BBC Three Will Move Online in February 2016

 

BBC Three broadcasts a number of hard-hitting documentaries and comedy favorites including American Dad. The channel is quite popular among the 20-30 age bracket and an integral part of the BBC. The BBC’s budget has spiraled out of control in recent years and they have been forced to make efficiency savings. As a result, the broadcaster lost the viewing rights to expensive sports contacts including the French Open Tennis and full Formula One coverage. On another note, the BBC’s Trust has finally confirmed that BBC Three will move to an online only model and no longer be broadcast on traditional TV. BBC Three’s Controller Damian Kavanagh described the announcement and said:

“BBC Three is not closing, we are reinventing online.  We will not be a scheduled 7pm to 4am linear broadcast TV channel but we will be everywhere else giving you the freedom to choose what to watch when you want. We will be available on BBC iPlayer on connected TV’s and via set top boxes and consoles like the PS4 so you can watch on a big TV with friends, if you want. We will be on mobiles and tablets so you can watch on your own in the bath, if you want. The truth is we will be available to you in more places than ever before including linear TV.”

While this has angered quite a lot of BBC Three’s audience, the decision does seem logical given the future of media and the channel’s young demographic. Most people in their early 20s are accustomed to streaming online video via YouTube, Netflix and similar services. In the modern age, people expect content instantly and don’t want to rely on traditional scheduling. The BBC’s long-term future is still up for discussion but it appears this move is going to cause some controversy.

Japan Display Conveys Prototype 8K Screen Within a 17-inch LCD

Recent years have seen a substantial improvement of resolution within screens at a price point which has dropped significantly, from average consumer availability of 1080p Televisions to the new breed of 4K sets which are pushed to market at a decent price compared to previous developments. But as we all know, 4k is not good enough, we want even higher res, well some of us, for me, computer games and films benefit from the increased detail level, but I am sceptical when the time comes to implement a higher detail level for day-to-day TV.

Another disadvantage is in the form of a gigantic screen which is needed for 4K or even 8k viewing, well, maybe not considering a company by the name of “Japan Display” have announced plans for a 17.3 inch 8K screen. According to the prototype specs, this innovation runs at a smooth yet fast response rate of 120Hz with resolution stats of 7,680(W) x RGB x 4,320(H) pixels. The display itself is a familiar Liquid Crystal Display (LCS) module and is “based on low temperature poly silicon (LTPS) technology with true 8K pixels (RGB stripe arrangement), thus realizing high-definition (510ppi) images”

The compact yet powerful nature of the screen holds potential uses which include implementations within the medical environment and also fun aspects that include game and video image production. Below is a display image of the likely vision of the product and also full details of the prototype specs.

Display Mode LTPS TFT, transmissive IPS mode
Screen size (diagonal) 17.3-inch (43.9cm)
Resolution format 7,680(W) x RGB x 4,320(H)
Pixel density 510ppi
Luminance 500cd/m2
Contrast ratio 2000:1
Viewing angle >176degree(CR>100:1)
Frame rate 120Hz

The display will be exhibited at the “NHK/JEITA booth on October 7 – 10, 2015 during CEATEC JAPAN 2015 held at Makuhari Messe, Japan, in collaboration with NHK”.

One can only wait for further details of this exciting innovation in display technology, although, god only knows as to the price point which JDI have in mind, hopefully it will be reasonable, wait!, who am I kidding, you would probably need to sell a kidney for one of those. Sounds funny now, but remember those reports which circulated in 2012 which stated that a Chinese student sold an organ for an iPad, so no one do that.

Thank you j-display for providing us with this information.

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Norway Wants to Kill FM Radio by the End of 2017

Nordic countries are beginning to pick up the pace and keep up with times, more than ever before! According to Radio.no, Norway plans to make the step to full digital audio broadcasting in as little as 2 years.

Norway’s Ministry of Culture took the decision and announced that the change will start on the 11th of January and end on the 13th of December. Before you ask ‘why the heck are they rushing things?’ While you are still listening to your old-fashioned radio in the background, you should know that hard evidence is backing up the ministry’s decision.

The ministry based the decision on a Digitalradio survey made by TNS Gallup, a marketing research company. The survey revealed that 56 per cent of radio listeners use digital radio on a daily basis and 56 per cent of households own at least one digital audio broadcasting radio device.

Still, the change that led to half of Norway’s population having a DAB radio was not made overnight. Norway started embracing DAB technology back in 1995, having two national DAB networks, along with a few other local ones, cropping up in recent years.

But did you think Norway is the only one doing this? Of course not! A few European countries along with some from South Asia are doing the same thing. This would only help diversify the content broadcasted and bring better quality to radio listeners. What are your thoughts on the matter?

Thank you Radio.no for providing us with this information
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TWiT.tv Raises $58,000 for UNICEF in 24 Hour New Year Live Stream

 

The TWiT.tv podcast network, otherwise known as This Week in Tech, has completed its ’24 Hours of 2015′ broadcast, raising over $58,000 for UNICEF.

The broadcast brought in the New Year in every single time zone around the world, connecting to a number of guests in each zone via Skype. Founder and ‘Chief TWiT’ Leo Laporte remained on the air for much of the broadcast, announcing that over 1 million people tuned in.

The broadcast started in 2013 when Leo decided that the network should celebrate its international audience by marking New Year around the world. This year they decided to kick it up a notch and announced that the whole thing would be for the benefit of UNICEF.

Their goal was originally set at $20,000 but it was quickly realised that this would easily be surpassed, with Mr Laporte agreeing to shave his head if they reached $40,000 and to have a tattoo if they reached $50,000. Of course they reached both goals, with Leo sticking to his promises, meaning they quickly sourced a tattoo artist and Leo received his tattoo live on the air.

You can watch the whole thing back at twit.tv.

Source: TWiT

Podcast Network Announces New Year 24hr Charity Streaming Marathon

TWiT.tv, the tech-centric podcast network founded by former TechTV ‘The Screen Savers’ host Leo Laporte, has announced their annual 24 hour charity streaming marathon.

The network will be broadcasting live online from 3am on New Year’s Eve up until 3am New Year’s Day direct from the TWiT Brick House in Petaluma, California. The show will be raising money for UNICEF. Leo Laporte and friends will be ringing in the New Year in every time zone on the planet, with the intention of joining a citizen of each time zone via Skype.

TWiT was founded in 2005 by Leo, a man famous on US TV screens mostly for his work on ‘The Screen Savers’. The network was set up with the intention of being a 24 hour, around the clock tech news service, broadcasting live throughout the day. A number of its podcasts have become essential viewing for tech lovers – such as MacBreak Weekly, This Week in Google, Windows Weekly, iPad Today, The Giz Wiz, Tech News Today and the network’s namesake, This Week in Tech. The network now has a countless number of shows all fronted by tech’s most famous faces.

Be sure to join them on New Year’s Eve from 3am PST at live.twit.tv and of course don’t forget to donate.

Source: TWiT.tv

First Person to Get iPhone 6 Drops It During Live TV Interview.

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So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. You’ve lined up for days now prior to the new Apple iPhone launch – waiting ever so patiently for the big glass doors to open up just so you can get your hands on the new model. Out of all the excitement and in front of hundreds of others, what do you do? Well for one Jack Cooksey from Perth, Australia – the first person in Perth to pick up the new iPhone 6 – he dropped it live on camera for the nation to see.

Thankfully though, the smartphone survived impact on the hard concrete – with Cooksey swiftly picking the device back up again with quivering hands. After the live TV interview – Cooksey said “I just can’t wait to open it again — and not drop it.” And let’s hope he does just that, otherwise it might not only be one very expensive mistake –  it might also take him quite a bit of time to receive a replacement. Apple’s new iPhone 6 has caught the world by storm yet again, with shortages of the device being reported globally. If you’re picking up the new iPhone – always remember to take it easy and handle with care! No one should have to go through the horror of a shattered screen on day one.

Thanks to PerthNow for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of PerthNow.

Hacker Diverts Traffic from 19 ISPs to Steal a Large Sum of Bitcoins

It is said that researchers over at Dell’s SecureWorks security division have uncovered a series of hacking attempts in which a bitcoin thief redirected a portion of online traffic from 19 ISPs, including data from Amazon, DigitalOcean and OVH, in order to steam digital currency from a group of bitcoin users.

The hijack said to have lasted just 30 seconds, but the hacking attempt is said to have been performed 22 times. On each attempt, the hacker gained control of the processing power of a group of bitcoin miners, redirecting their mining activity towards his private pool. Security researchers say that the hacker was able to pocket a flow of bitcoins and other digital currencies worth roughly $9,000 through the hijacking.

“With this kind of hijacking, you can quite easily grab a large collection of clients,” said Pat Litke, one of the Dell researchers. “It takes less than a minute, and you end up with a lot of mining traffic under your control.”

A technique called BGP is said to have been used, exploiting the border gateway protocol. The hacker took advantage of a staff user account at a Canadian ISP to periodically broadcast a spoofed command that redirected traffic from other ISPs from February throughout May this year. The command, along with miners not checking their rigs to notice the ‘new’ settings, led to the hacker pocketing $83,000 worth of cryptocurrency.

“Some people are more attentive to their mining rigs than others,” said Joe Stewart, a Dell researcher whose own computers were caught up in one victimized mining pool. “Many users didn’t check their setups for weeks, and they were doing all this work on behalf of the hijacker.”

The BGP hijacking method has been discussed as a potential threat to the internet security since 1998. Back then, a group of hackers known as L0pht stated that they could use the attack to take down the entire Internet in 30 minutes. The discussion was followed at the DefCon security conference in 2008 and was later used in 2013 to temporarily redirect a portion of US internet traffic to Iceland and Belarus.

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information