click “hidden from timeline”.

                                                                                       – Hover over your preferred email and click “shown on timeline”.

                                                                                      – Click “save” at the bottom of the window.

 Facebook fights against accusations of email “hijacking” after a user rebellion over changes to profiles on the site.

The social networking giant has removed personal email addresses displayed for its 900 million users and replaced them with @facebook.com ones.

Although the company says it announced the changes in April, angry users claimed they had not been consulted in this regard.

Hundreds of users have taken to the web to complain, and more than 600 people signing up to a Facebook protest group called “Leave my email alone Facebook” in 12 hours.

Facebook users then decided to use rival social network platform as Tweeter to discuss the tips on how to reset their emails.

Facebook said it has been rolling out the change to make user details more “consistent” across the site.

The company first started offering its email service in 2010 but many users preferred to keep existing personal addresses as their primary account.

Why would Facebook want to create a unique email address for each and every user. Many users would rather use their own personal address so they can have control over their personal information as suppose to give access to facebook.

However, this might cause Facebook to have more traffic to their website but they already have over 900 million users. So they are only thinking how to make more money as supposed to keep user identity safe. However I don’t think by using a facebook email address would be secure and safe.

Facebook will know all your contacts and friends and will be able to read and colect any user data.

Encouraging more people to use the @facebook.com address could boost profits by driving more traffic and advertising sales towards the site.

He said: “It reeks of the same move Google did with its Buzz product when it automatically opted people in, and users recoiled against the action.

“This is a direction Facebook needs to move in – your email is a proxy for your identity on the internet and Facebook want to usurp people’s pre-existing email identities with their own to help drive up traffic to its site and lock users into its service.

Lots of users are already locked into using Facebook on a daily basis and the internet has already introduced optimised advertisement along side your online activity. So I do not understand how that will help anybody apart from Facebook directly.

That is why web hosting has become more afordable so you can buy your own domain as supposed to @facebook.com.

In my personal opinion it has more power if you have your organisation at your own domain. It means more than having corespondence from an address like @yahoo.com or @facebook.com.

“The problem is the lack of transparency – it has acted without asking for members’ permission first.”

However, Facebook has a consistent service of socialisation and they should focus on their socialisation to become a bigger platform. As suppose to worry on April they’ve been updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across their site.

“In addition to everyone receiving an address, we’re also rolling out a new setting that gives people the choice to decide which addresses they want to show on their timelines.

“Ever since the launch of timeline, people have had the ability to control what posts they want to show or hide on their own timelines, and we’re extending that to other information they post, starting with the Facebook address.

“We are providing every Facebook user with his or her own Facebook email address because we find that many users find it useful to connect with each other, but using the Facebook email is completely up to you.”

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